How to fix joy con drift

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  1. LuigiSuperStarSaga
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    Hey. My left joycon moves fully on its own. Soooo... A cheap fix?
     
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    I think the only effective "cheap fix" is to order a cheap analog stick from some Chinese alibaba etc., and then replace it yourself.
    That would probably be below $10, perhaps $5.
    Not sure how hard is to import such a piece from Brazil.

    AFAIK, joycons' analog sticks are hard to fix and they break again very quickly, so you should replace them with a new one.
    Something about a carbon/graphite paint wearing out and becoming dust, and this dust producing the false readings.
     
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    Isn't there an temp way? idc if it starts again, i need an easy way to do it, blowing on it with the rubber skirt lifted didn't work but ill try again.
    And i don't play much on it anymore cuz of this. So maybe the problem has fixed itself.
     
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    watch this video and you will know why there isn't any other fix besides replacing analog stick.
     
  5. sarkwalvein

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    I guess you can open the analog stick and clean it, but that would work for a short time.
    It seems that keeping the analog stick pressed, as in e.g. some case that pushes the sticks, makes the problem worse.

    Here a video discussing this problem:


    :ninja: oh the ninjas...
     
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    Ninjas gonna ninja people!!!11! but seriously, i prefer reading than watching, so if there is a text about it tell me.
     
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    This is the source for the video: https://imgur.com/gallery/58bBc43
     
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    I do recently.
    Buy replacement sticks from AliExpress. 2 stick is ~10 USD. Comes with tools/screwdrivers to open joycon.
    Replacement procedure is not hard - there is youtube videos show.
     
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    Buy a new analog stick and replace it. It's better than the blowing air, alcohol, or contact cleaner which is just a temporary fix.
     
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    To be clear, expect the replacement stick to eventually go bad as well if you actually use it, because it still has the same design flaw. Its a far less temporary fix, but still temporary.
     
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    Well, everything will go bad, nothing lasts for ever. Even life is a "temporary fix".
     
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    Do the old trick of using a Q-Tip with alcohol and clean the Joy Con under the Controller flap. It's a temporary fix, but it's a cheaper and easier way to clean it before buying another analog stick. It's good for the time being if you're thinking on replacing the Analog stick.
     
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    Guess i need to replace it then.
     
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    Welcome to 100 posts. Enjoy the WTB/WTS/WTT sub forums.
     
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    I used a tiny pin and a small drop of lens cleaner under the rubber flap (Alcohol free & evaporates fast). I didnt want to but its been an entire year for the Agni & Rudra-Cons so I tested it on them. I did the neons after.

    Now they work like they're fresh out the box and feels smooth
     
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