Printheads were blocked, tried several deep cleans, soaked printheads and appeared to have cleared, would print all bot yellow, put a red cartridge in place of yellow to confirm prinhead cleared, put in new yellow cartridge, tried printhead alignment, printer said : there was a fault with alignment process press resume button try again (tried again, same problem) suggested try manual alignment, did this then black and yellow not working, tied deep clean, soaked printheads again but now will not print.
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Blocked print head nozzles Inkjet printers need to be used frequently to prevent blocked print head nozzles. You may have blocked print head nozzles. Try the printer maintenance to clear the printer nozzles. After several deep cleaning attempts and there is no improvements in the print then a new print head is required. Also try - Removing the print head, run it under hot water for 2 mins, then let soak for 10 min. then used a can of compressed air to dry thoroughly. It may fix the blocked nozzles. A new print head maybe expensive and it maybe more cost effective to purchase a new printer.
If the yellow cartridge is full then you may have blocked yellow printhead nozzles. Try the printer maintenance to clear the printer nozzles. After several deep cleaning attempts and there is no improvements in the print then a new printhead is required. A new printhead maybe expensive and it maybe more cost effective to purchase a new printer.
Let's try a couple of things. First, have you tried a different yellow cartridge? If you have, we can try cleaning the printhead. Remove the printhead and soak it overnight in a warm distilled water bath. This is the gentler alternative to the more aggressive head cleaning solutions. After the soaking overnight, blot the printhead being with a lint free cloth being careful not to brush the electronics. Reinsert the printhead and reinstall the ink cartridges. Try printing. This should clear the printhead clog. If the printhead is severely clogged, you may have to repeat the soak. Let me know if this clears the problem.
there is a cleaning utility "printhead clean" and printhead deep clean" under "maintenance" in the "printer properties". Try that first. If that doesn't help and there is definitely ink in the cartridge(s), you can remove the cartridges and soak the printheads in 5mm of hot water for 1/2 hour or so. DRY WELL then install back in printer and run "printhead deep clean".
Another way is to isolate the colour that doesn't print properly and print few pages in that colour (eg if yellow is not printing right...set out a full page of yellow background and print on high quality setting until yellow starts to print ok). This wastes less ink than the cleaning utility.
Maybe your printer cartridge that has been refilled got ink clogged. You can bring it to the store where you can let them clean it for you. It must be free for cleaning since it was refilled from them. Hope this help.
You can also clean your cartridge by following my instructions below: BEFORE DOING BELOW INSTRUCTIONS,TRY TO CLEAN YOU CARTRIDGE FIRST USING THE DEEP CLEAN FEATURE OF YOUR PRINTER, THEN USE PRINT NOOZLE CHECK PATTERN.
1. Uninstall your cartridge. 2. Get a tissue paper. 3. Try to put the printer head over a small piece of tissue paper.
If you will see the three colors in the tissue(Cyan-close to blue, Magenta-close to red, and Yellow). It means it was not clogged, the problem is the chip of your color cartridge and needs to be replaced. But if the colors are blur and or nothing appears, it means the printhead of your cartridge is clog. You can proceed to step 4.
4. Try to put a little amount of water in a small piece of tissue paper and soak the printer head for a 2 min. Then remove it after. 5. Wipe the printer head with a dry tissue paper. 6. Reinstall the cartridge back to the printer. 7. Print a 4 basic colors, RED, BLUE, YELLOW and BLACK. 8. Clean the printer using the cleaning feature of your printer. 9. You can use deep cleaning twice. And Print a noozle print. 10. Hope it could help.
A friend uses methyl alcohol to clean printheads but I don't know how. Perhaps he fills an empty cartridge...
I watched a guy professionally filling cartridges and he used steam to clean those with a printhead.
Printers that have the printheads in assembly instead of integrated into the cartridge can be difficult. Epson are like that and if not in regular use and always with a good supply of ink the printheads dry out and become blocked. The Epson service engineer told me it would be completely uneconomic to dismantle the printer and repair.
I expect it is a similar story with many printers that make a cheap ink claim. Cartridges that have the integral printhead are more expensive but seem less trouble overall.
The printheads go bad on these, when several cleanings don't help, you need a new printhead. the price is more than a new machine since they sell the new mfc490 for about $120.00 and the printhead alone to repair yours is $179.00 from Brother...
Your printheads are indeed clogged. (Note: all ij printers should be powered off when not in use! This retracts & seals your printheads.) Now, on to your problem. In your printer software, there should be a maintenance section. In there, you need to clean the printheads - this may have to be done *many* times - like 10-ish to clear (if still possible) clogged ink. Hope this helps.