coy

asked Jun 1, 2003 at 5:08pm
Epson Epson Stylus Color 600

epson stylis color 600

This printer has been setting for a while and with newly refiled carts. will not print with the black ink, color is fine. I suspect that the black head is clogged. How can I flush it? Also is there truly any difference in refil inks, like "EPSON" and "Lexmark" ?
Coy: As an "Epson Authorized Service Dealer", there's only so much information and help that I can legally give. There's of course no way for me to actually know whats wrong with your printer. Most of the problems people have are caused by something they did, or did not do and are not always the printers fault...SOME EXAMPLES: Refilling your own cartridges, or having them refilled, or buying third party ink [generic ink, non Epson ink]. No matter what anyone says, all blacks, or colors are not the same. Thats why all companies patient the formulas for there inks. One thing is fairly constant when Epson Ink is not used: you will have a problem in the printhead assembly/printing system sooner or later, thats related to not using the correct ink in your printer. You did save a lot of money by refilling your own cartridges, so that is some consolation...An Epson ink jet printer is designed to be used. If it sits unused for more than a month or so, your "printjead nozzles" usually dry out and clog and you may not be able to get that clog out, especially when using refilled cartridges. Your best bet is to buy one of the "printhead cleaning kits" from the home page on this printer repair site and use it to try and open the clogged nozzles. I'm told it includes the special RED Epson printhead cleaning fluid and a syringe, which is about the only thing that may help...Good Luck! Denny Conway
by Denny Conway on Jun 2, 2003 at 2:27pm Add comment
Thanks Denny. I got to thinking about how it works an did the following:
1. I started a print head cleaning cycle and unpluged the printer, leaving the heads unlocked.
2. I used some Head cleaner and put it on the cleaning pad,(the pad where the heads park), and cleaned the pad first wetting it with the cleaner then bloting it with a paper towel. I did this 4 times. at this point the pad looked very clean.
3. I soaked the clean pad with the cleaner.
4. I pluged in the printer and let it go through a start up cycle.
5. I let it sit for about half hour
6. I ran it through a cleaning cycle and then a nozzel check.

And It worked the first time with out a single miss this thing cleaned up very well.
NOTE this is the sixth EPSON printer that I have owned and the only one that I have had any great amount of trouble from was the ACTION LASER II That Just died on me I don't know if it is about out of toner or not but not worth repair because I used it for my server printer. The Stylus 600 above has come out of retirement to take it's place. Thanks for all of your help !!
by unknown on Jun 2, 2003 at 7:06pm Add comment
Coy: Good Job! Just to let you know, that felt pad is called the "cap assembly" and just cleaning it will not normally unclog printhead nozzles, so you were very fortunate. Cleaning that pad can help to unclog the "pumping mechanism" and related tubing. When you park the "printhead assembly" over the cap assy with head cleaner on it, to the point that the fluid is almost over flowing, you are actually cleaning the bottom or outside areas of the printhead and nozzles. This procedure can help to correct a crooked firing nozzle and also helps to dissolve the built up ink on the bottom of the printhead assemblies. In case you want to actually clean the bottom and backside of the printhead assy and nozzles further, I will e-mail you some in-depth general information...Denny Conway
by Denny Conway on Jun 3, 2003 at 10:45am Add comment
THE SPRINGS FROM THE PRINTHEAD ASSEMBLY OR THE CAP ASSEMBLY HAVE FELL OFF. CAN THIS BE FIXED?
by unknown on Jun 3, 2003 at 11:39am Add comment
Dee: As an "Epson Authorized Service Dealer", there's only so much information and help that I can legally give. Reguarding thosesprings and cap assembly: Its not a problem that is easy to fix, even for a printer technician. It would not really even help to purchase a Service Manual, because the disassembly of the "cleaning station assembly" and replacement of the springs and related small parts, is not covered or explained in the manual. That process is something learned more from practice thru repeated disassembly, removal and reinstallation. I spent many hours tearing apart old dead printers for practice. Even the Epson School and Class that I attended, did not cover that area in detail...TECH NOTE: I LOOKED AT THE EPSON SERVICE MANUAL. EVEN THE MANUAL DOES NOT INCLUDE IN-DETAIL PICTURES, DIAGRAMS, OR EVEN STEPS ON HOW TO REPAIR THE PREVIOUSLY MENTIONED CLEANING STATION PARTS/ASSY'S...I will e-mail you some general information that I have saved as a Text File, but it may not help much...Good Luck! Denny Conway
by Denny Conway on Jun 4, 2003 at 12:17pm Add comment