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Thrustmaster T500RS left paddle shifter feels "numb"

Discussion in 'Chit Chat Room' started by ShredatorFIN, Mar 30, 2016.

  1. ShredatorFIN

    ShredatorFIN Alien

    Got my T500 from warranty service recently, but now it developed another problem. Left paddle shifter is feels very weird and "numb". Different from right paddle, it doesn't make click sound, like right paddle. This was fine until I sent the unit to warranty service (a steering related problem that they succesfully fixed).

    For now the left paddle is working, but not making that micro-switch "click" (or very silent). Doesn't matter much I guess but still bothers me a little... can't avoid thinking if it's going to eventually break down totally, and start skipping shifts? Can I open and fix it somehow, without voiding the remaining warranty (a few months left)?

    Help would be (again) very appreciated.
    Last edited: Mar 30, 2016

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  3. If i remember right, the button for these shifter are on a pcb, maybe you can write to Thrustmaster and they can send you the pcb and replace it yourself (well they did that when i had problem with my potentiometer, they send me the part and i replaced it myself and didn't void the warranty). You can even buy some spare at the same time and you will save shipping since they already send you warranty stuff.

    If you don't hear the click sound usually it's the metal dome inside the button who broke, worst case scenario if you wait the button will eventually stop working because the strength of the spring used with the paddle to pressure the spring will keep it pushed. But it's not very hard to replace the button only, you can search on http://www.digikey.com/ it's a common button you need the pitch of the leg and the overall dimension of the button, some solder skill and to know the circuit inside the push button to order the right one.

    The only thing i hate on the T500rs is the pot they use in the pedal, it's a custom one with a 25 degree angle resistance travel. So i made myself a converter with an op-amp to add some gain on the voltage level so i can use a normal 10k pot and the ADC inside the steering don't see any difference since it calibrate it every time you plug it.
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  4. Steve32

    Steve32 Simracer

    You can remove the paddles for inspection without voiding the warranty seems pretty straight forward, documentation is on the thrustmaster website but ill link it for you.
    This way you can inspect the actual button to see if its an issue with that or maybe they took these off and havent put them back on properly.

    Thrustmaster Paddles removal PDF

    ISR Video

    Screenshot of Paddle removal manual on official site

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  5. Jebus

    Jebus Alien


    It can easily be something misplaced while inspecting the steering issues at TM.
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  6. esox71

    esox71 Alien

    Mine's developed the same problem until sometimes it didn't register, I opened the actual micro switch and watched the movement.
    Hard to explain but there is an arm that's curved that on movement then contact makes the click, I could see that the curve needed to be sharper or shallower, can't remember exactly but a wee bend then test while still open solved it, been fine ever since.
    Or just buy micro switch from Maplins and solder new one in.:):)
  7. pojkofd00m

    pojkofd00m Gamer

    Mine has the same problem on the right paddle.
    Thx for the tip esox, will try that later!

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