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?