MTH DCS remote thumbwheel madness...and fix

Been happily using my DCS system for almost 6 years now without issue. However, over the last several months I have noticed the thumbwheel was "leaning" to one side (the right) and was seated farther into the remote. Last night it happened. The whole thumbwheel almost disappeared within the remote housing rendering it very difficult to use.

I opened the remote and noticed the unusual shape of the button housing and how the right side of the thumbwheel assembly, didn't have anything under it to prevent it from falling into the remote. I took a cabinet bumper I purchased at home depot and placed it in what I thought was the location of the small circuit board on the thumbwheel assembly. I put the remote back together and it seemed to work very well.

Thumbwheel now has a solid feel to it and depressing the thumbwheel to make a selection doesn't push the assembly into the remote. Just a PSA for all those that might have this issue in the future.

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so the circuit board side of the wheel hits the pad?

 

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Here is the inside of the wheel if you are brave enough Symptoms were erratic menu commands and speed control...cleaned with contact elec lube..that was 3 years ago,DSC00795DSC00807DSC00793 [2)

If it ain't broke,break it and make it better

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I guess that will work ok.  It seems to me like the poster studied the situation and came up with a fix that works for him.  As these remotes get old, I usually throw in a new wheel but this approach he used is a good one to pass on.  Good post ChessieMD.  Not everyone lives near an MTH parts source but most of us can turn up a Home Depot.

 

 

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willygee posted:

so the circuit board side of the wheel hits the pad?

 

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Here is the inside of the wheel if you are brave enough Symptoms were erratic menu commands and speed control...cleaned with contact elec lube..that was 3 years ago,DSC00795DSC00807DSC00793 [2)

Correct...

Circuit board side rests on top of the pad. So far 3 days in, works likes a champ!

ChessieMD posted:

Been happily using my DCS system for almost 6 years now without issue. However, over the last several months I have noticed the thumbwheel was "leaning" to one side (the right) and was seated farther into the remote. Last night it happened. The whole thumbwheel almost disappeared within the remote housing rendering it very difficult to use.

I opened the remote and noticed the unusual shape of the button housing and how the right side of the thumbwheel assembly, didn't have anything under it to prevent it from falling into the remote. I took a cabinet bumper I purchased at home depot and placed it in what I thought was the location of the small circuit board on the thumbwheel assembly. I put the remote back together and it seemed to work very well.

Thumbwheel now has a solid feel to it and depressing the thumbwheel to make a selection doesn't push the assembly into the remote. Just a PSA for all those that might have this issue in the future.

IMG_1175IMG_1176

 

I have the same issue after only about a month of use. How did you get the thing apart without damaging it? I removed the small Phillips inside the battery compartment and tried to gently pry it open at the hand held end by the tether plug receptacle, but it does not want to come apart and I do not want to damage anything.

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