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My yellow ink cartridge won't print only, I REALLY HAVE TRIED EVERYTHING

Hi I recently got a bulk ink system that was working fine until the yellow stopped printing. I followed the troubleshooting guide and did everything including: cleaning with a new set of cartridges, head cleaning, ink flushing, syringing out the ink for the cartridge etc. Both sets of cartridges the bulk system and the new ones don't print yellow meaning my yellow should be clogged or something in the printer. I don't know what to do how can I unclog the printer???!! Please Help!!

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