After searching a while and coming up with no answers other than $50 solutions of "Buy a new controller" I'd had enough.
The 360 pads all have one common issue, after a short or long while the sticks start to "walk" they push directions continuously when let go of, its just part of thier wear and tear, there HAD to be a way to fix it, sensors don't just go stupid, they stop working altogether. Electronics don't have degredation of performance, they just work or... don't. So there has to be something causing the issue and I believe i've figured out what it is.
You'll notice with older pads that the bottom of the pad where the post goes into the plastic stick, is worked, not worn, but worked, its being strained a little when the stick is moved. The best I can work out, is that a tiny piece of shaved plastic makes its way into the Stick's sensor, making the sensor go nuts, like dust on the lens of a mouse.
I had some baby oil lying around, since oil isn't condutive and since baby oil is so thin. Its an excellent way of cleaning electronics so long as you qtip or wipe most of the oil away to resist dust build up in the future.
In any sense i dripped some oil directly into the stick sensor assembly until some came out the bottom. Satisfied it had run through, I moved the stick for a bit, more oil came out. I cleaned up the mess some and put the pad back together.
The stick stopped being directionally retarded. It worked like day one.
I've only tried this once, but if more people who have this issue could try it and verify, then finally we might have a good way of fixing this permanently!
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