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Canon ink tanks bleeding into each other

I have two canon S630 printers. In the past few months, twice or 3x now, one ink tank has shared itself with the others. I noticed when first the output was all blue. I opened the cover and removed the cartridges and the red was purple and yellow was green.

I swapped the print head from the one I had that was working fine and it was all good for a while. Now the red has blead into the yellow, making orange and my print outs are a lovely shade of pink...

This cartridges go from left to right, cyan, magenta, yellow. This time the blue... left was unaffected.

I did a quick google search for canon tank ink bleed, but found nothing. Any ideas?

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megamike
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hdhondtCommented:
It sounds pretty much as if the printhead has had it. As the printer is getting on in age,  I would suggest getting a new printer. Either that or see if some Canon dealer has an old one (or trry Ebay) with a good printhead.
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nobusCommented:
did you try new ink cartridges? Or the old ones?
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WatzmanCommented:

Is the printhead part of the cartridge in this model, or is it separate?

Does this model have a single cartridge with 3 (or more) colors, or is there a totally separate cartridge per color?
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megamikeAuthor Commented:
The printers are each about 2 years old. When I swapped the print heads of the two it was fine for a month or so. When I swapped the cartridges I went with all new ink, as the corrupted tanks were all the wrong color.

The ink cratridges are relatively cheap, ($4) so I guess I will reload and see how long it is good for.

The print cartridge is separate.  They are $50 at OM. I think it is crazy to get a new printer this quick. I am also not willing to sink $50 into a print head.

I guess what I was looking for was whether this was a common problem or if I am the lone ranger.   I have a hard time understanding how the red in is ending up IN the yellow cartridge. How can it "drink" from the cartridge to it's left?

Thanks for your comments
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nobusCommented:
i never heard this before, maybe a new physical phenomenom? like matter transmitter?
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hdhondtCommented:
It does seem weird. Those printheads should have no connection with each other at all, as your printer uses 4 separate ink tanks, and 4 separate heads. Unless you have a practical joker with a syringe???
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chiingliangCommented:
the fault is with the oem inks. it eats the print head, causing the bleed.
recomeded: buy a new printer, cheaper than buying the ink head.

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ccomleyCommented:
If a new print head is $50, then check out the price of a new *printer* *with* warranty before going there.

But I can't imagine anything that can cause that efect that isn't down to ink tanks, print head assembly, or both.

You using Canon originals?

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hdhondtCommented:
No comment has been added to this question in more than 21 days, so it is now classified as abandoned..
I will leave a recommendation in the Cleanup topic area that this question is:
Split hdhondt & chiingliang
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megamikeAuthor Commented:
I apologize that it took so long for me to return to my question. It became clear to me that no answers were going to be gathered here, so I solved it myself. I decided to keep empty tanks in the printer until I decided to print. The problem has disspeared, and I keep the good tanks wrapped up in their original packing after I use them. I do limited color prints, so this works quite well for me.  Thanks for your efforts.
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