Date: Fri, 9 Oct 2009 07:30:35 +0100
Reply-To: Arkady Mirvis <arkmirvis@GMAIL.COM>
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From: Arkady Mirvis <arkmirvis@GMAIL.COM>
Subject: Brocken wires
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How common is the problem with wires breacking between the driver side door and the body? In my 1987 Westy the left door speaker isn't working and the window motor in the passenger side door doesn't operate the glass. I do suspect the wires are broken due frequent door on and off during many years. Recently I was offered by my friend to take any part I wanted from a burned down Westy. I took off the part of the harness between the driver side door and the body. 10 wires were broken! The insulation was hard as a rock! It is my opinion that the rubber around the harness is too short and should have been longer and going down. That way the harness would twist and last much longer. This can't be changed easily. I suspect that VW installs wires with same insulation for hot and cold climates. In the North, at sub-zero temperatures the insulation will crack and in that place the wire will break very soon. VW installed cheap wire with a few conductors. The right design would have been a fine, multi-conductor wire with flexible at all temperatures insulation.
Does anyone knows of the best type wire for eliminating wire breackage problem? If anyone had the problem, what was the method to correct it? Thank in advance.
Ark (the heaterman )
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