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Remove the print head from a printer

Many inkjet printers end their lives prematurely at the waste center (when not at the curb) because they do not print correctly despite the launch of the self-cleaning program of nozzles from the computer or the control panel of the machine. However, with a low price kit, it is possible to clean the nozzles manually deep without any disassembly of the device. This operation requires only a little care and method.

Necessary material

  • Gloves
  • Specific solvent bottle
  • Syringe, needle and injection tube

Removing the ink cartridges from the printer

Open the printer cover

Open the printer cover

1. Open the printer cover by grasping the top of the machine on each side with both hands under the scanner glass (mutlifunction printers).

Open the cartridge compartment

Open the cartridge compartment

2. Start the ink cartridge replacement program from the computer or from the printer control panel. The print head automatically moves to the cartridge access position. Open the cartridge compartment cover.

Extract the cartridges

Extract the cartridges

3. Remove the cartridges one at a time. If your cartridges are still full enough to be used, wrap them with food film to prevent ink from drying out and clogging the cartridge outlets. You will put them back in place after cleaning the nozzles.

Unclogging the printer nozzles

Locate the print nozzles

Locate the print nozzles

1. Color ink residue indicates the position of the print nozzles that need to be touched.

Place a sheet of paper towels at the printer exit

Place a sheet of paper towels at the printer exit

2. Place paper towels in the paper exit slot of the printer to absorb the solvent that will be introduced into the nozzles and flow through them when the nozzles are unclogged.

Fill the syringe with solvent

Fill the syringe with solvent

3. Thread the rubber gloves (included here in the cleaning kit). Take a good amount of solvent with the syringe.

Place the tip on the syringe

Place the tip on the syringe

4. Remove the needle from the syringe. Place the injection tube on the tip of the syringe.

Engage the tube on the nozzle

Engage the tube on the nozzle

5. Engage the injection tube on the first nozzle.

Inject the solvent into the nozzle

Inject the solvent into the nozzle

6. Slowly inject the solvent into the nozzle by pushing the plunger of the syringe with your thumb. Do the same for each nozzle.

Let the product act

Let the product act

7. Leave the product to act for at least 24 hours.

The ink marks indicate that the nozzles are uncorked

The ink marks indicate that the nozzles are uncorked

8. Remove the paper towels from the printer. The ink marks indicate that the nozzles are well uncorked.

Discount depending on the printer

Replace the ink cartridges

Replace the ink cartridges

1. Replace the cartridges in their slots, matching the colors on the machine.

Close the cartridge compartment

Close the cartridge compartment

2. Close the cartridge compartment cover. Continue the process of replacing the cartridges from the computer or from the printer control panel. Let the print head reposition itself.

Close the printer cover and test the print

Close the printer cover and test the print

3. Close the printer cover. Start the nozzle check process. Test the impression.

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