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Old 15 Apr 2012, 05:45 pm
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Hi folks!

One issue with this 2005 Convertible PT since Ive owned it is that the hatch never worked. I chalked it up to the infamous electronic door handle not working. However whilst staring at the hatch to see how one could change the way the trunk opens I noticed some wires cut where the wiring harness from the body to the trunk bends. This excited me as Ive been unable to open the hatch without using the key, even the glovebox button!

So I rigged up a temporary setup touching the wires together, got my fiancee to push the glovebox button and I hear the motor engage!

Now I permanently fixed the wires and now im stuck as to why it was like this to begin with.

Im thinking:

A- previous owner had something in the trunk he didnt want anyone to have access to w.o a key
B- wires were severed right where the harness bends.. Maybe they just shorted out.

The odd thing is this car has had no modifications done to it. So I find it hard to believe that a previous owner somehow knew the exact two wires to cut in order to disable to hatch.
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Old 15 Apr 2012, 05:56 pm
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Hi folks!

One issue with this 2005 Convertible PT since Ive owned it is that the hatch never worked. I chalked it up to the infamous electronic door handle not working. However whilst staring at the hatch to see how one could change the way the trunk opens I noticed some wires cut where the wiring harness from the body to the trunk bends. This excited me as Ive been unable to open the hatch without using the key, even the glovebox button!

So I rigged up a temporary setup touching the wires together, got my fiancee to push the glovebox button and I hear the motor engage!

Now I permanently fixed the wires and now im stuck as to why it was like this to begin with.

Im thinking:

A- previous owner had something in the trunk he didnt want anyone to have access to w.o a key
B- wires were severed right where the harness bends.. Maybe they just shorted out.

The odd thing is this car has had no modifications done to it. So I find it hard to believe that a previous owner somehow knew the exact two wires to cut in order to disable to hatch.
Are these the only wires that go into the hatch?
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Old 15 Apr 2012, 06:23 pm
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There seemed to be about 4 or 5 different wires to the hatch. One of which seemed to be a black ground. The two wires that were cut was a white and green wire.
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There seemed to be about 4 or 5 different wires to the hatch. One of which seemed to be a black ground. The two wires that were cut was a white and green wire.
If the cuts were clean & smooth, a planed thing like you suspected. Maybe a past owner posted here for the wire colors to the hatch release? LOL
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They didnt look super clean but im not sure how the heatshrink around the wires couldve gotten broken. From the looks of the ends of the copper on the wires they were exposed for a while. One of the other wires, another white one, had marks on it like it was bent or almost cut, indentations if I had to describe it.
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They didnt look super clean but im not sure how the heatshrink around the wires couldve gotten broken. From the looks of the ends of the copper on the wires they were exposed for a while. One of the other wires, another white one, had marks on it like it was bent or almost cut, indentations if I had to describe it.
Seen this on other makes. They work in two from opening and close. That other one most likely has a few strands broken in the creased area, inside the insulation. Worth keeping an eye on.
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Yeah if it causes me problems I will just cut the whole harness and run all new wires from the trunk to the lid,
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Cut wires theory:

bodies fit nicely in there. No need to have it open by accident when you are at Walmart! Was the last name of the previous owner "Morgan" and was the car traded in from the sunshine state?
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Old 23 May 2012, 09:58 pm
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It's those stupid trunk mowing idiots! I've been watching my neighbor mowing his trunk, guess he never cleaned it out and it started growing until he had to mow it.... prolly cut some wires doing that...
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