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Sunday, June 15, 2008

How to Repair the Wii Sensor Bar's Cable / Wire

Your cat chewed through it. Your snapped it moving furniture. Your vacuum cleaner mangled it. You accidentally cut it with scissors.

What am I talking about?

Several of the reasons I have heard that you may need to repair the cord on your Nintendo Wii's sensor bar / wire. The funny part? Cats have seemed to be the biggest culprits so far in chewing through the sensor bar cable.

The good news, is that it is a pretty easy situation to fix. The only difficult part? You have two choices -- the soldering solution, or what I call the poor man's solution. The latter is for those of you who either do not have a soldering iron, or do not feel comfortable with one -- you can still make do. The only difference is that it is not quite as clean, and may not have the same longevity. Still, in the end -- your Wii's sensor bar and its wire will be back in order.

This post is one of several on how to fix problems with your Nintendo Wii. To see the entire list, click here for the Nintendo Wii Repair Guide.


First, let's cover the soldering fix for your Wii's Sensor Bar cable. For this procedure, you'll need a soldering iron, soldering wire, match or heating gun, and a nice set of needle nose pliers with wire cutters on them.

1. Find the location on the cable where the damage occurred. About 1/2" on each side of the damage, cut the cables with your needle nose pliers to cleanly cut the two sides of the cable.

2. Slip a shrink fit tube over one side of the cable to be used later to cover and protect your solder.

3. Carefully strip off approximately 1" in of the outside jacket from the cable on each side.

4. Remove the paper and expose the two inner wires that connect the Wii's Sensor Bar.

5. These two inner wires are coated with their own insulation that needs to be removed. In order to remove it, you can "burn" away 1/2" to 3/4" of it using a match, lighter, or a heat gun. This will expose the metal wires that you will need to solder.

6. Make a solder connection for each of the two wires with their respective matching side. If you are new to soldering, some prefer to twist the wires lightly together to create a better connection.

7. Wrap each newly joined wire with a single layer of electrical tape to keep the two wires from touch and shorting out.

8. Finally, slide the shrink tube over the soldered area and heat with a heat gun or blow dryer to shrink and tighten the connection.


Now for the optional "poor man's solution":

1. Find the location on the cable where the damage occurred. About 1/2" on each side of the damage, cut the cables with your needle nose pliers to cleanly cut the two sides of the cable.

2. Slip a shrink fit tube over one side of the cable to be used later to cover and protect your solder.

3. Carefully strip off approximately 1 1/2" in of the outside jacket from the cable on each side.

4. Remove the paper and expose the two inner wires that connect the Wii's Sensor Bar.

5. These two inner wires are coated with their own insulation that needs to be removed. In order to remove it, you can "burn" away 1/2" to 3/4" of it using a match, lighter, or a heat gun. This will expose the metal wires that you will need to solder.

6. Now instead of soldering the connection between the two wires, line the wires up and intertwine them by twisting to make a solid connection.

7. Wrap each newly joined wire with a single layer of electrical tape to keep the two wires from touch and shorting out.

8. Finally, slide the shrink tube over the soldered area and heat with a heat gun or blow dryer to shrink and tighten the connection.


Now plug your Nintendo Wii Sensor Bar back in and you should be back in business. Congratulation, you have completed the repair of your Nintendo Wii's Sensor Bar Cable!

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

thanks man! my FU**ing cats made my wire in 7 pieces!!!!!fixed!

Anonymous said...

Thanks! My kitten chewed through mine too! But it works now. :3

Anonymous said...

Thankyou Kitten did 3 phonechargers and wii sensor bar today - at least the wii works now !

HairyBallsagna said...

my god cats are stupid! mine did the same thing this guide was helpful!

Anonymous said...

I keep having problem with "stripping" the wires off their insulation. Tried the match and soldering iron. Any other suggestion?

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info! I did the splice but it did work until I used my cigar torch and burned the wires a bit to remove that insulation. I wouldn't have done that without your advice because it sure didn't look like there was anything on them.

Anonymous said...

As it turns out, rabbits are just as bad a cats. Thanks for the help.

Anonymous said...

Stupid kitten, I keep moving her away but the cable was already chewed :( Thanks for the help.

Anonymous said...

Hamsters. That is all. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

HOLY CRAP it WORKS!!

Count one for vacuum cleaner.

Works fine, used the poor man's method.

Now, something I hate more than this vacuum cleaner is my God (bleep)ing aunt that wants me to buy a new sensor bar instead of using the repaired one. God Almighty, it's not even hers, it's his son's!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for saving me another $25 on kitty chew toy wii. LOL dam cat chewed through 3 of them. I finely got fed up and found your advice. Thank you!!

Anonymous said...

You are my 10 year old son's HERO!

Anders said...

Heartfelt thanks! Wouldn't have found the insulation if it hadn't been for you!

Anonymous said...

I thought my vacuum cleaner won this fight.I worked on it all day til I read your advice.I burned off the colored caoting and VOILA. I now have 3 happy kids again.This was the best site for this. No cussing like that one kid.Thank you so much.Keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

no lo he arreglado mi conejo lo rollo pero gracias se ve q funciona

Anonymous said...

Thanks, kitten chewed mine too. I'm going to try this i hope it works.

Anonymous said...

Another one for vacume cleaner. This turned out to be easier than i thought after i finially realized it was the colored wires you were sposed to burn.

i was twisting the colored wires themselves and getting no where. finially saw a guys post and sha bam!!! got it