Xbox 360 Wireless Controller Left Analog Stick Replacement

Main guide photo

Introduction

Straight forward replacement of the analog joystick on the controller. To much COD Black Ops can leave it feeling loose and can cause a drift. Toughest part of this repair was the disassembly of the controller since it requires a Torx T8h screwdriver. Make sure you have it before starting this repair.

Step 1 Left Analog Stick
Image 1/3: Depress the battery release button on the top of the controller. Remove the battery holder from the controller.



The left stick is the most common one to go bad.
Depress the battery release button on the top of the controller. Remove the battery holder from the controller.
Use tweezers or similar instrument, to peel the barcode sticker from the battery compartment.ove the battery holder from the controller.

Step 2
Image 1/3: Insert a plastic opening tool between the front and rear cases along the left edge of the controller. Rotate the tool toward the front of the controller to pry the two cases apart.


Remove the seven 9.3 mm T8 Security Torx screws securing the rear case to the front case.
Insert a plastic opening tool between the front and rear cases along the left edge of the controller. Rotate the tool toward the front of the controller to pry the two cases apart.
Grasp the controller by the battery compartment and the headphone jack. Lift the battery compartment away from the headphone jack, separating the rear case from the front case and logic board.

Step 3
Image 1/3: Here is a view of the inside of the controller. Note the vibration motors having different counter weights.


Tilt the bottom case slightly toward the trigger buttons to slide it off the top case
Here is a view of the inside of the controller. Note the vibration motors having different counter weights.
Remove the connector from the left motor (controller is positioned upside down, left controller will be shown right etc.)

Step 4
Image 1/3: Both motors are disconnected. Notice position of the motors inside the case for re-assembly.


Remove the connector from the right motor
Both motors are disconnected. Notice position of the motors inside the case for re-assembly.
Remove logic board


Step 5
Image 1/3: To remove the covers of the analogs sticks, simply pull them from the mounting pegs.


Notice placement of rubber membranes on the front case for reassembly.
To remove the covers of the analogs sticks, simply pull them from the mounting pegs.
View of the left analog stick to be removed.

Step 6
Image 1/3: Left trigger points unsoldered.



To remove the left analog stick, the left trigger button will have to be removed first. Desolder the three solder points. Use desoldering wick and some flux to remove the solder.
Left trigger points unsoldered.
There are 2 snaps holding the left trigger piece in place, remove those. It may take a bit of force, but simply push the snap over and down.

Step 7
Image 1/3: Left trigger removed.

When removing the left trigger, make sure that the points are unsolderd properly, gently pull the trigger downward.
Left trigger removed.
With the left trigger removed, simply turn the logic board over and find the 14 solder connections

Step 8

Image 1/3: Ensure that no other components get either desoldered or otherwise heat damaged.
Use a desoldering wick and some flux to remove the solder.
Ensure that no other components get either desoldered or otherwise heat damaged.
Here, all points have been desoldered.

Step 9

Image 1/3: Remove the analog stick
Pull off the 3D analog stick gently to ensure that all solder connections are unsoldered.
Remove the analog stick
Put the new 3D analog stick in place. Make sure that it is seated flush against the board.

Step 10

Image 1/3: Solder the connections in place.
Apply some flux to the solder points and the leg of the analog stick.
Solder the connections in place.
All points soldered back in place. The liquid black debris is flux. This can be removed by cleaning the board with some isopropyl alcohol after the soldering.

Step 11

Image 1/1:
Here is the board with the new sticks and the left trigger button resoldered.

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