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W111 advice needed please...

Put my girlfriends car back together this week and the car looks spectacular. I will post some more before and after pics soon.

I have some questions which I would love if anyone could help me answer.
I know an original owners manual would give me some of this info but I haven't located one on eBay yet. If there is an online manual available, please let me know.
Some may be simple, but please bear in mind that I know nothing about this car but any answers will really help me get over some issues that need resolving.....

What is the green pull button for on the dashboard next to the red hazard button for?
What is the small rectangular window below the instrument cluster for - is it a gear selection indicator?

The headlight switch has three positions. first is off, third allows the headlamp and full beams to be on, but what is the middle setting?
How are the rear fog lamps switched on?
In the trunk, there are three wires which go to the passenger side light cluster. One is Brown, the other Red & Grey and the final one Black and Green. Could anyone tell me what each wire is for?
The turn signals do not work, however the hazard lights do. Is the hazard circuit and flasher solenoid a seperate circuit from the turn signal one? I am guessing that maybe the turn signal solenoid has failed or the switch on the stalk has failed somehow. Where are the solenoids located?
I have checked and all fuses are OK.
If there are any online wiring diagrams, that would be really useful.

Air conditioning....
All the stalks which slide the heating controls are perished and broken and it may be me being stupid but I can't figure out which sliders have what effect. The symbols I am guessing mean that the bottom sliders determine heat or cold and the top sliders determine direction of the air flow.
The aircon unit under that dash currently drips water, maybe through condensation. Any ideas on how to cure this?

Can anyone tell me what the small right angled steel bracket is for which is attached to the car body just below the gas filler cap?

Thanks for all your help.

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Hi Adrian - Sorry - no advice for you on the car, but if you're looking for a manual, in addition to ebay you may want to look on a second hand book site here;

Book Search

I typed in W111 and got one hit immediately, and I think you'll have more luck if yout type in your actual model designation...

Hope this helps - cheers - Bruce
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I think I have a W111 owner's manual, from the car that was stolen from me. Gimme a few to look through a storage shed ... I've also got a few owners manuals for some of the classics - notably the 108's, the 109's, 110's and the 112's (but not the 111's).

Headlight switch: middle is running lights only.

Rear fog lamps? As in, fog lamps facing to the back of the car? On mine, to operate the fog lamps, I would pull the headlight switch toward me.

Wiring: brown is ground. The other two are probably turn signal wires. If your hazards work, then your turns should too. Do the lamps actually work when the hazards work?

Climate control: one set controls temps, and the other set controls where the air goes (windshield or floor/vents). My 111 didn't have air conditioning, so my knowledge ends there. If you have water in your car, you either have a leak, or the drain hose needs to be replaced.

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