Introduction

If you are reading this in order to learn how to repair your controller, don't this will only be a guide of how to TEAR IT DOWN not disassemble.

This teardown is not a repair guide. To repair your DualShock 3, use our service manual.

Image 1/1: Unscrew the 5 screws (marked out in orange in the picture).
  • Flip the controller upside down.

  • Unscrew the 5 screws (marked out in orange in the picture).

Sorry! Meant to be 5 screws.

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Image 1/3: Take a pair of small pliers and unhook the battery (refer to picture 2 of this step to see it unhooked). Image 2/3: The battery will simply lift out revealing the motherboard (refer to picture 3 ots). Image 3/3: From here, the plastic holding the battery will be able to lifted out.
  • Once the cover is off, the controller should look like this. Follow the red and black wire(s) from the battery to the connector.

  • Take a pair of small pliers and unhook the battery (refer to picture 2 of this step to see it unhooked).

  • The battery will simply lift out revealing the motherboard (refer to picture 3 ots).

  • From here, the plastic holding the battery will be able to lifted out.

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Image 1/2: To remove the 4 buttons (2 on each side), first lift out the R1 (or L1) button.  This may require you to wiggle the button. Image 2/2: From here, you will have to apply force to tear out the R2 (or L2) button and the plastic it is connected to. In the 2 pictures (ots) you can see one side taken apart and the other as it normally is.
  • This will be the step where you teardown the controller not take it apart.

  • To remove the 4 buttons (2 on each side), first lift out the R1 (or L1) button. This may require you to wiggle the button.

  • From here, you will have to apply force to tear out the R2 (or L2) button and the plastic it is connected to. In the 2 pictures (ots) you can see one side taken apart and the other as it normally is.

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Image 1/2: First of, lift the whole motor out of the plastic mount. This may take some force as it is glued in. Image 2/2: After that, simply rip the cable off of the motherboard, or de-solder it. In the first picture you can see what your controller will look like with one motor missing.
  • For this step, you will need to de-solder the wires that connect the motors to motherboard. Or, if you are like me and don't have a solder, you can attempt to rip the wires of.

  • First of, lift the whole motor out of the plastic mount. This may take some force as it is glued in.

  • After that, simply rip the cable off of the motherboard, or de-solder it. In the first picture you can see what your controller will look like with one motor missing.

  • Repeat the same on the other side.

De-soldering is recommended though, since ripping the wires away with brute force could tear off the pads connecting the wires to the motherboard's circuitry.

trystan hope - Reply

Yeah, I agree with you completely. But since this was a teardown and I had no intention of putting it back together (and I don't have a solder), I just ripped it off.

Imad Knight - Reply

Image 1/3: With that screw removed, the whole motherboard (along with the 2 joysticks) can be simply lifted right out. Image 2/3: Pictures 2 and 3 show the case without the motherboard and joysticks. Image 3/3: Pictures 2 and 3 show the case without the motherboard and joysticks.
  • First off, unscrwew the single screw that holds the motherboard onto the plastic (marked out in orange in the first and second picture ots).

  • With that screw removed, the whole motherboard (along with the 2 joysticks) can be simply lifted right out.

  • Pictures 2 and 3 show the case without the motherboard and joysticks.

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Image 1/3: Pictures 2 and 3 show the plastic by itself. Image 2/3: Pictures 2 and 3 show the plastic by itself. Image 3/3: Pictures 2 and 3 show the plastic by itself.
  • To remove the white plastic, simply lift it out of the controller. There are no screws,clips or glue holding it in.

  • Pictures 2 and 3 show the plastic by itself.

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Image 1/3: Then simply "pop" the buttons out (marked out in orange in picture 2) from the other side (the front). You can also remove the "Play Station" logo button. Image 2/3: For the other side, remove the top plastic and then the 4 buttons (made of one piece of plastic). Image 3/3: For the other side, remove the top plastic and then the 4 buttons (made of one piece of plastic).
  • First of, remove the 2 white pieces or rubber on the sides and the middle, grey piece too. The first picture shows you what this will look like.

  • Then simply "pop" the buttons out (marked out in orange in picture 2) from the other side (the front). You can also remove the "Play Station" logo button.

  • For the other side, remove the top plastic and then the 4 buttons (made of one piece of plastic).

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Image 1/3: This is done by simply pressing in the 4 (slightly protruding) pieces of plastic. Image 2/3: The 3 pictures show the the case completely stripped out. Image 3/3: The 3 pictures show the the case completely stripped out.
  • The final piece to remove is the plastic battery level light cover.

  • This is done by simply pressing in the 4 (slightly protruding) pieces of plastic.

  • The 3 pictures show the the case completely stripped out.

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  • And thats that. If you have been following the guide, you now have a completely stripped down PS3 controller. If you have read this for entertainment, you now know what it takes to strip down a PS3 controller. Thank you for reading.

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Good job man really a great tutorial.!

Ricky J - Reply

Rip. To the controller that he used.

Tintin1870 - Reply

If I have to sacrifice one controller in order to show people how to (potentially) fix theirs, then I'm fully fine with that.

Imad Knight -

You can remove the entire motherboard assembly without disconnecting the rumble motors. Just lift them out at the same time carefully

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