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I have the cannon multi pass MP730 printer/scanner/fax. It has always worked excellent until this last week. Suddenly the black ink is not printing properly. The first line is perfect, the second line is barely there, the third line is perfect, etc...
I have tried to clean the nozzle, I did deep cleaning, and I changed the ink cartridge. I don't know how to resolve this issue. My colors are printing fine - but I need my black ink every day!!! Can you suggest something to help?

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If you replace the black ink cart with an original one then it's the print head
Solution: Cleaning the Print Head - C555 / C560 / C635 / C530 / C545

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The MultiPASS cleans the print head.

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