How to Repair the Canon Pixma MP160

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How to Repair the Canon Pixma MP160
Canon recommends using cotton swabs to clean the printer. (bunch of cotton swabs on black background image by nextrecord from

The Canon Pixma MP160 normally prints black and white as well as colour text and images on paper that feeds through the printer. A problem with the printer may cause the printouts to be of diminished quality or may even cause the printer itself to stop working. An error on either the computer's screen or on the printer's LCD display screen will let you know what the problem is, helping you to know how to proceed.

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Things you need

  • Cotton swabs

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    Turn on the printer and remove all paper from the input tray. Fold a fresh piece of paper in half horizontally and then unfold the paper.

  2. 2

    Place the piece of paper you folded in the input tray. Make sure the side of the paper that was exposed when you folded the sheet is facing down.

  3. 3

    Press the "Menu" button on the control panel until "Maintenance" displays on the printer's screen. Press the arrow buttons to select "Bottom Cleaning" and then press "OK."

  4. 4

    Remove the paper from the output tray immediately and throw it away. Press the printer's power button to turn it off.

  5. 5

    Open the printer's top cover. Clean any ink you see with cotton swabs, then close the printer's cover.

  6. 6

    Load a fresh stack of paper in the input tray. Slide the paper guides so they press against the paper but do not bow any sheets.

  1. 1

    Remove any loose paper from the input and output trays. Pull out any stuck pieces of paper slowly, being careful not to tear the paper.

  2. 2

    Open the printer's top cover. Be sure that the cover's arm locks into place before you take your hands off the cover.

  3. 3

    Pull out any stuck pieces of paper inside the printer. If you cannot remove the paper, close the printer's top cover.

  4. 4

    Turn the printer off, then on again. Wait as the printer ejects the stuck pages automatically, then retrieve them from the output tray.

  5. 5

    Take the printer to a repair shop if you continue to see the paper jam error on the printer or the computer.

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