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    How do I replace the foam ink absorber in my Canon iP8500

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How do I replace the foam ink absorber in my Canon iP8500

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Ink waste absorber full


Clearing this error is a two step process - clean the absorbers and then reset the counter. If the printer is under warranty, let Canon technicians do the job. If it is out of warranty, the first step is messy and may not be worthwhile. The counter is set to a value that is expected to be reached when the printer nears its end of life. If you do the steps below, do not be surprised if additional failures occur.

First step: disassemble the printer to reach the two sets of ink absorbers. Have lots of newspaper or other absorbant material to contain the mess. The first set is under the area where the ink cartridges rest when not in use (and during cleaning cycles). The other set is at the very bottom of the printer. Start at the top of the unit and take it apart. You will need to remove some small screws to get at the different levels of the printer. Work slowly and keep track of the parts (some recommend taking pictures to help you reassemble the printer). Once you have the absorbers (small rectangular or square rubber pieces), take them out and blot the excess ink off. Blot the excess ink from the trays where the absorbers sit. Then put the absorbers under running water until the water remains clear. Dry the absorbers (use a hair dryer to speed the process if you want to). Then reassemble the printer.

Second step: reset the counter. Do not do this step before cleaning the pads; the waste ink may spread all over the printer and the table you have it on.
1. Turn off the printer.
2. Hold Resume button click POWER.
3. Hold button RESUME release POWER.
4. Then press the button RESUME again .
5. Release all the buttons.
6. Led Indicator in green and stay green.
7. Click RESUME button 4 times (the led changes color at each press (orange or green) It should be green after the 4 presses of the RESUME button)
8. Turn off the printer POWER button.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Wells

May 03, 2011 | Canon PIXMA iP8500 InkJet Photo Printer

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Waste ink absorber is full


Hi there. I'm a certified Canon repair tech and what you will need to do is go to Canons website and get the 1-800 number for the nearest repair center. They will need to replace the waste ink absorber kit on the bottom of your printer. This will cost you anywhere from $50 and up depending on where you take it. It should only take the repair center an hour to replace it provided the yhave the kit there to put it in.

Hope this helps you out.

Nov 19, 2010 | Canon PIXMA iP8500 InkJet Photo Printer

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I have a Canon pixma ip8500. I successfully removed, rinsed, and replaced the ink absorbers when the "self-destruct" (ink tank near full) lights came on. Now I am having problems getting the darned thing...


I don't know whether you've tried the ordinary reset method, if not, you can give it a try:



Or you can manually try this:
  • Turn off the printer.
  • Hold Resume button and Tap the POWER button.
  • Hold button RESUME release POWER.
  • Then press the button RESUME again .
  • Release all the buttons.
  • Led Indicator in green and stay green.
  • Tap RESUME button 4 times.


You problem seems not so easy since this error shows up after it's was disassembled and reassembled.

If the problem persists, let me know. Let's try together to resolve this issue.

Good luck.

Thanks for using FixYa.

Oct 24, 2010 | Canon PIXMA iP8500 InkJet Photo Printer

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Canon pixma ip8500, on third print head in about 4 years. will not print yellow despite repeated head cleaning cycles, now waste ink absorber is full. need instructions for emptying/replacing said...


the waste ink absorber cannot be replaced mate. you have to buy new printer.the waste ink absorber is the sponge part where head cleans all its ink. its a common problem in cannon.

Oct 01, 2010 | Canon PIXMA iP8500 InkJet Photo Printer

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Waste ink absorber almost full


Hi there,

Thanks for posting in FixYa.

It may be the problem arised due to installation.

You need to go for reinstall the printer.
Let me know if you need further assistance.
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Ellin

Sep 25, 2008 | Canon PIXMA iP8500 InkJet Photo Printer

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Waste ink absorber full I get a warning dialogue saying the 'Waste ink absorber is almost full' Press resume to continue. Solution would be appreciated. Many thanks.


Hi there,

Thanks for posting in FixYa.

It may be the problem arised due to installation. Also check the device manager for any flag coming.

You need to go for reinstall the printer.
Let me know if you need further assistance.
Have a Nice day. Dont forget to vote me.

Regards
Ellin

Sep 13, 2008 | Canon PIXMA iP8500 InkJet Photo Printer

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Canon IP8500 Ink Absorber is Full


To reset the ink absorber is almost full:

1. Remove print head by following manufacturer procedure (available at www.canon.usa.com.
2. Turn off printer.
3. While pressing the Resume/Cancel button, press and hold the Power button. (Do not release the buttons. The Power LED lights in green to indicate that a function is selectable.)
4. While holding the Power button, release the Resume/Cancel button. (Do not release the Power button.)
5. While holding the Power button, press the Resume/Cancel button 2 times. Then release both the Power and Resume/Control button.
6. When the Power LED lights in green, press the Resume/Cancel button 4 times.
7. Turn printer off. Then replace the printer head using manufacturer's procedure available on line.
8. The printer is now reset and you are ready to print.

Larry

Jun 03, 2008 | Canon PIXMA iP8500 InkJet Photo Printer

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Canon pixma ip8500


You know, I think this is the most common problem in all Canon Printers and yet Canon must do something about this. In my case I already have 3 Canon Printers The first 1 is Canon Pixma MP160 and the problem is "The Ink absorber is Full" then my 2nd is Canon Pixma MP145 still the same problem occurs my 3rd is MP145 also and I know sooner or later I will be facing the same problem.

Sometimes I think the Canon's Printer is Disposable it won't last for a long time. I just hope I can find the right solution to this problem, so that i can fix my printers. I have lost 2 already and maybe sooner the other one will follow.

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