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Printer not printing corrrectly

It appears to me that 2 of the 4 sponge pads (I think the numbers are correct) beneath the parking place are missing. Can these be replaced?

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    Thank you for your help. I think I've got it whipped now,,even though it's taken me a while to get at it.



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Yes they can. They are there to clean the bottom of the ink cartridges as they come across. To tell you the truth they are only made of material similar to what you find in alot of carburetor air filters in lawn mowers or the typical screens you find for air filters in central air and heat.. Just go to Lowes or Home Depot and show them the little sponge and they can match it to something that will help you for a long long time. God bless.

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The waste ink absorber is a small sponge located right underneath where the print head parks when the printer is at rest. Difficult to get at!
However, Open the printer lid as if you are going to replace a cartridge. You have to be very quick now. As the print head moves over to the left hand side of the carriage pull the power cord out . The carriage will now stop well away from the parking area and you will have enough room to work. You will get ink all aover your hands so be propared.
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Sometimes, you can get the piece of sponge out of the printer with tweezers or watchmaker's pliers. Wash it under running water until it is clean then dry it as best you can. You will still have to mop dead ink out of the sponge's home and you may have to use damp paper towel initially. Once you think it's all clean wriggle the sponge back into place and carry on as aove.
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