PlayStation 3 Yellow Light of Death (YLOD) Fix Kit

$39.95

Product code: IF213-028

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PlayStation 3 Yellow Light of Death (YLOD) Fix Kit

$39.95

Product code: IF213-028

Product Overview

Get your dead PS3 gaming again.

  • All the bits and pieces to fix a Yellow Light'd PS3 (Not PS3 Slims).
  • Designed by our Teardown Techs.
  • Not a guaranteed fix for a Yellow Light PS3, yet this is the best solution short of a full replacement.
  • International option available for non-US customers—we can't ship heat guns out of the country.
  • No Tools option includes enough replacement thermal pads and compound for five YLOD repairs.

Kit Contents:

Compatibility

Identify your console

  • All Sony PlayStation 3 models (excluding PlayStation 3 Slim)

Product Details

$39.95 US Only

 

US Only:

This product only ships to US addresses

Condition:

New

Warranty:

Sold as-is; no refunds or returns

Notes:

Due to voltage requirements and shipping issues this product is only available for shipment to customers in the United States. International orders will be cancelled.

$24.95 International

 

Condition:

New

Warranty:

Sold as-is; no refunds or returns

Notes:

This option does not include a heat gun. A heat gun is necessary for successfully repairing the YLoD.

$49.95 No Tools / 5-Pack

 

Condition:

New

Warranty:

Sold as-is; no refunds or returns

Notes:

Fix your friends' PS3s, or start your own repair business! Kit includes materials to preform 5 YLOD repairs. Does not include tools. This item is for customers who have already purchased one YLOD kit with tools.

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Compatibility

PlayStation 3
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Stories

My Problem

my PS3 wouldn't turn on and I immediately knew I wanted to save time and money and repair it.

My Fix

I have an older PS3 and the guide was slightly different than my model but other than that it went great.

My Advice

Take it slow and be careful handling all the parts.

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My Problem

YLOD PS3

My Fix

Everything went find.

My Advice

I felt the kit should have come with Arctic cleaner or alcohol pads. Also the directions state to lay the mother board level on a book or something. I used the plastic side of the cooler/heat sink instead successfully.(As seen in attached image)

Also be careful putting the motherboard metal halves together. There are interlocking pins on the edge & without assembly instructions its easy to miss them.

My Problem

My old fatty PS3 had been YLOD for a while and I decided to go for it and try to fix it myself (boredom). I tried the hair dryer method, as I'm sure most people do, but it only lasted about an hour

My Fix

My PS3 was NOTHING like the guide, other than how to get the casings off, so I had to completely wing it, but once I stopped trying to compare to the guide and just looked at what needed to be taken out to get at the motherboard it was suuuuper easy. I took a million pictures as I disassembled it so reassembly was easy. It's a week later and my friends that I gave it to have played it at least a few hours every day and it's working like a champ. I did use the heat gun for three times longer than the guide said because I didn't want to take the chance of the solder not getting hot enough, you just have to be sure to keep the gun moving.

My Advice

The only advice I would have is if yours doesn't match the guide don't try to force your way down the process. By trying get mine to disassemble in the same way I tweaked the casing and had to fix that to get the USB's 100% alligned again. When I finally just looked at the thing logically I realised my model doesn't require you to lift everything out of the case and was actually easier/faster to get to the board than the guide's model was. Also my board's layout was quite different and had half the amount of thermal pads needed (not a bad thing.) Good luck everybody!

My Problem

YLOD.

My Fix

This was my first attempt at any sort of device repair but I saw the ifixit video and thought what the heck, why spend $100 for a YLOD repair when I can do it myself. Loooooooong story short I got the initial problem fixed only to realize the bluray disc drive needs to be repaired or replaced because it won't load or eject discs. I reset the disc drive and still no luck.

My Advice

Be prepared to take it apart all over again and definitely use a screw tray or post it notes with where you removed said screws from. Tenacity pays off!

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My Problem

My 8 yr old PS3 "Fat" 60gb shut itself down during a session of Gran Turismo 6 and gave me a blinking red light, and wouldn't boot anymore. I looked into it and figured it was an overheat problem, similar to the YLOD.

My Fix

I followed the iFixit guide along with a few walk-thru videos I found on YouTube. Took awhile to get the PS3 motherboard out, but all went well. After the fix was done, I put the thing back together in less than 20 mins and, lo, it worked again!!

My Advice

1 - Get the kit. It's going to save you a lot of time and frustration. I was going to cobble the tools together myself but had no guarantee they'd work as I needed them to.

2- Don't be afraid of using some heat. I used the heat gun while I had the motherboard sitting on some wooden spoons above an inverted Pyrex dish over a stove burner set on low (sorry for the run-on, see pics for description).

My Problem

My 9-year old 500GB PS3 gave me the YLOD and I have a few games I haven't played yet (and am too cheap to invest in the PS4 at this time).

My Fix

I'm an electronic layman, so it took the better part of a day (I also have 2 kids under 3 that stymied my efforts), but everything turned out great!

My Advice

Watch the video and read the guide first! There are subtle differences that may confuse a layman.

My Problem

Came home from work to a PS3 the was flashing the ylod

My Fix

I took my time and studied over the repair guide found on ifixit... Spent a couple of hours on taking my PS3 apart and cleaning just about every inch of it... Then took each step provided on ifixit on re flowing the solder and reapplication of thermal paste, I sort of had my doubts, but to my surprise when I got it back together I plugged it in and I came on... I was so happy, didn't loose any of my game data!

My Advice

Taking your time and taking not of what screws go where, never get into a rush while repairing any electronic hardware

My Problem

Got the yellow light of death, PS3 was out of commission for a whole month.

My Fix

The repair went without a hitch. Folowed the directions closely and carefully, and the PS3 was all ready to go within two hours. Would recommend to anyone who has the YLOD problem instead of buying another PS3 or sending it back to sony at 3X the repair kit price.

My Advice

I'm very glad that the repair instructions were so user friendly, as I am a non-tech savvy person. Kudos!

My Problem

One day my PS3 had the yellow light of death. Tried the hairdryer method which didn't work. Got a new PS3 slim replacement but my son kept on asking me to fix the old one.

My Fix

Watched the tutorial video several times and went along with the video as I disassembled my PS3. Had to look for other videos on doing the actual repair (using the heat gun and applying the thermal paste). Reassembling was hard since going through each step in the video in reverse was confusing. Ended up having one screw which I failed to put back. I wasn't expecting it to work from the start and was very surprised and happy it did.

My Advice

In other videos they advise to use the heatgun for 1 and a half minutes on each area instead of 25 seconds so that's what I did. I honestly am uncertain if the YLOD is caused by both drying up of the thermal paste and melting of the sodder. I'm thinking having at least one of them is enough to cause the YLOD and in my case maybe it was just because the thermal paste dried out. This seems easier to fix than reflowing the sodder. Maybe that's also why I succeeded. My first advise is not to expect it to work because it really may not, as experienced and shared by others here. Set enough time for the fix. It took me almost four hours from start to finish. Take care in labeling and sorting out the screws and pieces. I was thinking of using permanent markers of different colors to mark the screws and where they were supposed to go. Find a video on reassembling the PS3 to guide you and make it easier for you. Good luck and I hope you can put in your own successful repair story in the future.

My Problem

The classic Light Yellowght of Death-cracked solder, bad thermal paste pads, really dusty

My Fix

Disassembly was long for a first time repair. I almost broke the ribbon cable clip for the Blu-ray. After disassembly, my assistant and I reflowed the solder with the included heat gun. We then applied a nice layer of thermal paste and thermal pads, also included, just before attaching the heat sink.

My Advice

Enlightenment? Be REALLY careful about the ribbon cable clips... a ps3 that we would fix with this kit is awfully old. Don't be too concerned about where to put the board, it doesn't really have to get THAT hot to reflow the solder. Last thing is- it may leave your fan ruining awfully loudly...