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MP160 Saturated Ink Absorber Pads, Need Dissambly Instructions

I have needed to disassemble my MP160 to do a good internal "de-inking" for some time. The problem is that I can't find dissambly instructions. Being electrically and mechanically inclined, I could blindly tackle the job but, I would feel much safer with proper instructions on hand. I would appreciate some instructions or possible URLs of same.
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  • andreas de c Aug 08, 2012

    just emove the two screws at the side of the saturation tanks/ink parking position and press the fix at the downside of the printer.. Then you can easily remove the grey/blue side plastic cover.. move the print head a little and you can take out the saturation pads. But cleaning them (in my case) did not solve the problem, i guess you must buy the replacement spare pads for that. success



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Where is the ink absorber located

The ink absorber in the MP160 is located in the rear righthand corner in the base of the printer. It is a thick felt pad which gradually gets saturated with ink which is sucked from the cartridges each time you hear the whirring noise before printing. I dismantled my printer once and washed and dried the pad before putting it all back together again. If you ignore the "waste ink adsorber full" warning for too long there is a risk excess ink will leak from the base of the printer. Dismantling the printer to get at the absorber pad is a major exercise. Some newspaper placed under the printer will buy you some time and stop damage to your desktop.

Jul 11, 2014 | Canon PIXMA MP160 All-In-One InkJet...

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Ink absorber is full.. how will i be able to reset it?


Follow the steps below.

1.With the printer powered off but connected to a power source, press the Power
button while pressing and holding the Stop/ Reset button.

2.When the Power is lit, press the Stop/Reset button two times while pressing and
holding the Power button.

3.When releasing the Power button and the Stop / Reset button (regardless of order),
the printer will move into a service mode. (Waiting for menu selection)

4.When the on/off lights in green, press the Stop/Reset button the specified number
of time(s) according to the function listed in the table below.
(Each time the Stop/Reset button is pressed, the LED lights alternately in orange
and green, starting with orange.)

note: press 4 times for waste ink counter reset.
The number of the Reset button pressing LED Function Remarks
0 time Green Power off
1 time Orange Service pattern print (auto teste)
2 times Green EEPROM print (dados da EEPROM)
3 times Orange EEPROM reset (EEPROM reset)
4 times Green Waste ink counter reset (Absorvente reset)

5.Turn off the printer.( it must be turn off) then turn it on again

Good Luck !!!!!!

( In short )

In service mode.
Put Stop/reset 4 times orange => reset waste ink.
Put stop/reset 8 times orange => set level ink.


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May 13, 2011 | Canon PIXMA MP160 All-In-One InkJet...

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Canon MP160 Printer "Ink Absorber is Full"

There are two ways to fix this:

First Solution - Clean the Absorber pads
The absorber pads is filled with waste ink. Access the printer to get these two absorber pads and clean it with soap and running water. After cleaning return it back. To access the printer, first open the top cover for the ink cartridge. The absorber pads are seated under the cartridge carrier, when the cover is open the cartridge carrier will move to the middle leaving the two absorber pads accessible. Use a tweezer to lift up the pads.

Second Solution - Reset the Printer to clear the error
1. Turn off the printer (but make sure power cable is plugged in wall outlet).
2. Press and hold down the Stop/Reset button
3. While holding the Stop/Reset button, press and hold down Power button.
4. While holding down the Power button, release the Stop/Reset button.
5. While still holding the Power button, press the Stop/Reset button twice.
6. Now release the Power button.. (wait until it display "service mode")
7. Press the Stop/Reset button four times
8. Turn off the printer

When you turn on again the printer it will surely works again.

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Sep 14, 2010 | Canon PIXMA MP160 All-In-One InkJet...

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Ink absorber full

There are two possible reasons for an error ink absorber full. First, is the ink absorber pads is actually full of waste ink and needs cleaning. The second is to reset the printer to clear the error and let the printer print again.

Clean the two absorber pads
. Its is actually two absorber pads located on the right side of the printer, under the ink cartridges when it is in home base position.
How to access the pads and remove it for cleaning?
Turn on the printer. Lift the top cover to expose the ink cartridges. As soon as you lift up the cover the cartridge carrier will move away from its home base.. Then the pads will be exposed. It will be a dirty job so be prepared with your tweezer and extra cloth for some ink spill. Using the tweezer, lift up the pads sitting on a rubber retainer. The pads can be easily clean by placing it under a running water. Warm water will be nice to remove the ink from the pads. After this, you can now return the pads. However, the problem will not be solve especially if you are currently facing the waste ink absorber full error.

Reset the Printer using an MP Tool
Mp Tools are utilities designed to clear errors that will appear in an MP160 printer. Download this MP Tools here.
while the printer is on Run this software
1. Click Reset Main (main) to reset the waste ink counter and
Click Reset Platen button (E27).

If errors still persist.
Press and Hold down Reset button and wait until the printer restart.
Release the Reset button and wait until it fully initialize.

Happy printing.
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Aug 18, 2010 | Canon PIXMA MP160 All-In-One InkJet...

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Ink absorber almost full


This issue with Canon Printers occurs when the Waste Ink absorber becomes full or sometimes due to sensor error.

To clear this error you can first try to clean the waste ink collector pads. Before proceeding please turn off your printer and unplug it from power source.
To locate these pads open the cover of the printer, move the cartridges with your hand. Now you can use a absorbent paper towel to clean these pads. These pads are on the right side of the cartridges.

After this you'll need to restart your printer. This will resolve your issue.

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Jun 08, 2010 | Canon PIXMA MP160 All-In-One InkJet...

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Ink absorber is full

Waste ink is full. The printer needs servicing. Can be done yourself, though EXTREMELY MESSY! And you'll need to find how to reset the counter, or just look here:

The waste ink pad is a huge and dirty job. It requires nearly full disassembly of the machine and full washing and drying of the waste ink pads. Resetting the counter without cleaning the pads will result in waste ink overflowing out of your printer and on to what ever the printer is on. As for printer disassembly, service manuals are not generally available for consumer grade machines, which means you're on your own. Having torn down many machine's myself I can tell you it takes time, patience and a good memory. Take good note of where everything came from and how it goes back together.

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What is waste ink obserber? How it will be replaced?

waste ink pad absorber is like a waste tank made of absorbent pads, in here the waste ink is absorbed. In time this waste ink pad will be saturated or full. When it happens the printer will suddenly stop working. The printer needs to be reset to function again and the waste ink pad replaced to prevent flooding of waste ink inside the printer. The waste ink pad is replaced by disassembling the printer.

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Is Ink Absorber in Canon MP160 replacable by consumer

I don't think so.The ink absorber is on the bottom of printer and you need to disassembly the hole printer to find and replace it.

Sep 23, 2009 | Canon PIXMA MP160 All-In-One Printer

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Ink Absorber Full

The first is to disassemble the printer to gain access to the waste ink resevoir and replace or wash out, rinse and dry the old felt pads. The second part, after everything is reassembled is to reset the internal counter that determines when the ink absorber is "full". This is usually done by pressing a combination and sequence of buttons on the panel. One of the best sites is for information on a large variety of printers including reset sequences.

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MP160 need to empty the ink absorber first. perhaps if you follow this link(for drivers) to the support page for your model, you'll find those instructions?

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