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Clean the ink absorber

I get a message that the ink absorber is full-how do I clean/empty it?

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The waste Ink absorber is a small, deep sponge, located where the cartridges rest when the printer is idle. Although you can technically reset the counter on the amount of ink held in the absorber, if you overfill it, over time you will start to have color staining on your cartridges, since your carts clean up on it after every cycle, at the extreme, you can have ink residue build up under your printer. Online printer supply shops can sell you a replacement absorber cheap.

. You will need some rubber gloves, rubbing alcohol, and a small prying tool.

1) Locate the absorber at the bottom right of the cartridge path
2) With gloves on, pry up the absorber (if you have the almost full warning, be prepared for some good splatter.)
3) In a small dish with a small amount of rubbing alcohol, shake the absorber around for a short while to moisten the outer ink.
4) Rinse the absorber in a metal sink (porcelain can stain) with more alcohol, then leave it to dry.
5) Replace and make sure the absorber is seated the same as when you took it out.

Then you want to reset the counter for the absorber.
1) Enter the Service Menu by keying = Menu,Scan,Copy,Scan.
2) Use the arrows to navigate to Service Menu Counter Access. then press OK.
3) Use the arrows to navigate to ABS-M Dot Count, press Copy.
4) Use the arrows until the count is zero, press OK then Reset.
5) For good measure, turn the printer off and on.

hope this helps

Posted on Jan 05, 2009

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1) After that press: Menu - Scan - Copy - Scan or Menu-Copy-Scan-Copy-Copy in some models, it depends on the date it was produced)
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"Canon recommends having the printer serviced before the absorber becomes full. We are aware that there are many "do-it-yourself" Web sites that offer instructions for making this repair. Replacing the ink absorber is a complicated and potentially messy procedure. Even if the ink absorber is successfully changed, the ink absorber counter must be reset. Be aware that if you attempt this procedure, it is at your own risk."

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In any case, you can try the following to clear upo the error, but eventually you'll need the waste tank to be emptied or replaced.

Turn on your MP130.
1) After that press: Menu - Scan - Copy - Scan or Menu-Copy-Scan-Copy-Copy in some models, it depends on the date it was produced)
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Someone else asked same question on this site and got answer:
http://www.fixya.com/support/t198707-ink_waste

I also had that message. This seemed to work to clear the message and let you carry on printing.

Also, I may be wrong, but the actual ink absorber is the sponge part by the rollers underneath when it prints. I dont know if it has sorted the actual problem, but I took the sponge part out (I have an MP130 and the sponge part lifts straight out if you carefully put your finger underneath it on the left hand side) and let it soak in water, sqeezing it to get the ink out (It was full of ink so careful not to get it everywhere as it can be a little messy). When it had dried, I carefully put it back in (make sure you put it in the right way around).

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