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Rear window defroster does not work. the light on the button turns on, then a few minutes later turns off, but the window does not defrost. Checked the connectivity on the tabs on the rear window and that was fine, pulled off the side panel and the black box does not look melted like other people have reported, but not sure what else to look at.

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Inspect every line/grid in the glass as an open circuit can be there...continuity must be present in the connectors at the window. There are products available to repair open spot(s) in grids on glass...

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