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DualShock 4 Left Analog Stick Replacement

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  1. DualShock 4 Left Analog Stick Replacement, Check your controller model: passo 1, immagine 1 di 1
    • Check the model number on the back of your controller. This guide was written using model CUH-ZCT1U. If you have another model, the guide procedure and replacement parts may differ slightly.

    • If you have the second generation DualShock 4, model CUH-ZCT2U, use these guides.

  2. DualShock 4 Left Analog Stick Replacement, Unfasten the rear case: passo 2, immagine 1 di 2 DualShock 4 Left Analog Stick Replacement, Unfasten the rear case: passo 2, immagine 2 di 2
    • If you need to stabilize your controller during this repair, lay it on a soft surface such as a microfiber cloth.

    • Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the four 6.4 mm-long screws securing the rear case.

  3. DualShock 4 Left Analog Stick Replacement, Remove the L1 button: passo 3, immagine 1 di 3 DualShock 4 Left Analog Stick Replacement, Remove the L1 button: passo 3, immagine 2 di 3 DualShock 4 Left Analog Stick Replacement, Remove the L1 button: passo 3, immagine 3 di 3
    • Use an opening pick to pry each corner of the L1 button from the front case.

    • Cover the button to prevent it from ejecting out of your workspace.

    • Remove the button.

  4. DualShock 4 Left Analog Stick Replacement, Remove the R1 button: passo 4, immagine 1 di 1
    • Use your opening pick to pry and remove the R1 button, just as you did for the L1 button.

  5. DualShock 4 Left Analog Stick Replacement, Unclip the rear case: passo 5, immagine 1 di 3 DualShock 4 Left Analog Stick Replacement, Unclip the rear case: passo 5, immagine 2 di 3 DualShock 4 Left Analog Stick Replacement, Unclip the rear case: passo 5, immagine 3 di 3
    • Six plastic clips secure the rear case to the front case. The next four steps demonstrate how to release these clips before you can open the controller.

    • Insert your opening pick at a downward angle between the front case and rear case, halfway between the handle and the action buttons.

    • Slide your pick toward the handle and pry up to release the first clip.

    • Repeat this procedure on the other side of the controller to release the second clip.

  6. DualShock 4 Left Analog Stick Replacement: passo 6, immagine 1 di 3 DualShock 4 Left Analog Stick Replacement: passo 6, immagine 2 di 3 DualShock 4 Left Analog Stick Replacement: passo 6, immagine 3 di 3
    • Two more clips secure the rear case near the extension port and the headphone jack.

    • Insert your opening pick between the front case and rear case at either side of the ports.

    • Twist your pick to unclip this section of the rear case from the front case.

    • If the rear case feels stuck, insert and twist your pick from different angles.

    • Don't open the controller yet, as it's still held together by two very delicate clips near the triggers.

  7. DualShock 4 Left Analog Stick Replacement: passo 7, immagine 1 di 1
    • The final two clips are very delicate, and must be disengaged from inside the controller. If you break them, don't worry—it won't affect this repair or your controllers functionality.

    • Locate the clips by looking through the gap above the R2 or L2 buttons.

  8. DualShock 4 Left Analog Stick Replacement: passo 8, immagine 1 di 3 DualShock 4 Left Analog Stick Replacement: passo 8, immagine 2 di 3 DualShock 4 Left Analog Stick Replacement: passo 8, immagine 3 di 3
    • Insert the point of a spudger through the gap above the R2 button and push the retaining clip outward.

    • While pushing the clip outward, slowly pull the rear case away from the front case until you feel them separate.

    • Don't fully open the controller until each of the R2 and L2 clips have been disengaged.

    • Repeat this procedure for the clip near the L2 button.

  9. DualShock 4 Left Analog Stick Replacement, Remove the rear case: passo 9, immagine 1 di 3 DualShock 4 Left Analog Stick Replacement, Remove the rear case: passo 9, immagine 2 di 3 DualShock 4 Left Analog Stick Replacement, Remove the rear case: passo 9, immagine 3 di 3
    • Press the R2 button and slide the rear case over it.

  10. DualShock 4 Left Analog Stick Replacement: passo 10, immagine 1 di 1
    • Press the L2 button and slide the rear case over it.

  11. DualShock 4 Left Analog Stick Replacement: passo 11, immagine 1 di 3 DualShock 4 Left Analog Stick Replacement: passo 11, immagine 2 di 3 DualShock 4 Left Analog Stick Replacement: passo 11, immagine 3 di 3
    • Flip the rear case over the top of the controller and lay it down, being careful not to strain the interconnect cable.

  12. DualShock 4 Left Analog Stick Replacement, Disconnect the interconnect cable: passo 12, immagine 1 di 3 DualShock 4 Left Analog Stick Replacement, Disconnect the interconnect cable: passo 12, immagine 2 di 3 DualShock 4 Left Analog Stick Replacement, Disconnect the interconnect cable: passo 12, immagine 3 di 3
    • Use tweezers or your fingers to remove the interconnect cable by pulling its blue pull tab straight out of the socket.

    • During reassembly, reconnect the cable with its blue pull tab facing the outside of the controller.

  13. DualShock 4 Left Analog Stick Replacement, Disconnect the battery: passo 13, immagine 1 di 2 DualShock 4 Left Analog Stick Replacement, Disconnect the battery: passo 13, immagine 2 di 2
    • Use tweezers or your fingers to grab and disconnect the head of the battery cable from the motherboard.

    • Only pull on the head of the connector—don't pull on the cable itself.

  14. DualShock 4 Left Analog Stick Replacement, Remove the battery: passo 14, immagine 1 di 1
    • Remove the battery.

  15. DualShock 4 Left Analog Stick Replacement, Remove the reset button extension: passo 15, immagine 1 di 2 DualShock 4 Left Analog Stick Replacement, Remove the reset button extension: passo 15, immagine 2 di 2
    • Grab and remove the reset button extension from its recess in the battery bracket.

  16. DualShock 4 Left Analog Stick Replacement, Remove the battery bracket: passo 16, immagine 1 di 3 DualShock 4 Left Analog Stick Replacement, Remove the battery bracket: passo 16, immagine 2 di 3 DualShock 4 Left Analog Stick Replacement, Remove the battery bracket: passo 16, immagine 3 di 3
    • Locate the two clips securing the battery bracket to the motherboard.

    • Insert the point of your spudger into the opening behind the right bracket clip.

    • Depress the clip to disengage it from the motherboard.

    • Lift up the right edge of the battery bracket.

  17. DualShock 4 Left Analog Stick Replacement: passo 17, immagine 1 di 2 DualShock 4 Left Analog Stick Replacement: passo 17, immagine 2 di 2
    • Insert the point of your spudger in the opening behind the left bracket clip.

    • Depress the clip to disengage it from the motherboard.

    • Remove the battery bracket.

  18. DualShock 4 Left Analog Stick Replacement, Disconnect the touch pad: passo 18, immagine 1 di 3 DualShock 4 Left Analog Stick Replacement, Disconnect the touch pad: passo 18, immagine 2 di 3 DualShock 4 Left Analog Stick Replacement, Disconnect the touch pad: passo 18, immagine 3 di 3
    • Use the point of your spudger to flip up the locking flap securing the touch pad cable ZIF connector.

    • Use tweezers or your fingers to disconnect the cable using its blue pull tab.

  19. DualShock 4 Left Analog Stick Replacement, Unfasten the motherboard: passo 19, immagine 1 di 1
    • Use your Phillips screwdriver to remove the 6.4 mm screw securing the motherboard.

  20. DualShock 4 Left Analog Stick Replacement, Remove the motherboard: passo 20, immagine 1 di 3 DualShock 4 Left Analog Stick Replacement, Remove the motherboard: passo 20, immagine 2 di 3 DualShock 4 Left Analog Stick Replacement, Remove the motherboard: passo 20, immagine 3 di 3
    • Be careful not to strain the vibration motor cables. Follow this guide to re-solder the vibration motors if they break off the motherboard.

    • Lift the motherboard from the midframe.

    • Guide the analog stick covers through their cutouts in the front case.

    • Flip the motherboard over the bottom of the controller, leaving the vibration motor cables attached.

  21. DualShock 4 Left Analog Stick Replacement, Left Analog Stick: passo 21, immagine 1 di 3 DualShock 4 Left Analog Stick Replacement, Left Analog Stick: passo 21, immagine 2 di 3 DualShock 4 Left Analog Stick Replacement, Left Analog Stick: passo 21, immagine 3 di 3
    • Use a "Helping Hands" or similar tool to hold the circuit board steady for the solder work.

    • These are the solder connections that will need to be desoldered. Since the board is upside down, left will become right.

    • Use a desoldering wick and flux to melt and remove the solder

  22. DualShock 4 Left Analog Stick Replacement: passo 22, immagine 1 di 3 DualShock 4 Left Analog Stick Replacement: passo 22, immagine 2 di 3 DualShock 4 Left Analog Stick Replacement: passo 22, immagine 3 di 3
    • Once all the contacts are desoldered, the old joystick can be removed. This may take a bit of practice since all the solder will have to be removed. It does help to pull a bit on the joystick while melting the solder and using the wick.

    • Ensure that the contacts of the replacement joystick are identical to the original.

    • Check that all the holes are cleared of old solder. Hypodermic needles as well as very small drill bits can be used to clear the holes. The molten looking substance on the circuit board is the flux used for the desoldering.

  23. DualShock 4 Left Analog Stick Replacement: passo 23, immagine 1 di 3 DualShock 4 Left Analog Stick Replacement: passo 23, immagine 2 di 3 DualShock 4 Left Analog Stick Replacement: passo 23, immagine 3 di 3
    • Insert the new joystick into the circuit board. Make sure it is properly seated and that all the contacts line up with the holes in the circuit board.

    • Solder all the contacts to the board.

    • Here is the board after the repair. All that is left is to clean off the old flux with some isopropyl alcohol.

Conclusione

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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35 Commenti

Swammieslippyslappy, there is no lead in the device, if so the solder would release much easier. Lead Solder goes to liquid at 180-190 Celsius vs lead free at 212-226 Celsius. I would suggest buying a desoldering iron (cheap ones are fine $10-$20 they have the bulb attached for one handed operation) as using a solder wick becomes rather tedious with the smaller parts.

Joseph Van Meter - Replica

Would this fix the issue with the L3 button not remaining activated after initiating? (ie. running in call of duty)

Jorge - Replica

Very helpful guide!! I've never soldered/desoldered anything before so this was a little difficult for me. I ran into a few problems along the way: my inital soldering iron was 30W and it wasn't melting the solder, so I had to buy a 40W iron and that one did the trick. I also had a rough time using the desoldering wick (the solder didn't seem to suck up into the wick) so I ended up using a combination of a desoldering pump and the wick. I eventually got the piece out and the rest was easy! Thanks again and if anybody needs help with this project feel free to message me and I'll do the best I can to help.

SergeantCorbett - Replica

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