PlayStation 3 controller thumb sticks get a lot of wear and tear. Game players often spend long hours wiggling their thumb sticks, sometimes in a vigorous manner, in response to required game play. According to PlayStation, getting your controller serviced may be required if it malfunctions. You can try to service your controller yourself, but should proceed with caution.
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Things you need
- Small screwdrivers
- Can of compressed air
- Can of silicone lubricant
Turn your controller over, place it on a flat surface and unscrew its housing connector screws. There are five of these, according to Andrew Wright, author of "The Ultimate PS3 Repair Guide." Turn the controller over again and tip out the screws. Put them in a safe place.
Depress the controller housing attachment clip. Carefully work the two parts of the controller apart. Then, squeeze the battery connector socket lugs with one hand. Gently remove the battery connector plate with your other hand. Remove the battery and set it aside.
Remove the screw connecting the circuit board to the top housing. Lift out the circuit board and remove the thumb stick covers. Spray around the thumb sticks with compressed air. This will remove any dust or debris that may have found its way into the thumb stick mechanism. Manipulate the thumb stick while spraying.
Spray into the thumb stick mechanism with silicone lubricant. Work the spray into all areas of the mechanism by manipulating the thumb stick, which will soon become much freer. Reassemble the controller.
Tips and warnings
- Do the job carefully and think about how you will put each element back together before taking it apart.
- Take photographs of the various stages of disassembly so you can refer to them when you reassemble the controller.
- If your controller thumb stick is bent, buckled or broken, your best option will be to buy a replacement.
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