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    What is this and where does it go?

    My inner trunk gasket is coming lose near the rear passenger area and after I peeled it back, I found this "ground???" wire. Looks like it might have been glued on to something and came lose. What is it and where does it attach?

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    Andy
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    PO hack. Remove it and forget it.

    Maybe someone actually tried to electrify the panels? Probably some antenna mod or the last remnants of an alarm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gulwng3 View Post
    My inner trunk gasket is coming lose near the rear passenger area and after I peeled it back, I found this "ground???" wire. Looks like it might have been glued on to something and came lose. What is it and where does it attach?

    Thanks,
    Andy
    Hi Andy,

    It is a ground strap that attaches the RH front fender to the RH A-post finisher (100674). It attaches to a screw in the finisher under the weatherstripping. You can see the same loose flag terminal in your pic in the upper right of this picture of my car with the finisher removed:
    image.jpeg

    They are usually hidden by the seals, like so...
    image.jpeg

    Here is a similar strap that continues the grounding on the top header panel:
    Seal removed:
    image.jpeg
    Seal in place:
    image.jpeg

    I believe they help ground the body against static electricity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    PO hack. Remove it and forget it.

    Maybe someone actually tried to electrify the panels? Probably some antenna mod or the last remnants of an alarm.
    Actually a Factory hack. All the metal panels are tied together with these little braided wires. No big deal if they are not there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DMCMW Dave View Post
    Actually a Factory hack. All the metal panels are tied together with these little braided wires. No big deal if they are not there.
    Learn something bout these cars every day. My car doesn't have them (that I know of)

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    Thanks Dana and David! I had some work done in that area a couple of years ago and it must have not gotten replaced. I'll try to snake it thru the fender and find the screw under the weatherstripping to reattach it.

    Andy

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    I threw mine away when I changed out my fenders. I dont really understand how they would be useful at all

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    Quote Originally Posted by Josh View Post
    I threw mine away when I changed out my fenders. I dont really understand how they would be useful at all
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    Quote Originally Posted by Josh View Post
    I threw mine away when I changed out my fenders. I dont really understand how they would be useful at all
    Someone who knows more than I do can chime in, but are not the body panels grounded so to provide grounding for the side marker lights?

    (sorry if this is a dumb question, I truly don't know, but that's what I had thought I heard).

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    Quote Originally Posted by citizen View Post
    Someone who knows more than I do can chime in, but are not the body panels grounded so to provide grounding for the side marker lights?

    (sorry if this is a dumb question, I truly don't know, but that's what I had thought I heard).

    Thomas

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    The marker lights have their own ground, not grounded through the body panels.

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