Question about Canon Pixma iP4500 InkJet Printer
Canon printers are the trickiest on this. They have a waste pad or waste reservoir in the printer body. A cartridge can drain out due to the plug not being firmly in place. I use straight dishwashing soap around the plug to gain a good seal and this dishwashing fluid then dries up and more firmly completes the seal.
The other thing that can cause a cartridge to leak out is refilling them above sea level. When done above sea level the pressures don't equalize as engineered and the ink does drain out. Its sort of like dipping a straw in liquid and holding your finger over the top. For the most part as you lift the straw up and out the liquid remains in the straw, still some will drip out. This is called titration by the way and best done with glass tubes as your finger is more capable of creating a firm seal. That's why you want to use a liquid like dishwashing soap to seal the seal.
My guess on why you lost your yellow and can see no leakage is that the plug wasn't sealed fully and it leaked out into the waste pad or waste reservoir. Should you take the covers off the printer you may see a waste reservoir or pad (more like a diaper actually).
Then, there is the chip in the cartridge. Canon and most printer companies today have chips inside the cartridges that communicate ink levels. They also have an ID number so when you refill one and replace it the printer may still think it is empty. The work around is to have two sets of cartridges, replacing an old for a current so the chip changes on replacement.
So, as to why the yellow cartridge is not printing is because the printer, having the same cartridge in place, although refilled, still thinks it empty and will not eject ink. Usually there is a reset method to reset the ink usage and level memory. The best way is to remove the left side cover and you will normally find a 3volt button battery just smaller than a quarter but larger than a nickle. Some printers have two of these batteries. These batteries retain information, such as the print cartridge ID last used and the ink levels in some cases. If you do this, that is remove the battery for several minutes and then replace the battery you may need to reenter some data such as time and date if you have a Multifunction printer that can scan, copy and fax.
When you remove the covers of the printer, expect large sounding cracks as if some thing is breaking. This is from the pressure latches releasing under distress. The best way to proceed is to carefully observe any plastic pressure latches holding pieces of the covers in place and moving these latches out of the way by hand or with the aid of a small or medium screw driver. As soon as you see the battery, stop. Remove the battery, take a break and then come back and put the battery back in place. That should reset the ink ID memory. The software communicating with the printer may once again measure ink levels correctly. They usually do.
As to how this affects warranty? If you do not break anything you're okay. Some people suggest shorting out a board in the printer and then having it replaced under warranty. Normally, all printer makers just replace it they don't even look at it upon arrival. That is until you create a real history of returning printers. Then they may look at the printer. Otherwise, they get recycled.
Under some circumstances, especially with Canon, if you use a generic cartridge the printer will refuse to print using that cartridge as Canon is really stringent on using their ink and no other. If the printer suspects it has a generic non Canon cartridge it will behave as you described. You can try to remove and reinsert the batteries but that is no guarantee.
As a last resort you can log in and create a profile at:
FixYourOwnPrinter dot com and first search their database of posts of the same model printer as yours for some button sequences that can often bypass the generic cartridge isssue. This is a good web site to use and I highly recommend it if you are a regular self refiller of cartridges (who isn't these days).
Best of luck and let me know if I missed something or you need more advise.
Posted on Jan 14, 2009
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