The Canon E08 error message indicates that the “Ink absorber is almost full” in the bottom of your printer. To bypass this message you can simply press the black or colour button of your printer which will allow you to continue printing. However this message will continue to appear until the ink absorber in completely full, at which point it will stop you printing all together.
What is the Ink Absorber?
An ink absorber is a common component that is present in all modern inkjet printers. It is a simple sponge or plastic container that collects excess ink and stores it in the bottom of your Canon printer. There is no outlet for the ink so the foam will continue to fill with ink until it is fully saturated.
Whenever your Canon printer prints or turned on it will use a small amount or ink to keep the printhead fresh. Your printer uses substantially more ink when you perform cleaning or deep cleaning cycles from your printer, as the printer actively flushes ink through the printhead in an attempt to dislodge dried/congealed ink. As you can imagine all of the ink used in these procedures needs somewhere to go, so your Canon inkjet printer funnels it towards the ink absorber.
Your printer estimates how full the absorber is by keeping record of how many pages have been printed, how many cleans have been performed and anything else that produces waste ink. Once it believes the ink absorber is getting full you will receive the Canon E08 message as we have already discussed.
Is there anything I can do to stop this?
Sadly not, your printer needs to use a small amount of ink to keep supplying you with top quality prints. Once the absorber is full Canon recommend calling a service centre to get the counter reset and the sponges inside changed. However in most cases the absorber will not yet be physically full and the printer capable of printing many more pages before it begins to overflow.
With this in mind many people however opt to reset the counter themselves using one of the reset guides available online for their particular printer. The ink absorber will however eventually become full and at this point the ink will overflow into the printer or even onto your desk. As such we advise either protecting whatever surface you keep the printer on, or if you are feeling brave replacing the ink absorber in the bottom of your Canon printer yourself.
What printers are affected by the E08 message?
Whilst all inkjet printers use a similar system when it comes to ink absorbers/waste ink tanks only a select few Canon printers will present you with the E08 error message. These printers include but are not limited to the Canon Fax JX200, MultiPass 450, MultiPass MP150, MultiPass MP160, MultiPass MP170, Pixma iP1200, Pixma iP1300, Pixma iP1600, Pixma iP1700, Pixma iP1800, Pixma iP1900, Pixma iP2200, Pixma iP2400, Pixma iP2500, Pixma iP2600, Pixma MP140, Pixma MP150, Pixma MP160, Pixma MP170, Pixma MP180, Pixma MP190, Pixma MP210, Pixma MP220, Pixma MP450, Pixma MP460, Pixma MP470, Pixma MX300, Pixma MX310, iP2700, Pixma iP2702, Pixma MP230, Pixma MP240, Pixma MP250, Pixma MP252, Pixma MP260, Pixma MP270, Pixma MP272, Pixma MP280, Pixma MP282, Pixma MP330, Pixma MP480, Pixma MP490, Pixma MP492, Pixma MP495, Pixma MP499, Pixma MX320, Pixma MX330, Pixma MX340, Pixma MX350, Pixma MX410, Pixma MX420, MG2150, Pixma MG2250, Pixma MG3150, Pixma MG3155, Pixma MG3250, Pixma MG3550, Pixma MG4150, Pixma MG4250, Pixma MX375, Pixma MX395, Pixma MX435, Pixma MX455, Pixma MX515 and Pixma MX525.
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