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Black printer nozzle is not working. Cleaning does not help. Printer sat unused for 2 years.

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sounds like most of the issues on here about this printer, hope my reply to this problem helps, it did take a while for it to flow properly after i cleaned mine

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Found this on the Web:

Epson Stylus Head Cleaning Solution Plus
Re: Epson printer problem

You will want to press the button that you use to change the ink cartridge (the 3rd button). Once the carriage is in the "cartridge change position" you can unplug the printer. Then you are ready to flush out the heads. Click here for cleaning instructions

The instructions are fairly easy to follow. If you need the head cleaning solution click here .

Repairs: All Epson Stylus printers (except for the C64-C86, CX4600-CX6400 series) which don't print, or print choppy in black or color. For the other printers, as well as Canon BJCs, use the other repair kit.


  • This is the same chemical used by Epson in their service department
  • Easy to use, no disassembly required
  • Gently dissolves even the most stubborn clogs and restores output to dried out print nozzles and clogged printheads
  • In our testing on an Epson 600 that sat unused for several months, it 100% restored a head that had no output, with one application (Individual results may vary)
Note: This is not alcohol or Windex; it is an ink-specific solvent that has proven to be safe and effective for use on Epson printheads. Do not use alcohol or Windex, they will very likely ruin your printer.

Kit Includes:

  • 1 oz bottle Epson Stylus Head Cleaning Solution (enough to fix several printers)
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