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2000 vw beetle heater/air blower speed selector switch. HELP!

Don't know if any of you are from the south, but it's sweltering, and the a/c blower switch in my wife's car just went out.
Here's the deal, fuses are all okay, on top of the battery, and in the fuse box. If I jiggle the fan speed selector switch between the 0-1 settings and hit it juuuuust right, the fan will come on, along with the a/c compressor and light letting me know comfort is a few seconds away. No other setting on this switch will work, just 0.5... and this only lasts a second or two, and then the switch goes out again.
I have been scouring the web for a few hours on details how to access this switch, and can't seem to find a diagram or photo's that are very helpful, and I can't seem to find the part/switch either to purchase. The only part i have found is a "control module" for $500 - surely a switch with 4 settings is not going to cost 500 bucks.
So, question time. Does anyone know where to buy just this ridiculous switch? How to get to this switch? (at this point, a claw hammer is starting to look like a winner to me) and if this ridiculous switch is $500 could I just go and buy a 30 amp toggle switch at the parts store, and hot wire the fan and a/c to run full blast every time she turns the a/c on?
thanks! -Sweaty and fed up in Alabama

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Be Very Careful They Have A Known Problem With That Switch They Will Catch Fire If Not Replaced Soon ....My 99 VW Beetle Switch Was Replaced 3 Years Ago And Here This Friday It Quit Again Then Caught FIRE So Now I Am Dealing With An Insurance Person

But If You Need Help i Can Tell You How To Remove That Part Of The Dash Thanks Bryan

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The $500 part sounds like the ac/rad fan control module. i do not know how much the switch is, but if you like to take the center bezel/console out to replace the heater controls, then have a ball. putting in a toggle switch i do not recommend. to buy the switch, try ebay or a vw dealer. ebay will be cheaper.

Posted on Jun 17, 2009

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Rock auto.com
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parts geeks has the parts cheap....

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Just finished replacing AC fan switch...not easy but doable for someone with basic car knowledge and a few tools. It was my first go so had the whole thing in and out three times before everything worked. I purchased a remanufactured modle which didi't fit properly so had to do some remanufacturing of my own. Also had recently replaced the radio so was able to correct a few minor fit problems there too. All in all it was realtively easy compared to some "dash" jobs I've taken on. The part needed includes the three knobs you see on the dash. The electrical connections are behind the fan switch while the other two simply direct air flow. I discovered the electronics can be taken out of one modlue and placed in another if you happen to have one like mine that didn't fit well. Go slow, be patient. I paid $78.00 for the part but saw many higher prices...couldn't bring myself to pay $200 or more.

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