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Wiring in a new speed switch

My niece had pulled out the power off/3 speed chain cord out of the fixture. Before I could see the wiring they had taken it apart. I bought a new switch. Inside there is a orange wire on one side, purple, gray and yellow on the opposite side of some sort of switching assembly. The grey is already attached. I have one black power wire. The new switch has one black, one red and one blue wire. Is there a wiring diagram I could get to properly put in the new switch?

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  • pabloamador1 Dec 11, 2008

    I have the same problem, but i found out that the black wire went on the L side and the other colors, I have no idea can some one help me. Wire colors that are left red, purple, yellow,grey.

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Not likely.  This is a procedure...not a solution.  First, check the switch out with an ohm meter.  Four pulls will put the switch in off/1,2  and 3.  Find the one that conducts through on all the speeds except off.  You'll hook that to the black.  Note which one is first, second and third in order.   You'll need to know that.  Take the black power wire and hook it to any of the fan wires...other than the white.  Note the speed you get.  Do the others.  Now, connect the switch wires appropriately to re-establish your speeds.  Tape connections before each trial to minimize hazards.

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