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Skunk_438RCAF
08-25-2007, 11:22 AM
Mine is getting old and worn, and about to die on me...the main throttle pot is going out I think, it jitters when I am in game and constantly losing its calibration. I'd like to get a CH Pro throttle, but I like the rotaries on the Saiteks, and the fact that they cost less.

Or maybe someone has experienced this before? As I move the throttle I can see it in game going back and forth, varying sometimes 10% in either direction. Common problem? Anyone know the value of the pot in the throttle? I dont want to contact saitek for repairs, since I completely dismounted the stick to make a button console.

Any help appreciated.

Waldo.Pepper
08-25-2007, 12:59 PM
Well as a first step to rehabilitate what you have I would get a spray can of

Electrosolve Contact Cleaner Zero Residue. (I think it is made by MG Chemicals.)

You can get a can of the stuff in any electronic supply house. Should be 5 loonies or so. Spray it all over the pot. Let dry (15 minutes ish) Should work like a charm. Did for me.

rockgardenlove
08-25-2007, 02:09 PM
First give the pot a shot of pot cleaner/lubricant. If that doesn't work, it should say the value of the pot on the pot somewhere. If it doesn't, you can buy/borrow a cheap multimeter and so you can measure the resistance of the pot yourself. A cheap one is like 10 bucks. They come in handy for other stuff too, like checking wall plugs, testing batteries, and such. If you don't want to buy one, you can most likely use pretty much any pot as I'm quite sure the pot would be part of a voltage divider setup. 10k should work fine.

Cheers!

Skunk_438RCAF
08-25-2007, 04:01 PM
I will try your suggestions, thank you both.

Waldo, are you implying that you had a similar problem? Is this common with saiteks or?

Waldo.Pepper
08-25-2007, 04:09 PM
Waldo, are you implying that you had a similar problem? Is this common with saiteks or?

Yes similar problem, common to all joysticks. The pot just gets dirty is all. But mine was an X-45 coincidentally. The product I described works a treat to clean pots. If you were in Burnaby/Vancouver/GVRD I would be able to tell you what store to get it at even. Rockgardenlove basically had the same advice. At 5 bucks ish I think its the first logical step.

X32Wright
08-27-2007, 03:57 PM
Also if the lubrication inside the RUBBER IDLER inside the plastic tube has dried out the stick would lose calibartion specially when hitting the 100% to 110% WEP slot as well as when you throttle down to 10% and 0%.

Yes I have opened my X-45 throttle and did this very thing. I replaced the potentiometer too.

Sturm_Williger
08-27-2007, 04:12 PM
Mate, contact Saitek - I had a pot go bad on my X45 stick and when I asked them what pots to use to replace it, they just sent me a couple of new ones. If you can swing a soldering iron, you'll be good to go. Some of the best after sales support I've ever had http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

SithSpeeder
08-27-2007, 07:25 PM
Originally posted by Sturm_Williger:
Mate, contact Saitek - I had a pot go bad on my X45 stick and when I asked them what pots to use to replace it, they just sent me a couple of new ones. If you can swing a soldering iron, you'll be good to go. Some of the best after sales support I've ever had http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Roger that. My trigger went bad on the stick. I told them, they sent me another one (trigger, not the whole throttle). A buddy of mine at work helped me solder it in. Works like a champ.

* _54th_Speeder *

DKoor
08-28-2007, 09:48 AM
I have a X45 that I don't use....brand new http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/59.gif
I hate teh rocker rudder so I use EVO

Breeze147
08-28-2007, 12:11 PM
I have an absolutely new, never-used, never-out-of-box X-45. Do you live in CONUS? If so I will send it to you for the cost of shipping. If you reply in the affirmative, I will contact you via PM.

Skunk_438RCAF
08-28-2007, 12:26 PM
I live in Canada. I'd take it if you're still willing.

Bearcat99
08-28-2007, 02:50 PM
Originally posted by DKoor:
I have a X45 that I don't use....brand new http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/59.gif
I hate teh rocker rudder so I use EVO

Use that rocker as a switch for flaps......

Breeze147
08-28-2007, 03:07 PM
Originally posted by Skunk_438RCAF:
I live in Canada. I'd take it if you're still willing.

PM me your address.

Skunk_438RCAF
08-28-2007, 03:12 PM
Check PM.

T_O_A_D
08-28-2007, 03:27 PM
Band that rocker and use it to control left and right engines.

Very nice option on twin engine aircraft.

Even on 4 eng. aircraft its handy for ground handling.

Skunk_438RCAF
08-28-2007, 03:50 PM
Whats wrong with using it for rudder? Personnally I hate twisties because they dont feel natural, and the lack of the rocker on the X52 is the prime reason why I never upgraded to it.

DKoor
08-28-2007, 04:02 PM
Originally posted by Bearcat99:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by DKoor:
I have a X45 that I don't use....brand new http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/59.gif
I hate teh rocker rudder so I use EVO

Use that rocker as a switch for flaps...... </div></BLOCKQUOTE>Thanks that never occurred to me....I'll give it a go http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif