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Saitek X52 Pro is a great Flight System Controller, however it is not without flaws.

For me as well as for some other users, the shooting trigger sometimes stops working. This doesn't mean you have to throw it away, instead with a little bit of patience, you can fix it yourself.

  1. Saitek X52 Pro Disassembly, Get your tools: step 1, image 1 of 1
  2. Saitek X52 Pro Disassembly, Open the Joystick - Unscrewing: step 2, image 1 of 3 Saitek X52 Pro Disassembly, Open the Joystick - Unscrewing: step 2, image 2 of 3 Saitek X52 Pro Disassembly, Open the Joystick - Unscrewing: step 2, image 3 of 3
    • Please take a moment and note how your joystick is assembled and all the parts that can be dettached. I recommend taking a few photos before dismantling it.

    • With the Phillips screwdrive unscrew the #1 to #4 screws in Fig. 1.

    • Using the Torx T10 head, unscrew the #5 (Fig. 1), #6, #7 and #8 screws (Fig. 2)

    • Screws 5 & 6 have a larger thread pace than 7 & 8, although the heads are the same. So please take care when you screw them back on (Fig. 3).

    • Using your hand, unscrew #9 (Fig. 2). Please note that you cannot completely remove this screw, but you don't need to do this anyway.

    I think #5 and #6 show the same. #6 should be opposite of #5.

    Tom George - Reply

  3. Saitek X52 Pro Disassembly, Open the Joystick - Removing the bracket and the cover: step 3, image 1 of 2 Saitek X52 Pro Disassembly, Open the Joystick - Removing the bracket and the cover: step 3, image 2 of 2
    • Carefully remove the plastic bracket and the support holding the "Pinkie trigger" by pushing it towards the trigger (Fig. 4).

    • DO NOT force its removal, or you can break it.

    • Be careful not to break the Pinkie trigger wire!

    • Remove the stick cover that will expose the contacts and wiring (Fig. 5)

    Under a small plastic cap, on the adjustment knob for the handrest. Is a REVERSE threaded phillips head screw. Removing this, allows you to remove the adjustment knob. this permits the handle being removed from the hand rest. Which then allows you to remove the 3 phillips head screws holding the pinkie switch to the handrest. Reducing the risk of damaging the wires.

    Christopher Hamer - Reply

  4. Saitek X52 Pro Disassembly, Fixing it: step 4, image 1 of 1
    • Note the small metal plate.

    • Bend it just a little from the middle so that pushing the trigger actually pushes the small blue switch inside the stick.

    • Test the trigger before putting back the plastic cover

    • Remember when screwing the screws that 5&6 go to the bottom sides and 7&8 go at the top.

    Dont bend the metal plate, adjust the plastic pushing out from inside the triggers by tightening down the two small screws, or loosen them as needed

    Adrian Ball - Reply

    • Note: Inside the trigger there is two screws which can be used instead of either extend or retract the pin that presses the metal plate. Try adjusting this first.


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

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Cri Cri

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Amazing this is what I was exactly looking for!! My trigger stopped work but only heard a single click. Once i opened it up one of the contacts was stuck down. A little adjustment and once again it was working. Getting the hand guard off was very tricky. I did damage the cable guide thing for the pinky switch but it still works. Thank you soo much!!!

Mathew Smith - Reply

Glad it helped you! It appears to be a common fault with this joystick.

Sorry to hear about the damaging cable, but I imagine is fixable if it breaks over time.

Cri Cri - Reply

Fixed it!! Thank you so much for this guide! I ended up over bending it and then tried to straighten it out again and then it shot off somewhere, but luckily the piece fits back in and then i tweaked it until it worked! -Nate

nenglish87 - Reply

This helped a great deal! The Thumb POV had a screw that dropped out and prevented it from going left. By using this I found out why it wasn't working by disassembling it and solved my problem. Thanks!

Arthur Moyer - Reply

I was kind of hoping this would be a full Disassembly, as i have much more intricate problem with mine.

Paul - Reply

Sorry to hear this Paul, however if you are feeling brave enough, perhaps go further and create another guide for this device.

Cri Cri -

My problem is that *!&$!&$^ 3-position dial!!! It has no detents so I get absolutely no tactile feedback on what *!&$!&$^ position it is in. I have to look at both the %#*@ led on the stick and then double check on the throttle display as it can easily be in between positions in which case the throttle display goes blank and you lose all control of your ship. This has cost me Millions of credits due to lost ships in Elite Dangerous and has had me on the verge of having a stroke from getting so upset!!! Is there a way to fix or replace that &&^&^$^ dial with one that actually has solid clicks for each position??????

Richard Mulawa - Reply

Thanks this help, but I think I actually damaged the pinky cable, but nothing visual. the pinky swich isn’t responding.. Any suggestions on how to fix it?

Bastiaan Schut - Reply

You might need to solder the thin wire back… for this you would need a soldering iron (or “pen”) or ask someone to do it for you.

Cri Cri -

Great guide but is it possible to disassemble the rest of the joystick that part where the hats are and the mode switch? I’m struggling with the removal of the hats.

Bartlomiej Sokolowski - Reply

Did not go further, sorry and I am not risking further damage for mine, since it works perfectly now :)

Cri Cri -

My problem lies with the metal stick being loose so that there is play between the joystick handle and metal post to the base. Also the P2 switch does not work so I have to open the base to tweak or replace the switch. All of the LEDs work fine. I only have these two issues. Have you any exploded photos of these?

Teargas Horse - Reply

Nope, those are the only photos I took, sorry

Cri Cri -

I was able to dissemble the stick, but could not figure out how to tighten the ring around the stick. At least your article showed how to take it apart, thank you.

Teargas Horse - Reply

Thanks for this guide. I had a slightly different problem, my main trigger worked, but it somehow got stuck, so I couldn’t physically push it all the way in to reach the second position.

Turns out the screws for the small piston thingy inside the trigger button had come loose, causing it to block instead of being compressed as it slid along the metal plate. While your guide didn’t cover my exact problem, it had all the steps I needed to disassemble the thing and find the issue without breaking anything.

Remy Monsen - Reply

Thanks for the tutorial. The trigger issue I had was that the casing of the main trigger micro switch was coming apart at the seams because the black tabs on the side of it that hold it together were broken. Really, the micro switch should be replaced but I put some super glue on the black tab area and on the seams of the micro switch to hold it together and that seems to fix it well enough to work again.

See linked picture showing the main and secondary trigger switches and the repair on the main switch. Also see the main switch broken black tab and the intact secondary switch black tab.

NOTE: If the main trigger switch is not working, the secondary trigger switch will not function either.

Ray - Reply

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