Replacing an Ink Tank (PIXMA PRO-1)

Article ID: ART151146 | Date published: 05/22/2015 | Date last updated: 08/17/2015


Replacing an Ink Tank


When you need to replace ink tanks, follow the procedure below.
  • If you remove an ink tank, replace it immediately. Do not leave the printer with ink tanks removed.
  • Use new ink tanks for replacement. Installing used ink tanks may cause the nozzles to clog. Furthermore, with such ink tanks, the printer will not be able to inform you when to replace the ink tanks properly.
  • Once an ink tank has been installed, do not remove it from the printer and leave it out in the open. This will cause the ink tank to dry out, and the printer may not operate properly when it is reinstalled. To maintain optimal printing quality, use an ink tank within six months of first use.
  • Color ink may be consumed even when printing a black-and-white document or when black-and-white printing is specified. Every ink is also consumed in the standard cleaning and deep cleaning of the Print Head and in the system cleaning, which may be necessary to maintain the printer's performance. When an ink tank is out of ink, replace it immediately with a new one.
  1. Make sure that the power is turned on.
  2. Open the Tank Covers.
    Press the Tank Cover Open button (A).

    The Tank Cover Open button flashes blue, and the left and right Tank Covers start to open.

    When the Tank Covers are fully open, the Tank Cover Open button changes to a slower flash.
  • Be sure to press the Tank Cover Open button to open the Tank Covers. Do not force open the Tank Covers by hand. Doing so may damage the printer.
  • Do not place anything in front of the Tank Covers. If the Tank Covers do not fully open, the Alarm lamp flashes and the Tank Cover Open button goes off.
  • The Tank Cover Open button is not lit during normal operation. It lights up blue when an error or caution that requires checking the ink tank status occurs. In either case, you can open the Tank Covers by pressing the Tank Cover Open button.
  • Be sure to close the Top Cover when opening the Tank Covers. Otherwise, the Tank Covers will not open even if you press the Tank Cover Open button.
  • The time it takes for the Tank Covers to open after pressing the Tank Cover Open button depends on the printer status. It normally takes about 5 seconds to 1 minute.

  1. Remove the ink tank with the lamp flashing fast.

    The procedure for replacing the Cyan ( ) ink tank is shown here.

    Push the Ink Tank Eject button and remove the ink tank.


  • Handle the ink tank carefully to avoid staining of clothing or the surrounding area.
  • Discard the empty ink tank according to the local laws and regulations regarding disposal of consumables.
  • Do not remove two or more ink tanks at the same time. Be sure to replace ink tanks one by one when replacing two or more ink tanks.
  • For details on ink lamp flashing speed, see [ Checking the Ink Status ].
  1. Prepare the new ink tank.

    (1) Before removing the ink tank from its package, shake it five to six times horizontally.


  • Handle the ink tanks carefully. Do not drop or apply excessive pressure to them.

(2) Remove the ink tank from the package.



  • Do not touch the contacts (B) of the ink tank.

  1. Install the new ink tank.

(1) Insert the new ink tank into its position.
Insert the ink tank into its position below its color on the label.

(2) Press the mark
(Push) to set the ink tank firmly into place.
When the installation is completed properly, the ink lamp lights red.

  • An ink tank cannot be inserted into the wrong position. Be sure to install an ink tank in its correct position below its color on the label.
  • You cannot print unless all the ink tanks are installed. Be sure to install all the ink tanks.
  • Once an ink tank is installed, do not remove it until the next replacement. If you remove an ink tank with enough ink, ink may spill out of it.
  1. Close the Tank Covers.

    Close the left and right Tank Covers until they click.
    After ink tank replacement, the printer starts mixing the ink automatically and the Tank Cover Open button flashes blue. The printer vibrates during mixing. Wait until the Tank Cover Open button goes off and the printer has stopped making operating noise. This takes about 1 minute.


  • If the Tank Cover Open button still flashes, make sure that the left and right Tank Covers are closed properly.
  • If the Alarm lamp still flashes orange after the Tank Covers are closed, refer to [ Alarm Lamp Flashes Orange ].
  • If printed ruled lines are misaligned or the print head position is misaligned, adjust the print head position.



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