How to Fix a Kodak Inkjet Cartridge

Updated February 21, 2017

Kodak printers are popular choices for both home and business use, and these printers can provide many years of trouble-free service. But in order to get the most out of your Kodak printer, you will need to know how to perform ongoing maintenance, including checking the condition of your ink cartridges and fixing them when necessary. Kodak cartridges are prone to a number of issues, and it is important for printer owners to be aware of those potential problems.

Print a test page or document to the printer and examine the output. If the black print looks good but the colour is missing or of poor quality, you can be sure that the problem lies with the colour cartridge. If there are problems with both black and colour printing, it is important to thoroughly clean the print cartridge carriers. Remove both print cartridges and carefully swab the carriers using a cotton swab dipped in some isopropyl alcohol.

Open the cover of the printer and wait for the print heads to move to the middle of the printer. Flip up the cover of the print cartridge.

Pull the print cartridge forward and lift it free of the printer. Turn the print cartridge upside down and examine it carefully. If you see any cracks in the cartridge, you'll need to replace it rather than try to fix it.

Dip a cotton swab in a bottle of isopropyl alcohol and swab the entire underside of the print cartridge (assuming there are no cracks). Continue to swab the cartridge until no more ink is visible. If the quality of the print is still unacceptable after a thorough cleaning, you'll need to replace the cartridge.

Let the print cartridge sit upright and leave it that way for 10-15 minutes. Use the cotton swab to wipe the bottom of the cartridge again, then replace the cartridge in the printer. Send a test page to the printer to make sure the quality is acceptable.

Things You'll Need

  • Cotton swab
  • Isopropyl alcohol
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