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Canon iPF 700 Has streaking problems, Could this be a print head need replacement?

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  • duckg Sep 22, 2008

    I have the same problem with my ipf700. It was working perfectly, but hadn't been used in a couple of weeks. All the sudden I kept getting an error that the print head needed cleaning, but hit online to continue. Project would print, but would have streaks.

    I called Canon and got a tech fairly quickly. He had me run a nozzle test and it showed all the color were clogged a little. We ran head clean (A) twice and it cleared up the Magenta and Yello, but the Cyan was still printed some blank lines. We ran clean (B) twice and did a nozzle test and the Cyan was still not printing correctly. Tech had me run an information sheet which showed the print head has been installed for 485 days, which of course is over warranty.

    Weird how both of these are with the Cyan color. We are ordering a new print head which is a pf-03. Our current one is a pf-01.

  • bri-zza Nov 05, 2008

    Same problem here with ipf700 some cyan nozzles not functioning, tried cleaning but no difference, must be designed to wear out - so much for a combined printhead when cyan nozzles are consistently failing first!

  • tlewiss122 Nov 17, 2008

    Sadly, I've experienced the very same issue with my IPF700 and the cyan portion of the printhead! Has the replacement print head corrected the problem for either of you? This is a very expensive item to replace and I'd be very disappointed to buy a new one only to have the same issue again. A new issue has arisen in that the maintenace cartridge is indicating as being full when it isn't (can't be-it's new!). Anyone had this problem and know how to bypass the error message?
    Thanks, in advance, for any help that I might receive.

  • tabraha Nov 18, 2008

    I have the identical problem described as well. My dealer came and looked and said yep, you need a new printhead. I told them although I understand the printhead is a wearing item that should be replaced eventually, this wear was premature and unacceptable. The really didn't care as it was out of warranty. I had concerns about the printhead as HP has a more robust system and I've had similar printhead issues with Canons in the past but my dealer convinced me otherwise. Looks like same-old Canon hook. Lower initial price but sky-high "maintenance" costs.

  • Anonymous Nov 24, 2008

    Same problem. Cyan weres out first. The life cycle of the printhead is about one year, without intense use.

  • JasonP81 Mar 02, 2009

    Hi, I know this an old thread, but I have the same problem, had to keep pressing online to print etc. I changed the firmware to v1.33 and now I cant print at all, still getting 'clean printhead or change' error. Does this mean we need to change the Printhead????

  • Anonymous Mar 25, 2009

    I'm having the same problem with the Canon iPF700. As soon as I replaced the cyan tank, the cyan portion of the printhead stopped working. Question if I'm going to have to replace it, what is the difference between the PF-01 and the PF-03? Isn't there any way to clean the printhead manually without having to replace it for $550?

  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2014

    when it finshed print It stay do not cut the pepers



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As an update the printhead did fix it for me. I did some macro photography on the old printhead before buying the new one and the cyan portion was visibly damaged as if it had made contact with something. A new printhead solved the problem. Unfortunately that was $500 plus I used up 3 ink cartridges in vain trying to clean the broken printhead. Another $180. $500 a year for a printhead completely places this printer out of competition with HP or Epson. Neither of which I have had issues with, print every bit as good with a far lower cost of consumables. If I have to do this again within a year I will unload this and change back to my more trusted brands unless Canon can step up to the plate. If they don't they may as well hang it up with wide format as being sub-par is not a good way to penetrate the market already dominated my HP and Epson.

Posted on Dec 03, 2008


It depends, check if it is due to non-firing nozzles. but if you already run cleaning type B twice, wasted a lot of inks and still getting result, maybe print head. the trouble is i asked canon if pf-01 is included in warranty, no reply. We got non-firing nozzles with cyan. reported it months before the plotter reach a year but to no avail. the trouble is that it's annoying to press online each time you print because it senses the nozzles. since it was out of warranty, i removed the head, slightly soak the nozzle part with lukewarm water, with alcohol, with window washing agent.. but still the same. i noticed that there's scratches in the area of cyan nozzles. i'm sure it's due to the paper roll which were folded at the end and it touches the head during printing. if yours is out of warranty, order a spare one first (though it's bit expensive) then try to clean it manually and see if it clears the problem.

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