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Ender 5 Pro extruder clicking/skipping during long prints.

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Hi all,

just looking for some ideas as I’ve pretty much exhausted the usual tricks for this problem.

Some prints are printing perfectly, then the next print will print for a few hours then the extruder begins slipping and clicking, then layers are missed causing the print to fail.  Then I seem to have fixed the problem, print another successful print, then try again and it fails in the same manner.  I have stripped the extruder and reassembled (its only a week old so id doubt wear is the issue), the capricorn tube fits correctly both ends, doesnt appear to move at the extruder end, there is no blocking of the nozzle that is causing this as the moment ive manually pushed filament it continues to flow. The skipping is damaging the filament as the gears grind it and flatten it and put teeth marks more than usual, I thought i could be over tight, but the same is happening when i back the tension off.  Its very puzzling and beginning to make my head hurt.  Ive checked the grub screws on the gear too…. any ideas?


Ive also ordered another capricorn tube, couplers, more nozzles (varying diameter to check if flow is restricted) I even had a look at the e step too… aghhhhhh

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Likely your retraction settings are too long.  What do you have them set at?  Mine was doing the same thing at 7mm retractions.  The problem is that you get molten filament drawn back into the bowden tube which then solidifies and causes a clog.  Usually manually pushing the filament through while the hotend is heated will clear it. Then try setting your retraction down as far as you can. You can use a calibration model from thingiverse to help get the minimum setting.  Enable Z hop and set your travel speed (not print speed) as high as you can to help with stringing.  200mm/s works on mine.

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I had a similar problem but with the SKR E3 Mini board fitted. After much Googling found that this had nothing to do with slicer settings but that the current limit for the stepper motor was too low. So when the motor encountered more resistance (my Bowden tube was too short for gentle bends) and needed more current, the motor driver limited the current causing the motor to lose the ability to hold position never mind continue to extrude. Hence the compressed filament inside the tube acted like a spring and pushed the motor backwards with a clicking sound. This was born out by close observation of the extruder gear.

you will need to Google setting stepper current limit as the method depends on what board (hence drivers) you are using. some require fiddling with small potentiometers on the drivers whereas the SKR E3 Mini V2 allows this to be set in firmware and saved to EEPROM via the machines screen.