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PS4 Replacing worn thumbsticks on a PS4 controller

Martok

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We've had our PS4 controllers for some time now and they were all suffering from the rubber wearing out on the thumbsticks. I wasn't prepared to buy new controllers at £45-£50 each especially as there was nothing else wrong with them, so instead I decided to replace the thumbsticks. I thought I'd share information on this for anyone else who has the same issue and wants to save money - it cost us around £20 in total to replace the thumbsticks on 3 controllers, a far better price than £135-£150 for new controllers!

The process is quite straightforward to do with the replacement parts and the right equipment. It took me about 10 minutes per controller to complete.

Firstly you need to buy replacement thumbsticks. I got these from Amazon for £2.99 a pair:



https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00I6OR1TU/


I also bought an opening tool set as I only had screwdrivers which might have damaged the controller casing when opening. The set cost £2.95.



https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01F4DSIEC/


Finally I also bought some additional thumb grips for £2.40 for a set (you get 2 different pairs in a pack so you can choose which you prefer). These would go on the new thumbsticks so as to prevent them wearing as I figured it would be easier to replace thumb grips in the future than thumbsticks. Note that I didn't opt to just buy thumb grips as the solution as I'd read reviews that they slipped off thumbsticks that had worn out rubber on them.



https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00GH7UA32/


Once I had all of these, I just followed a video from YouTube on how to replace the thumbsticks:



As I said, this took me around 30 minutes in total for 3 controllers, it cost around £20 and the controllers are good to use again.

So if your thumbsticks are getting worn, do give this a go, it's worth it for just a few quid.
 

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I bought aluminium sticks for my controller, just used a standard screwdriver to take the screws out and switch them over.

They're lovely and cold when you first pick the controller up but for extended play sessions if you're quite heavy with your thumbs like me it can become uncomfortable after a couple of hours of racing or something.
 

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That's why we went for standard plastic thumbsticks rather than the aluminium ones, we thought we'd find them uncomfortable for long gaming sessions.

The opening tool set was for the plastic tools to open the case (we already have decent screwdrivers). I found the plastic openers easier to use to prise the controller open and avoid cracking the plastic (something I've done previously when using screwdrivers to open plastic casing). At £2.95 they didn't cost much anyway.
 

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My thumb sticks have worn on both of my controllers. I just bought the thumb grips and have had no issues. Cost about £3 for a set of two.
 

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My thumb sticks have worn on both of my controllers. I just bought the thumb grips and have had no issues. Cost about £3 for a set of two.
Yes, mine were a similar price. As I said, I read a few reviews from people who had bought thumb grips that they had fitted to their worn thumbsticks and they had said they had come off. I decided to spend a bit extra by buying replacement thumbsticks as well (£2.99 a pair). As I said, replacement was very easy.
 

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Tube of superglue?
 

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Tube of superglue?
Superglue doesn't work on rubber like that.

Anyway the point of the post was to show folks that it's actually quite cheap and straightforward to replace the actual thumbsticks. If people aren't bothered and want to find other solutions then that's up to them.
 

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Cheap and easy, I used aluminium ones too but i rejigged the entire controller, bought red buttons too.
 
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