Replace your XBOX 360 controller thumbstick or trigger mechanism (1 of 3)

Replace your XBOX 360 controller thumbstick or trigger mechanism (1 of 3)

Part 1 of 3. Thumbstick or trigger on your XBOX 360 controller broken? Or just plain worn out from hours upon hours of gameplay? Here’s a video tutorial on a soldering method you can use to replace the parts in about 25 minutes. Be sure to hit up the DIY section of the Viking360 forums to discuss mods with other thrifty do-it-yourselfers. www.Viking360.com At a minimum you will need *1.) A soldering iron and some solder. *2.) Desoldering sucker OR desoldering braid from radio shack (either will do the trick) *3.) The replacement trigger or thumbstick mechanism, and of course *4.) The special screwdriver to open up the controller. By the time you purchase all of this equipment I’m sure you’ll find that it would be cheaper just to purchase a new controller. But, if you happen to have some of this equipment on hand (including a ‘donor’ circuit board to get the replacement parts from) then you can save some money by replacing the part yourself. Of course we assume you already know how to open and disassemble your XBOX 360 controller using a Torx-8 ‘tamper resistant / security’ screwdriver. This video is just demonstrating the soldering, for those of you who haven’t done a lot of soldering before. We use a lot more tools than what we listed above, because we do a lot of mod work. If you do a lot of mod work for your family or friends, it might be worth charging them a modest fee so you can start buying some of this useful equipment for your workbench. Hit up Niktronixonline

This fix works on most Xbox 360 controller batteries that charge only for a few seconds before reporting “Full” and only last a few seconds before being empty. Some batteries come with a charging indicator board which reports the charge level inaccurately. This fix is intended to fully discharge the battery, then reset the batteries indicator circuit. Hence, allowing the battery to be fully recharged.

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