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PS4 Dualshock 4 Trying to fix stick drift

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PS4 Dualshock 4 Trying to fix stick drift

Hi all,

I'm at my wits end trying to fix the stick drift in my right analog stick that has popped up recently and I've fully disassembled it and cleaned it right down to opening the little green doors on the stick assembly and removing and cleaning the white sensor wheels and have had temporary success but it still seems to come back. The drift isn't constant, it's intermittent which is why I was hoping a simple but thorough cleaning would suffice.

If I want to replace the sensor wheel do I have to buy a whole analog stick assembly off of Amazon (somewhere around $13 for a pair which would have 4 sensors wheels total) just for the sensor wheel or does anyone know anywhere relatively close (Canada) that sells just the senor wheels? I know they're cheap on Aliexpress but I don't want to wait a month for them to arrive.

And a tip for anyone who doesn't want this to happen to them; this started after I started really getting into fishing in Red Dead Redemption 2 where you need to "reel" in the fish by rotating the right stick over and over. To my surprise after searching on the internet I'm not the only one who seems to have had right stick drift pop up after starting to get into fishing in RDR2 so go into your RDR2 settings and right at the bottom (in accessibility) you can change it to just holding down a button to reel in a fish.
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This is the first time I've heard about rdr2. I will search. Thank you .
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stingyshopper wrote: Hi all,

I'm at my wits end trying to fix the stick drift in my right analog stick that has popped up recently and I've fully disassembled it and cleaned it right down to opening the little green doors on the stick assembly and removing and cleaning the white sensor wheels and have had temporary success but it still seems to come back. The drift isn't constant, it's intermittent which is why I was hoping a simple but thorough cleaning would suffice.

If I want to replace the sensor wheel do I have to buy a whole analog stick assembly off of Amazon (somewhere around $13 for a pair which would have 4 sensors wheels total) just for the sensor wheel or does anyone know anywhere relatively close (Canada) that sells just the senor wheels? I know they're cheap on Aliexpress but I don't want to wait a month for them to arrive.

And a tip for anyone who doesn't want this to happen to them; this started after I started really getting into fishing in Red Dead Redemption 2 where you need to "reel" in the fish by rotating the right stick over and over. To my surprise after searching on the internet I'm not the only one who seems to have had right stick drift pop up after starting to get into fishing in RDR2 so go into your RDR2 settings and right at the bottom (in accessibility) you can change it to just holding down a button to reel in a fish.
You might need to replace one of the actual sensors. These are pretty cheap, and I believe they're universal - other controllers use the same one.

I bought a pack that included several joystick modules on Amazon for like $15 which also included mini screwdrivers. Because I can't solder anything, I instead just popped out the small white sensor, replaced the one in my Xbox controller and it's fine now. The metal portions on the sensor I replaced looked a bit darker, and I wonder if these things just get worn out over time from use.
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