Technique: Cleaning the Controller Buttons

This guide will teach you how to clean and an make sure all the components of the L and R buttons are aligned correctly. This guide will be applicable to other buttons in the controller.

  • Author: Jason Gittler
  • Time estimate: 40 minutes
  • Difficulty: Moderate

You will learn how to take apart the necessary parts of the controller, how to clean the inside, and how certain parts are supposed to aligned or inserted into other parts.

Edit Step 1 Cleaning the Controller Buttons  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Remove the back panel from the controller.

Edit Step 1 Cleaning the Controller Buttons  ¶ 

  • Remove the 9 external screws (4.8 mm Phillips head) on the back of the controller.

  • Remove the back panel from the controller.

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Image 1/3: Remove the back panel of the joystick box.

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  • Remove the 3 screws (4.8 mm Phillips head) from the back of the white box.

  • Remove the back panel of the joystick box.

  • There are many small plastic components loose in this box; be careful not to lose these.

  • Separate the rubber pads and plastic buttons from the controller.

Edit Step 3  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Using a toothpick, clean the pole slot, shown at the right of the Q-Tip.

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  • Using a soft cleaning material, clean the plastic buttons.

  • Using a toothpick, clean the pole slot, shown at the right of the Q-Tip.

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Image 1/2: ''To ensure that no electrical damage occurs, ensure that you dry the pieces completely after cleaning them.''

Edit Step 4  ¶ 

  • Using a damp, soft cleaning material, clean the rubber button pads.

  • To ensure that no electrical damage occurs, ensure that you dry the pieces completely after cleaning them.

Edit Step 5 Put it back together  ¶ 

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Edit Step 5 Put it back together  ¶ 

  • Reinsert the buttons, ensuring that the rubber, cylindrical pieces protruding from the buttons are lined up with their corresponding circuits.

Conclusion

Follow these steps in reverse order to reassemble your device.

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