Cleaning the Encoder Film - MG3220 / MG3222

Article ID: ART140519 | Date published: 05/13/2015 | Date last updated: 05/06/2019


Cleaning the Encoder Film



If vertical lines always appear on printouts or print always shifts from the correct position, or if Error P, 0, 2 occurs during printer operation, the Encoder Film inside the printer may be smeared.
Follow the procedures below to check the film condition, and clean it when necessary.



[ Check if the Encoder Film is clear.]




Check: Check the Encoder Film conditions


1. Press the ON button to turn off the printer.





2. Unplug the power cord from the wall outlet or power strip.
  • Be sure to turn off the printer power and unplug the power cord first.





3. Open the Paper Output Cover.





4. Check if the Encoder Film (A) inside the printer is clear.

(A) Encoder Film (the transparent thin film)





5. If the Encoder Film is smeared as shown below, it needs to be cleaned.
Refer to [ Check: Clean the Encoder Film ] within this webpage.




[ If the Encoder Film is smeared, clean it while following the procedures below.]




Check: Clean the Encoder Film


Items required:
  • Cotton swab
  • Water with a few drops of neutral detergent (2 to 3 drops of neutral detergent in 1/4 cup of tap water)
  • Do not use any other detergents.





1. Moisten a cotton swab with the prepared cleaning water. Eliminate extra water so that no water drops.





2. Using the moistened cotton swab, wipe the Encoder Film.
  • Be cautious so that no water drops inside the printer.





(A) Encoder Film
(B) Rail
  • Do not contact the rail (B). If the rail is contacted, the print quality may be deteriorated.
  • The Encoder Film (A) is fixed to the printer with the springs at the ends. If the film is pushed too strong, it may be dislocated. Do not push the film. Just gently move the cotton swab over the surface of the film.
  • Keep your hands off the printer and clean the film with the tip of the cotton swab, as shown in the photo above.
  • Change the cotton swab to new ones frequently.





3. Eliminate any stains or smearing from the film until the entire film becomes transparent and clear.





4. If the trail of detergent is left on the film, clean it using a cotton swab that is moistened with just water.
If moisture is left on the film, eliminate it using a dry cotton swab, and wait until the film dries well.





5. Close the Paper Output Cover, and plug in the power cord of the printer.





6. Press the ON button to turn on the printer.
If an error occurs or strange sound is heard, service is required
For support and service options, sign into (or create) your Canon Account from the link below.
My Canon Account.





7. Print the Nozzle Check Pattern, and confirm that the pattern is printed properly.





8. Print desired data, and confirm that the print quality is good.





If the problem persists, check and clean the Encoder Film again.
If the print quality is still not improved even after repeated cleaning of the Encoder Film, For additional support options or servicing, please click the link below to either sign into or create a new Canon Account.

My Canon Account





  • Should another error or failure occur in the printer after cleaning the film, please contact your local Canon Help Desk.











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