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How to remove print head of epson stylus photo r1800

I have a epson stylus photo r1800 and I want to be able to remove the print head for cleaning the outside of the jets by squirting solvent over them over my sink.  How can I do it?  Is it easy?  And while I'm at it how about the sponges that catch the ink when the cleaning cycle is going.  Can those be removed/cleaned? Thanks for your help.

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Re: How to remove print head of epson stylus photo r1800

Had the same problem - but the print head is actually easy to remove.

1) Remove ink cartridges
2) Remove 3 Phillips head screws at the bottom of the cartridge housing. (looking down from the printer front - top left, bottom left, top right).
3) There are 2 small plastic tabs on a plastic bracket that secure the flex cable on the right hand side of the cartridge housing. Gently release the tabs with a small flat head screw driver.
4) Lift the print head straight up (don't pull on the flex).

There may be a release for the flex to separate from the print head. But I did not see one. Instead I poured 1/4" of Windex in the bottom of a small plastic container and soaked my print head for about 15 minutes (occasionally agitating).

Then put back in reverse order - be sure to seat the flex in the guide (top-back-right) of the cartridge housing before screwing down. Then run a cleaning or two to flush the cleaning fluid out of the print head. (I have a waste ink tank installed so I am not worried about dumping excessive ink into the waste sponges).

The differences was remarkable - though there was still slight banding - maybe should have soaked longer (1 hr perhaps?) - I may repeat if it remains an issue.

Additionally there were large solid deposits on the left side of the print head which were responsible for scraping heavier weight photo paper. These dissolved in the Windex too.

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Re: How to remove print head of epson stylus photo r1800

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Printhead protector


Nope you dont need one. Just turn the printer off while not in use or if youre planning not to use it for a long time, run some head cleaning cycles as well and print a nozzle check before printing photos. have the same printer and love them so much.

Thanks for using fixya!

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