Xbox 360 Wireless Controller Right Analog Stick Replacement

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Straight forward replacement of the analog joystick on the controller. Too much COD Black Ops can leave it feeling loose and can cause a drift. The 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 Right Analog Stick

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

Here is the controller that will get new analog sticks.
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 of the mounting pegs.


Notice placement of rubber membranes of the front case for reassembly.
To remove the covers of the analogs sticks, simply pull them of the mounting pegs.
Turn the logic board over and find the 14 solder connections

Step 6
Image 1/3: Unsolder the connections using a soldering iron and the wick.

Apply some Flux on a desoldering wick
Unsolder the connections using a soldering iron and the wick.
Stay clear of the small SMD components that may surround the solder pads.

Step 7
Image 1/3: Gently try to remove the analog stick, making sure that all points can easily be moved off the board



All contacts have been desoldered.
Gently try to remove the analog stick, making sure that all points can easily be moved off the board
If properly desoldered, the analog stick should clear the board without difficulty

Step 8
Image 1/3: Always make sure that the replacement will fit. Make sure it has the same contacts and dimensions.



Remove the analog stick
Always make sure that the replacement will fit. Make sure it has the same contacts and dimensions.
Place the new analog stick through the holes on the board. Make sure that it is flush with the board.

Step 9
Image 1/3: Apply solder to all the 14 contacts. Make sure that there is a good bond between the contacts of the analog stick and the solder pads on the board.


Apply flux to all contacts before soldering. I use flux even though my solder contains it as well.
Apply solder to all the 14 contacts. Make sure that there is a good bond between the contacts of the analog stick and the solder pads on the board.
Here all 14 contacts have been soldered. All that is left now is to wash of the flux with some isopropyl alcohol and to reassemble the controller.

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