BLTouch Probing Fails Intermittently
I just installed my (v3) BLTouch with a vanilla version of Marlin (1.1.9) on my Ender 3 and everything seems to work fine (including auto home) except the probing. It repeatedly does the first three probes (successfully) but then tries the fourth and fails. Even when disabling the axis movement (X/Y stepper motors) the issue persists, which would indicate that it is not a bad connection or physical location dependent. Any ideas on how to troubleshoot?
On second thoughts, it seems that it now fails inconsistently, so it is probably a wiring issue, although there is still the issue of it not retracting before printing and not leveling well when it does (although those issues would be more appropriate for a separate question), among other things.
<Edit: Resolved, I both replaced the BLTouch and updated my firmware, but I believe it was the latter that fixed it.>
This is a loose wire, may be some strength is pulling the wire while moving from XX,XY,YY then you get the failure. Also happens with the temperature sensor or even the heat resistor. Keep your wires tightened to connectors.
It also fails when disabling the X and Y motors, so I'm not sure if it's a pulling as much as a poor connection.
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Thanks for posting your solution, I have a brand new V3, and when through all of the cable testing, etc. I turned my grub screw 1/4 turn into the housing, and its working consistently now. I thought I was going to have to return for refund/exchange. I think I will order a backup just in case.
Is your BL Touch a v3 (likely if you've only just purchased it)? If so, make sure you're using the bugfix version of Marlin 1.1.9, which supposedly fixes the compatibility issues. I say supposedly because there's also a capacitor on the mainboard that can be removed to fix the issue, and once I removed it (and commented out the specific v3 bits in the firmware) the BLTouch performed noticeably better than when relying on the bugfix firmware alone.
Teaching Tech on YouTube has a few BLtouch Ender 3 videos, covering the changes for configuring the bugfix firmware and the removal of the capacitor.
Oh yeah, I forgot about that. Yes, it is a v3, so the updated firmware should help with the other issues but I still think it also may be a wiring issue because of the inconsistency of failure. I just ordered a replacement so I'll update accordingly once I get the new one set up with the bugfix firmware. Thanks.
I'd recommend getting ready with the bugfix firmware and the v3 settings it comes with ahead of time so that you can try it with the existing probe and wiring and be 100% sure that this wasn't the cause.
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I followed the same guides and everything works now. I believe the bugfix firmware is what resolved the issue. Unfortunately I had returned the old probe so I wasn't able to test that but I did try different wires on it and it still failed, so that leads me to believe it was a software issue.