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I think you would be better off to remove the steering wheel than the whole column. With the steering wheel and column trim removed you can replace the switch. It requires a special puller and some expertise as I think you have an airbag in the steering wheel. You do not want to set off or disable the airbag.

I would avoid a dealer as they will charge you more than the value of the car to replace this part. Get a replacement switch cheap used on ebay or expensive new on, call around to some repair shops ang get referred to a shop which does a lot of electrical work, then take your car there for the service.

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