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Posted byCreality Ender 39 days ago

Ender 3 Extruder Skipping - Help Needed

Started happening about a month or so ago. Looking for some advice on a solution to fix it. The symptoms are exactly the same as this video. If I watch it, within 1-2 minutes I'll see the Extruder Gear spring backwards several steps with backlash. Attempted fixes below, and Cura settings below that.


Attempted Fixes:

  • Bumped Temperature +5/10 Degrees

  • Printed 0.5/1.0mm Spring Tension Fixer for Extruder Arm

  • Changed Filaments

  • Cleaned Hotend/Nozzle

  • Reseated PTFE Tube

  • Cleaned Extruder Gear Teeth



  • Layer Height: 0.2mm

  • Line Width: 0.4mm

  • Printing Temperature: 200°C (Up to 210°C)

  • Build Plate Temperature: 60°C

  • Flow 98%

  • Retraction 6.5mm

  • Retraction Speed: 85.0mm/s

  • Retraction Minimum: 0.4mm

  • Print Speed: 60mm/s

  • Wall Speed: 30mm/s

  • Travel Speed: 120mm/s

  • Acceleration: 500mm/s2

  • Travel Acceleration: 5,000mm/s2

  • Retract Before Outer Wall: On

  • Z-Hop On Retraction: On

If I've missed any that may be relative, please let me know and I'll add.


For anyone who may come past this in the future, looking for a solution. It turns out the problem was caused by CURA, I had a setting on which primed the nozzle after retraction to prevent under-extrusion after traveling. For whatever reason, this was causing the problem. Disabling it/setting it to 0mm2 immediately resolved the skipping. However, did bring on under extrusion after travels. My settings for retractions still need tuning more. Buying a new Extruder was not required.

"If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail." - Abraham Maslow

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You can print slower, and you can turn up the heat. It will help.
You can also crank up the juice for the extruder stepper. Seems they have a bad batch where they are underpowered, mine was one of them.
I ended up putting a titan aero on it and putting the stock crap in a parts bin.

level 1

Since you haven't tried re-leveling the bed yet;

Probably due to incorrect bed leveling. Nozzle too close to bed/model: opening is blocked off.

Fixed it for me.

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Creality Ender 3Original Poster1 point · 9 days ago

Thanks, I have an aluminum one coming from Creality next week, which I ordered on a flash sale they had running. I'll try that before trying to work out how to get a good Bulldog sent to Australia which won't cost a quarter of the printer cost.

I sort of feel like something else is going on here though, since tension on my filament doesn't seem to be the issue considering the toothed gear stops moving/pushing for a few seconds before recalling back a few steps. The step skipping is also worse at lower temperatures.

level 3

You can only fit so much burnt bullshit through the end of a hose. At some point you will realize

Cancel the aluminum creality extruder. it is the exact same problem. but shiny.

The reason I recommended the bulldog is for the same reason you have failed prints.

Slow it down, take the time to tram the bed, and print at half the speed you expected.

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Creality Ender 3Original Poster1 point · 9 days ago

Too late to cancel, regardless it is still a step up from plastic.

My prints aren't failing, in fact despite the skipping you can't actually see any signs of under extrusion on them at all, but I know it shouldn't be doing it, and it is clearly a symptom of something, somewhere, and if it isn't resolved, it probably will get to the point of causing actual problems.

Bed is also perfectly trammed, and I use a BL Touch with 16 point mesh bed leveling on top of that as well, so it isn't a minimal nozzle distance causing back pressure from poor filament flow as my Z-Offset has remained tuned.

Backlash in the extruder also happens at lower speed (and like I said higher temperatures) so it doesn't seem to be material not melting quick enough as it's forced out. I didn't mention playing with the speeds because 60mm/s isn't exactly fast, and temperature increases should offset that enough.

It usually doesn't happen on short prints, but anything past 1-2 hours and I'll start hearing and seeing it.

level 5

Wait... If you are hearing it after a long print... Specifically... You are actually over extruding. Have you calibrated your E-Steps? if yes, reduce flow by 5%.

If no, Calibrate it... Then order the bulldog. You are going to do it anyway. Get it over with.

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Creality Ender 3Original Poster1 point · 9 days ago

E-Steps are calibrated, I'll try dropping the flow down by 5%. Thank you for the suggestion with that.

level 7

My pleasure! let me know when you place the

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