Use this guide to replace or clean the analog sticks on the Dualshock 4 controller.
Step 1 Controller
Using the Phillips #00 Screwdriver, remove the four 6.0 mm screws securing the rear cover to the controller.
Do not forcefully loosen the screws, as it will amount to permanent damage of the threads, making removal impossible.
Beginning with the left shoulder:
Pinch the left shoulder of the controller to introduce an opening.
Wedge a plastic opening tool into the opening and slide it up towards the joystick.
Pull down on the plier to crack open the casing.
Repeat these steps for the right shoulder.
Wedge a plastic opening tool into the case-splittings and pull down to crack open the casing near the following buttons:
Split the plastic covers of the controller apart, taking note that they will still be attached by circuit board ribbons.
Three small pieces are often released from the framework. To prevent loss, maintain a controlled work field.
2 Trigger Springs
1 Grey Reset Button Extension
Step 4 Battery
Detach the motherboard ribbon connecting the two sides of the controller by using your fingers.
After the two halves are separated, place the top of the controller off to the side.
Using the blunt forceps, remove the battery plug by gently rocking the forceps side-by-side to loosen the plug.
After removal of the plug from the motherboard, the battery can be lifted off of the controller.
Hasty removal of the battery plug could warp the plastic grips of the plug.
Step 6 Disassembling DualShock 4 Motherboard Assembly
Remove the single 6.0 mm Phillips screw found below the battery retainer with the Phillips #00 Screwdriver.
Do not forcefully loosen the screw, as it may amount to permanent damage of the threads, making removal impossible.
Gently detach the touchpad ribbon connected to the motherboard using the blunt forceps. The touchpad ribbon is connected to the motherboard by a connector that flips to tighten and loosen. During reassembly, to reattach the ribbon, the plastic tray will need to be gently removed from the motherboard and the flip-lock flipped up.
Carefully dislodge the motherboard assembly from the front cover.
Vibration motors are loosely attached to the motherboard assembly. Provide support at the two ends to ease the separation.
When removing the motherboard assembly, try not to tilt the front cover upside down as the buttons and their covers may fall out.
Step 9 Disassembly Complete
Successful disassembly of the controller will result in the following three parts, respectively:
Step 10 Analog Stick Covers
Pull the analog stick covers straight off the joystick posts attached to the motherboard with your fingers.
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