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Old 27-02-2017   #16
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Re: Has this happened to your fiat 500

It is a long and careful process, so paying a garage to do it will be expensive.
Good luck with it.
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For what it's worth, I was 80 for a garage to fix the hatch wiring using the repair kit mentioned in the above post. It shouldn't really be more than an hour's labour.
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My number plate lights both went out together, I repaired the hatch wiring using extra flexible cable, took me 3 hours but all good, but I'm confident at soldering/tackling the job.
Our boot handle switch is iffy, by chance we banged hard on the silver bit, hey presto the switch works, sometimes we have to do it every time others it works without issue.
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Interesting! I will give it a bang or two and see if it works. With regard to the initial issue about the boot opening when I use the main remote key, I haven't used the car since. I will and use the spare key instead. I'm hoping the car will be looked at on friday. Thanks to everyone , for giving me advice. I willreport back when I have some moreinfo.
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I have an update on the issue of the boot opening when I start the car. Using the remote key and the spare key didn't make any difference to the problem. The boot also opened when I put the lights on. The number plate warning light on the dashboard stayed on and a message flickers on the dashboard that the number plate lights aren't on/working ( I can't remember the exact wording).
My dad took the car to a garage and they repaired the microswitch in the boot handle and removed the rubber gaitor in the boot area and checked the wires but couldn't find any problems there. The number plate lights worked too. They said drive it and see what happens. They just asked for a drink; my dad gave them 20.
Yesterday my dad drove the car, at night time, and the number plate lights wouldn't come on and the message that the number plate lights were not on came up and the warning light came up too. This morning we got in the car, put the light switch on and off and there's no warning light or message. I don't know whats going on. I guess I may well have a problem tonight.
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Its still the hatch wiring, depends on how far they went, a casual peel back of the flexible is not sufficient to establish if they're OK or not, sounds like the wire makes contact sometimes and others not.
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Re: Has this happened to your fiat 500

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... they repaired the microswitch in the boot handle...
If it is similar to the Panda one, that statement is impossible. The Panda switch is in a tiny plastic housing, welded together. They might have sprayed contact cleaner inside, but that's about all they can do.

As said above, all these things together point to the wiring.
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The sort of things you're describing all point to the hatch wiring. We had to take the rubber gaitor right off (both ends where it's connected) and only then could you see the spaghetti junction of wires hidden inside. Might be worth clarifying how much they pulled back.

I had some of the problems you've described, plus sporadic central locking fuse blowing when the wires made contact.
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The sort of things you're describing all point to the hatch wiring. We had to take the rubber gaitor right off (both ends where it's connected) and only then could you see the spaghetti junction of wires hidden inside. Might be worth clarifying how much they pulled back.

I had some of the problems you've described, plus sporadic central locking fuse blowing when the wires made contact.
Thanks everyone for replying.
My dad watched the man remove the gaitor away from the boot lid a little and pull the wires out a little, sprayed inside checked for breakages and put the wires and the gaitor back into the boot lid. He concentrated more on the microswitch.
We've just checked the car and so far all appears fine but as indicated the fault may reoccur. I hope not! I will return to the garage again if it does.
Thanks again and I'll keep you all posted.
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If you do have the problem again, I do tailgate wiring flexy replacements for 120 fitted and also have a fix for the tailgate handle fault
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If you do have the problem again, I do tailgate wiring flexy replacements for 120 fitted and also have a fix for the tailgate handle fault
Thanks for that. Just as a matter of interest, I daresay that price wouldn't be from a Fiat dealer?
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Thanks for that. Just as a matter of interest, I daresay that price wouldn't be from a Fiat dealer?
Not even close. You'd need to be sitting down with a stiff drink before you even think of asking.
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No I make the repair looms myself, I've fitted lots of genuine ones and the only bit that needs replacing is the flexy.
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Thanks for that. I guess I may be on a long road ahead , as the problem persists and then corrects itself, etc
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I have an update, which isn't good news for me. After a period of evening driving and turning on the lights the warning light comes up on the dash and the message, check your no plate lights/ no plate lights not working ( words to that effect).
I had to ask my father to take the car back in for the garage to revisit the problem. He did it today and whilst driving there (around 4 pm) he switched the lights on and the problem was present. He got to the garage and after waiting an hour the mechanic had a look.
Would you believe it? the problem would not present itself. The mechanic kept on prodding and checking and nothing happened. The lights were perfect. Even after 90 odd minutes of driving around, the lights are working perfectly.
I don't know what else to do. I don't want to pre empt things but I'm sure the problem will persist, intermittently. Sadly!
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