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  • alijbear commented on andrea biffi's instructable how to recover a dry printer head10 months ago
    how to recover a dry printer head

    No! Don't use any oil-based product on the print head! IJ inks are water-based and WD40 - or any other lubricant - could terminally damage the heads.You can carefully clean them with water, but nothing else!

    Hi - Before I explain - my Canon MP610 recovered from a print head overheat!:It suddenly stopped and showed error 5200 (print head overheat) in the middle of a crucial run. The flashing sequence of the LEDs indicated the same error. I tried new inks, reseating the head and finally cleaning the head by placing it on a shallow saucer and running a very gentle slow stream of water over the ink receiver gauze holes for about an hour. Even this did not resolve the error. So I went out and bought another printer - and duly completed the print job.HOWEVER, the next morning, just before I took it out to the garage, ready for disposal, I switched it on again - and it came straight back on again with no errors!So, maybe the procedure is: Clean the head thoroughly (carefully!), turn off and unplu...see more »Hi - Before I explain - my Canon MP610 recovered from a print head overheat!:It suddenly stopped and showed error 5200 (print head overheat) in the middle of a crucial run. The flashing sequence of the LEDs indicated the same error. I tried new inks, reseating the head and finally cleaning the head by placing it on a shallow saucer and running a very gentle slow stream of water over the ink receiver gauze holes for about an hour. Even this did not resolve the error. So I went out and bought another printer - and duly completed the print job.HOWEVER, the next morning, just before I took it out to the garage, ready for disposal, I switched it on again - and it came straight back on again with no errors!So, maybe the procedure is: Clean the head thoroughly (carefully!), turn off and unplug the printer for a LONG time and try again before you chuck it out...

    Update: Less good news:It printed 3 pages, then I turned it off for a while (about 3 hours). When I turned it back on, the error code returned. Bah.However, it does suggest that the overheat error code CAN go away, and that when it does the printer CAN print normally again. It seems it's a matter of how that status is recorded and saved, how it occurred in the first place and what it really means...

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