How to Replace the Sponge in an HP Inkjet

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There are a few good reasons to make wiper sponge replacement a part of your HP Inkjet maintenance plan. If you don't install a new one every six months or when the "Replace Wiper Sponge" warning is displayed, the wiper blade may not clean your printer's print heads correctly. When this happens, your Inkjet cartridges could be mistaken as defective when print quality issues occur. Additionally, you could spend valuable time running unnecessary diagnostic tests. Changing the wiper sponge will keep your Inkjet running smoothly and cost effectively.

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Things you need

  • Safety glasses
  • Protective gloves
  • HP Wiper Sponge Replacement Kit containing the wiper liquid bottle and new wiper sponge

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  1. 1

    Push the "Online" key, "Shift" key and right-arrow symbol key.

  2. 2

    Push the down-arrow symbol key. Push "OK" to select the "Replace Wiper Sponge" option, and then push "OK."

  3. 3

    Open the cover on the front of the printer and the right maintenance cover when the "Open Cover Replaced Wiper Sponge" message appears.

  4. 4

    Put on your safety glasses and protective gloves, and then gently remove the empty wiper liquid bottle so that any leftover liquid drains into the printer without dripping on other parts. Throw away the empty wiper liquid bottle.

  5. 5

    Pull out the wiper sponge tray, remove the wiper sponge, and then slant the wiper sponge tray so that any leftover liquid drains into it. (Note: You don't need to remove the tray.)

  6. 6

    Open the carriage maintenance cover, and remove the wiper sponge.

  7. 7

    Close the carriage maintenance cover, insert the new wiper sponge, and remove the cap from the new bottle of wiper liquid.

  8. 8

    Line up the plastic seal evenly in the hole of the wiper liquid dispenser cap.

  9. 9

    Screw the wiper liquid dispenser cap onto the new wiper liquid bottle, and tighten it so that it is secure.

  10. 10

    Put the wiper liquid bottle face down in the wiper liquid holder, and push it down so that it is securely in place.

  11. 11

    Close the right maintenance and front covers, press "Yes" and then press the "OK" key when the "Replaced Finished" message appears.

Tips and warnings

  • These steps may vary slightly for your specific HP Inkjet model, but the basic steps are the same for most HP printers.
  • Use only genuine HP parts in your Inkjet printer. Using non-HP parts may result in damage to your printer.
  • Never let wiper liquid drip onto the printer's parts.

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