Your motor must have been built on a Friday near closing time.
Is the added pcb board new or have they been doing that for awhile?
I literally can not remember if mine had a pcb board, but I think I would have remember if it did. I use an unsensored controller so I only use phase wires and just tucked the sense wires inside motor.
The 35H Leaf 1500 watt motor is a great motor, a motor I should have bought instead of the 45H MXUS 3000W which I still have and might rewind but I have no idea if the magnets have degraded due to the over heating.
Its very odd the white wire is soldered to the black ground wire of the hall sensors, it could be they just wanted to tuck the wire out of the way and never installed the thermistor or themistor is installed and the new guy did their work on your motor.
Find the routing of the white wire and find the thermistor.
Whats the range of resistance the halls would have over a thermistor?
Yeah thats what I thought, take the sleeving away and see.
Now you know
The new guy or last shift on a Friday
Do take lots of pictures of installing it in the right location.
EDIT: Same measurement when the white wire was unsoldered, so decided to pull the wire from the cloth sleeve and I found it. Not embedded in the coils like I expected, but just under the cloth sleeve in the middle of the stator, so I guess would only measure the internal air temp. Plus, it looks more like a diode than a thermistor; just odd.
I also noticed when stuffing the new thermistor under a space in one of the windings that it's super sensitive. Even touching the winding will change the resistance from heat from my fingers going through the copper coils. Seems like a better location, so will JB weld it there, solder it up, them move to adding the Statorade. Hopefully I have the wheel relaced by the end of the day, but maybe not trued by then.