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How to Reset a Cartridge in a Canon MF8180C

Updated July 20, 2017

The instructions for installing toner cartridge are pretty universal. The issue that comes up for Canon users is that installing the new tank does not always reset the toner levels in the software. This is because of the chip on the replacement tank. It is highly recommended that you use only Canon brand cartridges because of this chip. Using an off brand may cause you long-term issues with your printer.

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  1. Under the scanning area, look for the drum cartridge (which is the primary ink), then pull the cartridge up and out, paying special attention to how it is seated in the machine.

  2. While holding the green handle of the new toner, carefully place the cartridge straight down first, then pull it down toward you.

  3. It will lock into place. Check to make sure it is aligned the same way the old one was.

  4. Installing the new cartridge should reset the levels. If this was done properly, and you are still experiencing problems, the machine may need servicing.

  5. Tip

    Printers need to be cleaned from time to time. See your user guide for tips on maintaining your printer for optimal performance.


    While most printers are reasonably durable, if you notice any loose parts, consult a professional. It is best to change toner in the morning before the machine has been running for the day. Many of the parts inside can become very hot.

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Things You'll Need

  • Canon printer
  • Toner cartridge
  • Drum cartridge

About the Author

Melissa Harkins

Melissa Harkins has been in the technical industry for more than seven years. Her expertise is writing technical instructions in terms the end user can understand. She has been an on-site technical trainer for various companies writing internal documentation for their specific configurations. Most of these have been instruction-style manuals with easy-to-follow instructions so that everyone can be a pro on the computer.

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