Replacing an Ink Cartridge

Checking the Ink Supply

If the Error light on the EPSON Stylus CX5400 is flashing and you see an ink low or ink out message on the LCD screen and your computer monitor, you need to replace one of the cartridges.

When a cartridge is more than six months old, you may need to replace it if printouts don't look their best. If the quality doesn't improve after cleaning and aligning the print head, you can replace the cartridge.

To check your ink supply, do one of the following:

Ink Cartridge Precautions

Warning: Keep ink cartridges out of the reach of children and do not drink the ink.

If ink gets on your hands, wash them thoroughly with soap and water. If ink gets in your eyes, flush them thoroughly with water.

Caution: To avoid damaging the EPSON Stylus CX5400, never move the print head by hand.

You cannot print if any ink cartridge is empty. Leave the empty cartridge installed in the EPSON Stylus CX5400 until you have obtained a replacement. Otherwise the ink remaining in the print head nozzles may dry out.

Removing and Installing Ink Cartridges

Be sure you have a new ink cartridge before you begin. Once you start the ink cartridge replacement procedure, you must complete all the steps in one session.

  1. Make sure the EPSON Stylus CX5400 is turned on and not printing. The LCD screen tells you which ink cartridge is low or empty.
  2. If your EPSON Stylus CX5400 is low on ink, press the left Menu button until you see Change Cartridge, then press the Color Copy button.

    If your EPSON Stylus CX5400 is out of ink, press the Color Copy button.

    The ink cartridges move to the replacement position.

  3. Lift up the scanner.

  4. Pinch the tabs on the front and back of the cartridge, lift it out of the printer, and dispose of it carefully.

  5. Before you remove the new cartridge from its package, shake it four or five times.

  6. Unwrap the new ink cartridge and lower it into its holder, then press down on the top of the cartridge until it clicks in place.
  7. Caution: Don't touch the green circuit board on the back of the cartridge; you may inhibit normal operation and printing.

    If you need to replace other ink cartridges, repeat steps 4 through 6 before continuing with step 7.

  8. Carefully lower the scanner and press it down until it clicks into place. The EPSON Stylus CX5400 begins charging the ink delivery system.
  9. The On light flashes and the EPSON Stylus CX5400 makes noise. Charging takes about 30 seconds. When it's finished, the On light stops flashing and stays on.

    Caution: Never turn off the EPSON Stylus CX5400 while the On light is flashing, unless the Stylus CX hasn't moved or made noise for more than 5 minutes.