The ink pads on your Epson DX 4200 are meant to last the lifetime of your printer for normal users. There are times, however, when the ink pads do become saturated from heavy use or an extended lifespan. Epson recommends you take the pads to a professional to remove and replace the pads, but it is possible to do this procedure at home. You can save money, but remember that the factory warranty on your printer will no longer be valid after you do this procedure yourself.
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Things you need
- Epson DX 4200 printer
- Flathead screwdriver
- Rubber gloves
- Replacement ink pad, if needed
- Hot water
Unplug your power cord and the USB cord from the Epson printer.
Use a flathead screwdriver to release the locking tabs that keep the top and bottom of the printer together. Starting at the back of the printer near the bottom where the top and bottom sections meet, push the screwdriver head on each of the tabs. There should be four tabs on the back part of the printer.
Work your way around the printer with your screwdriver between the two sections, moving from the back to the sides and then to the front. There will not be tabs anywhere except on the back section, but releasing the tabs has separated the two sections. Be careful not to break, crack or dent the plastic cover. Remove the cover when you have made your way around the perimeter.
Locate the waste ink pads. If you are standing in front of the printer, they will be on the upper right corner of the printer, toward the back, behind the ink cartridges. These will look like pieces of felt and will most likely be black or muddy coloured because of the ink that has soaked into them.
Remove the ink pads with rubber gloves. You can either discard these pads and replace them or you can wash them with hot water, allow them to dry thoroughly and put them back in the printer.
Replace the printer cover and click it into place. Plug the USB and power cords into the printer and computer.
Go into the "SSC Service Utility" program on your computer. Select "protection counter/reset protection centre." It will ask if you have replaced the waste ink pad. Select "yes."
Make sure the ink counter has reset by going into the "protection counter/show current value" option. If it does not read "0," turn your printer off, then turn it on and repeat the previous step.
Finish by turning your printer off and disconnecting the power cord. Wait 30 seconds to a minute before reconnecting the printer and turning the printer on.
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