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5.Lift the handle of a printhead and use it to pull the printhead out of its slot.
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6.Carefully remove any ink from the contact pads on the printhead using a dry cotton swab or a
soft, dry, lint-free cloth that will not come apart or leave fibers behind.
CAUTIONOnly wipe the contact pads. Wiping the nozzles (located on the underside of
the printhead) can cause severe damage to the printhead.
7.If some residue remains, slightly moisten the swab with distilled, filtered, or bottled water, and
continue wiping until the contacts are clean.
CAUTIONAvoid using drinking water or alcohol, which could damage the printheads.
8.After cleaning, place the printhead on a sheet of paper or paper towel.
9.Clean the contact points in the printhead slot inside the printer with a dampened cotton swab.
Before re-inserting the printheads, make sure all the electrical contacts have had at least five
minutes to dry.
.Plug in the power cord and turn on the printer. The control panel should still indicate that a
printhead is missing.
.Insert the printhead into its color-coded slot. Press down firmly on the printhead to ensure proper
NOTEIf you are installing a new printhead, remove the new printhead from its package,
and then remove its protective tape.
.Pull the printhead latch all the way forward, and then press down to ensure that the latch is
properly engaged. You might have to apply some pressure to engage the latch.
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.Close the top cover.
.Where necessary, repeat the above steps for the remaining printheads.
.If you installed a new printhead, wait while the printer initializes it and prints an alignment page. If
you removed and reinserted printheads but did not install a new printhead, print an alignment
page manually. See
To align the printheads.
If the alignment page does not print, make sure the printhead latch and all covers are securely
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Replacing the printheads
NOTETo find out which printheads are compatible with your printer, see HP supplies and
NOTEOnly replace printheads after you have attempted to clean the printheads. See To
clean printheads automatically and To clean the printhead contacts manually.
1.Open the top cover.
2.Lift to open the printhead latch.
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3.Lift the handle of a printhead and use it to pull the printhead out of its slot.
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