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Disassembling DualShock 4 Motherboard Assembly

What you need

  1. Disassembling DualShock 4 Motherboard Assembly, Controller: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • Using the Phillips #00 Screwdriver, remove the four 6.0 mm screws securing the rear cover to the controller.

    • Be careful loosening the screws, using the wrong sized screwdriver, or letting the screwdriver slip can permanently damage the screw heads, making removal extremely difficult.

  2. Disassembling DualShock 4 Motherboard Assembly: step 2, image 1 of 3 Disassembling DualShock 4 Motherboard Assembly: step 2, image 2 of 3 Disassembling DualShock 4 Motherboard Assembly: step 2, image 3 of 3
    • Four fragile plastic clips hold the casing together. You can see their locations more clearly in this guide.

    • The clips help hold the seams together. If you break these clips, the controller will still work.

    • Beginning with the left handle:

    • Pinch the left handle of the controller to introduce an opening.

    • Wedge a plastic opening tool into the opening and slide it up towards the joystick.

    • Pull down on tool to pry open the casing.

    • Repeat these steps for the right handle.

  3. Disassembling DualShock 4 Motherboard Assembly: step 3, image 1 of 3 Disassembling DualShock 4 Motherboard Assembly: step 3, image 2 of 3 Disassembling DualShock 4 Motherboard Assembly: step 3, image 3 of 3
    • Wedge a plastic opening tool into the case-splittings and pull down to crack open the casing near the following buttons:

    • Share button

    • Options button

    • Split the plastic covers of the controller apart, taking note that they will still be attached by circuit board ribbons.

    • Three small pieces are often released from the framework. To prevent loss, maintain a controlled work field.

    • 2 Trigger Springs

    • 1 Grey Reset Button Extension

  4. Disassembling DualShock 4 Motherboard Assembly, Disassembling DualShock 4 Motherboard Assembly: step 4, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the single 6.0 mm Phillips screw found below the battery retainer with the Phillips #00 Screwdriver.

    • Do not forcefully loosen the screw, as it may amount to permanent damage of the threads, making removal impossible.

  5. Disassembling DualShock 4 Motherboard Assembly: step 5, image 1 of 2 Disassembling DualShock 4 Motherboard Assembly: step 5, image 2 of 2
    • Gently detach the touchpad ribbon connected to the motherboard using the blunt forceps. The touchpad ribbon is connected to the motherboard by a connector that flips to tighten and loosen. During reassembly, to reattach the ribbon, the plastic tray will need to be gently removed from the motherboard and the flip-lock flipped up.

  6. Disassembling DualShock 4 Motherboard Assembly: step 6, image 1 of 2 Disassembling DualShock 4 Motherboard Assembly: step 6, image 2 of 2
    • Carefully dislodge the motherboard assembly from the front cover.

    • Vibration motors are loosely attached to the motherboard assembly. Provide support at the two ends to ease the separation.

    • When removing the motherboard assembly, try not to tilt the front cover upside down as the buttons and their covers may fall out.

  7. Disassembling DualShock 4 Motherboard Assembly, Disassembly Complete: step 7, image 1 of 3 Disassembling DualShock 4 Motherboard Assembly, Disassembly Complete: step 7, image 2 of 3 Disassembling DualShock 4 Motherboard Assembly, Disassembly Complete: step 7, image 3 of 3
    • Successful disassembly of the controller will result in the following three parts, respectively:

    • Motherboard Assembly

    • Front Cover

    • Rear Cover

Conclusion

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

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So my controller decided to stop charging (still stayed on until the battery completely dained) a couple weeks ago so I bought a new charging port and ribbon and replaced it put it all back together just for it to work the same not charging but on so I figured maybe it was the battery all along but this time I took my other new controller apart so I could test the battery by connecting it to the new controller to see if it will take charge which they would take charge on the new controller but when I took the new ones and put it in the old on it still wouldn't take charge I have no Idea what else to do everything else works it just won't charge even the light is still on but if I keep it connected to a USB cable it will stay on since the battery was dead but the battery status remains the same.

Archie Roberta - Reply

Same here except mine won't even work while plugged in. It just turns on and dies

Jonah Roeger -

there is a new and different version out (looks the same) different internals - anyone got one to show us? (Model = CUH-ZCT1E?)

Russ - Reply

How do you put back the touchpad? That $@$* Is a &&^&^$^ paradox.

Modern Retro Gaming - Reply

The top of the touchpad that has the groove has to be inserted at the part where the bottom of the touchpad is normally. Then you you move it up and you can wiggle it through the arc. After that it fits snugly like it supposed to.

Rick -

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