Introduction

Use this guide to replace the plastic button covers and the rubber button contacts on any DualShock 3 controller.

Parts

No parts required.

Remove the five 7.2 mm Phillips screws securing the rear cover to the controller.
  • Remove the five 7.2 mm Phillips screws securing the rear cover to the controller.

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Press on the rear cover between the analog sticks and slightly lift the lower edge of it away from the rest of the controller.
  • Press on the rear cover between the analog sticks and slightly lift the lower edge of it away from the rest of the controller.

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Push the rear cover slightly toward the top edge of the controller to clear the front edge of the #2 triggers. Pull the rear cover away from the rest of the controller, being careful not to pop off the #2 triggers.
  • Push the rear cover slightly toward the top edge of the controller to clear the front edge of the #2 triggers.

  • Pull the rear cover away from the rest of the controller, being careful not to pop off the #2 triggers.

  • If you happen to accidentally pop off the trigger buttons, we have a trigger button guide to reattach them.

the "trigger button guide" link links back to this page :o

Alexander McMahon - Reply

I accidentally popped a trigger off, and both L1 and R1, because I skimmed and didn't read this step. Fortunately it's not hard. The tricky part with the triggers is that there's a little spring on them. You have to press the side of the spring that's pointing away from the trigger against the sloped surface of the controller (look at the other trigger for reference, if you only popped one off). Then you just slide the trigger on until the "handlebar" bits near the center click into place.

briancaraher - Reply

Lift the battery off the motherboard for enough clearance to access the battery connector.
  • Lift the battery off the motherboard for enough clearance to access the battery connector.

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Carefully pull the battery connector away from its socket on the motherboard.
  • Carefully pull the battery connector away from its socket on the motherboard.

  • It may be helpful to use a pair of tweezers or pliers to grab the battery connector when you disconnect it for the first time.

be careful with the connector, it was hard at the first time to take it away, i was close to break the wire

Mugen - Reply

Where can I purchase an Input Board?

Cody - Reply

Mayabe this help you(Apple iPhone 6 Vibrating Motor Replacement Parts from http://www.laimarket.com/replace-parts-c...)

Raymond -

To safely remove the connector, you can slide a thin screwdriver inside two slots that can be found on top of the connctor housing (the beige colored one), which allow you to push on the connector. Do this slowly, prying first through one slot, then through the other, until the connector is out. This will allow you to remove the connector without pulling by accident on the wires.

Adriana Fulgenzi - Reply

Thanks Adriana. Good advice. My local battery replacement guy will not touch PS3 controllers.

Arie van der Winden -

Remove the single 7.2 mm Phillips screw securing the motherboard to the front cover.
  • Remove the single 7.2 mm Phillips screw securing the motherboard to the front cover.

Most of the times, the only thing you need to repair to fix random key-presses is the soft plastic under the input-board connector to the motherboard.

At step 6 just move the motherboard upwards and you'll be able to see the connector.

Take the black soft-plastic-thing under it, and make it thicker with some tape. ( roll some tape around it 3-4 times - cut the tape properly so it can fit afterwards )

Now put everything back.

Random Presses are gone. Both of my controllers had this problem after a few hot summers and many hours of gameplay... both are fixed now.

Nick Preveza - Reply

Slide the trigger button retainers slightly away from the front cover. Remove the #1 button on both sides. Remove the #1 button on both sides.
  • Slide the trigger button retainers slightly away from the front cover.

  • Remove the #1 button on both sides.

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Pull the vibration motor retainers away from the front cover to dislodge the motherboard assembly. Pull the vibration motor retainers away from the front cover to dislodge the motherboard assembly.
  • Pull the vibration motor retainers away from the front cover to dislodge the motherboard assembly.

It should be noted that my controller (Australian) has the motors mounted directly the the housing. Once the two retaining screws were removed each motor was connected to the motherboard assembly by the wires alone.

Arthur N - Reply

My ~2012 EU controller (CECHZC2E) differs from this point as well. The entire white assembly comes out of the black shell by pressing in the latches on both sides of the vibration motors (you can see a small bit of white plastic stick out from under the black shell, that is where you press down).

Martijn Storck - Reply

Remove the motherboard assembly from the front cover.
  • Remove the motherboard assembly from the front cover.

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

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Lift the rubber button contacts off the front controller cover to access the plastic button covers. Lift any damaged plastic button covers out of the controller cover.
  • Lift the rubber button contacts off the front controller cover to access the plastic button covers.

  • Lift any damaged plastic button covers out of the controller cover.

Does this include the start, select, and home button covers as well?

Dalton Vander Weide - Reply

The D-pad has a three-armed plastic piece that must be installed as shown before installing the rubber button pad for it to work properly.
  • The D-pad has a three-armed plastic piece that must be installed as shown before installing the rubber button pad for it to work properly.

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Conclusion

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

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My Dualshock 3 didn't have the three armed plastic piece on the D-pad. Mine's a red one, relatively recent. My controller also had the problem where it would randomly send button press events when using the L-stick. I traced the problem to the ribbon connector between the board and the contacts, which was very dirty. I cleaned the contacts and put the controller back together with an additional rubber shim between the back cover and the battery, which got rid of the creakiness of the somewhat loose-fitting case. Works great now.

Kevin - Reply

How do you clean the contacts? Is there a special way?

yeshuabendavid -

Thanks. ^^ Tightened screws after opening it and this kind of problem got solved.

Janne K - Reply

Are these instructions the same for the dual-shock 2?

Larry Howard - Reply

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