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Steam Deck OLED Right Thumbstick Replacement

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  1. Steam Deck OLED Right Thumbstick Replacement, Prepare your Steam Deck for disassembly: passo 1, immagine 1 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Right Thumbstick Replacement, Prepare your Steam Deck for disassembly: passo 1, immagine 2 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Right Thumbstick Replacement, Prepare your Steam Deck for disassembly: passo 1, immagine 3 di 3
    • Turn on your Steam Deck and allow the battery to discharge below 25% before starting your repairs, as a charged lithium-ion polymer battery can be dangerous if accidentally punctured.

    • As an extra precaution, Valve recommends putting your Steam Deck into battery storage mode within the BIOS before starting any internal repairs. Read how to do that here.

    • Power down your Steam Deck and unplug any cables.

    • If you have a microSD card installed, make sure to remove it before opening the Steam Deck. If you attempt to remove the back cover with it still installed, it could snap right in half.

    • During your repair, it can be helpful at times to lay the Steam Deck face-down in its case to protect the thumbsticks and prevent wobble.

  2. Steam Deck OLED Right Thumbstick Replacement, Remove the back cover screws: passo 2, immagine 1 di 2 Steam Deck OLED Right Thumbstick Replacement, Remove the back cover screws: passo 2, immagine 2 di 2
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    • Use a T6 Torx driver to remove the eight 5.8 mm‑long screws securing the back cover.

    • Throughout this repair, keep track of each screw and make sure it goes back exactly where it came from.

  3. Steam Deck OLED Right Thumbstick Replacement, Unclip a handle: passo 3, immagine 1 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Right Thumbstick Replacement, Unclip a handle: passo 3, immagine 2 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Right Thumbstick Replacement, Unclip a handle: passo 3, immagine 3 di 3
    • Insert an opening pick at an upward angle between the back cover and the front shell near one of the triggers.

    • If you can't insert your pick here, try along the top or bottom edges of the Steam Deck OLED before sliding it toward the handle.

    • Slide your pick along the edge of the handle to release the clips securing it to the front shell.

  4. Steam Deck OLED Right Thumbstick Replacement, Unclip the top and bottom edges: passo 4, immagine 1 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Right Thumbstick Replacement, Unclip the top and bottom edges: passo 4, immagine 2 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Right Thumbstick Replacement, Unclip the top and bottom edges: passo 4, immagine 3 di 3
    • Reinsert your pick and slide it along the top and bottom edges until the back cover feels loose.

  5. Steam Deck OLED Right Thumbstick Replacement, Remove the back cover: passo 5, immagine 1 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Right Thumbstick Replacement, Remove the back cover: passo 5, immagine 2 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Right Thumbstick Replacement, Remove the back cover: passo 5, immagine 3 di 3
    • Grip the unclipped handle and pull it away from the front shell to release the remaining clips.

    • Remove the back cover.

  6. Steam Deck OLED Right Thumbstick Replacement, Disconnect the battery: passo 6, immagine 1 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Right Thumbstick Replacement, Disconnect the battery: passo 6, immagine 2 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Right Thumbstick Replacement, Disconnect the battery: passo 6, immagine 3 di 3
    • Grip the battery cable pull tab, located to the left of the battery.

    • Firmly pull the battery cable straight away from the motherboard shield (toward the battery) to disconnect it.

    • This bundled cable is fairly stiff. If you're having trouble, re-grip the pull tab close to the head of the connector and gently walk it side-to-side as you pull.

    • If the cable pull-tab feels fragile or rips during this process, remove the motherboard shield and disconnect the cable using a spudger.

    • When the battery cable comes free, it might push up on the motherboard shield. Don't worry, as this won't damage anything.

  7. Steam Deck OLED Right Thumbstick Replacement, Reassembly instructions: passo 7, immagine 1 di 2 Steam Deck OLED Right Thumbstick Replacement, Reassembly instructions: passo 7, immagine 2 di 2
    • During disassembly, skip the next three steps.

    • During reassembly:

    • Reinstall the two 3.8 mm‑long screws to secure the motherboard shield.

    • Reconnect the interconnect cable ZIF connector.

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    • During reassembly:

    • Use the flat end of a spudger to slide the battery connector into its socket on the motherboard.

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    • During reassembly, follow this step and the above three steps to reconnect the battery.

    • Use your T6 Torx driver to remove the two 3.8 mm‑long screws securing the motherboard shield.

    • Lift the top edge of the motherboard shield up and flip it over the bottom edge of the frame, away from the motherboard.

    • Be careful not to crease or strain the cable.

  10. Steam Deck OLED Right Thumbstick Replacement, Disconnect the right thumbstick: passo 10, immagine 1 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Right Thumbstick Replacement, Disconnect the right thumbstick: passo 10, immagine 2 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Right Thumbstick Replacement, Disconnect the right thumbstick: passo 10, immagine 3 di 3
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    • Use the point of a spudger to flip up the small locking flap on the right thumbstick ZIF connector.

    • The pull tab on this connector may be labeled TS.

    • Use tweezers or your fingers to grip the cable's pull tab and slide the connector straight out of its socket to disconnect it.

  11. Steam Deck OLED Right Thumbstick Replacement, Remove the right thumbstick screws: passo 11, immagine 1 di 2 Steam Deck OLED Right Thumbstick Replacement, Remove the right thumbstick screws: passo 11, immagine 2 di 2
    • Use your T6 Torx driver to remove the three 5.9 mm‑long screws securing the right thumbstick.

    • During reassembly, hold the Steam Deck OLED off your work surface so it doesn't rest on your thumbstick as you tighten the screws.

  12. Steam Deck OLED Right Thumbstick Replacement, Remove the right thumbstick: passo 12, immagine 1 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Right Thumbstick Replacement, Remove the right thumbstick: passo 12, immagine 2 di 3 Steam Deck OLED Right Thumbstick Replacement, Remove the right thumbstick: passo 12, immagine 3 di 3
    • Grip the edges of the thumbstick board and rotate it clockwise to clear the trigger.

    • Remove the thumbstick.

Conclusione

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

Take your e-waste to an R2 or e-Stewards certified recycler.

Repair didn’t go as planned? Try some basic troubleshooting, or ask our Steam Deck OLED answers community for help.

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3 Commenti

Hi there, can the thumbstick modules from the LCD model be used in the OLED? I'm not seeing a listing on ifixit's website for OLED specific thumbstick modules.

Molsen - Replica

I have the Gulikit joystick modules from the 1st gen SD and although the mounting locations are the same the flexible tape wiring harness is wider on the 2nd gen OLED SD. Another issue will/would be, is if you have a 2nd gen limited SD with the red accents it appears you most likely will have to desolder/solder a single wire for each unit in order to reuse those red shields with the newer sticks. Not a horrible task but one to beware of.

1. I'd wait till someone pops a drop in replacement like they did for the 1st gen.

2. Keep an eye out to see if they make it in the color you're replacing.

Hope this helps.

david smith -

@molsen No they can't, totally different daughterboard (annoyingly). There seems to be a around 3 (maybe 4) different versions of the right and left thumb stick. The oled version the daughterboard also contains the switch for L1/R1, the LCD version doesn't have this switch on that board.

The models seem to start MHDA, MEDA, and MLCB (and maybe an MECB)

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