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linear slider (carriage) replacement time?

Posted: Fri Oct 28, 2016 5:17 am
by rybrentd
I noticed some play in my X-axis linear slider (in the direction of making the nozzle closer/further from the print bed, or rotational play) and was wondering if this was normal or not. I took apart the x-axis assembly and isolated it to the slider which still moves buttery smooth. I have had the printer since end of February 2016 and noticed lately the z-axis offset had to be changed all the time, even running the same material/print bed. The Y-axis does not have this play, so is it time for replacement?

Re: linear slider (carriage) replacement time?

Posted: Fri Oct 28, 2016 11:47 pm
by Matt_Sharkey
I had a similar issue that you can find here:


I went through the official support on the website and after quite a few troubleshooting back and forth's, we determined that my carriage was not seated well with the X gantry rail. Makergear sent me a pair that was pre-installed and confirmed to work within spec. Start with a support ticket and see what they say.

Re: linear slider (carriage) replacement time?

Posted: Sat Nov 12, 2016 5:55 pm
by rybrentd
They sent me a new slider and that fixed the issue, no more play! I am still getting a slight vibration noise that is similar to the video in your post. ...

On the video you posted, around the 26-27 second mark is similar to the noise it makes but it does it the entire x axis travel depending on the speed. It is more of a vibration noise than a grinding noise...and the new slider has mitigated it immensely but it is still there...pressing lightly on the extruder fan (towards the linear rail) while printing gets rid of it.