How to Remove the Print Head on a Canon IP4300 Printer

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How to Remove the Print Head on a Canon IP4300 Printer
Canon printers are known for their removable print heads and ink tanks. (printer cartridge image by hugy from

If you've noticed your Canon iP4300 printing with streaks or faded colours, it is very likely that you have a clogged print head. Your first course of action is running the cleaning or deep cleaning cycles under the maintenance tab in the printer window. If that doesn't solve the problem, it may be time to replace the print head. Removing an old print head requires knowing where to locate it, but beyond that it is a simple process.

Skill level:


    Removing the Print Head

  1. 1

    Open the inner cover of your printer. The print head holder will move to the centre.

  2. 2

    Raise the print head lock lever until it stops. This is the grey lever on the right side of the cartridge cavity.

  3. 3

    Lift out the print head.

    Installing a New Print Head

  1. 1

    Remove the new print head from its packing and take off the protective orange cap.

  2. 2

    Insert the new print head.

  3. 3

    Lower the print head lock lever and replace ink cartridges.

  4. 4

    Close the printer cover.

  5. 5

    Print a test page.

Tips and warnings

  • If the cover is left open for 10 minutes, the print head holder will move to the right. If this happens, simply close and reopen the top cover.

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