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Old 03-02-2019   #1
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Running hatch cable

Iíve got a new hatch to put on one of my 500s. Have done this before but have cut the cable inside the car and joined it. Iím thinking a better job would be to unthreadle the loom from the existing hatch and try to feed it into the new one. When Iíve broken the cars before it seems very tight getting the cable out, I can only imagine even worse trying to get it in. Has anyone got any experience of this? And can you offer any tips?

I thought about tying string to the cable before I pull it out allowing me to tease it back the other way.

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Re: Running hatch cable

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I thought about tying string to the cable before I pull it out allowing me to tease it back the other way.
I think that's a good idea.

Tying two pieces of string would be an even better one; that way, you have a backup if something goes wrong the first time you try.

Always have a "Plan B".
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Re: Running hatch cable

Yes, thatís a good idea.
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Re: Running hatch cable

Also don't tie the loom you are 'pulling in' to the end of the string but attach it in the middle ( allowing enough string each side to complete the pull ).
That way if you have to pull it back for any reason you don't have to pull 100% on the loom and possibly damage any plugs etc
Also if it is really cold then you can give the loom a blast over ( gently) with a hot air gun to make it more supple, looms when fitted on the production line are pre-heated in an oven and delivered to the line in insulated bags and the fitters have to wear thermally insulating gloves!
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Re: Running hatch cable

Also perhaps some sort of Lubricant to the cable and the rubber would help it go through
May sound silly but if of thought talc may be good for that
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Re: Running hatch cable

Thanks, Iíll probably do it next weekend so Iíll let you know how I get on.
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Re: Running hatch cable

Actually quite easy. When I did the hatch loom repair on the 500 I took the hatch panel off to get some slack in the cable by detaching all of the loom inside the hatch. As the cables to individual components are different lengths they can go back through the opening one at a time. Only problem I had was I used a hole for a trim clip but it was for the strap! If you want to attach string to the cables that may help you but not essential.
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Actually quite easy. When I did the hatch loom repair on the 500 I took the hatch panel off to get some slack in the cable by detaching all of the loom inside the hatch. As the cables to individual components are different lengths they can go back through the opening one at a time. Only problem I had was I used a hole for a trim clip but it was for the strap! If you want to attach string to the cables that may help you but not essential.


Thank you. When Iíve taken them out it was quite tight but I think that was yanking the whole lot through together. Good tip for one at a time. Weather permitting I hope to do it this weekend.
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Re: Running hatch cable

Yellow 77 is the stuff to use for just this type of job.


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Yellow 77 is the stuff to use for just this type of job.


https://www.screwfix.com/p/ideal-yel...E&gclsrc=aw.ds


Cheers Iíll get some of that
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