Introduction

Use this guide to replace the plastic trigger buttons. The #2 trigger button has an attached internal spring.

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

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While holding the black plastic trigger retainer with one hand, pull the #2 trigger off of its axle.
  • While holding the black plastic trigger retainer with one hand, pull the #2 trigger off of its axle.

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When reinstalling the #2 trigger, be sure the spring is positioned as shown before popping the axle back into place. When reinstalling the #2 trigger, be sure the spring is positioned as shown before popping the axle back into place.
  • When reinstalling the #2 trigger, be sure the spring is positioned as shown before popping the axle back into place.

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Pull the black plastic trigger retainer slightly away from the front cover. Pull the #1 button out of the front cover.
  • Pull the black plastic trigger retainer slightly away from the front cover.

  • Pull the #1 button out of the front cover.

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Before sliding the trigger button retainer back into the rails molded into the front cover, be sure that the cylindrical post attached to the #1 button is sitting flat on the green rubber electronic switch cover. Failure to do so may lead to problems with fit during reassembly, and may cause the controller to not recognize inputs from the #1 button during operation. The trigger button assembly is properly installed when the lip on the trigger button retainer sits flat against the motherboard.
  • Before sliding the trigger button retainer back into the rails molded into the front cover, be sure that the cylindrical post attached to the #1 button is sitting flat on the green rubber electronic switch cover. Failure to do so may lead to problems with fit during reassembly, and may cause the controller to not recognize inputs from the #1 button during operation.

  • The trigger button assembly is properly installed when the lip on the trigger button retainer sits flat against the motherboard.

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Conclusion

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

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3 Comments

Might want to add that there's a small catch/tab in the middle of the bottom of the controller that needs to be released when taking apart the covers.

This worked great, and also works on normal Sixaxis controllers. I used this to swap the broken spring from the L2 button on my DS3 for a good spring from my Sixaxis. Works like new now.

Will Foss - Reply

The little green eletronic ribben where is it supposed to go?

dmall - Reply

The #00 screwdriver is working better

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