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Movement Drift On A PS4 Controller Repaired and Maintained

By on December 22, 2021







A guy who lives nearby brought this PS4 controller for repair. The customer explained that there is movement drift to the left and right when playing games on his Play Station 4

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When tested the controller using my iphone, I noticed a serious drifting on the two joy sticks on this PS4 controller.

Usually this gets fixed when cleaning and lubricating but in this case it was better to replace the two joysticks.

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The customer also mentioned something about a missing buttons but I will deal with that later after I replace the two joysticks on the PS4 controller.

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Four screws have to come off to expose the inside of the controller. A word of warning here when taking the top cover off because there is a flex cable connected to the main board so take your time and be gentle when opening such a device.

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If you see the round soldering joints on both edges of the board, these are what holding the joystick to the board.

I am going to solder them out now.

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Finally the joysticks are off the main board and it is time now to replace them with the new ones.

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These are the old joystick taken out of the board.

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These are the new replacement that went on board for better performance.

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Once they were soldered on board, it was time now to replace the missing parts on the controller, connect it to my iphone and test.

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I could not find a new replacement so I took them off a used not working PS4 controller and it worked just fine. Take a look

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As it was put together, it was time to test the controller. Since the customer did not bring his play station to carry out the test, I found this easy and very convenient way to do the testing.

On the controller, press and hold both option and PS buttons together till the light on the controller starts to flicker rapidly on and off and that is to activate the Bluetooth then go to your blue tooth setting on your iphone and activate that.

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You will get a notification about the controller, push connected and it will get connected.

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If you do not have this program on your iphone down load it from the net and give it a try. I test all the controllers from Play Station to Xbox and so far it has been serving me well.

Mission Accomplished.


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. Parasuraman S

    December 22, 2021 at 9:36 pm

    Well, a very good job to fix this type of devices! You enjoyed replacing the joy sticks and gave joy to the customer! Well done, dear friend!

    • Waleed Rishmawi

      December 23, 2021 at 2:52 pm

      it was a pleasent joy in my heart to give joy to another have a blessed day

  2. Albert van Bemmelen

    December 22, 2021 at 10:02 pm

    Interesting way to test wireless game controllers. Sadly I do not own any Iphone so I just use my Xbox in case those controllers fail working in the future. But I haven't played any Xbox game for years now after I couldn't get passed the extremely difficult Picuss Boss level in the fantastic RPG game "Deus Ex Human Revolution". If the designers just had provided some easy cheat mode to be able to continue that SF game....

    • Waleed Rishmawi

      December 23, 2021 at 2:57 pm

      Albert: yes, usually the expert in my shop does the testing; my 11 years old son but that time he was in school so I have to find another way to test. I am sure if you search the net you will find a way to pass these difficult levels in that game...have a blessed day

  3. Imoudu Onwumah

    December 23, 2021 at 6:02 pm

    Thanks for sharing this,I haven't repair such device before though, and when I do,i am going to refer to your article for guidance.Have a good day.

    • Waleed Rishmawi

      December 29, 2021 at 7:06 pm

      Imoudu: you are most welcome. I am glad it is helpful. have a blessed day

  4. Yogesh Panchal

    January 2, 2022 at 3:47 pm

    Good Fix Waleed

    • Waleed Rishmawi

      January 3, 2022 at 5:54 pm

      Yogesh: thanks man. have a blessed day.


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