Yep, that's it. Order the switch and change the connectors. Correct connectors available at radio shack. You may want to use a larger wire size on the connector and splice it into the harness about three inches in.
Okay, sounds like a great solution. now I need to ask a few questions....
1) The connectors that you say are at Radio Shack are the double plastic connectors that push on to the switch or are they OEM and just the generic single metal ones are available?
2) Either way, two wires go to each connector. Need to have a wire hole big enough to fit both before crimping.
3) What's the best wat to splice into the wiring....a soldered connection with shrink tubing?
4) What's the best way to crimp? If it's with a crimping tool, I can get that too since I am not sure if I have one. I just might in the bowels of my tool box. (I think I do!!!)
5) If the connectors are bare metal, should I use shrink tubing to insulate them? I think I should, so as to not have any exposed live electrical surfaces exposed.
6) I think a lot of this repair is common sense, now that I have opened the unit up, would you agree?
7) What markings on the switch are important to match to the original when ordering?
8) Okay, here's a good one.....Now I am aware that things do not last forever and things wear out. Using my common sense, this is what I think happened:
Switch started wearing out over time causing internal resistance to gradually increase. The more resistance, the more heat is produced. It finally reached
the point of melting the internal contacts and enough heat was generated to melt the plastic around the terminal that goes into the connector, which in turn
melted the connector. Result: Total failure of the switch. Am I kind of on the right track here? I just am asking this as I would like to know.
Also, was I ever in danger of the unit catching fire? Or since the switch failed, it would seem to me that the electrical flow would have stopped before that
would happen, but I could be wrong on this.
Please let me know about the markings on the switch before I order a new one. I'd like to do that soon.
So do you think it needs a door switch?
Uh, lemme check........yes!