Replacing the Printhead (iPF6400S)

Article ID: ART115577 | Date published: 05/11/2015 | Date last updated: 10/30/2015


Replacing the Printhead (iPF6400S)


When to replace the Printhead

This printer is equipped with two printheads.
Replace one or printheads in the following situations.
  • If the printing quality does not improve even after one or two cycles of Head Cleaning B from the printer menu
-> Replace any printheads with poor printing performance.
  • If the Display Screen indicates "Open top cover and replace the left printhead."
-> Replace the Printhead on the left side.
  • If the Display Screen indicates "Open top cover and replace the right printhead."
-> Replace the Printhead on the right side.
  • If your Canon dealer has advised Printhead replacement
-> Replace the Printhead as directed.

Compatible printheads

Printhead PF-05

Precautions when handling the Printhead

Take the following precautions when handling the Printhead.
  • For safety, keep the Printhead out of the reach of children.
  • If ink is accidentally ingested, contact a physician immediately.
  • Do not touch the Printhead immediately after printing. The Printhead becomes extremely hot, and there is a risk of burns.
  • There may be ink around the nozzles of the Printhead you remove. Handle the Printhead carefully during replacement.
The ink may stain clothing.
  • Do not open the Printhead pouch until immediately before installation. After removing the Printhead from the pouch, install it right away. If the Printhead is left after the pouch is opened, the nozzles may dry out, which may affect printing quality.

Access the menu for Printhead replacement

  • When replacing the Printhead immediately after printing, wait a few minutes before replacing it. The metal parts of the Printhead become hot during printing, and there is a risk of burns from touching these parts.
  • Your hands may become dirty during Printhead replacement. Use the gloves provided with the new Printhead for replacement.
  • Prepare a new Ink Tank when ink levels are low.
  • When the remaining capacity of Maintenance cartridge is low, prepare a new Maintenance cartridge.

1. Remove any paper that has been advanced by selecting Eject Paper in the Control Panel menu.

2. Clean inside the Top Cover.

3. On the Tab Selection screen of the Control Panel, press or to select the Settings/Adj. tab ( ).

  • If the Tab Selection screen is not displayed, press the Menu button.

4. Press the OK button.
The Set./Adj. Menu is displayed.

5. Press or to select Maintenance, and then press the OK button.

6. Press or to select Replace P.head, and then press the OK button.

7. Press or to select the Printhead for replacement.
Select Printhead L when replacing the left printhead and Printhead R when replacing the right printhead.
Make sure your selection is correct.

8. Press the OK button.
The ink begins to be drawn in, and instructions appear on the Display Screen after this has finished.
It takes about three minutes for the ink to be drawn in.

Replace the Printhead

1. Open the Top Cover.
Instructions are now shown on the Display Screen regarding Printhead replacement.

2. If the Printhead Fixer Cover or Printhead Fixer Lever is dirty, use a damp cloth that you have wrung out completely to wipe it clean.

  • Do not touch the Linear Scale (a) or Carriage Shaft (b). Touching these parts may damage them.
  • Never touch the metal contacts of the Carriage. This may damage the printer.

3. Pull the Printhead Fixer Lever forward all the way to open it completely.

4. Pull up the Printhead Fixer Cover to open it completely.

5. Remove the Printhead and press the OK button.

  • Dispose of the used Printhead in accordance with local regulations.

6. Holding the new Printhead by the grips (a), remove it from the pouch.

  • When handling the Printhead, always hold it by the grips (a). Never touch the nozzles (b) or metal contacts (c).
This may damage the Printhead and affect printing quality.
  • Never touch the ink supply section (d). This may cause printing problems.

7. While firmly holding the Printhead you have removed, use your other hand to remove the orange Protective Part (a).
Squeeze the grips (c) of Protective Part (b) and pull it down to remove it.

  • The inside surface of the Protective Part (a) and Protective Part (b) is coated with ink to protect the nozzles. Be careful not to touch these surfaces when removing the caps.
  • The Printhead contains ink to protect the nozzles. We recommend removing Protective Part (b) as you hold it over the Printhead package or safely out of the way to avoid spilling ink and staining your clothes or the surrounding area. If ink accidentally spills, wipe off the ink with a dry cloth.
  • If you need to put a Printhead somewhere temporarily before installation, do not keep the nozzles and metal contacts facing down. If the nozzles or metal contacts are damaged, it may affect the printing quality.
  • Do not reattach the removed Protective Part. Dispose of these materials in accordance with local regulations.

8. With the nozzles facing down and the metal contacts toward the back, insert the Printhead into the Carriage.
Carefully push the printhead firmly into the Carriage, ensuring that the nozzles and metal contacts do not touch the carriage.

9. Pull the Printhead Fixer Cover down toward the front to lock the Printhead in place.

10. Push the Printhead Fixer Lever toward the back of the printer until it clicks.

11. Close the Top Cover.
Ink is being filled. It takes about nine minutes for ink to fill the system.

  • Never remove an Ink Tank while the system is filling with ink.
The procedure is now finished if you have set Rep.P.head Print to Off in the Control Panel menu.
In this case, execute the Initial adjustmt of Head Posi. Adj. from the Control Panel menu.

12. Follow the instructions on the Display Screen to advance the paper.
After the paper is advanced the Initial adjustmt of Head Posi. Adj. will be executed automatically.
When printing fine lines or text at high precision on glossy or semi-glossy photo or proofing paper, set the optimal Printhead height before aligning the printhead.



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