How repareble is a WiiU gamepad vibrating motor?

Discussion in 'Wii U - Console, Accessories and Hardware' started by legoinventeor, Jan 4, 2019.

  1. legoinventeor
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    legoinventeor GBAtemp Regular

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    I recently dropped my WiiU gamepad from my desk. :( At first sight, the console was fine until I realized it was vibrating very weirdly.
     
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  2. KleinesSinchen

    KleinesSinchen The backup reminder

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    Do you really want to repair the rumble motor? Not sure if this is possible. However, replacing it is not very hard. But be careful anyway when opening the Gamepad. You will have to follow the ifixit guide to open the outer case. It shows you the position of the screws. However there is one point in this guide where I disagree: Step 5 shows a picture of a person pulling on the cables of the rumble motor.

    The plug is quite hard to remove and pulling on the cables might tear them. You could argue: I don’t care, my motor is broken anyway. But if you do not gently remove the plug you might damage the connector on the mainboard. It took me a minute gently rocking on the plug to get it out without any damage.

    This cable is also the reason to open the case slowly after removing the screws as you can’t just separate the two parts without unplugging the motor first. After unplugging there are some more screws holding a plastic piece which secures the motor in place. My photo flash made the screws nearly invisible. (I need better camera equipment!)

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    You find replacement motors on ebay. They come, at the first look from China or Hong Kong so it takes time, but they ship to Spain and are really cheap.
     
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  3. legoinventeor
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    legoinventeor GBAtemp Regular

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    Thanks a lot! I tried reassembling the motor first to see if it's just badly connected, and it seems to be working but it might be a bit less powerful. I'll order a replacement if it stops working again.
     
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