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Flashing up 'Ink absorber almost full' call for service

Is this something I can replace/empty myself or do I have to send my printer away for a maintenance engineer to do?

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  • j_garner Jun 15, 2009

    Appreciate your answer, thanks.

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Two part answer; yes, you can do it yourself. You can poll out the pads, clean them by rinsing in running water for about 20 minutes, dry them and put them back and then also clean the pump, but then you could have other problems. The time, labor and issues afterward would really not offset the low cost of buying a new printer. 18 years tech experience talking here.....

Posted on Jun 13, 2009

  • test161 Jan 10, 2011

    open the printer rigth side compartment, very easy to do. clean the ink absorber.but still the error remains the same. reset don't work. and obviously theres no way to reset the ink absorber detection after its being cleanred. canon set this up intentionally. to cost peoples money. to buy another printer. BUT ALAS, why buy another canon printer. get another brand!

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