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Ink absorber full

Hello. my printer is telling me the ink absorber is full. could you tell me how i can solve this problem please. thanks richard green

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  • Anonymous Dec 26, 2007

    My Canon PIXMA ip1500 also states "Ink absorber is full" I've the checked manual but can not find any mention of it.

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  • Anonymous Apr 01, 2008

    canon iP1500 ink waste tank full how to remove and clean

  • Anonymous Apr 03, 2008

    full ink

  • dantonio16 Jun 25, 2008

    my printer is teling me the ink absorver is full

  • Anonymous Sep 08, 2008

    Our printer is saying ink absorber is full. The orange light on the printer is blinking. I have tried to troubleshoot using help but didn't offer a solution.

    Can anyone help us?



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I disagree with the advice at It is not simple to clean out the ink absorber, but it is certainly possible. First, disassemble the printer, ink absorber full - 3fb11e6.jpg then remove and squeeze out the pads of the approx 60 ml (1/4 cup) of condensed ink therein, then rinse them out with water and allow them to dry. Later, reassemble printer and perform a reset as per other articles on this site and others, or use downloadable resetting tool.

As others have pointed out, Canon and other companies are doing a service to us through the error message. If we don't clean the pads, eventually the ink would overflow and leak onto our desks. However, that would probably require 150% of the actual time or ink flow that they have used to activate the alarm.

Posted on Nov 17, 2007

  • willnotgivup Nov 18, 2007

    Here are some pics to help get the springs back in place. The shorter spring goes with the thin, long piece of plastic (shown from behind):

    and the longer spring goes under the inkpad assembly as shown:

    this is with the pad assembly sitting on end, which makes handling the spring easier.

  • Margaret Morrison Apr 22, 2011

    This was great but still need to know how to insert the pad assembly just right. can anyone help?


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Thanks a lot. It took me quite some time to get this done. The re assembly was the hardest part. Luckily i had two IP 1500 so I dis assemble the working one so i could see how to put it back together. Make sure you pay special attention to the parts that sits on the waste ink absorber. This was the hardest part to put back together. the pictures willnotgivup posted was of great help.

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The printer is telling that the waste ink tank is this article for more info..

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