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I goofed up and accidentally open the 3-speed switch controlling my kitchen fan. When I did that a bunch of metal connectors fell out and I can't figure out how they should be put back. The fan has 3 speeds the different metal things connect the different wires when pressed and as seen in picture 2 it has different notches.

The resistance between black-blue and white-black are the same and white-blue is double. Does anyone know how the wires should be connected to achieve the 3 different speeds? From there I can figure out how the metal strips should be placed.

The red and transparent cables are for the light and not a problem, the green and brown comes from the power plug, yellow and the 2 top blues go to the capacitor and white, black and blue goes to fan.

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  • Locate a service manual for the part and, just for the record, it's highly likely that your question is off-topic for this "design" site.
    – Andy aka
    Feb 10, 2022 at 19:26
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    Switches with parts flying out are normally as repairable as electronics that the smoke has leaked out.
    – Ed Beal
    Feb 10, 2022 at 21:01
  • Get the make and model number of the fan in question. Then search for the manual online. List them here and provide a link to the manual.
    – FreeMan
    Feb 11, 2022 at 13:14

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Totally honest option:

  1. Buy a new replacement switch of exactly the same model.
  2. Install the new switch.

Questionable but justifiable option:

  1. Buy a new replacement switch of exactly the same model. Purchase from a vendor with a liberal return policy.
  2. Carefully separate the casing. Do not let the parts fly all over the room.
  3. Using the new switch as a model, replace the metal parts into your old switch in the exact matching positions.
  4. Re-assemble the casing of the new switch. Test it. It must work as described in the user guide.
  5. Re-assemble the casing of the old switch. Test it. It must work as described in the user guide.
  6. Install the old switch.
  7. Return the new switch for a refund as excess to requirements.

Totally dishonest option:

  1. Buy a new replacement switch of exactly the same model. Purchase from a vendor with a liberal return policy.
  2. Install the new switch.
  3. Return the old switch for a refund as defective.

Result:

Not only do you have a working switch, but you now know what kind of person you are.

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Something like that that is not intended to be opened by the installer will be a puzzle to reassemble.

note the location of each wire disconnect them all.

take all the parts to a table.

using a magnifier inspect the parts closely for witness marks that indicate where the parts touched and where they rubbed etc.

determine how the parts ewre located in the operating switch

plan a suequence of operations that ends with the switch correctly reassembled.

reassemble the switch

using your notes from the first step reconnect the wires.

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