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asked Sep 25, 2003 at 8:32am
Epson Epson Stylus Color 3000

Epson Cleaning Solution Kit

I purchased the Epson Cleaning Solution Kit. I have a Stylus 3000, and the instructions do not address accessing the 3000 or any related information to this particular model. I emailed you requesting additional information, but got no response after several days. I have searched your site, and I see that I am not the only person with this question. Your responses to them seem to be frustrated, and you have stated that you will not rewrite the instructions. This leaves me without a solution. I know the kit is inexpensive, but you should note on your site that you have no idea how to clean a 3000 or that the instructions are not applicable and let the buyer beware. Otherwise, I am left feeling a bit misled about your product and your willingness to assist. Just wanted to let you know.
I to would like to know how to make this work with the 3000 printer.
by slalemand on Jun 7, 2005 at 1:57pm Add comment
Hi.

I saw your post on the fixyourownprinter.com. I think I am in the same boat as you...how the heck do I use this kit for the epson 3000. Did you ever get the information on how to do this and were you able to do it? Any info you could pass along would be great.

cheers. Hans
- Anonymous
The 3000 is designed differently than most of the other Epson printers. But you can still use the kit with no problems. You can use a long piece of tubing (5 to 6 inches long) to access the ink inlet ports or you can use a blunt neeedle to access the ink inlet ports.

If you want you can remove the printer housing to get better access to the print heads.

If you contact the sales department as fixyourownprinter at [email protected] I'm sure they will be happy to send you a longer piece of tubing.

I really don't think you could fault fixyourownprinter because there are only a few printers that take any effort to clean the print heads. But with most printers it's very easy to use the kit.

I hope this helps,

Wes.
by unknown on Jun 7, 2005 at 6:29pm Add comment
Does this really work? I'm a little nervous to be sticking tubes (or pressing hot paper towels, as suggested by someone else) into my printer.

Any more advice is much appreciated.

L - laurastedman
Can you please pist a diagram as to how to remove the housing or access the ink inklet.
I have used the solution but I still have severe banding on the cyan. I have no idea how to do what you are describing.
Thank you
Sincerely
Erika Schneider - unknown
I bought it, and it worked very well.

Karl
by Anonymous on Aug 30, 2005 at 2:20pm Add comment
I lubed up the area (bottom) where the ink cartridges run across the plate, let it sit for 20 minutes, ran it, and it was fine… it was that simple.
by Anonymous on Aug 30, 2005 at 3:40pm Add comment
I didn't have to take anything apart, I didn't have to use any tubes or anything. I guess mine might not have been as bad as others, but I'm told, if it's really bad, you may have to do it a few times, but it should still clean up fine.

by Anonymous on Aug 30, 2005 at 3:44pm Add comment
You need to provide the model number of your printer before anyone can help.
by unknown on Apr 15, 2006 at 10:03am Add comment
yeah can someone please describe how to remove the cover on an Epson 3000? i need to access the black head. All 3 colors print perfectly, just the black prints zero. that is kinda worrrying as zero might mean some other problem like a burst tube, or severe blocked head.

So please , any advice how to clean the heads, how do i remove the cover? if i need to? how do i do the window wipe clean?
by unknown on Jan 12, 2010 at 12:50pm Add comment
You should not need to remove anything other that the ink cartridge. You will see a door blocking the cartridge access area but there is a little release on the upper area on the carriage. It's small but you will see it.

You do need to remove the ink cartridges. Then inject the cleaning solution into the print head ink inlet port. You will see if pointing at you once you look where the ink cartridge was.

Your model has tube that run to the print head but you can still use the kit to clean the printer.
by unknown on Jan 12, 2010 at 1:09pm Add comment
Before doing any invasive attempts at repair, you should first try solving this problem in a gentlier way.

Move the printhead carriage towards the middle of the printer. You most likely will not be able to do this by hand as the carriage becomes locked in position when at 'home'. To get it moved, do a nozzle check or send some simple file to the printer. When the printhead cariage is away from 'home', unplug the printer. Move the paper thickness lever to the thick position. Where the printhead carriage normally sits you will see two pads. The smaller one on the left is for the black printhead. Cut and fold a piece of paper towel so that its six layers thick and generously fits on top of the pad. Thoroughly saturate the paper towel piece with amoniated windex. Move the printhead carriage back to right to the 'home' position, over the pad and paper towel piece. Move the paper thickness lever to the thin position. Let it set like this overnight. Next day, do a printhead cleaning and a nozzle check. What are the results? - Scotty
by Anonymous on Jan 23, 2010 at 4:36am Add comment
"Before doing any invasive attempts at repair, you should first try solving this problem in a gentlier way.

Move the printhead carriage towards the middle of the printer. You most likely will not be able to do this by hand as the carriage becomes locked in position when at 'home'. To get it moved, do a nozzle check or send some simple file to the printer. When the printhead carriage is away from 'home', unplug the printer. Move the paper thickness lever to the thick position. Where the printhead carriage normally sits you will see two pads. The smaller one on the left is for the black printhead. Cut and fold a piece of paper towel so that its six layers thick and generously fits on top of the pad. Thoroughly saturate the paper towel piece with amoniated windex. Move the printhead carriage back to right to the 'home' position, over the pad and paper towel piece. Move the paper thickness lever to the thin position. Let it set like this overnight. Next day, do a printhead cleaning and a nozzle check. What are the results? - Scotty"


I tried starting a new thread elsewhere, but it didn't show up. I'm trying to do much the same thing that Scotty suggested but with an Epson CX4800 Stylus, and I wondered if there is some nicer way of moving the printhead to the left and having it stay there than pulling the power cord.

Take a look at this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vk_x9c4nUqk

You will see that at about 18 to 25 seconds in, the narrator pushed a manual release button and moved the printhead to the left manually. Is there anything like that on the CX4800? If there is, I have not found it as yet.

Comments? Please?

Postscript: on my CX4800, I did see a small white piece of plastic on the back wall, but those tight toothed belts are blocking access to it. Is that a release button? I'm somewhat chary of trying to press on that or fool with it because I'm afraid of hurting those belts. Also, my fingers don't fit in there. Is a screwdriver or something required, or is that even a release button? - Mr. Kitten
hi thanks for the replies, do i need to remover the cover to do the above procedure?

where is the paper thickness lever? is that the blue lever on the right?

anyone post how to remove the epsom 3000 cover?

thanks
by unknown on Jan 23, 2010 at 7:29am Add comment
Yes, the cover will have to be removed to do the above procedure. Control & Indicator information, such as media thickness is available within the User manual. Cover removal information is available in the Service Manual here: http://www.eserviceinfo.com

- Scotty
by Anonymous on Jan 25, 2010 at 4:39am Add comment