Friday, May 22, 2015

Frayed wires

The Fiat's annual state inspection was due for renewal at the end of April and I knew it wouldn't pass because the license plate lights were both out.  The replacement for the 2012 is to buy THE ENTIRE TAILGATE HATCH as a unit because the lights didn't have a connector on them.  So I took it to my guy and asked him to see if he could splice in a set of the new bulbs the hard way.

The next day he asks me to stop down and look at the car.  He shows me this:


What you're looking at is the wires leaving the body through a flexible loom and entering the hatch for the lights and wiper. Every one of the wires was cut inside that loom.

We both knew a simple splice job there wasn't going to do the trick, so we patched in new lengths of wire with solder and a torch, then pushed that splice into the body so it wouldn't  flex at that point any longer.

How the hell does something like that happen anyway?

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Well, that's not supposed to happen

My wife doesn't know her own strength.  She just ripped the door handle off the car.  Now I'm not sure how I'm supposed to drive the thing.