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- Apr 19, 2007
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- Canon MB5120, Pencil
No, that does not sound good. See the second bulleted point below.when flooding the purge unit last time, it basically flooded the printer and surely that cant be good.
When testing the purge system you begin with opening the top of the printer as if you are going to replace an ink cartridge. The print head then moves away from the parking station where it sits above the purge pads and eventually stops in the center of the printer. Then you drip or squirt a solution (water, Windex, alcohol) on top of the purge pads until the fluid pools. Then you close the printer top, the print head returns to park over the purge pads and a brief purge system response should suck the pooled fluid away to the ink diaper pads that soak up waste ink so it doesn't drip outside the printer. Then open the lid to expose the purge pads. There should be no more pooled fluid and the purge pads may look whiter depending on what fluid you used to test. These are the events you should expect.
If the purge system is malfunctioning then you would NOT want to open up and install that new print head you have. You need to resolve a purge system malfunction first or get a new printer.
What to look for:
- If fluid is still pooled because there was no brief purge event after you closed the lid then you can run a single simple regular cleaning from the maintenance menu. If fluid is still pooled then you have a purge system malfunction.
- This can be caused by clogged purge pads - These can be taken out without any dissembly of the printer and flushed with water in the sink. Very messy.
- It could be clogged tubing of the purge system. The tubes can be removed and flushed if you want to dissemble the printer. Take pictures of everything you do so you have a guide for how to reassemble, even the removal of a bolt, screw or tab. This is critical so you do not end up with a "spare widget" when your done and the printer doesn't work.
- A malfunction of the peristaltic motor or parts.
- If the fluid never pools then the likely issue is one or more of the purge tubes has become disconnected somewhere and the fluid drains somewhere inside the printer where the disconnect occurs. This requires dissembly of the printer to reattach. Again, take pictures of each step taken along the way no matter how trivial it may seem.
- If you do dissemble the printer then you might as well clean up any ink splash or spillage inside. If there is a service tool for your printer then you might consider obtaining it to reset your waste ink counter AND then clean the waste ink pads/diaper. Ask @The Hat or @PeterBJ if a service tool is available for your printer and whether this would be a useful exercise.