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Water got into my ps4 controller and it won’t work.

Water got into my controller because I dropped it into my sink. I dried it for a day and tried to use it on my ps4. The ps4 controller also wouldn’t charge. I plugged in my controller and it would work. It worked but certain buttons were not responding. The down button on the d-pad, R1, and L1 button didn’t work. I tried to repair it by taking the controller apart (using YouTube) but that didn’t work. Then I tried to use my controller in a game but I couldn’t even start the game. How can I fix my controller?

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I am experiencing the same problem, So i am wonder if I wait for the water to dry will the problem go away?


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Hi @helpmeplz52 ,

As you know water and electronics and electricity are not a good mix.

The impurities in the water causes corrosion and provides circuit paths for the electricity which were not in the controller’s operating design and could damage the components.

First do not turn on your controller and then you need to, with the controller turned off, remove the battery as soon as possible from the controller to minimize any further damage.''

Then you need to dis-assemble the rest of the controller and clean all the affected parts using Isopropyl Alcohol 90%+ (available from most pharmacies) to remove all traces of corrosion and water. Do not use "rubbing alcohol" as in some cases this is <70% IPA, can contain scents and is not as effective. If you do check the label to verify the amount of IPA

Here is a link that describes the process.

Electronics Water Damage

As always with electronics, especially surface mounted PCBs be gentle when handling and especially when brushing away the corrosion. You do not want to remove any components from the board.

Hopefully after you have done all this the controller might possibly work correctly again.

Here is a link to the ifixit DualShock 4 CUH-ZCT1 repair guides, which may be of some help.

If this process seems too daunting, take your controller to a reputable, professional electronics repair service, experienced in water damage repair and ask for a quote for a repair.

If you decide to do this, do it sooner than later.

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If you like to gamble then you may be lucky in that there will be no corrosion or water damage but also you may not be that lucky and if you do nothing then you will find this out in the future when it starts to fail.

The longer you leave it, especially with the battery still inserted, if there has been water damage, the more likely that more damage can continue to occur.

It is best to open it up and inspect it as per the answer above in the Chosen Solution.

As I said, you may be lucky that there is no corrosion or water damage evident but at least you will know and if there is you will know what to do.


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