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Hi, I have a Canon Pixma MP970 multifunction printer. I will be going on a 6 month trip around Australia soon and am worried that the print head may block up from non use while i am away. (I had this problem with a previous printer of differant make). I have been advised to remove the print head and store it in a sealed bag. How do I remove the head? Thanks n anticipation.

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  • captncluise Mar 19, 2011

    Thanks Mike, Do I have to remove all the ink cartridges first? I found the lever but it only seems to lift the bar across the top of the cartridges.

  • captncluise Mar 19, 2011

    Hi again Mike,
    I have taken out all the cartridges and removed the print head.
    Problem solved.



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If this is similar to the models I've had, I believe there's a small plastic lever on the right side of the print head...try lifting it gently; the head should fairly easily lift out itself! Hope this helps--happy vacationing!

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