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01-28-2015 12:40 PM
OC 2012Focus Just got mine in the mail that I ordered from Ebay with free shipping. Multiple online dealers wanted $10-15 for the part plus $30 shipping but I was able to find it much cheaper. Does anyone have any good tips on how to install it? I saw someone posted that they used RTV.
01-23-2015 07:50 PM
vegachicago I replaced mine with black window vinyl screen material and a glue gun. It works.
01-23-2015 06:52 PM
sailor Yeah, a poor quality foam slipped through testing/quality control.

TSB on replacing it under warranty, cheap official stick on replacement for those beyond warranty.

I'm also one for usually running with a window cracked, my model works best with the driver's partially up even on a nice day for reduced buffeting (about 1/4 to 1/3rd) - sunroof open or not.
01-23-2015 06:00 PM
FocusedOkie
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No, it's part of the flow through ventilation system for the car.

Air leaves through vent holes in the trunk area that originally came in through the ventilation system in front. Flowing past the rear window helps keep that clear, same setup in my '04 BTW.
This makes a world of sense! Just wish they had chosen a better material or something that looks better... guess I'll be running my a/c more often (I'm too used to driving windows-down due to my old truck not having a/c and the focus is so quiet inside it's almost unnerving)
01-23-2015 01:19 AM
sailor No, it's part of the flow through ventilation system for the car.

Air leaves through vent holes in the trunk area that originally came in through the ventilation system in front. Flowing past the rear window helps keep that clear, same setup in my '04 BTW.
01-22-2015 06:28 PM
cobrajet429
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Thanks to everyone for posting this information on the rear window deck vent covers. It gave me a bit of peace of mind knowing I wasn't the only one and that it could be easily taken care of. I have to wonder why they didn't put in some sort of hard plastic/rubber cover over that entire back area in the first place. I'm not even sure what those vents are for since they go directly down into the trunk.
I believe it's for air to pass through when you close the trunk.
01-22-2015 03:41 PM
FocusedOkie Thanks to everyone for posting this information on the rear window deck vent covers. It gave me a bit of peace of mind knowing I wasn't the only one and that it could be easily taken care of. I have to wonder why they didn't put in some sort of hard plastic/rubber cover over that entire back area in the first place. I'm not even sure what those vents are for since they go directly down into the trunk.
07-02-2014 11:58 AM
stevetimm Foam on my 2012 SE was fine when I bought the car in March. However, I noticed this morning that it is starting to deteriorate. Although I'm still under warranty, I'll probably just order the new part and do the replacement myself. Fifteen minutes of work sure beats at least a month (or more) of back and forth with the dealer.
06-30-2014 09:04 PM
feta_mgp Just had mine replaced a 2nd time. The material now looks identical to the material used around it, no longer the same foam material, they may have updated this piece because of this issue. Will post pics if you want, but it'll have to wait until tomorrow for good lighting.
06-30-2014 07:56 PM
unclebrud Thanks, that's great. My shelf was replaced under warranty and now the foam is disintegrating again...I think your fix will work much better.
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