asked Jan 30, 2001 at 7:44am
Epson Epson Stylus Color 1520

Epson still clogged

I just tried one of the Epson Ink Jet Head Cleaning Solution kits only to find my Epson 1520 still can't print anything more than some faint horizontal lines and only in some places. Other than squirting the spnge pads the heads rest on, what else can be done?
The applicator fits snugly on the little plastic tits. Inject a few shots directly into the heads. The plunger should go down fairly easy. If there is any resistance it's because of a clog. You'll have to do a few head cleaning cycles to purge the fluid and get the ink into the head. The cleaning procedure doesn't work in every case, but it's the only alternative to an expensive head replacement.
by moe on Jan 30, 2001 at 6:23pm Add comment
I used a whole bottle of the clearning but one of the nozzles is still totally clogged. Worse yet, now the printer keeps showing me "printer error" so I even can't print a test page after clearning the nozzles.

I would like to change the print head.
by unknown on Feb 6, 2005 at 7:12pm Add comment
justbeing0: You did not actually state just which Epson Printer that you actually have. However, for "Exploded Parts Diagrams" of most Epson Ink Jet Printers and or possible parts ordering and prices by Compass Micro Inc, go to You will also need an actual Service Manual for reference and disassembly, as well as for doing the required factory settings, when a new printhead is installed. As you are already using this "" Printer Repair site, why not first check with them and see if they offer a manual for your particular printer, that might be of use to you. You can see whats available by clicking on the following link: CASE THEY DO NOT HAVE THE MANUAL THAT YOU NEED: You may need to try and locate an actual Service Manual, or Reset Procedure on-line, to buy and download for reference in disassembly, troubleshooting and servicing. I have not checked, but you can normally find Service Manuals and or Service Adjustment Programs/Resets for most printers, from, at (most Service Manuals & Reset Procedures, can usually be downloaded for around +/- ). If that source is not available, then I would recommend that you go to the "Compass Micro Inc" web-site, at and check with them directly, to see if they have a Service Manual or Reset Procedure available yet for your printer. Several people have posted that they have manuals available for the newer printers, that are not actually available from other normal sources. I HAVE NOT CHECKED ON ANY PARTICULAR PRINTER MODELS, BUT HERE ARE SOME OTHER WEB-SITES THAT YOU CAN CHECK WITH FOR SERVICE MANUALS: You will have to check the following web-sites for availability [some may be able to order or locate Service manuals for you] and pricing: , , , , , or Luck! Denny Conway
by Denny Conway on Feb 8, 2005 at 10:58am Add comment
Pedro & justbeing0...Just so you will know: 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", as well as general "Printhead Cleaning Instructions", that is available to view at ...Denny Conway
by Denny Conway on Feb 8, 2005 at 11:00am Add comment