How to Grease a Saitek X52 Joystick

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How to Grease a Saitek X52 Joystick
Saitek joysticks can last for years if maintained. (joystick image by Oliv from

The X52 Joystick accompanies one of Saitek's Pro Flight simulation control systems. It works with both professional flight simulation programs and with computer flying games, which, as of 2010, are all for computers with the Windows operating system. Once or twice a year you'll need to lubricate the joystick so it works smoothly and allows for precision simulation. If you live in a dry or dusty climate, or if you use the joystick frequently, you may need to lubricate it every few months.

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Things you need

  • Paintball marker lubricant

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  1. 1

    Open the lubricant and make sure it's completely smooth. Paintball marker lubricant works well and won't clog the joystick. If the lubricant seems grainy or chunky, it may be old and should not be used.

  2. 2

    Apply a small amount of the lubricant on your finger or on a lint-free cloth and apply it to the base of the joystick. Rotate the joystick side to side and in broad circles to disperse the lubricant.

  3. 3

    Continue applying a small amount of lubricant all around the base of the joystick and circling it around until it is completely lubricated and moves smoothly.

  4. 4

    Test the joystick to see whether it moves smoothly. If the joystick still seems jerky, apply again.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not use petroleum-based lubricants because they can wear down the plastic.

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