Rear door wiring (460)

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Nick123
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With constant opening and closing of the rear door the wiring into it is prone to failure. Indeed, over the years, I have spliced almost all the wires to remake viable connections. Can anyone reassure me (or otherwise) that it would be OK to splice in a length of multi-core trailer cable? It seems to me that this could be a simple, easy and neat solution. Many thanks, N.
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Re: Rear door wiring (460)

If the multi-core wire has the number of wires needed and the wire to the heated rear screen is heavy to carry the load, fit for the purpose. If you are proposing to retain the same route of wiring the job is straight forward principally however if you are proposing to re-route the wires as is done on the W463, internally between the pillar doors then that requires some drilling (Not easy) and more components to achieve the re-routing. 

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Re: Rear door wiring (460)
Thank you Rakesh; on the ball, as ever. I think (?) the wires are similar and I plan to follow the current (Ha! Ha!) route so we'll see. One day, when I've done it, I'll let you know how I got on.
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Re: Rear door wiring (460)

Nick 

I can't remember. Does yours have the plastic trunking that slides in and out of the door pillar?

Regards G

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Re: Rear door wiring (460)

Yep! At last I've got around to doing it and - even with my limited electrical prowess - everything works.

Taking my time I spliced in a metre or so of multicore trailer cable (Amazon) and ensured that the length inside the door was secured and the connection inside the rear quarter panel was strongly attached to its spring so that it can all slide in and out comfortably as the door opens and closes. I dispensed with any trunking as the final outer sheath of the multicore is plenty substantial enough. In addition I have wiped Vaseline where the cable slides in and out through the two grommets and will keep an eye on it all as time goes on.

As with any opening and closing door on any vehicle the wiring is bound to wear, whether it's front doors with electric windows and speakers or rear doors with wiper and lighting.

[Unfortunately I am unable to put up any pictures here as the child I contacted via the helpline tells me, kindly, that the Smartphone I bought new in March 2017 is today almost a museum piece and unable to communicate with the GWOA website.]

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Re: Rear door wiring (460)

Nick123 wrote:

...the Smartphone I bought new in March 2017 is today almost a museum piece and unable to communicate with the GWOA website.]

Good news about your wiring.  Dubious information about your phone!  Just try a different Web Browser in the phone.. download Chrome from the Android Play store and that will give you the Web view of the GWOA site, including the ability to upload a file from your phone, if you can find the file in your DCIM/images folder or wherever your pics are. I tried it on mine (new!) and it works.  Pretty sure my older one would have too, going back 5 years or so.

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Re: Rear door wiring (460)
Thank you, JDRING. I will put you on my speed dial.