Use this guide to remove a defective touchpad on a 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 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 7 Disassembly Complete
Successful disassembly of the controller will result in the following three parts, respectively:
Step 8 Touch Pad
You can now see the touch pad which is outlined on the top and bottom by an orange line.
Now pick the front panel up, and use one hand to press the touch pad up from the front of the panel.
There are no other restrictions attached to the touch pad. It should slide right out and back in without any effort.
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