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Cleaning pad saturated?

Where ever all the ink goes when I do a deep cleaning (been doing a lot lately), I think it is full or saturated.

Because now when I do a deep cleaning the print head comes back all messy. Also I've seen smudges and marks appear on my paper sometimes.

How do I disassemble the unit so I can clean it out?

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    I have a black line going down the middle of
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I suggest you bring your printer to the nearest authorise repair center

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