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Old Apr 22, 2004, 6:35 PM   #1
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Default Trying to fix an Epson 1160 (clogged head?)

I have an Epson Stylus Color 1160 (wide-carriage printer) that functioned beautifully for about two and a half years or so. Then suddenly it stopped putting out black and some of the colors. Of course repeated print head cleanings from the software utility did nothing to help.

After doing some research on the web I found a suggestion to wet a paper towel with Windex and let the print head soak in it. This was done after putting the print head unit in the 'change cartridge position' and unplugging the printer from power. This helped a little bit with the black but not much. Another thing I tried was injecting Windex via syringe directly into the print head from the hole where the ink from the cartridge goes in. After spending about three to four hours with this, I got only slight improvement, but still nothing near useful results.

Throwing away this otherwise fine printer would be a great waste if there were something to try to fix this (seeing as a new 13x19 printer retails at $400 or so).

If anyone has any suggestions at all please give them and I'd be very grateful.
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Old Apr 22, 2004, 7:58 PM   #2
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Well honestly I have no clue why you would use windex... What you want to do is soak the print heads in either Alcahol or Amonia....These are porbaly you rbest bet for braking up what is probally old dryed up ink inside of them
.... ONLY DO one or the OTHER at a time..... DONt try to mix the two...Hah.

Windex just sounds well... to mild to help anything really...
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Old Apr 22, 2004, 9:15 PM   #3
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Thanks for the information. Do I soak the print head while it is in the printer? Someone said that removing the print head is a measure only to take if you plan on throwing it away, since aligning the head is an Epson proprietary technique or something to that affect.
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Old Apr 23, 2004, 2:28 PM   #4
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I thought the "soak" concept was only viable for Canon printers, as their print head is removable.

I did not think this would work with Epsons, as their printhead is bolted to the chassis and not geared to be removed by the consumer.
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Old Apr 23, 2004, 2:44 PM   #5
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i've had some problems sometimes. When i was using third party ink (if you want my opinion on that, check "printing general"). I use a syringe and wet the protecting sponge (that lies under the printhead when the printer is not printing) with some sort of alcohol (dont know what exactly it is). Let it stay over night and in the morning run a cleaning cycle and everything is perfect again.

You might have gotten air inside the printhead, thats bad. Try to wet the sponge, stay overnight and run cleaning cycle. If it does not improve after some cycles. Call epson support.
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Old Apr 25, 2004, 6:18 PM   #6
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Here's another option I've come across...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...sPageName=WDVW

An Epson 1270 with (as of now) 3 days remaining and bidding is only at $56. Though I'm having second thoughts of staying with Epson if print heads will prove troublesome, if I can find a good deal on an HP Deskjet 1220 I may go that route.
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Old Apr 26, 2004, 5:18 AM   #7
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with epson original ink, i've never had any problems. Just dont leave the printer off for several weeks/months
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