asked Oct 13, 2003 at 2:39pm
Epson Epson Stylus Color 660

epson stylus 660

I recently changed the ink and self cleaned the printer. When I tried to print, the ink still came out very light and there were faint lines running through each word. I would greatly appreciate any help offered.
Thanks in Advance
Gabrielle: Just to let you know, I do not work for "fixyourownprinter.com" or even "Epson Company"...Did you actually install a NEW Epson Ink Cartridge, or did you buy a Third-Party or Generic ink cartridge? Most of the problems people have are caused by something they did, or did not do and are not always the printers fault. No matter what anyone says, all blacks and colors are not the same. Thats why all companies patient the formulas for there inks. Epson has many different formulas just for its black ink, for all the different Epson Printers, let alone for their colored inks. Generally if you are using Non-Epson Ink Cartridges, or refilling your old cartridges, you are using the wrong ink for your printer and sooner or later you will have some type of problems, almost everyone does. Sometimes using the wrong ink, can actually damage the "Printhead Assembly", so you are taking your chances by using Third-Party or Generic ink cartridges, or even by refilling your old cartridges...If you run a "Nozzle Test" and all the nozzles are not firing/open, then its possible that they may be actually clogged, or even that the "Printhead Assembly" may be damaged or failing. At this point all you can really do is to start running sets of "Printhead Cleaning Cycles" and "Nozzle Tests" to see if you can get all those nozzles to open up and start firing again. Remember that every printhead cleaning cycle must be followed by a nozzle test, because the printer uses each nozzle test as a point of reference for the next cleaning cycle performed. You may have to run as many as 6 to 10 sets of tests, while trying to get all the nozzles to open up again. Unfortunatly all those tests waste a lot of ink and if after 10 sets of tests, the nozzles are still not open, then they areprobably clogged. If you want too, you can try using the "printhead cleaning kit", available through the home page on "fixyourownprinter.com" and see if you can get the rest of those printhead nozzles to open up again. The KIT is around $10.00 plus shipping and it includes a syringe and some Epson Printhead Cleaning Solution. Epson fluid is designed to dissolve most clogs, especially if you use Epson inks...REMEMBER: The "nozzles" inside the printhead assembly can be easily damaged by using to much force. Damage can even occur when you are using the printhead cleaning kit method, if you actually try to force the fluid thru the nozzle. Sometimes with too much force, the nozzles can be damaged. The correct method is to use the syringe to add the fluid into the nozzle and then leave the fluids set inside the nozzle for a couple of days, to try and dissolve a possible bad clog. Sometimes you might have to use the fluids several times to be able to disolve the clog in the printhead nozzles. Sometimes the clog will never disolve, or it actually damages the nozzles. The longer the clog has been in, the worse it is to remove. Again, if the cleaning fluids don't help, then its generally time to invest in a new printer. In some more expensive printers, you may want to get an estimate to replace the printhead assembly, but as a general rule, its not really economical to do in the small Epson Ink Jet style printers...Good Luck! Denny Conway
by Denny Conway on Oct 13, 2003 at 3:12pm Add comment