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A wireless, more traditional, video game controller produced by Nintendo for the Switch system. Model number: HAC-013.

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Are these ripped pads? Can I fix them?

Hi there!

Decided to pickup a new hobby this year, electronics repair! I'm a noob. This switch pro controller had a drift stick problem, only a minor drift stick issue. I unsoldered the stick and put a new one on, but the drift stick is now worse. No matter what joystick I put on, the behaviour of the drift is EXACTLY the same. As you can see in the image below, i think there are some ripped pads. If it's even possible, how can I fix this? Or is there a work around with the soldering iron that I can perform to get this controller functional? Thanks!

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As I can see, the pads are ripped but not too badly, so make sure the pins makes a great contact with the pads; you can also try to add a little wire (without the plastic shield) if you cant make a contact. Also to make sure the pads makes a great contact, you can try to clean them with IPA (Isopropyl Alcohol) and a Q-tip.

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Thanks for the reply! When you say make sure the pins have great contact with the pads, do you mean move them towards the pads, not bend them round, but make sure they're touching the pads before I solder them on?

Also, you've said add some wire without the plastic shield; that plastic shield is the ring around the hole correct? Am I able to take that off to add the wire, or something else?

I'll give the pads and that a good clean tonight before I try a re-solder attempt.

Thanks for the help :D


Hey @frusko, when I say good contact, I mean electrical contact, so the solder have to touch both the pin and the pad, and for the wire, it's if you can't make the link between the pad and the pin : it will act like a bridge (and for a wire that short, it's better to remove the plastic ring, otherwise you might melt the plastic and make an horrible mess, but it can also be part of a paper clip or anything like that)


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