This guide will teach you how to remove the rumble motors that are located in the grips of the controller.

  1. Remove the battery pack cover.
    • Remove the battery pack cover.

    • Remove batteries.

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  2. We recommend using a nylon spudger for this step. A metal spudger is shown.
    • We recommend using a nylon spudger for this step. A metal spudger is shown.

    • Grip the controller firmly to remove the side handles, wedging a spudger into the seam between the front and handle plates.

    • Pry the side plate away from the front plate by moving the spudger back and forth. You will need to do this all the way around the side plate's seam.

    Start prying the side plate off underneath the trigger, this makes it easier to disconnect the other clips connecting the side plate to the backplate.

    Brandon - Reply

    One you take it off, is it possible to click it back in?

    Aiden Bear - Reply

    As long as you don’t exceed the couple tons you need to take it off you should be able to put it back.

    Brandon -

    • There is a hidden screw located in the middle of the controller behind the label.

    • Use a screwdriver and punch a hole directly in the center of the label.

      • You may also lift the label if you do not want to puncture it.

    • Remove the five 10mm screws located on the back of the controller using the T8 Security Torx Screwdriver.

    i damaged my screws. how do i get the screws out?

    tenzin - Reply

    wait. i just watched a video guide on ifixit's youtube channel about damaged screws. i'll try those methods.

    tenzin - Reply

    It's a t8 or t9 security bit btw, I got the top two out with a regular T8, but the bottom two and middle needed a T9 Security bit.

    David Loper - Reply

    All five faceplate/backplate screws in the controller I disassembled were T8 security fasteners.

    John Dziedzic - Reply

    Am I doing something wrong because I got the tool it said I needed and got the middle screw out but the others have a bump or something in the center of the screw and it won't fit.

    kolton77 - Reply

    The T8 is only good for the middle screw on my One S controller. The others require something bigger

    Matej Skelo - Reply

    These requires SECURITY Torx bits (they have a cannulated hole in the driver). I don't believe the iFixIt branded driver is cannulated but you can buy a set of bits from DeWalt DWAX200 which is overkill but has what you need.

    jhighsmith - Reply

    The driver that iFixIt sells is cannulated.

    jhighsmith -

    where do you get this dumb ass screw driver

    Jake Zweier - Reply

    iFixit Store #IF145-027-3

    VauWeh - Reply

    You can bypass it with a 1.5mm flathead.

    Marianne Sandling - Reply

    thank you for this. worked for me

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    • Remove the backplate.

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    • Remove the faceplate.

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    • You may let the rumble motors hang freely out of their sockets.

    • De-solder the soldered joints while holding the red and black wires down on the top motherboard.

    • Be careful while using the soldering iron not to damage other components or hurt yourself.

    • For information on how to solder, click here.

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    • Remove the rumble motors.

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

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Hey I let my motor hang off when I was taking apart my controller and it tore off the motherboard on one side of my controller, is there a way to repair that?

Mark - Reply

Hi Mark,

Assuming that nothing beyond some solder came off with the wires, you can try resoldering the motor's wires back into place. Make sure to check exactly where they are meant to connect, and not to accidentally solder anything else on the board.

Liam Gow -

I smashed my controller. My Favourite controller given to me by my now dead mum. I need to fix it. It means the world to me. I don't know why it won't close. Help

Pandemicplanet9 - Reply

email me how to fix it.

Pandemicplanet9 - Reply

What is the positive wire for the rumble pads. I think it might be the reverse of the normall.

metalcka - Reply

It would be nice to show the positioning of the motors in the frame since they are not symmetrical. The left one has a larger weight.

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