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Can the printer head be taken out on epson cx6600

Can the printer head be removed for cleaning, have tried cleaning fluids but the jets are still blocked

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This may be very simple. Turn the unit off and lift up the top. On the forward side of the unit you will find a little 'slider switch'. This is the scanner unlock - toggle the switch back and forth several times and leave in the unlock position. Turn on the printer and all will be well.

Posted on Sep 09, 2007


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Run the print head cleaning routine from the printers driver or control panel. you may have to run it 3 or 4 times to regain all the lines.

Posted on Jul 16, 2008



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SOURCE: How to remove print head of epson stylus photo r1800

Had the same problem - but the print head is actually easy to remove.

1) Remove ink cartridges
2) Remove 3 Phillips head screws at the bottom of the cartridge housing. (looking down from the printer front - top left, bottom left, top right).
3) There are 2 small plastic tabs on a plastic bracket that secure the flex cable on the right hand side of the cartridge housing. Gently release the tabs with a small flat head screw driver.
4) Lift the print head straight up (don't pull on the flex).

There may be a release for the flex to separate from the print head. But I did not see one. Instead I poured 1/4" of Windex in the bottom of a small plastic container and soaked my print head for about 15 minutes (occasionally agitating).

Then put back in reverse order - be sure to seat the flex in the guide (top-back-right) of the cartridge housing before screwing down. Then run a cleaning or two to flush the cleaning fluid out of the print head. (I have a waste ink tank installed so I am not worried about dumping excessive ink into the waste sponges).

The differences was remarkable - though there was still slight banding - maybe should have soaked longer (1 hr perhaps?) - I may repeat if it remains an issue.

Additionally there were large solid deposits on the left side of the print head which were responsible for scraping heavier weight photo paper. These dissolved in the Windex too.

Posted on Apr 07, 2009


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If you've cleaned the heads, and swapped the cartridges then it doesn't sound too good.
if you do a google search for Epson Printer Repairers in google with your location so like Cambridge or whatever they'll need to take a look.
You could also check to see if its under warranty - put your serial number in here;

Posted on Sep 18, 2010

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the only problem i would say it could be is a blockage are you sure you have cleaned it properly has it been unused for a while or been near a heat source as this would cause the ink to set and block the jets even using cheaper brand of ink will cause blockages are you using the software that came with printer is this what you reinstalled was the printer working ok and what have you done so that it has stopped working ie did it stop working after changing cartridges or did it stop working because it hasnt been used for a while in any case i sugest it is a cleaning problem but if you are 100% sure you have cleaned it properly i would check that all leads are in properly take them out and put them back in if it is only one colour not working then it is a blocked jet i would take it in to be cleaned properly before you start to look at circuit problems if you are still having trouble post back and i will have another look for you in the mean time i will look for a broke down diagram of your printer and see if it could be anything else that could be easy to solve ok ill post back if i find anything make sure its been cleaned properly check all leads re install software and if still dont work then it could be a damaged ribbon from the circuit to the print head itself how old is the unit hope this is some help to you i will try my best to help speak soon..........................................

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When you are sure you have a filled original ink cartridge in the printer, try to run the clean print head program.
If one or two runs, still don't give any improvement, you could try to clean the head somewhat more drastic.
For that remove the printhead, and look in the place where it was. You se a small nozzle on the bottom. Just one or twe drops of cleaning fluid in the nozzle and start printing again.
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Most brands of inkjet printers have the print head as part of a removable cartridge system. That means that when it stops working, you throw it away and buy another, expensive unit. (Epson printers use a different system, where the print head is a part of the printer, and is less likely to fail, though more expensive to replace
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