Lexmark 36A

Refill Instructions
36A Black cartridge


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  • Lexmark offers for sale two different versions of the same cartridge:
  • The regular version #36 is not refillable. It is the "Return Program" or "Prebate" cartridge. Supposedly, when you buy this cartridge you agree to return the empty cartridge to Lexmark. In return, Lexmark gives you roughly $5 off the retail list price of the cartridge.
  • The "A" version #36A can easily be refilled. However, the price of the cartridge is roughly $5 higher than the regular version, so most people unknowingly buy the regular version.
  If you want to refill, you will need "A" version cartridges.


1. Put the cartridge on some paper towels in an area where you can tolerate a spill.

2. Peel off the top label. (figure 2)

3. Fill the syringe with 15ml. of black ink.

4. The newer Lexmark cartridges have very small vent holes and the needle will not fit into it. So use the thumb drill provided and drill a larger hole into the upper left vent hole. (figure 2)

5. Very S-L-O-W-L-Y inject ink into the hole you just drilled. (figure 3)

6. When finished, you can either leave the label off or if you want to put it back on then put it on a little lower so the drilled filling hole is still exposed. (figure 4)

7. Replace the cartridge and run 1 - 3 cleaning cycles as per printer instructions.
Or print the following pages:
http://www.refillinstructions.com/black.htm for Black

For best results, leave cartridge in printer for 8 hours after refilling so the ink can saturate the entire sponge.

Note: The ink level will never read full again, but the cartridge should still print. If the cartridge still refuses to print because it thinks it is out of ink then remove the cartridge from the printer. Look at the side of the cartridge that has all the contacts. Get a piece of tape and cover up the left column of contacts with the tape. Put the cartridge back into the printer and try to print again.
If you look at your ink level indicator you will see a "?" next to that cartridge, but that is okay.
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A Refill Kit should include Ink plus the following:
One 30cc Syringe
One Thumb Drill

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