I am getting an error message on my Canon i470D printer saying the waste ink tank is nearly full and the printer will soon stop working. Although 5 years old I do not want to replace the printer because, but for the current problem, it is still working extremely well. Can anybody advise me how I can deal with the problem or where I can get the waste ink tank emptied or replaced?
>>,,,example of products being designed to die..>>
That is patently untrue.
Well if Conney can fix it and it is in the manual, then you are correct, but if it turns out to be another example of saturated inaccessible ink pads or similar, and specialist knowledge is required, then it is an example of it.
So if, for instance, your car requires "inaccessible" spare parts or your TV set an replacement integrated chip, by your logic of "specialist knowledge is required", these also amount to products being "designed to die"...:-)
I had the same problem with a Canon BJ1000 years ago and got help from click here I had to strip the body down which is held together with built-in clips and brackets to get to the Ink pad which lays in a tray at the bottom of the printer. Washing out and then drying the pad can be a messy business but worth it if it saves buying a new printer. Replace pad, rebuild printer and then play the correct code to reset the printer and away you go (all being well!!) Best of luck.
Your initial post suggested it wasn't a 'designed to die' issue and was easily fixable. If that's true then I agree with you.
Your examples aren't applying my logic !
Waste ink tanks and pads in certain printer models WILL fill up after a certain amount of use (WILL and not MIGHT). Once they fill up, who can I go to in order to get them economically fixed? I haven't found anyone yet who can economically fix such a printer in the same way that many local garages can fix my car, and it would be hard to find anyone at all who will fix them even uneconomically.
Wak has the best link and it will lead you here click here. A Google search will also probably lead you to a way of dismantling your printer so that you can take out the waste pads and wash them out. It is usually very straightforward and I have done it on several different Canon machines for friends. If the printer is otherwise working OK there is no need to throw it away just because the waste pads are getting full.