asked Dec 16, 2004 at 9:51am
Epson Epson Stylus Color 660

Epson 660

The head seems to be out of alinement, when I use the software alinement tool nothing happens and the output produces a verticle wavy line
Bob: First you need to clean & lubricate the Carriage Assembly and then do that Alignment Procedure. A DIRTY and or DRY carriage assembly will not give you a good alignment and even then it usually will not hold the alignment that you set it to. As far as the verticle wavy line, that could be caused by a really dirty underside area of the actual Printhead Assembly, but no way to really know. Just in case you want to clean those areas and at least eliminate those possibilities, I will e-mail you some in-depth information..Good Luck! Denny Conway
by Denny Conway on Dec 16, 2004 at 10:05am Add comment
thanks very much I will have a go, I've also got a 700 photo printer that seems tyo have a almost blocked black, I've changed the cartridge and done a couple of cleaning cycles without much effect!

All the best, Bob.
by unknown on Dec 17, 2004 at 3:16am Add comment
Bob: It's possible that you may even have an actual HARDWARE/PARTS PROBLEM [failing Printhead Assembly or Main Board Assembly], but normally the most common problem is clogging of the Printhead Nozzles. You might want to try using the Epson Stylus Head Cleaning Solution, available through the Home Page on "fixyourownprinter.com", at http://fixyourownprinter.com/ , but it will only help, if there is an actual clogged Printhead Assembly. When it opens, click-on Epson, under PRINTER REPAIR KITS. Then click-on "Epson Stylus Head Cleaning Solution" and that page should then open correctly. The Epson Solution sells for around $10.00 plus shipping. It includes a syringe and some Epson Printhead Cleaning Solution, which is designed to dissolve most clogs, especially if you were using Epson inks. This is the same chemical used by Epson in their service department. You can try it if you want to and see if you can get the printhead nozzles to open up again, but that will only help if they are actually clogged. It was basically designed by Epson Company for use on their older models of ink jet printers, but people have been using it on the newer models, with success reported. IF YOU DECIDE TO, TRY THE "EPSON STYLUS HEAD CLEANING SOLUTION", JUST REMEMBER: The "nozzles" inside the printhead assembly can be easily damaged by using to much force on the plunger of the syringe. Damage can even occur when you are using the Epson Stylus Head Cleaning Solution method, if you actually try to force the fluid thru the nozzle. To much force/pressure can damage the little tubes inside the Nozzle Assembly and then it will never work again. One individual printhead nozzle is so tiny, that it will not accept a human hair. You can see why they can get clogged so easily, or even why the nozzles can be so easily 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 day or two, to try and dissolve a possible bad clog. Sometimes you might have to use the fluids several times to be able to dissolve the clog in the printhead nozzles. Sometimes the clog will never dissolve, 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 smaller Epson Ink Jet style printers. You can generally buy a new small printer cheaper than you can have your old one repaired for. EXAMPLE: The printhead assembly in the "C80" Printer sells for around $120 to $130. There is a REVIEW of the Printhead Cleaning Solution kit, available to view at http://www.inkjetprinterhelp.us/EKR.html ...Again, Good Luck! Denny Conway
by Denny Conway on Dec 20, 2004 at 10:13am Add comment