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Black ink spot on printed page

There is a black drop of ink on the bottom of each page I print. I cannot find a leak. What to do/ jlg

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Does this ink spot persist if you change the black cartridge for a new one? If not, it's just a faulty cartridge seal. If it persists, you must have a leak from the print-head somewhere - this would probably require you to dismantle the printer to locate it. For example, the waste ink pipe may be blocked and the head is just swimming in black ink (the one you use the most).

Please report back if you need further help on this.

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