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A Sony Play Station 3 Controller Problem Repaired

By on August 21, 2013

This blue tooth game controller was brought to my shop by a friend of mine. He said that this controller was working fine till his son spilled juice on it. As we all know that juice is liquid and this liquid has sugar and that is not good news for this controller. The buttons were sticky and were very hard to push.


The good thing about this guy, he brought me this controller right away and the first thing that I did was to take the battery out. So let us hope that the sugary liquid did not do any serious damage. So, here we go.


As you can see from the previous picture, the grey piece is the battery. The moment I took the battery out, I could see the main board. Sorry, I could not take more photos. I was busy working on this piece that I forgot to take photos of the process.

Anyway, I could not see any shorted parts but all the board was wet and sticky. I used a chemical solution to clean the board. It was very easy to clean the board but once I get to the buttons and the control sticks, it was hard because I could not reach inside. I was forced to use the contact spray that I usually use to lubricate and clean switches.


I had to take every piece apart and clean very carefully. The most delicate thing I was dealing with was the flex cable inside. I had to be very careful when taking it out. It was a very fragile part and damaging it will make all the repair time wasted in vain.

Finally it was all cleaned up and all the parts looked nice and shinny. I had to put it back which was not hard to do. Once I did that and put the battery back in the socket, I could see the light coming on. There were about five red lights in a row flashing and I guess that was a good sign.

I plugged everything together and the controller worked just fine. There was a big smile on the customer’s face when he showed up to my shop and that made me smile as well. After all, we are here to serve and help others to the best of our ability. 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. Please give a support by clicking  on the social buttons below. Your feedback on the post is welcome. Please leave it in the comments.

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  1. Hem

    August 23, 2013 at 2:55 am

    How to fix backlight problem in Scopemeter Fluke 97.All function working correctly but when i press LCD button backlight not ON .Contrast work,all reading on screen dim.

    • Jestine Yong

      August 23, 2013 at 10:46 am

      Hi Hem,

      I have not repair such fault in fluke scopemeter. Perhaps you may need to refer back to fluke service center. If you need to repair your own then you may have to take risk as LCD backlight is very fragile. Check from the backlight source to see where the power from. It could be a weak backlight or bad corresponding component.


  2. Amir Mukhtar

    August 23, 2013 at 4:17 am


    Play station 3 repair article is upcoming requirement guidance . therefore. i do appreciate in this regards to you and your web team.
    Thanks you for providing hot game repair knowledge sharing .

    your student
    Amir Mukhtar Ashrafi

  3. Waleed Rishmawi

    August 23, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    You are welcome Amir. God bless you for your support.

  4. ZED

    August 23, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Thanks Waleed for all the repair you shared in this blog.Many have learned from that. God bless you.

  5. Waleed Rishmawi

    August 24, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    thanks ZED, I appreciate the support and God bless you too

  6. Robert

    September 21, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Thanks for the article, Waleed. One of my nephews washed his tv remote with his clothes in the washing machine. I took it apart and dried it up and it works great. I can't believe that the batteries didn't short out, but they checked out ok.


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