Wii motor failure?

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Dec 17, 2008

Wii motor failure? by Omnigamer at 4:18 AM (1,133 Views / 0 Likes) 4 replies

  1. Omnigamer
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    Just a few days ago, my Wii stopped reading discs mid-use, and has since had much difficulty reading anything. I originally thought the laser was either smudged or broken, so I opened it up to attempt a cleaning.

    Turns out the laser was fine. When a disc is inserted, it will go into position, but will never start spinning. After a little bit of fidgeting, I managed to get it to a put where it would spin in very short intervals, but still nowhere near usable. A bit more fidgeting and it was restored to full use, but then developed the same issue again shortly after.

    So, I assume that the motor is either dead or dying. Is replacing it difficult, or should there be anything else I should do to check/fix it?

    Another issue is why it is happening... I can only think of a few possibilities.

    A) Age. It was a launch wii, so maybe it's just reached the end of its life?

    B) Stress. About a month or two ago, I added a small "bumper" of electrical tape to the top part of the case. The purpose was for it to press down a bit more on the drive cage and kill a terrible noise it gave off when spinning up. I don't know if this caused an increase strain on the motor or not, but I can't think of any other cosmetic changes that would have an effect.

    C) Contamination? Mayhaps there is some goop or something that's preventing the motor from getting enough torque to spin the discs? This one is pretty doubtful, but not entirely impossible.

    Any suggestions on what to do with it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

    ~Omnigamer
     
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    I don't usually try to bump things, but this is a time-sensitive issue for me. If anyone can tell for sure if the symptoms indicate a specific problem, please let me know.
     
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    Hmm..I don't know why it is doing that, but if you do have to replace it, the new DVD drive cost about $80 USD and is easy to install. Just plug in two cables (one ribbon, one wire cable).
     
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    I don't suppose you know of any reliable sources for purchasing a replacement drive? Unless that topic is taboo, of course.
     
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