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Turn signal mounted headlight dimmer switch will not stay on high

I have to hold the switch lever on high while driving. I want to repair this myself. I am assuming this is a plastic part that is broken. Where can I get a replacement and how much will this part cost? Rate the difficulty 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

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You do not have to remove the steering wheel !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Turn signal switch is replaced by removing steering wheel..tilt wheel presents need for special tools and you need to be careful if this model has air bag mounted in steering wheel...good luck and ask if you need more info

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