Many new Canon® printers are introduced every year and cartridge installation can differ quite a bit across printer models. If you are installing a new cartridge for the first time, of course you want to make sure you do it right! In this article, we will be covering the installation process of two popular printer models, the Canon Pixma® MG2520 and Pixma® MX922. Let’s get started!
How to Replace a Canon PIXMA MG2520 Ink Cartridge
The Canon Pixma MG2520 is a compact all-in-one machine that is easy to set up and wireless ready. It requires two separate ink cartridges - one for black and one for color. Canon offers both cartridges in a high yield and standard yield option. The high yield is slightly more expensive but holds significantly more ink. Replacements for Pixma MG2520 ink cartridges are priced at $25.99 each for a black cartridge (which prints up to 300 pages) and $29.99 for color cartridges (which print up to 180 pages) if you buy original Canon cartridges. Compatible LD brand replacements for the Pixma MG2520 offer the same amount of ink for considerably less at $18.99 each per black cartridge and $20.99 per color cartridge.
- PG-245XL Ink High-Yield Black (8278B001AA) / Page Yield: 300
- CL-246XL Ink High-Yield Color (8280B001AA) / Page Yield: 300
- PG-245 Ink Standard-Yield Black (8279B001AA) / Page Yield: 180
- CL-246 Ink Standard-Yield Color (8281B001AA) / Page Yield: 180
#1. Retract the output paper tray and extensionFirst, you’ll need to set up the printer in preparation to print. If the tray that catches the paper is pulled out, slide it back into the printer so it is flush with the printer.
#2. Open the cover
To expose your printer’s cartridge carrier, you will need to open up the front cover, which is located above the paper tray that you just slid in. You should see a finger print indentation at the top of the cover, which you will need to push in (DO NOT pull it down as this may damage the unit). Allow the flap to come down, and you will notice the ink cartridge holder automatically move to the center of the printer.
#3. Remove your Canon printer’s old cartridges
To remove the old cartridges, use your thumb and index finger to gently wiggle them out of their slots. Be sure to remove each cartridge one at a time and make a note of which color is being removed from each respective slot.
#4. Insert the new Canon ink cartridges
Before you install the new cartridges, you will need to remove each cartridge from their packaging. We recommend opening up new cartridges over a trash can…sometimes ink can emit from the cartridge when it is being unwrapped. Pull the plastic tab from each cartridges’ to expose their nozzles.
Slide each cartridge into their respective slot. Make sure you insert them nozzle first and label up, with a firm push upwards until it clicks into place. The cartridges should be secure before you close the lid.
Once the lid is closed, the printer’s ON light in the top left corner will flash green for about a minute before staying lit.
#5. Test your cartridges
The test print is an important final step before you can start printing regularly.
Turn on your desktop, bring up a document, press print, take a look at the results and you’ll soon be able to see if the ink is printing the way it should. Please note, if the ink comes out streaky or smudgy, consult your Canon printer manual to check how to realign the printer heads.
If the triangular emblem in the top left corner is flashing orange, the cartridges may not be seated properly. Re-open your printer and check the cartridges are installed correctly by giving them a push.
How to Change a Remanufactured Canon PG-245 or CL-246 Cartridge:
The installation process of a remanufactured cartridge is very similar to installing an original cartridge, but there a couple of minor tweaks you will need to make in order to get the cartridge to work. Most remanufactured versions of the PG-245 and CL-246 series do not recognize in your printer like a genuine product would, but they will still work with a bit of simple tinkering. If you buy a remanufactured cartridge and you get an error message upon installation, follow these easy steps to get your printer up and running!
- You might see an error message saying your recently installed cartridge is “low” or “empty”. This of course is not true, you should have a perfectly good, fully functioning cartridge in your hands! So why the low message? The printer is still reading the information on the chip from the last time the cartridge was in use. Since then it has been refurbished and refilled with ink, but the chip has not been replaced. To get the cartridge working you need to force the machine to override that error message and accept the cartridge as is.
- The first thing you are going to want to do is take the cartridge out again and clean the chip, or gold contact, with a lint free cloth or Q-tip. Gently wipe the contact with the Q-tip a few times. The chip on an ink cartridge is very sensitive. Sometimes residue can get on the chip and produce an error on your machine.
- Next, we are going to want to reset the printer. To do this, power down the machine, unplug the power cord from the wall for 15 seconds. Plug it back in and turn the printer back on. Wait for the printer to initialize and then reinstall your recently cleaned cartridge.
- If you clean the chip, install the cartridge again and you are still getting an error message, do not lose hope! You can easily override the error message by pressing and holding down the Stop/Reset button on the printer for a full 15 seconds. It may say “please wait a while” on your printer’s screen and your printer should go through a startup sequence. Once the startup sequence is complete you should be able to print as expected!
- After overriding the error message the printer will continue to use the cartridge without stopping due to the ink level being low or empty. You will not be able to tell how much ink is left in your cartridge. However, the cartridge is filled to capacity and you should get the same number of prints as an original!
How to Replace a Canon PIXMA MX922 Cartridge
Another reliable offering from Canon’s wireless all-in-one range, this compact print offers quality photo prints and a decent shelf life.
The PIXMA MX922 requires five separate cartridges (two black and three color) which should be inserted in the machine in the following order:
- Magenta ink (M)
- Black ink (BK)
- Yellow ink (Y)
- Pigment black (PGBK)
- Cyan ink (C)
The installation order can differ from model to model, but most Canon printers include color-coded labels beneath the cartridge carriage.
The Pixma MX922 series offers a high yield and standard yield cartridge. The pigment black is also offered as an extra high yield. High yield cartridges are slightly more expensive but are generally a better deal in the long term if you print in high volumes. You will need both black cartridges (the pigment black and photo black) in order for your printer to function properly. The pigment black cartridge is designed for printing text while the photo black’s specialty is obviously, photographs.
High Yield Cartridges:
PGI-255XXL Ink Extra High-Yield Black (8050B001) / Page Yield: 800
PGI-250XL Ink High-Yield Pigment Black (6432B001) / Page Yield: 500
CLI-251XL Ink High-Yield Photo Black (6448B001) / Page Yield: 4,425
CLI-251XL Ink High-Yield Cyan (6449B001) / Page Yield: 660
CLI-251XL Ink High-Yield Magenta (6450B001) / Page Yield: 660
CLI-251XL Ink High-Yield Yellow (6451B001) / Page Yield: 660
Standard Yield Cartridges:
PGI-250 Ink Standard-Yield Pigment Black (6497B001) / Page Yield: 300
CLI-251 Ink Standard-Yield Black (6513B001) / Page Yield: 1,105
CLI-251 Ink Standard-Yield Cyan (6514B001) / Page Yield: 304
CLI-251 Ink Standard-Yield Magenta (6515B001) / Page Yield: 298
CLI-251 Ink Standard-Yield Yellow (6516B001) / Page Yield: 330
To install your cartridges, follow these four easy steps:
#1. Lift the operation panel
First, lift the operation panel with both hands. This is on hinges and lifts up like a lid; raise the panel placing your hands at the join just beneath the LCD screen.
#2. Remove the old cartridges
Wait for the old cartridges to move to the center of the printer. Then, carefully push the tab located at the end of each cartridge and pull them out.
#3. Remove the packaging of the replacement cartridges and insert them
New cartridges have been known to leak a bit when you remove the packaging. We recommend opening up new cartridges over a trash can…sometimes ink can emit from the cartridge when it is being unwrapped.
Once the wrapping is removed, the tape is pulled and the orange clip is twisted off, you are ready to install. Insert each cartridge into the printer, following the color key below the carriage. Make sure the labels are facing upwards, then push them down until you hear a click. Once they are in place, a red light will appear on the cartridge confirming that they are secure. Close up the panel and you are all set.
#4. Run an ink test
Once you’ve replaced your Canon printer ink cartridges, run a quick print test to make sure everything is working correctly.
If the ink comes out streaky or smudgy, check your Canon printer manual to check how to re-align the printheads.
We hope this guide was helpful! If you have any more printer ink related questions, send us a quick note!
*Savings based on price comparison between remanufactured/compatible cartridge prices and printer brand (OEM) cartridge prices effective as of April 28, 2017 on www.LDProducts.com. OEM names are registered trademarks of their respective owners and are not affiliated with, and do not endorse LD Products.