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S3 window switch

PostPost by: lightwait26 » Tue Jul 13, 2010 4:52 pm

I am need of a window switch for an S3, can anyone recommend a source?
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PostPost by: Galwaylotus » Tue Jul 13, 2010 7:01 pm

Both of mine went faulty. I took each one apart, cleaned the contacts, and sprayed the insides liberally with switch cleaner/lube. No more problems! If you do pry them apart, be aware that there are springs inside and you'll need to be careful reassembling them. I've had mine apart twice as I didn't clean the contacts enough the first time. They're working fine now.

If you must get new ones, try Miles Wilkins, Fibreglass Services; Paul Matty, Sue Miller, or (if you're across the pond) Dave Bean R Dent, etc.
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PostPost by: adigra » Wed Jul 14, 2010 12:56 pm

Mine were badly corroded so I ordered new ones from Matty. At the time (six months ago or so) they were running low, but might have more in stock now. They are really nice, but larger than original and required the holes in the dash to be enlarged in order to fit. They were pretty expensive around ?35 each.

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PostPost by: billwill » Wed Jul 14, 2010 2:07 pm

?35 each... Ouch..

I would have just rearranged it a bit to use lower cost switches such as these.
http://cpc.farnell.com/apem/5649a/switc ... dp/SW03170
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PostPost by: adigra » Wed Jul 14, 2010 2:13 pm

Unfortunately the spring on-off-on action switches seem to be quite difficult to find. I've bought quite a few matching Lucas and reproduction switches for around ?6 each, but I've never seen the sprung ones anywhere but at Matty's.

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