[QUOTE=Jeffg53;8479]I went ahead and installed the carts including the C that was losing ink from the vent hole. After a few inksep and purge patterns, I got a good nozzle check. After a little printing and leaving it alone, my latest nozzle check shows one piece missing on C and the rest all looking good. I just took out the C cart and the air path looks good with no ink. Should I expect the missing piece to sort itself out, or is there something else that I could try?[/QUOTE]
Hi Jeff, Dana or one of her compadres will chime in on this with definitive answers, but here are some tips/tricks I have discovered with Easyfills in my 1430:
[li]When refilling spare carts, I bundle all refilled carts in a “brick” and put a single strip of transparent tape across all the vent holes to help prevent leakage during storage as well as to stabilize the brick. Then I add another strip of tape across the front of the brick, place the brick in a ziploc bag, seal it, and put it in a small box (upright!) for safe, humidity-controlled storage.
[/li][li]I sometimes get bad nozzle checks even though I suspect that I am good to print. I theorize that the Epson nozzle check utility pulls hard at the cartridges and can suck air into the heads past the seals, especially if the vents are partially clogged and/or the carts well-used. So I have created an image file with a row of small colored rectangles approximating the CMYKcm ink values. I print that image as an alternate nozzle check (on plain paper), with the printer set for the photo paper I plan to use, high speed off and Photo RPM on. This slows the ink draw rate way down, simulating that of your photo print and giving a good idea whether nozzles are blocked or merely starved at a high draw rate. If my alternative nozzle check looks good, I proceed with a small check print before going for a full size. This trick has saved me lots of time and head cleaning ink and frustration!