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My heater blower only works with a bypass switch that is not even a auto part. Its for an actual heater. Any ideas..

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    Steve Waclo Dec 11, 2014

    Yo Charles. If it works, what's the problem? ?? Tell us more. All the best.

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    charles Dec 11, 2014

    The switch that was put on it doesnt work any longer and I cant find one anywhere! I tried the auto part store, Lowes and Ace Hardware to no avai. Where d I find this kind of knob switch that will be able to carry that load. Th knob has 2 post (i imagine negtive and positive) and something that looks like a screw (resistor switch?)



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Sounds like you may need a blower resistor.

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