I spent all day with a syringe crefully injecting cleaning solution to unclog the nozzles of my C 86. I was very careful to keep all air out of the lines and replaced all cartridges with new ones. I cleaned the printheads many times and ran at least 20 testpages thinking I had solved my problem only to find out that no ink at all is ending up on the paper even though the printer sounds like it is printing perfectly. Any help out ther would be appreciated !! Dr. K
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The Maint tools for cleaning print head can only deal with minor blockages & use a lot of ink. Epson Express Centres are equipped with specialist software that will pump at a higher pressure. But first the ink block has to be softened. Soak the print head in Isopropyl Alcohol or similar. I use a syringe fitted with a small bore plastic tube that I push onto the nozzle that pierces the ink cartridge. A small squeeze of the syringe will provide enough pressure to soak the jet. Keep syringe attached for a few hours then try the cleaning test again a few times
If the printer has not been used in some time ink may have dried in the print head. Unfortunately Epson have a non-removable head, so it can not be cleaned without a kit available for purchase.
If you have installed new cartridges make sure any air tags have been removed. these are usually on the top of compatible cartridges or on the bottom of Epson brand cartridges.
The kits are available online, Search for Epson head Cleaning Kits and you will find one.
I hope this helps
Use a syringe filled with a liquid head cleaner. Add tip syringe with flexible hose (like the hose on the outlet head cleaning mechanic). Remove the ink tanks. Hose into the nozzle.Give the pressure slowly until the liquid head cleaner in the syringe out. Make sure no liquid is spilled in the vicinity of the nozzle. Replace the ink tanks, nozzle check and head cleaning. Is there a change from the nozzle check from the previous?
the jet is clogged... set the self clean mode on if this does not fix it try another cartridge. if you have been using refilled, recycled cartridges this may have damaged the jets. common fault that recyclers know about but dont give a toss. ink should be filtered 9 times before being injected into cartridge most recyled are filtered once. this causes jets to become blocked, overheat and actually melt
If you are brave I had the same problem. I removed my ink disconnected the data ribbon to the Head. Took off the nozzles. I used a child's med. syringe with the tube. Filled it will rubbing alcohol. placed the tube on the head where the ink cartage attaches and slowly put pressure on the syringe. Be care full it will flush the black ink everywhere. I kept doing this till the black was all flushed out. Put it back together. make sure you put the ribbons back in the right way. Mine works great.
see which colours are missing, run through a few head cleans and print another nozzle check see if there is any improvement
also replace the cartridges of the missing colour they may be dried up. have seen this before where a 3/4 full black cartridge just completely stopped printing
if the problem still persists then get a syringe or an eye dropper and some form of spirit (I have used vodka in the past but clinical alcohol is recommended as not as sticky)
choose change cartridges from the menu then remove the power cord. with the cartridges removed you now have access to the printheads.
using the syringe (or eye dropper) place the nozzle on the spike that goes into the cartrige and inject a small amount of the alcohol leave this to soak for a few mins then mop up the excess with a cloth repeat this a couple of times put the ink back in power up and run another head clean (you can also put afew drops on the spounge that sits under the print head during the head clean
print the nozzle check again you shoudl see most of the nozzles are now working run another head clean if desired now try with a pic
have used this on various epson printers including a stylus 700 R340 & 360