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I've replaced the black ink cartridge on my Epson C86, ran head cleaning and I still get gaps in the test mode. IS there another cleaning i an run?

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You can take a soft cloth with alcohol, and clean the copper print heads on the inside of the printer, and see if that helps. You can also dab the cartridge cleaner on the cloth, to see if that helps the ink flow. Other than that, it could be a loose ribbon connector inside the printer that's giving you problems. Try to print a document or picture and see how it comes out. The cartridge may just needs some priming.
Hope this helps, and good luck to you.

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