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« on: January 30, 2013, 06:35:52 PM »
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Must be a bad printhead? Or maybe something simple to clean??

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« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2013, 07:19:04 PM »
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What I would do ( i have a z3100)

start the printhead replacement procedure

clean all the heads and the bottom of the carriage

look at the sides and clean everything there too ( use a flashlight)

put the heads in place and try again....

( When i see your print - the heads seem to be doing fine- must be solved with some cleaning- MK?)


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« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2013, 08:19:40 PM »
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Thanks for the idea. I did as you suggested, only pulled the black printhead, some drippy ink on it. LOTS of ink on the landing pad (or whatever it's name is) I think a service call is in my near future  Sad

What I would do ( i have a z3100)

start the printhead replacement procedure

clean all the heads and the bottom of the carriage

look at the sides and clean everything there too ( use a flashlight)

put the heads in place and try again....

( When i see your print - the heads seem to be doing fine- must be solved with some cleaning- MK?)

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« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2013, 02:12:32 PM »
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Hi kers-

I have similar marks, ruined about $100 of paper.

How do you clean the bottom of the carriage?

Thanks, Bill



clean all the heads and the bottom of the carriage

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« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2013, 03:37:43 PM »
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I have a Z2100 service manual on PDF if you want I can email it to you.

Mine was finally repaired after and new service station, carriage assembly and new printheads.. $2400. in repairs! Thankfully insurance covered it as freeze damage.
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« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2013, 04:33:03 PM »
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Thanks, I have the repair manual. It tell me how to take out, buy, and replace all the parts, but not how to do routine cleaning.

Makes sense, as the repair techs would be unlikely to do what I'm looking to do, they would just replace the whole thing.

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« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2013, 12:17:47 PM »
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My z3100 started to leave some unexpected black spots on prints so I did a typical cleaning that included

Removing each print head and cleaning with distilled water and q tips, but one can use lint free towels or even coffee filters.

Next I cut the heads off of several q tips and used forceps to get the q tip to the location where the print head passes through the bottom of the carriage. I wet the q tips with distilled water and cleaned where the print head fits in the carriage, plus around where the print head pokes through the carriage bottom. I did this until the damp Q tips came out clean. After that I used several dry q tips to finish up and remove any left over water. This took quite a while as Its been about year since the last cleaning.

Another way to do part of this is to remove 2 print heads that are side by side and loop a damp lint free towel between the 2 openings and move the towel back and forth to clean out stuff between the 2 openings. This approach will only clean the sides, however, and the front and back also need to be cleaned.

Next I did a cleaning of the carriage docking areas on the left and right, using lint free towels and distilled water, and removed all the ink I could see.

After that I used air in a can to blow out any dust, canvas, cat hairs and other debris that could be removed. I did this from the top of the printer, plus the front and back.

After that I printed head alignment test and a couple of test prints to make sure all was okay (it was) and now I wonít need to bother with it until the carriage starts to drop ink again.

BTW, get some exam gloves from Costco and use them during this process. Itíll keep your hands clean but most importantly, it will make it nearly impossible for your skin and the oils and other stuff skin carries to contaminate anything in the printer.



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« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2013, 03:07:31 PM »
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It happens after a certain period of use - as others said, no real big deal - pull the print heads and wipe everything off, it'll take you 30 min.
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« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2013, 09:49:00 AM »
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In my case the root cause was a bad MK head, of course, the only head I didn't have on hand!

It happens after a certain period of use - as others said, no real big deal - pull the print heads and wipe everything off, it'll take you 30 min.
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« Reply #9 on: March 22, 2013, 10:36:37 AM »
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i just cleaned mine...always the MK ..!

I took the MK head out and used some earcleaning sticks ( do not know the english word)  to go through the MKprintheadhole to clean the bottom of the carriage-
a lot of black dirt came off!  Now it works perfect.

Silly they did not make it more easy to clean the carriage...
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