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Registered: ‎06-11-2014

Re: Call to Arms for the dreaded U052 Wrong Printhead Error



I thought I was just unlucky - until I came here.  I can tell the exact same story as all of you:


Pixma MX892 - 13 months old.  Working fine until yesterday morning - U052 error.  Called Canon. Tried all the steps they suggest - nothing helps.  Even went so far as to take the printhead out and try to clean it with isopropyl ("rubbing") alcohol.  No help there.


Very frustrating.  Canon, of course, offered me the Pixma 992 at the "loyalty" price of ~$120 some odd dollars - laughed at the rep as I was looking  at the 992 page on Amazon for 99 while she was informing me of the "special sale".


I'm very frustrated to say the least - I'm also done with Canon printing products.

Occasional Contributor
Posts: 12
Registered: ‎06-03-2014

Re: Call to Arms for the dreaded U052 Wrong Printhead Error

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Evidently, my posts in this forum thread are being deleted. Canon does not want to deal with this so there's no point in trying to get any further response. You've lost a loyal customer.

New Contributor
Posts: 1
Registered: ‎06-12-2014

Re: Call to Arms for the dreaded U052 Wrong Printhead Error

Add another MX892 user that has been added to the list of "Screwed Canon Customers".....

Sounds very familiar, everything was working fine then this error message came up...


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Registered: ‎06-03-2014

Re: Call to Arms for the dreaded U052 Wrong Printhead Error

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Like my new Avatar?  Everyone else should put theirs as their picture too... 

Upload your error!!


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Registered: ‎04-13-2014

Re: Call to Arms for the dreaded U052 Wrong Printhead Error

Great idea! How about putting something on YouTube too............... It looks like about half the recent postings have been deleted here. Wonder why? This morning I found 5 new posting notifications but there are only two when I get to the site to read them. I guess too many of us are upsetting Canon. GOOD!
Always hate to see corporate ripoffs by companies we used to trust.
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Posts: 4
Registered: ‎05-25-2014

Re: Call to Arms for the dreaded U052 Wrong Printhead Error

Yep, posts are disappearing... here's one I posted yesterday that is no longer here:


Re: Call to Arms for the dreaded U052 Wrong Printhead Error

cfed - it's not the cartidges. I used nothing but the Canon genuine cartridges and my MP530 got the error.  I phoned Canon, they offered a 25% loyalty discount on a "comparable" model, which I could purchase on Amazon for less.  I now have a brand new shiny Epson.


I don't know what the purpose of deleting the above would be.  If I had any good will toward Canon left, that action has pretty much consumed it.  

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Posts: 2
Registered: ‎06-12-2014

Re: Call to Arms for the dreaded U052 Wrong Printhead Error

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Pixima MX712


Tried all recommended fixes per software instructions. Called Tech support, they gave me the same options I already tried and told me within a few minutes to buy a new printer. My unit still looks brand new and is just over a year old (out of warranty of course).


Also, I have been only using genuine Cannon cartridges and I keep my unit covered with a light cloth to keep dust out when not in use.

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Posts: 1
Registered: ‎06-14-2014

Re: Call to Arms for the dreaded U052 Wrong Printhead Error

OK ,I got the message -Printhead is not installed, install the print head. Funny , it never left the printer , Error Code U 051 . The printer had this problem 3 weeks ago and I was able to print , but now it stoped. This is a 3 year old printer Canon MP610 ,I am very disapointed with it now. 

@macnicol wrote:

This is what I've been able to find so far. 19 posts in 2 of the forums. These represent 36,989 views of the same U052 problem! 16 different models have reported problems:





Where is the Canon Product Quality Assurance Department?  This product deficiency should be investigated and a robust solution provided to the thousands of affected Canon loyal customers.


What is your response Canon?  Doesn't this warrant a firmware update to correct this product deficiency?


Is it time for a class action law suit?

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New Contributor
Posts: 1
Registered: ‎06-14-2014

Re: Call to Arms for the dreaded U052 Wrong Printhead Error

I have a MP610 always used original canon cartridge. I used the printer and the scanner on a daily basis because I work remotely.
I just bought a set of 3 new cartridge and I am stuck with this brick on my desk not able to scan or print. This is not acceptable.
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Posts: 3
Registered: ‎06-14-2014

Re: Call to Arms for the dreaded U052 Wrong Printhead Error

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We have a few Canon printers in the office from the Pixma line MG5320 and MX922,

One printer showed the u052 error message,

We bought a new genuine print head and replaced it, and still get the same error message.


This is frustrating, to pay for a new head just as the message asks us to do, and not be able to get the printer working again... this should never happen, if something else in the printer is wrong, the message should be different, but if it says to go and buy a new head, and it does not resolve the issue, Canon just got a disappointed loyal customer...


Not to mention the fact that this error message is stopping the whole machine, we are an office here, we need to fax and scan, and we cannot do anything with this printer now.  I wonder what Canon service will tell me on Monday...


We know it can be better Canon, we do not deserve this kind of operation from a respected company who wish to keep its customers happy. We pay for Canon ink, we buy original parts, so the machine should work for long time...


We design machines and other products for other customers, and such an issue would never be accepted by any of our customers...


Hope someone at Canon reads these and understands that this reality must change, or else Canon will lose their customers to better companies that respect their customers and not getting them to feel frustrated after doing exactly what the error message says...


Update from 6.18.2014:


Spoke with Canon service about me buying a new print head and it did not help, Canon will not refund me for the head since I opened the package... so now no printer and I spent $100 more on the new head.

Canon offered to send me a set of ink cartridges for our newer model MX922, thank you Canon.


But the main issue is still not resolved, why does the printer tell to replace the print head when this is not the issue???


Canon told me to send the printer to their authorized service person in my area, I went there and agreed to pay $25 for the diagnostic of the printer. The final conclusion was that the main electronic board died, to replace it with genuine parts it would cost $250 while I can get a new printer for $100 at Amazon with free shipping...


Canon then suggested me to contact the loyal customer program, I called them, and they offered me a new MX922 for $149.99 with free shipping. I told them that the same printer sells for $99.99 on Amazon, so they told me that my best bet is with Amazon...


I paid 99.99 for the MX922, free shipping, and bought a 4 year warranty plan for $19.95, while Canon offered only two year warranty for $90...


My conclusion from all of this, is that when the errors like u052 appear, it does not worth to fix the printer, I will never make this mistake of buying a print head again for these machines, 


I feel frustrated with all of this, this is not how we should be treated by any company that respects its customers...


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