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Epson Stylus C 86 Ink Jet

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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  • Anonymous Apr 12, 2008

    Cleaning the nozzles using the standard control panel method is not producing results. What else can I try?

    What kind of cleaning solution are you using?

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You got a bubble in one of the lines, OR the electrostatic sensors on the heads are compromised..

I am curious about the syringe approach..how did you come by that information?

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