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Cannot get the magenta ink tank to flow in a Cannon Pixma 4500

Keep getting green images when printing with my Canon Pixma 4500 printer because the magenta tank will not flow. Carried out cleaning and deep cleaning to no avail. Also replaced tank three times which made no difference. Help page on the Printer states contact Canon Agent. Is the problem with the Printer head, which I understand could cost up to 3 times what I paid for the printer. Had a similar problem with the Black tank BK5 (main) but cleared when I fitted a chipped copy black tank. If it is the printer head can it be cleaned under hot water as suggested by someone in a forum? Please advise asap as am having problems with my other HP Photosmart C C4480 which I use for support.

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Yes, you can take the printing head out  and soak it up in hot water. You can even blow some air on it, this will dislodge even the nastiest dried ink gunk. If even after that the head doesn't work then it's dead - buy a new printer.

Posted on Jul 11, 2010

Testimonial: "Thanks for your advice and confirmation that I can clean the head in hot water or blowing through with air. Will now try this out and save myself quite an amount knowing the cost of print heads. "

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