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Ink tank full and will not print - Canon Office Equipment & Supplies

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You can take it to a service center or better yet you can clean the ink absorbers yourself. They are located under the ink cartridges. The absorbers are the little pads that can be cleaned by using a cotton swab and allowing it to soak up the excess ink from the small channel under the round absorbers. You should also do preventive maintenance while your at it. 1. Clean your print head using denatured alcohol solvent which can be purchased from most hardware stores. If unavailable, use 91% Alcohol (isopropyl alcohol (first aid antiseptic) which is available for less than a dollar at most Walmart pharmacy departments.*Warning: You may want to use a pair of latex exam gloves as this is a messy process and can stain your fingers.Time necessary 45-50 minutesSupplies needed:Isopropyl Alcohol or denatured alcoholpaper towelslatex glovessink, bowls and or basincan of compressed airvery small screw drivertablespoon or baby bulb type syringewarm waterPROCEDURE:1. Lift print head from printer. It pulls out easily because it is held in with the same down lever that holds the cartridge in place.2. Put two layers of paper towels in the bottom of a dish to protect sensitive sprayer heads.3. Put enough solvent in dish to cover the screens on which the cartridges sit when in use.4. Take the two small screws out that hold the white ceramic piece5. Gently, pry the ceramic piece back and away , to reveal the underside (No need to pull away the glued points on the sides.)6. Gently, move head up and down to slosh solvent around it the best as you can. Use a table spoon or syringe to pour solvent over all orifices in the print head, turning it upside down and then back a few times. 7. Use canned air with a plastic straw to blow into and through all orifices, alternately sloshing/swishing and pouring solvent over head (be careful not to touch any of the holes, screens, or sprayer heads with anything)8. Empty dirty solvent from bowl and replace with paper towels and clean solvent. Soak for approx 10 minutes. Rinse again with clean solvent poured directly on all parts, letting solvent overrun and fall into dish or basin.9. Gently shake the solvent off the head, take it outside and spray with compressed air into all orifices to clear out and help evaporate any remaining solvent. Let sit on a clean paper towel for approx 20 minutes. (There may be a little ink bleeding out of the head, but once it dries completely it does not present any problems.10. Reinstall head, cartridges and it will print like a new printer.
1. Clean your print head using denatured alcohol solvent which can be purchased from most hardware stores. If unavailable, use 91% Alcohol (isopropyl alcohol (first aid antiseptic) which is available for less than a dollar at most Walmart pharmacy departments.*Warning: You may want to use a pair of latex exam gloves as this is a messy process and can stain your fingers.Time necessary 45-50 minutesSupplies needed:Isopropyl Alcohol or denatured alcoholpaper towelslatex glovessink, bowls and or basincan of compressed airvery small screw drivertablespoon or baby bulb type syringewarm waterPROCEDURE:1. Lift print head from printer. It pulls out easily because it is held in with the same down lever that holds the cartridge in place.2. Put two layers of paper towels in the bottom of a dish to protect sensitive sprayer heads.3. Put enough solvent in dish to cover the screens on which the cartridges sit when in use.4. Take the two small screws out that hold the white ceramic piece5. Gently, pry the ceramic piece back and away , to reveal the underside (No need to pull away the glued points on the sides.)6. Gently, move head up and down to slosh solvent around it the best as you can. Use a table spoon or syringe to pour solvent over all orifices in the print head, turning it upside down and then back a few times. 7. Use canned air with a plastic straw to blow into and through all orifices, alternately sloshing/swishing and pouring solvent over head (be careful not to touch any of the holes, screens, or sprayer heads with anything)8. Empty dirty solvent from bowl and replace with paper towels and clean solvent. Soak for approx 10 minutes. Rinse again with clean solvent poured directly on all parts, letting solvent overrun and fall into dish or basin.9. Gently shake the solvent off the head, take it outside and spray with compressed air into all orifices to clear out and help evaporate any remaining solvent. Let sit on a clean paper towel for approx 20 minutes. (There may be a little ink bleeding out of the head, but once it dries completely it does not present any problems.10. Reinstall head, cartridges and it will print like a new printer.
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