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I have a clogged Printer Head. Only blue works. Having the printer clean itself doesn't solve the Problem.All ink cartridges are new and full. Is it possible to clean the Ink head or do I have to buy a new one?

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If your printheads are dried out you will need to replace the printhead. If the printhead is built into the printer it is time to replace the printer or contact Brother directly to see if you can get a replacement printhead for this model.

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2.Follow the instructions to the letter. Just like the manufacturers of original printer cartridges, the manufacturers of compatible ink cartridges have instructions on how you should place and install the cartridges in the printer. You should follow these instructions to the letter so you can be sure that they would work.


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