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How do I clean the print head canon i860

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  • Anonymous Dec 04, 2007

    Also would like to know how to clean print head or heads. In "Nozzle Test" everything prints fine except the black 6BK. Have tried deep clean a couple of times; doesn't help. Is there a way to clean or must I buy new print head?

  • Anonymous Jan 27, 2008

    I have the same promblem.. can anyone help please

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  • llanhilleth Jun 17, 2008

    Having changed to a new colour cartridge, find that green is not printing & picture is fuzzy. Changed to yet another cartridge & works fine. Rang suppliers to complain & they said I should clean printer, nozzles etc. 

    How do I do this? Can I download an operating manual?

  • schreiber343 Jan 12, 2009

    I have the same problem with the PGBK cartridge  on my canon ip4300. It is the only one that won't print clearly. I have used clean and then deep clean. Anybody have a solution?



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I've had some success, if one hasn't been printing with the ink dry for awhile , through soaking the entire printhead in a bowl of alcohol. Soaked it for 1-2 days wiping it from time to time. Took awhile, but it worked. Might have to do it again soon. Bottle of rubbing alcohol 80 cents. New print head $38. Rather waste the bottle of alcohol :P

I have not had great success at all with my brother's canon. He ran it clogged for almost a year and I tried the above and it didn't work. I'd say the transistors in the print head probably overheated and it's shot so he bought a new one. Too bad Canon doesn't make it easier to buy new printheads.

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Have you tried power cycling the printer?

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My Canon won't clean its print heads


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3e black cartridge not printing. Canon i860

Did you try another cartridge?

What can happen sometimes is that the print head can get blocked.
You can clean that by removing the print head from the printer. Do not touch the foil on the head or the print nozzles.

Boil some water, pour 1/4 of an inch (6mm) of water into a saucer, place the print nozzles in the water for a minute or so.

Take the print head out of the water and touch it on a paper towel to get the water off.

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This sounds like the print head alignment is not stabilized and may indicate you need a new print head ($$$). Try looking in the Service Manual.
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yep, print head needs proper clean, here it is.
OK, Canon will hate me for posting this.

1. Remove ink cartridges
2. Remove print head
3. go to sink or tub (stainless steel, not plastic type), pick up a roll of paper towel on the way.
4. Fold several layers of paper towel and place on flat surface.
5. Run hot water until HOT!
6. Turn hot water back to a dribble.
7. Run the dribbling hot water through print head, be careful not to wet the gold contacts.
8.When water running through print head is clear, place print head on paper towel.
9. Repeat number 7 and 8 until no colour shows on paper towel.
10. Gently DAB print head (DO NOT WIPE) inside and out with dry paper towel until dry.
11. I normally replace print head after drying, but you may wish to let it air dry overnight.
12. Replace print head in printer and install cartridges
13. Start printing.

I do this to all 4 of my Canon printers every 6 months or so.

If any colour fails to print after this process it means your print head probably needs replacing.

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