Hi everyone, Luke’s broken his Driving Force GT steering wheel.
He’s probably done it by over enthusiastically using it when not plugged in.
Inside the wheel is a force feedback motor that provides, well, force feedback. I’ve popped open the cover to see what’s going on inside.
Symptoms are that the GT logo flashes. This indicates a fault.
It’s supposed to calibrate when powered up bu turning full left then full right then back to the centre. What it actually does is turn full left, then pause, then kick a couple of times.
I believe that maybe he’s fried a MOSFET by turning the wheel too fast when not plugged into the pc, generating a bit too much back end from the feedback motor and frying one of the MOSFETs - whichever one it is that turns the wheel right.
It looks like there’s some kind of diode behind the motor connector too - is that maybe designed to stop what he’s done to the MOSFETs? Has he blown that up too?
Does this all make sense?
They are SO-8 packages. Is it feasible to replace them? I’ve never really done surface mount soldering before.