I fixed the problem.
I did swabs directly from the VM & LM carts and since the swabs from the carts were very different, like you said those colors should be, I suspected a clog since the VM channel printed so light in a auto nozzle check.
I looked at the VM cart since I had cleaned the print heads and the capping station and the cleaning station last week.
The VM cart ink delivery nozzle and the printer receiving nozzle were covered with gunk and gummy stuff.
I cleaned them with swabs, a little windex and then a final wash with distilled water on a swab. I then poured the ink out of the cart through a filter and cleaned the inside of the cart with warm tap water then windex and finally distilled water. The spring & ss ball inside of the cart that closes the nozzle seemed dirty because I could not see through that area. I cleaned it with help opening it with a thin round plastic tooth pick and by keeping the cart cap open windex flowed out nicely. The windex really helped to clear that area. I don’t think it was blocked inside, but just a precaution.
There was nothing I could see in the filter, I let it drip for minute or two and I didn’t squeeze it out. I shook out the water from the cart and refilled with the filtered VM.
I made a test print and there was red just like that.
Now I have get rid of the air bubbles.
Thanks so very much and make sure KellyC sees this post if you could