Question about Canon Pixma iP4500 InkJet Printer
I kept using the Cyan and Magenta cartridges after getting a message that they were running out, because I was waiting for an order to arrive. When I finally replaced them the new ink wouldn't seem to flow through. I deep cleaned the print heads and checked that all the tabs were off the cartridges. The ink still won't come through. The same thing happened with my previous Canon printer and I resorted to buying a new one. Is there anything I can do to get the ink flowing?
There are different possible and safe ways to clear the clog in your cartridges..
The basic steps is to clear the clog using the printers software utility that is installed in your computer...how? on your control panel..double click printers and faxes, when your printer icon appear.. right click on it and click properties to bring up the utility..on the maintenance service tab...press the button for cleaning the cartridge.
the second thing to do is flushing the printhead of the cartridge directly from the tap water ....Open your printer cover, remove the cartridge..place the printhead directly on a tap water running slowly. This will help flush the dried ink that clogged in the printhead. Turn the print head over, bottom side up until you see the ink flowed out from the printhead, do this until you see the a smooth flow of ink..(better result if the water is warm).. tap water contains residual minerals that can clog also the printhead..so it is advisable to final flush the printhead with a distilled water (it has no impurities) and dry it with cloth..
The last thing to do and it will take you sometime is to soak the printhead portion of your cartridge in a mixture of ammonia and hot distilled water, (please make sure that the contact point of the cartridge to the printer is not soak).. Place the printhead on the hot water and leave it there for about 4 to 5 hours..move it on different location from time to time..After soaking, rinse it with distilled water and dry it with cloth...
After doing the instructions, return back the cartridge to the printer and do the printhead alignment..
Try printing a test page and see the outcome...
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Posted on Jun 01, 2010
Testimonial: "Flushing out the print-head worked brilliantly. Thank you for this advice, it has saved me a lot of money!"
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