Blocked print head nozzles

  Brice 10:48 02 Nov 2008

Hi everyone
Hope one of you out there can help with this query.
Just bought a Canon Pixma iP 4500 as I had to discard my last iP 4300 after 2 years only due to the blocked print head nozzles. Tried everything to clear the problem but to no effect. Anyway I am going away for 6 weeks in December and would like to know how if there is a way of preventing the same thing happening to this printer due to the lack of regular use.
Many thanks in anticipation

  rawprawn 10:54 02 Nov 2008

You could try wrapping them in clingfilm.
Usually warm water unblocks them.

  howard64 14:28 02 Nov 2008

if you simply shut off the printer before shutting off the pc the heads should be correctly parked and 6 weeks should not be a problem.

  David4637 14:44 02 Nov 2008

If you shut off the printer for 6 weeks, I would guess you will have a partial/blocked printer head.I reckon to print a small test colour pattern ONCE PER WEEK and have had a clear nozzle check very week. In the past a 2 week print cycle caused a poor nozzle check, resulting in a new print head.
Consider taking the carts out and running hot water thr' the head caps and then wrapping it in cling film when water runs clear. David

  howard64 08:59 04 Nov 2008

I asked my supplier what to do with a dried up printhead and they suggested putting the cartridge in a quarter inch of hot tapwater for 5 minutes then drying it before reinstalling. It worked for 1 cartridge I had.

  Brice 21:27 07 Nov 2008

Hello Guys
Many thanks to each one of you for your suggestion & advice. Shall bear them in mind .Thanks

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