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asked Feb 19, 2003 at 3:04pm
Epson Epson Stylus Color 3000

EPSON HEAD CLEANER

I just received the Epson Stylus Head Cleaning Kit (Invoice 50751) for the 3000 I had mentioned. Thanks.

However, the instructions are confusing since I think they address other models.

In the 3000, there are NO cartridges that one can "push out of the way".
The heads are hidden deep within slots that are opened by inserting the cartridge. I can jig the slot open with a stick (after removing the cartridge); however, there is NO SPONGE in this model that I can see. There is a tiny black nib, way in the back, that appears to contact and lock into the front of the cartridge when it is inserted.

(By the way, you do NOT note, to begin point #4, the replug-in of the AC. This may be obvious, but should be part of your instructions.)

Do you have suggetions?
Should I insert the syringe directly into that black nib contact and inject then?

I would appreciate your answers.
Thanks, Warren Kass
Hi, Moe,
Thanks for your response.

However, a question unanswered was whether, in this 3000 model (and since the cartridge compartment is deep and not out in the open as on less expensive models, therefore access is cramped and not easy, and no sponge in sight)--- should I insert the syringe directly into the little black extended nib way inside which (as a layman) I assume receives the ink from the large, clunky cartridges used by the 3000?

I am afraid of damaging things if done incorrectly.
Would it be possible for you to locally locate a 3000 model and check this out since you said you might not be familiar with all models? I had assumed, upon my clicking on your 3000 link and purchasing, that I would get details related specifically to this model.

Right now, I am dead in my tracks and rely on you very much. Thank you for the prompt help here, truly.
Warren Kass NYC
by moe on Feb 19, 2003 at 10:39pm Add comment
You have to take the lid off and then remove all the dampers from the printhead assembly then use your syringe.
by unknown on Feb 20, 2003 at 10:56am Add comment
Hi, Moe,

Thanks, again.

I opened what I believe was the lid from the housing and found 4 thin tube leads within it. Three (CMY) had one kind of brass screw-in nut(?) leading downward, and the black (K) tube lead to another, larger, brass screw-in nut psitioned horizontally.
Both are tough to get into since all four were bound by a silver clip onto the white shiny plastic tape that drags the heads across the printer.
Questions:
1) Am I in the correct area to begin with?
2) Should I remove the tubes by unscrewing (and how) the nuts and will ink dislodge when I do it?
3) If removeable at all, do I then use the syringe to squeeze a drop into the opening left when removing the thin tubes?

Humbly, Warren
by Warren on Feb 20, 2003 at 2:23pm Add comment
1) Am I in the correct area to begin with?

yes.

2) Should I remove the tubes by unscrewing (and how) the nuts and will ink dislodge when I do it?

Do not under any circumstances unscrew those nuts or there will be ink everywhere. what you have to do is pull out the plastic ink holders that the tubes are attached to via those nuts. firstly unclip that silver clip. it just lifts up and out, then carefully lift up each pipe out of the holder that is inside where that silver clip is. once you do that you can then lever up the 4 plastic ink holders (you should see the ink in them) from the printhead. do not press the centre of them where the ink is. use the little grooves at the corners. as long as you dont put pressure on them they will not leak (much). have something ready though just in case. after that you should have full access to the needles on the heads. use your syringe on them with the fluid. you should also take out your inks before doing this as that will close the valves.



3) If removeable at all, do I then use the syringe to squeeze a drop into the opening left when removing the thin tubes?

yes
by unknown on Feb 20, 2003 at 4:20pm Add comment
Moe,

You are the best!

I have NOT yet done the deed, but will do so in the next day or so and let you know of the results.

You are very patient and very thorough.
Thank you immensely,
Warren
by Warren on Feb 20, 2003 at 4:58pm Add comment
Hi,

Well, your Epson Kit did NOT work.

I tried it several times with numerous head and nozzle checks.
Nothing. Solution never opened up the connections.

I gave up the ghost and now have it in a repair shop.

Warren
by unknown on Feb 23, 2003 at 3:24pm Add comment