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Haven't used printer in some time, color prints fine, black is VERY light- says there a full cartridge-how do I clean the nozzles?

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Hi,

Pop the cartridge out. The Print head is situated at the bottom of the cartridge (the part that faces the paper), usually it will be clogged with ink :)

You can wipe this with a warm damp cloth untill the ink flows more freely from pores but its a very messy job so be carefull not to get any of the ink on your clothes, etc.

If this still doesnt solve the problem, you might have to replace the cartridge as the ink has probably dried up into the ink tank.

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-Lower the cover of the product. -If the print cartridge status light stops flashing, proceed to Step three: Manually clean the print cartridge.
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Step three: Manually clean the print cartridge
1. Gather the following items to clean the print cartridge and carriage:
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o Clean cotton swabs or any soft, lint-free material that will not stick to the cartridges (coffee filters work well).
o Sheets of paper or a paper towel to rest the cartridges on during cleaning.
2. Open the product cover, and wait until the carriage stops moving.
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NOTE:
Clean the contacts quickly so that the print cartridge is not outside of the product for more than 30 minutes. If the cartridge is outside of the product for too long, the ink can dry and clog the nozzles.
4. Unplug the product.
5. Dip a swab in the clean water, and then squeeze it to remove most of the moisture. The swab should be only slightly damp.
6. Clean the print cartridge contacts. Do not touch the nozzles.
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9. Reinstall the print cartridge.
10. Plug the product back in.
11. Close the product cover.


Good Luck!
If there is anything more I can do for you please let me know if not and the problem is solved please rate it, Thanks, JCE

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