Fun with my Epson 9800... :(

Discussion in 'Large Format Inkjet Printers' started by gavint, Jul 3, 2015.

  1. gavint

    gavint New Member

    Jul 2015
    Sydney, Australia
    I'm having some trouble with my Epson 9800. It's partially my own fault.

    I wanted to get any comments/suggestions from anyone who might have encountered similar problems before I dive in and start messing thing up further.

    the printer is about 5 years old. It's done great over the years. I quite like it to be honest.

    Recently I left it off for about 3-4 weeks. when I turned it on - clogged heads.

    Ok - ran nozzle checks, power cleaning - no real fix. Still had lines. Look - it's an old printer - the cleaning heads are a bit dirty, paper fibres build up on the print head etc. No physical errors - but this is what you get for a printer that's not new.

    Ok - so I decided to pull off the print head and clean it up. I followed all the instructions on removing the print head from the service manual.

    Well - all except one. I didn't lift the levers, closing the ink valves... Yeah - I know - that was STUPID! I've already applied the stupid sticker to my own forehead. Thanks. :)

    I then cleaned the print head - I ran cleaning fluid through the nozzles etc.

    put it back together - it at first printed a few lines then it started going blank.

    Now the head goes back and forth - but nothing comes out.

    So, I'm thinking I have air in the lines.

    I tried to "prime" the ink system, but now it's asking me to replace 4 ink cartridges.

    Anyone ever done something similar or able to give reassuring words...

    Thanks! Gavin