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If your Xbox One controller has LT/RT issues, the issue likely lies with the magnets. Use this guide to take the controller apart and secure the magnets so they do not move again. This can also be used to fix the magnet sensitivity if your controller needs adjustment.

Guide warnings

  • Be prepared to write off your controller if this fix does not work as it may make the problem worse. This problem is not found on Model 1708 controllers.
  • WARNING: The plastic frame can be melted if the flame is held too long or the flame is too hot. Only hold the flame until the heatshrink seals.
  • This procedure will VOID ALL WARRANTIES. Make sure the warranty is expired or you cannot use it. My controller is 17 months old.

Guide notes

  • This fix does not apply to Model 1708 controllers. These are not as unreliable as Model 1537/1697 controllers.
  • If you misalign the magnets, you may need to replace the controller frame. Use caution when the glue is applied.
  • When the heatshrink tubing is replaced, be careful not to burn or melt the controller frame.
  • Remove the batteries from your controller (if installed). If you do not have a TR8 screwdriver, the bit can be found in the 64-bit driver kit.

  • Remove the screw under the battery cover label. To do this, puncture a hole in the battery compartment where the photo is marked. It is located roughly in the center of the battery bay where it is marked on my controller.

  • Remove the side trim from the controller, along with the 4 TR8 screws. Set the trim and screws aside somewhere safe.

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  • With the screws removed from the back, flip the controller to the front. Remove the front plastic cover.

  • With the front plastic cover removed, remove the back shell of the controller. A plastic pry tool can be used if it is easier.

  • Remove the shell once the battery tabs are released.

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  • Remove the LB/RB assembly and X button cover from the controller. To do this, lift the X button cover up and both the LB/RB assembly and X button trim some come off. A plastic pry tool can also be used.

  • Remove the wireless sync button. Remove this button from the side. Set it aside on a bright surface to avoid losing it.

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  • If both triggers need repair, do one at a time.

  • Before cutting the heatshrink make two alignment marks that do not cross. These marks will be used for alignment later.

  • After making the alignment marks, cut the heatshrink tubing off of the trigger assembly with a utility knife.

  • Using the old heatshrink as a reference, line it up with new heatshrink tubing and cut two new pieces. Set these aside for later use.

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  • Correct magnet alignment is critical. Misalignment of the magnet may result in the controller pressing the LT/RT buttons without any human input.

  • You do not need to clean 100% of the tape residue. Clean as much as you can.

  • After cutting the heatshrink tubing, align the marks made in the previous step to get an idea of what to do when you glue the magnets in place.

  • These controllers use double sided tape from the factory. Note the dimple side after removal and clean the magnet and frame. If you cannot clean the glue with alcohol, use Goo Gone.

  • Once the magnet(s) are reasonably clean, practice aligning the lines until you're comfortable. Once the alignment is correct, tape the magnets to ensure a correct alignment once glue is applied.

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  • You only have 1 shot at this. If you glue it in the wrong position, you may need a new controller frame. If you are repairing both, do one at trigger at a time.

  • If your glue cures faster, it may be possible to reduce the curing time.

  • If this fix is being applied to realign the magnets, do this before applying glue. This is not required for good alignments with worn out double sided tape.

  • After taping the magnet(s) down in the previous step, double check the alignment. After verifying the alignment is correct, glue the magnet(s) to the controller frame.

  • Once the magnets are glued in, let the glue cure for 24 hours. Reverse disassembly once the glue is cured.

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  • A butane lighter is recommended for this step. Bic style lighters are not as efficient and may melt the plastic. Regardless of if you use a butane torch lighter or a butane torch, adjust the flame to the lowest possible level the lighter remains lit.

  • In a pinch, electrical tape can be used.

  • Once the magnets are glued in place and the glue is cured, seal the magnets with new heatshrink tubing. When the heatshrink is sealed, turn the flame source off.

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To reassemble your controller after testing, reverse disassembly by following this guide in reverse.

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