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Ink Pad Replacement Warning

I've had this printer for two years -- bought it refurbished, which I assume means that the pads were replaced. The replacement warning has begun to appear, so (thanks to the great directions posted here) I took the unit apart (not easy) and accessed the pads. To my amazement, both pads are as white as snow, with only a few small ink stains on them. When I fished out the drain tube, I found it clogged with dried ink, so I cleaned it out with a coat hanger, pipe cleaners and solvent. I already have the SCC Service Utility, so before I put the unit back together and reset the protection counter, I'd like some feedback on the following:

1. Assuming that the clogged tube caused ink backup resulting in the machine assuming that the pads are full, should I just replace the now-free-running tube and, if so, does it go under the pads? When I first removed the tube end I couldn't tell if had been properly placed or had become dislodged. There is no sign of ink collection on the printer bottom.

2. Or, should I drill a hole in the back and run the tube to an outside ink reservoir so I won't ever have to disassemble the dang thing again? Can I assume that the main precaution with this alternative is that the drain end of the tube should be lower than the other end?

3. How long does it usually take for the pads to become saturated? I use the printer infrequently but run test ink swatches every week to keep the printhead from clogging. Still, it seems strange that there is practically no ink in the pads after two years of usage.

Thanks for any feedback any of you can offer.

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