How to Fix an Error 3 on a Canon Pixma MP160

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How to Fix an Error 3 on a Canon Pixma MP160
To ensure maximum output, clear error codes by resetting the memory on your unit. (paper feed image by Glenn Jenkinson from

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.

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  1. 1

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

  2. 2

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

  3. 3

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

  4. 4

    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.

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