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PRINT HEAD - CANON IP4500 OR OTHERS

I need to know how i can manually clean the print head of my canon 1p4500.

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Please click the below mentioned link to download a word document containing clean print head procedure:

Canon iP4500- Clean Print Head

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Posted on Jan 07, 2009

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The 6A00 is a Canon generic code for paper path jam.Some where in the paper path a sensor is activated indicating paper jam so the printer will give off a 6A00 code.As a Canon technology,I usually find the code almost 90% of the time it is related to the purge unit being jammed with something and not being able to move.Moving the print head assembly will not clear a purge unit if its jammed with paper,paper clips,push pins,screws,cookie crisp,flower bud pods etc.
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Canon Pixma iP4500 InkJet Printer would still be under Canon warranty, get it into a shop and save yourself the hassel.
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Hi,it needs new print head. The print head is not functioning right. I have the same problem, the funny thing is, a new printer cheaper than the print head and a set of ink cartridges .

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