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Old 05-30-2013, 09:01 PM   #1
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2013 Ford Focus hatch back cargo cover chord change



At first glance it seems normal, but it's not one piece at all.



It's designed to break away so that you don't rip the chord out of the cargo cover/ hard trim. Apparently this was an issue with the 2012 and early 2013 models, but I knew better than to put a heavy mass on the shelf and try to open the hatch.




Little blurry stud that used to be attached to the chord so you would remove it as one piece. Now that piece is supposed to stay in place while you wear out the ball on the end of the chord.








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Old 05-31-2013, 09:05 AM   #2
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Yeah. I noticed this a few months back when I went to order a new chord for my hatch and got the wrong one, lol.
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Yeah. I noticed this a few months back when I went to order a new chord for my hatch and got the wrong one, lol.
Can we still get the other one for people who aren't going to put weight on the tray? It doesn't seem to be listed on ford parts (the diagrams are already changed.

It was really cute, no wait frustrating when I went to pop the tab out as I'm used to to lower the tray (or remove it as well) while trying to take a picture of the headliner and the chord appeared to fall apart and send the clip flying around the hatch.
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Old 05-31-2013, 09:17 AM   #4
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Those are basically the same cord ends that my MkI has.

I guess this issue would only come into play if something was placed on top of the package tray from inside the car. If you placed something on the package tray from outside the hatch, you would have to disconnect the cords prior to doing so.

...this is just me thinking out loud, BTW. I just realized I've never carried anything on top of the tray and I've been driving hatches since 1993.
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Those are basically the same cord ends that my MkI has.

I guess this issue would only come into play if something was placed on top of the package tray from inside the car. If you placed something on the package tray from outside the hatch, you would have to disconnect the cords prior to doing so.

...this is just me thinking out loud, BTW. I just realized I've never carried anything on top of the tray and I've been driving hatches since 1993.
It was another example of trying to idiot proof the car becuase apparently there were too many attempted warranty claims where people put heavy objects on the tray and then tried to open it breaking the chord. At least that's what I've heard from a design and release engineer at Ford, but the older design worked just fine as long as you didn't do this.

I didn't have an issue with the one piece design, but the newer one is not as good. It's adequate as long as you don't need to use it too often, but the other design seemed sturdier and less apt to break with normal use. The ball and socket attachment is bound to get sloppy over time with removal
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I didn't have an issue with the one piece design, but the newer one is not as good. It's adequate as long as you don't need to use it too often, but the other design seemed sturdier and less apt to break with normal use. The ball and socket attachment is bound to get sloppy over time with removal
I wouldn't get too concerned about it. My MkI cords of the same design still snap on tightly after 12 years. Granted, I only pop mine off maybe 5-6 times a year, mainly to vacuum the tray.
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