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Print head remains clogged canon pixma iP 4000

Hi i have cleaned the 3e black cartridge print head (6 times) and performed the deep cleaning function 3 times and i still get broken lines with the print head check. i also relaced the tank but same result. what to do?

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  • errolv Jul 14, 2008

    The printhead is clogged, even after I soaked the head (not the tanks!) overnight in water. I put a new Canon brand cartridge in. I can get one page of nice black text, then the ink starts to run out.

  • vernch Aug 15, 2008

    willnot print red evenn after several deep cleaning

  • vernch May 11, 2010

    no solution available

  • Anonymous Mar 12, 2014

    i got it from my sister. no instructions

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I have successfully managed to clean the print head with isopropyl alcohol by placing a flexible plastic tube over the cartridge seat, filling the tube partially with the alcohol, then blowing very hard through the tube. The alcohol does not appear to harm anything.

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Step 1 : Printing the Nozzle Check Pattern.
If white stripes are noticeable
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