How to Fix the Analog Stick on an Xbox 360 Controller
By Jennifer Eblin
Updated September 22, 2017
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The Xbox 360 video game system comes with two types of controllers: a wired controller and a wireless controller. The wireless controller automatically charges its batteries while you’re playing the game so you can use it wirelessly, while the wired controller must be plugged in to use. Many users who have problems want to know what they can do to fix the analog stick on an Xbox 360 controller.
Remove the battery case from the back of the controller by pushing the button down and sliding off the case. Remove the six screws on the back of the controller with a T9 screwdriver. This is the only screwdriver that works for the size and positioning of the screws.
Lift off the back of the controller. Locate the analog stick that you need to fix. Some common problems include a broken analog stick, a loose stick or one that sticks.
Remove the analog stick by pulling upward on it. Place your fingers on either side of the flat part and pull hard.
Look for the thin metal stick that sits in the middle of the analog stick. This stick is what controls the analog stick and you need to replace the part. Remove the stick and compare it to a toothpick, which is the perfect size to control the analog stick. Remove the analog stick by pulling upward on the stick. Place your fingers on either side of the flat part and pull hard. Make a break directly on the toothpick that makes it the same size as the metal stick.
Slide the toothpick into the middle of the analog stick, tapping it slightly with the top of your hand to ensure it reaches the bottom of the hole. Then replace the plastic part of the analog stick and attach the back of the controller.
If you find a controller cheap enough, use the analog stick from that controller to fix the stick on your old controller. Simply take the back off both controllers, remove the analog sticks and make the replacement.
Don’t try these steps if your Xbox is less than 1 year old and you purchased it new. Your system and accessories are covered under a one-year warranty and Microsoft should replace the controller if you contact the company.
Jennifer Eblin has been a full-time freelance writer since 2006. Her work has appeared on several websites, including Tool Box Tales and Zonder. Eblin received a master's degree in historic preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design.