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How to Fix an Error 3 on a Canon Pixma MP160

Updated February 21, 2017

The Canon Pixma MP160 is a multifunctional inkjet printer manufactured by Canon. The printer gives users the ability to print high quality documents, scan, copy and fax. Error 3 will display on the LED screen as "E3" or "Error 3," this error results when the printer malfunctions. Clearing the error code only takes a few steps and clears the memory of the printer to restore it to its normal state. Canon suggests clearing the code before contacting professional service repair.

Ensure the Pixma MP160 is turned on by pressing the "On/Off" button, you will notice the display prompt you for E3 (error 3).

Press and hold the "On/Off" button for one second. The display will now go blank and begin resetting the malfunction.

Wait 10 to 15 seconds and restore power to the unit by pressing the "On/Off" button once more.

Allow the unit to complete its cycling process and the error code should be gone. If the code persists, your printer will need professional maintenance.

Things You'll Need

  • Canon Pixma MP160
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