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Trying to unplug rear window defroster wire plug? What is the trick? Metal tab came off the window and I want to glue back on with out the wire hanging on the metal tab.

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    kkirkpatrick baker Apr 19, 2016

    try alligator clip on both ends of wire and tape those so not to short out



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Glue wont make it work again
squeeze the center of the plug to release it

Posted on Jul 22, 2010

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    Bambi Neeld Apr 19, 2016

    so what makes it work again?



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