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I am taking the old motor out of my Rainbow SE

I would like to know what the trick is to taking the switch apart to replace the wires to the new motor. i have the switch out of the vacuum but i am unsure on how to take the switch apart. could you help please

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    how do I take the switch out of my SE? I want to replace it

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Switch is not serviceable.
I think you are talking about old model switch (originally installed in your Rainbow) To remove 6 wires from the switch - push a pin where the wires go into the switch. It will release wires so you can pull them out. Make sure to draw a diagram how to connect them back.

If you need a new switch - go here

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