My friend left his wireless PS3 controller at my house. He told me I can keep it because he plays XBOX 360. My wired controller stopped working last night. I tried to use the wireless one my friend left to play Grand Theft Auto V. It does work but, the L1 and down button on the D-Pad don't work. I have the controller apart but, I can't see anything wrong with it. I don't see the sense in throwing it away because it works great except for those 2 buttons. How do I repair it?

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    @TheIdiotGamer. I fail to see how a PS3 controller is unrelated to gaming.
    – Nolonar
    Nov 21, 2014 at 0:18
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    If you could show us some screenshots, we might be able to help a bit better, otherwise I would just put it down to wear and tear. How old is the controller?
    – Ben
    Nov 21, 2014 at 0:22
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    Sounds like a loose connection. You might be able to solder it back in place but unless you know what you're doing, ie have used a soldering iron before, you'll probably just do more damage. Nov 21, 2014 at 0:35
  • My advice is to take is to a PC repair shop- most will be able to either fix it or be sure that it's not worth fixing. Nov 21, 2014 at 0:36
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    @TheIdiotGamer 323 questions on the controllers tag says exactly otherwise (especially since the tag has a developed wiki), you can even filter them down to just questions using the ps3 tag and see how there are 40 questions, only 1 is closed because it's a duplicate. what isn't welcome here in terms of hardware is Hardware Recommendations (mostly on the context for "Which PC/Component, X or Y, is better for me to buy to play Z")
    – Memor-X
    Nov 21, 2014 at 0:40

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I repaired a PlayStation 2 controller whose circle button wasn't working reliably by taking it apart and cleaning it. All I did was use tissue to wipe away the grease and dirt that had built up on the pads and contacts. The direction pad should be easy to clean, make sure to clean the pads on the rubber part, the film covering the motherboard, and the contacts on the motherboard itself. The L1 trigger will be trickier, you'll probably need to consult a teardown to see how to get access to the parts that need to be cleaned.

Don't be aggressive, these parts will also wear out and when that happens there's little you can do to fix the problem. You want to do as little a possible to hurry this along, so be gentle.

I've also done the same thing to fix TV remotes whose contacts have gotten dirty, but I should note this problem usually only occurs for me with the commonly used buttons. Since the direction pad doesn't get a lot of use in most games, this may mean that you have encountered a different problem. Unfortunately that would also mean there's probably nothing you can do to fix it.

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