Checking for Clogged Print Head Nozzles

To maintain optimum print quality, perform a nozzle check before printing. This lets you visually inspect the printed check pattern and clean the nozzles, if necessary. There are two ways to check the nozzles:
  1. Press the  maintenance button. You see the Maintenance menu on the product LCD screen.
  2. Select Nozzle Check, select the print position for the check pattern, and press the OK button. The product prints a nozzle check pattern.
  3. Check the printed pattern to see if there are gaps in the lines.

    Nozzles are clean

    Nozzles need cleaning

  4. If there are no gaps, the print head is clean and you can continue printing. If there are gaps or the pattern is faint, clean the print head.
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Cleaning the Print Head Nozzles
Related references
Maintenance Precautions
Printer Setup Menu Settings
Maintenance Menu Settings