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A PS4 Controller With A Drifting Issue Repaired

By on January 9, 2023
A PS4 Controller With A Drifting Issue Repaired








A customer brought his PS4 controller for repair. Usually the main issue with such controllers is the drifting problem. This is either a bad joy stick that needs a new replacement or just simple cleaning.

cleaning ps 4controller

Today I did not have my son’s PS4 pro in the shop so I had to test it the easy way. This is an iphone app that can be down loaded to your phone for testing such controllers.

The device is connected to my Iphone through blue tooth and as seen, the left side of this device is drifting badly here.

how to fix ps4 controller

A few screws off and I was able to get to the main board to check out the joy stick on this controller.

servicing ps4 controller

The joy sticks on the right and the left so I decided to clean both sides and see if that fixes the problem, if not, they I will have to replace the faulty one and test it out.

testing ps4 controller

With a flat screw driver and very gently, pull the green plastic of and give it some cleaning with IPA and hope for the best.

how to fix ps4 controller

This side (faulty one) was very dirty and I gave it a very good cleaning.

I cleaned also the other side and then I put everything back together and tested out again.

ps 4 controller repair

I wiggled it back and forth and every time the joystick comes back to the center and that is what is supposed to do. Further testing will be done by the expert in the family (my son) on his PS4 pro when he comes to the shop this afternoon after school but I am sure it is going to be just fine.

Mission Accomplished.

waleed Rishmawi

This article was prepared for you by Waleed Rishmawi, one of our ‘Master Authors’ and currently working in the Bethlehem area of Palestine repairing electrical and electronic equipment.

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  1. Albert van Bemmelen

    January 9, 2023 at 10:41 pm

    Game controllers like ir remote controllers often get abused, dirty and moisty too. It was another good carried out cleaning instruction after the previous very dirty cleaned and fixed game console!

    • Waleed Rishmawi

      January 10, 2023 at 3:28 pm

      Albert: yes indeed but not all controllers are cleaned would be up and running. I had many that needed new joy sticks in order to function again. I will have an article about it soon. have a blessed day

  2. Menahem Yachad

    January 10, 2023 at 12:52 am

    Nice job!
    Well done!

    • Waleed Rishmawi

      January 10, 2023 at 3:29 pm

      Menahem: thanks man. have a blessed day. it has been a long time since I heard from your I hope all is well with you.

  3. Parasuraman S

    January 10, 2023 at 4:28 pm

    Very nice job! Very satisfying job too!

    • Waleed Rishmawi

      January 11, 2023 at 3:15 pm

      Parasuraman: thanks man. have a blessed day

  4. Yogesh Panchal

    January 10, 2023 at 6:39 pm

    Good job! Waleed,
    If trace contacts are of copper it will cleaned easily but if trace are of carbon coated then it is difficult to fix.

    • Waleed Rishmawi

      January 11, 2023 at 3:17 pm

      Yogesh: thanks man. sure but sometimes cleaning is not the best answer to the repair. sometime I have to replace the whole joy stick and I think it is better than cleaning. if the resistance on both side of the joy stick are melting away, sometime I just replace these as well. there are many ways to get it fixed. have a blessed day.

  5. Anwar Shiekh

    January 16, 2023 at 4:58 am

    I have been known to use silicone oil to help the joystick return to center.


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