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W108 dashboard

Hi, I recently bought a280se but it didn't come with an owners manual. I was hoping if someone could help and tell me what the white switch is on the dashboard. (see attached photo) I know the red one is the hazards. I have checked the online resources but can't find anything.
could it be for the heated rear window? (it has it as an extra). i tried it tonight, the first cold night, but nothing. just lights up when pulled.
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-01-2016, 03:09 PM
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On my 72 it is the rear defroster. Pull it and the white part lights up and push it and it goes out. I'd check voltage at the two wires (in the trunk) going to the rear defroster when the light is lit. My connections at the glass were disconnected. I had to re-solder them to the strip.
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I second that (defroster). I replaced the relay for mine to make it work.
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