Question about Epson Stylus C46 InkJet Printer
The red lamp blinks. It says on the screen that parts may have outlived their useful lives.
I presume both the red and green lights are blinking.
It means the Waste Ink Pads in your printer are saturated with ink and the waste ink "protection" counter has exceeded its limit. The Waste Ink Pads should be replaced as soon as possible. You can overcome this problem temporarily by using the SSC utility - download from
and use it to reset the Protection Counter. This will stop the lights flashing and restore normal operation.However, remember that eventually ink will overflow from the waste ink area and make a dreadful mess, so you must change the waste ink pads before this happens. This requires the disassembly of the printer. A copy of the service manual is useful for this, copies are available from a number of sellers - just Google "Epson C46 Service Manual". You will often find them for sale very cheaply on E-Bay. However, a service manual is not essential.
If you decide to have a go at replacing the ink pads yourself, or if you have further queries, post a new comment and I will provide further help.
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Posted on Feb 22, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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