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Dissapearing yellow I have an interesting problem. I am loosing yellow ink for no reason. 6 days ago I refilled the yellow and blue cartridges as they needed refilling. We did some colour printing, not a lot, a few cards for rellies etc with only small images, and the yellow and black cartridges ran out (the black was quite low already), so I went and refilled them, and now, only 2 days later the yellow is totally empty again!! No printing at all done between those days. Sorry, 2 pages printed, mostly black with a little colour. I have checked the other cartridges, and the black is totally full, the blue is over half full and the red is half full. I have checked the print head and nothing seems to be wrong, so what is going on, and where can a cartridge and a half go? There is no ink under the printer and I can't see any sign of it in the printer, though I haven't pulled it apart yet (am considering this as it isn't under waranty anymore). Wondering what your input might be. David.

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    David Van Oeveren Dec 25, 2007

    This is all good feedback, but I had the cartridge filled at an ink shop and from the ink shop to my place there was no ink in the bag. So it must have been sealed, so I just don't understand it.

  • harrytwat Dec 26, 2007

    I have the same problem but it is when I print the colours do not come out as they should be the pictures have a real yellow tone to them. When I print it seems to be using the yellow and black mostly for printing. I have done a test print and the blue test line seems to be a green and the reds are a pale red. I have carried out all of the print head maintaince checks amd cleanings but the problem persists.

  • Anonymous Jan 03, 2008

    yellow ink is very pale.Ran cleaning schedule several times.took out print head and dipped in water.



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I run about 100+ canon printers from s800 up to the new ip4500.
I have met and solved almost every problem I find described on the web. Your problem with the disappearing yellow ink can be only one thing. The ink cartridge has not been sealed after you injected the ink. If there is even the smallest avenue for air to get into the cartridge it will allow the ink to flow very rapidly back out of the cartridge and into the waste ink pads in the bottom of the printer. You won't be able to see a puddle of ink under the printer until much later when you have done many cleanings or installed many leaky cartridges.

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