1. Put the cartridge on some paper towels in an area where you can
tolerate a spill.
2. Peel the top
You will see that the top of the
cartridge has over 16 chasms in it and they are somewhat deep making
the cartridge hold less ink than it could.
The picture is the 245 standard size cartridge.
3. Drill a hole
into the cartridge. I used the third chasm down on the right side
because that seems to be directly over the printhead, but any one
will work since the cartridge only has one sponge in it.
4. Fill the syringe with
10 ml. of black ink, the 245XL can take 18 ml of ink.
5. Stick the
syringe needle into the drilled hole and at least half way down into the
6. Very S-L-O-W-L-Y inject ink into
the sponge until you see ink coming up into the
7. When finished,
leave the label off or cut it short and put it back on being sure not to
cover up the drilled hole. This will be the cartridge's vent hole.
8. Replace the cartridge and run 1 - 3 cleaning cycles as
per printer instructions.
Or print the following pages:
For best results, leave cartridge in printer for 8 hours after refilling so the ink can saturate the entire sponge.
Note: Each time the cartridge is removed
from the printer an "empty cartridge" message appears and a blinking amber
light will come on, on the printer. Holding the paper feed (or stop/reset) button down for
3-5 sec. will allow you to override the counter.
As a side note you can see the top
of the cartridge removed from a new unused cartridge in the picture
to the right. Notice that Canon does not give you much ink in a new
cartridge. When refilling you will be putting in more ink than the
cartridge originally had. You also have the option of taking off the
top of the cartridge and just saturate the entire sponge with ink
and then put the top back on again.