Xbox 360 Wireless Controller Triggers Replacement

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Trigger replacement.

Fire away by replacing the triggers on your Xbox 360 Wireless Controller.

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Edit Step 1 Battery  ¶ 

  • Depress the battery release button on the top of the controller.

  • Remove the battery holder from the controller.

  • The standard option for Xbox 360 Wireless Controllers Battery Packs are AA batteries. A rechargeable battery is also available, but both battery options are removed from the controller in the same way.

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Edit Step 2 Rear Case  ¶ 

  • Use a pair of tweezers to peel the barcode sticker from the battery compartment.

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Edit Step 3  ¶ 

  • Remove the seven 9.3 mm T8 Security Torx screws securing the rear case to the front case.

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Edit Step 4  ¶ 

  • Insert a spudger between the front and rear cases along the left edge of the controller.

  • Rotate the spudger toward the front of the controller, prying the two cases apart.

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Edit Step 5  ¶ 

  • Insert a spudger between the front and rear cases, near the headphone jack.

  • Rotate the spudger toward the front of the controller to pry the two cases apart.

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Edit Step 6  ¶ 

  • Grasp the controller by the battery compartment and the headphone jack.

  • Lift the battery compartment away from the headphone jack, separating the rear case from the front case and logic board.

  • The battery contact springs are held in place by slots in the battery housing in the rear case. Be sure to re-align them properly during reassembly.

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Edit Step 7 Vibration Motors  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to remove the vibration motor cable, moving it upwards from its socket on the logic board.

  • Lift the vibration motor out of the front case.

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Edit Step 8  ¶ 

  • Remove the vibration motor from the other side of the controller using the same method previously described.

  • The right motor has significantly more counter-weight than the left motor.

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Edit Step 9 Logic Board  ¶ 

  • Lifting from the headphone jack and power plug, remove the logic board from the front case.

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Edit Step 10 Triggers  ¶ 

  • Using your thumb and forefinger, push the left trigger toward the right side of the controller. Simultaneously push the trigger control arm in the opposite direction.

  • The trigger has a peg that fits into a slot in the trigger arm. Be sure to push far enough so that the peg clears the slot.

  • Push the trigger arm down downwards.

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Edit Step 11  ¶ 

  • Insert the edge of a spudger in between the trigger and the trigger assembly near the left edge. Pry the housing away from the catch on the trigger.

  • Using the previously described technique, pry the housing on the right edge away from the trigger.

  • Rotate the trigger away from the logic board, past its housing.

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Edit Step 12  ¶ 

  • Using a spudger, pry the trigger spring off its peg on the trigger housing.

  • Pull the trigger spring out of the trigger.

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Edit Step 13  ¶ 

  • Slide the trigger toward the right side of the logic board, and rotate it clockwise.

  • Remove the right trigger from the logic board.

  • To remove the left trigger from the logic board, follow the procedure previously described for the right trigger.

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

For more information, check out the Xbox 360 Wireless Controller device page.

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whats the name of that little "black box" connected with "long white piece" in trigger mechanism.. my left trigger is not working, mechanism is perfectly all right but still no action is being performed on pressing that trigger... right one is working fine.. plz reply that part name, can i fix if that part is the culprit?

asgharzafar4, · Reply

Any recommendation on which set of Security Torx tools to use? I've already purchased 2 kits, one of those being sold as "Xbox controller tools" but the diameter of the head does not fit the hole on the controller and that's critical for the 2 screws on the bottom. The tools must obviously be thinner in diameter and long enough to get there.

Arnie, · Reply

How to open an XBOX 360 controller without a special screwdriver. Works perfectly.

Louis, · Reply

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