My Canon i860 has a dirty black print head, but it won't initialize cleaning. The queue just disappears without it doing anything. I have tried selecting just the black head for cleaning, selecting "all colors", and have tried both regular and deep cleaning. Nothing so far has made it execute.
My Canon i860 won't print the black even though I've installed new cartridges.
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Re: My Canon won't clean its print heads
Switch off the printer and disconect the USB cable for 30 seconds. deep clean on the black head to get it work
properly. IF this doesn't work then please follow the below 2 options to clean the print head.
It appears that the internal print head ports were clogged with ink.
Try removing the print head and washing it in alcohol- when I did this
i had clumps of congealed ink coming out of the tiny ports. The print
head has two small screws underneath that I also removed and cleaned
the ports inside by use of a syringe and alcohol. After I put the print
head back together, dried it and ran an auto alignment - it all seems
If your cartridge has been sitting outside for more than a couple of
days, it is very likely that your print-heads may be clogged.
Step 1: Place the clogged nozzles in warm water and soak them until the dried ink begins to flow from the nozzle.
Step 2: After a few minutes of letting the dried ink flow,
remove the nozzles from the water and dry it with a soft tissue or
Step 3: Reinstall the cartridge and run the print-head cleaning mechanism (described in your inkjet printer's manual).
Step 4: If this does not work, repeat the procedure.
Step 5: If your cartridge still does not print after
repeating, uninstall the cartridge and place it on a soft tissue or
cotton swab with rubbing alcohol in an upside down position. Let the
cartridge sit on it overnight.
Step 6: Reinstall the cartridge and run the print-head cleaning mechanism (described in your inkjet printer's manual).
Step 7: If none of the procedures above works, then you did
your best, unfortunately you will need to purchase a new cartridge
because the print-head is probably clogged permanently and/or damaged.
As you said even after installing the new cartridge it does not print then i think the cartridges are not recognised by the printer.
step 1: Run the print-head cleaning mechanism (described in your inkjet printer's manual) and attempt to print a few pages.
Step 2: If this procedure does not work, using the syringe
supplied in your refill kit, inject air into the top air vent to clean
the nozzles. A small amount of ink should be emitted from the nozzles
upon injection. (The nozzle is the porous metal piece at the bottom of
Step 3: If this procedure does not work your print-head
nozzles are probably blocked with dried ink. At this point use the
syringe to take out as much ink as possible from your cartridge and
read on to the next section.
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Run through the tools on the printer to clean the printer head and realign the print head.
If this does not work, then you will have to remove the print head and clean it (with rubbing alcohol) until residue is removed. Or you can soak it over night with a 25% rubbing alcohol and 75% water mixture.
pull the ink cartage back out to see if a clear film is not on the cartage??? Check the area by cleaning the ink cartage with rubbing alchole, and also the area that the ink cartage goes into. Use a cotton ball the clean these area with.
This sounds like the print head alignment is not stabilized and may indicate you need a new print head ($$$). Try looking in the Service Manual. A copy of the Canon i860 Service Manual is downloadable at:
yep, print head needs proper clean, here it is. OK, Canon will hate me for posting this. 1. Remove ink cartridges 2. Remove print head 3. go to sink or tub (stainless steel, not plastic type), pick up a roll of paper towel on the way. 4. Fold several layers of paper towel and place on flat surface. 5. Run hot water until HOT! 6. Turn hot water back to a dribble. 7. Run the dribbling hot water through print head, be careful not to wet the gold contacts. 8.When water running through print head is clear, place print head on paper towel. 9. Repeat number 7 and 8 until no colour shows on paper towel. 10. Gently DAB print head (DO NOT WIPE) inside and out with dry paper towel until dry. 11. I normally replace print head after drying, but you may wish to let it air dry overnight. 12. Replace print head in printer and install cartridges 13. Start printing. I do this to all 4 of my Canon printers every 6 months or so. If any colour fails to print after this process it means your print head probably needs replacing.
The gray-colored arm (it's not that small) is to the right of the cyan cartridge. It is the arm or extension of the gray-colored hinged cover. Remove all ink cartridges, lift the gray-colored arm up, and pull the print head out. Clean the print head with a cotton ball soaked with water or rubbing alcohol. Dry and re-install the print head.