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  Good day to everyone!I have a 950 HP printer and the problem with it is that the ink is leaking both inside and outside of the printer.Can it be repaired?
                                   ANNIE.
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by:PapaDanielle
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Hi Annie,

1. Please how do you mean "leak"?
    - Is it dripping onto your table?
    - is it that it stains / blots the paper you use?
    - Does it "leak" only when you print?

Now the ink for the printers should be in a sealed catridge ("bottle").

If the ink is dripping - like into the printer and/or onto the table -  then the probelm is not from the printer. Consider getting new ink catridges.
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No you don't need a new printer - it just needs a good clean and the ink soak pads ( C6426-80019 Absorber )need replacing
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by:Engleberth
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Please bear in mind that the ink is water based and once inside cables, connections & motors can cause further failures.

I'd agree with Printec but do be aware that even purchesing new parts there is a chance the printer may malfunction. However you should be able to get a good idea of how 'contaminated' the insides are when you remove the covers. Use IPA (Isoproponel Alcohol) or simmiler chemical to remove any ink in the workings & off the covers

My consern is with the cartrages you are using. Are they refilled or non-HP ? If so then this is the risk you run.
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by:sballo
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I saw similar problems onto other printers, like Epson Stylus 600, Canon BJC 4400. In all cases, the ink-dripping was due to the low use (a long period of inactivity of the printer is dangerous, where long = 3 weeks or more). In some cases, the ink-head may also dry inside (I don't know what's worse).

Anyway, use always original cartridges. Don't send the printer to a repair center with compatible (non HP) cartridges, because it cause the void of warranty.

A little note: here in Italy, some cheap printers cost 60$, and the cartridge kit costs 65$. Normally, when you finish the ink, it is better to buy a new printer.
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