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I have an HP C6180 printer that seems to be leaking ink inside the printer. I had not used the printer for a month or so whilst I was moving house, and changed all the cartridges as most of them were showing empty or (out of date) [how does ink "expire"????] On connecting and starting the printer it went through a ridiculous amount of self-testing, lasting about 15 mins before finally printing a test page. The colours were wrong and the magenta boxes on the sheet (both light magenta and normal magenta) were empty, suggesting no ink flow from these cartridges I removed and checked the cartridges - they are full and there are no obvious signs of leakage on them, but there IS magenta in INSIDE the printer, some of which is leaking onto the print page (as is some dark cyan ink, also from a new cartridge) To try to force the ink system into overdrive, I printed a picture at high quality - this improved the ink flow on the other cartridges, but still nothing form magenta (except a mess inside the machine). I'd like to open the machine up and give it a good clean but before I do, would appreciate any suggestions for fixing this. The head cleaning routine has been run several times to no effect. Many thanks B

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You could carefully clean this as follows:
put the printer on some newspaper to avoid further spills.
Turn on the printer, then open the lid to allow the carriage to move to the center.
Now unplug the printer, then gently move the carriage to the left and out of the way.
You should now have limited access to the spittoon area.
You can clean this area by carefully scooping out the ***** of ink with a plastic spoon. (Be careful not to drop ink sludge on your printer, desk, carpet or clothing.)
Once most of the ink has been removed then use a crumpled paper towel to soak up the ink in the bottom of the service station.
It may take several rounds of this to clean up the service station.
It is not necessary to completely clean the service station, just get the majority of the ink out.
Once this has been completed you could turn the printer up and clean the bottom area of the printer. Do not tip up the printer before the service station has been cleaned or you are likely to create a mess....

http://www.fixya.com/support/t5703511-ink_cartridges_leaking_in

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Your Cyan ink cartridge leaked it's ink out, and now it is dead.... Bad cartridge, if it was "brand new" (or nearly brand new), ***** to the retailer that sold it to you, they should replace it for free. Have invoice handy, ask to speak to the "manager" or "boss" (a "supervisor" is still a "peon", and can't make decisions like that).

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