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Canon ink absorber is almost full. Please advise

Canon Printer ink absorber is almost full. Please advise how we can service this alternately replace it. Thank you.

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Hi,

You can follow the below procedure to Reset the message :-

1: Power off printer
2: Hold Resume button then press and hold POWER, the beeper will sound once.
3: Hold POWER and release RESUME
4: Press RESUME twice
5: When the indicator lights steady, press RESUME three(3) times. The
indicator should be orange.
6: Press Power to set data.

The above one is taken from the Service manual for the above error message.

I have read that you can do at least one reset without cleaning the waste ink pad. That pad is at the bottom of the printer case. If you are
mechanically adept at taking things apart and putting them back together you can get to it. These pads can be washed out, but I understand that it is a real mess. You may be able to find a source for new ones.

Unless you can contact canon at :-

Canon Customer Support Center
Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. ET, excluding holidays
Phone: 1-800-OK-CANON (toll free)
1-800-652-2666
TTD: 1-866-251-3752 (toll free)
Email: carecenter@cits.canon.com

If you wish to find the nearest service center :-

http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=ServiceLocatorAct&fcategoryid=238&modelid=9034

You need to enter the Zip code and you would be able to find the closest service center.

Hope i helped you.

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Ink Absorber Replacement Options This printer has an ink absorber that takes in ink during the printing and print head cleaning processes. The cleaning process is necessary in order to keep the print head nozzles from becoming clogged. Over the life of the printer, the amount of ink that the ink absorber has absorbed is calculated by the printer. Eventually, after substantial use, the printer will enter an error condition when the ink absorber is nearly full. At this point, printing is still possible by pressing the <Resume> button on the printer. To protect the printer from damage, you will not be able to print at all once the ink absorber is full.
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