PS3 BGA Fluxing

If your system is under Warranty do not attempt this repair! Send your system to Sony for repairs!

PS3 Fluxing Overview

PS3 BGA fluxing is generally only necessary when you have had to reflow a console more than one time. It will not hurt though, to use this process, for the first reflow of your system and can be greatly beneficial if the system had extreme overheating issues.

Flux generally performs two operations. First, it helps prevent corrosion of the materials joined by the solder and secondly, it acts as a wetting agent allowing the solder to form a better more tension free bond.

The reason it becomes necessary to use flux is that the flux gets burned off every time the solder is heated up to do the reflow and this leads to the solder joints drying out, cracking or becoming oxidized.

Gilksy Repair Video

Gilksy has provided another excellent video guide covering proper fluxing of the bga's. Also, at the end of the guide he covers bending the bga clamps for better contact with the heat sinks.

YLOD Repair using Flux additional Materials & Tools

  • Lead Free No Clean Flux
  • Heat Gun capable of 400oC/752oF

Video Guide

Simply use this guide, in addition to the YLOD Repair Guide, to complete your repair.

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