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Atari Video Computer System with MOS Technology 6507 CPU running at 1.19 MHz.

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Sport/Racing Controllers not responding correctly when wheel is turned

Hi All,

Just wondering how to fix the 'wheel' controllers for Atari 2600 systems. Both sets usually have the same problem, eventually they seem to wear out and the buttons will work fine, however when spinning the knob (or wheel), you might get a jitter at best as a response from this joystick.

If anyone could enlighten me, that would be great! Many thanks in advance!!

Mike E

EDM, AB, CA

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My guess is that the contacts on the wheel have either corroded or been built up with dirt.

Pull the wheel off of its peg, and unscrew the washer holding it in place (a pair of pliers will get it open). Open the back case with a Phillips screwdriver, and pull out the variable resistor. If you look at the underside of the resisitor mechanism, there are four metal tabs. Bend them out of the way, and lift the cover off. Inside are some metal rings, these are the contacts. You can clean them with some rubbing alcohol, or remove them and brush them down with some steel wool to remove corrosion.

Good luck, let us know how it works out.

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Thanks for the quick response! I will be out of town for the next couple weeks here, but I will post back once I get the chance to crack these open.

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