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I have the new power on/off switch to replace the old one(Rainbow vacuum). However the new switch has 4 contacts & the old one has 6. Need wiring diagram.

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Simply pair 1 each of the power head leads and motor leads on to one terminal and wire the cord as on previous switch.

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