OK, was able to use the putty knife to pry out the switch, but there's precious little wire to work with. I used the Flathead screwdriver to remove.
Here's what i found out:
1. I removed the switch and no more issues with the fuse #8 - and no weird crackle at the fuse box like before, where it would immediately blow the 15amp fuse.
2. Another big find - it looks like from factory assembly, they forgot to fasten a wire bundle using an attachment push thru, and the six/seven wire bundle feeding the power mirror motor was (gasp) stuck under the emergency brake stop! Even after removing the switch, when working the e-brake lever back and forth, could see some arcing!
3. the green wire and one of the yellow wires were fried/melted and discontinuous, presumably from being stuck under the e-brake stop (steel) for a long time!
So, I may need to remove the top half of part of the console and splice in replacement wire for the green and yellow wires. And will also check continuity of other five wires (two black, other yellow, red, etc.)
The switch actually look ok, just a little gunk from grime and grit on the top parts. A cleaning will help.
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