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IPF610 Canon "Print head needs cleaning"

Keep getting this warning.
Have ran "clean print head A"
Have ran "clean print head B"

I have ran both of these multiple times and gotten no where. At this point it gives this message prior to each page printing.

" ! Print head needs cleaning. Press online to clear error."
This will happen for every new sheet to be printed.
Plotter is only 1 year old and has nowhere near the expected amount of print hours for replacement.

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This has happened to me on my IPF8000 twice in the middle of jobs. I have had to purchase 2 sets of printheads..each set has only printed 3400 square feet....

Posted on May 23, 2010

  • JOE Bobby Aug 18, 2011

    Be careful when doing the deep cleaning cycle. If it doesn't fix it the first time stop. It is dumping all the ink into the maintenance cartridge. Soon you will be out of ink ($450.00) and a maintenance cartridge ($70.00) plus the print head runs ($640.00). I tried cleaning the printhead by removing it and pushing alcohal through it with a syringe. It still didn't work. I tried cleaning the cartridge out, and it was pretty clean, but notice the chip, it won't take, you have to buy a new one.

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There is no solution, same problem. I have the same printer and same after one year. the only solution is DON T BUY CANON

Posted on Jan 21, 2010

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I've had the same problem, and finally after hours of frustration, got Canon to provide a new PrintHead at no charge

Posted on Dec 14, 2009

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Guys I replaced both printheads a few weeks ago and i tried to print yesterday and pink lines appeared in whole the printed area.Any idea what the problem could be.? thank you.

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How to print nozzle check pattern iPF6100/iPF610/iPF710/iPF8000S/iPF9000S/iPF800/iPF9100
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