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Old 06-12-2019, 03:17 PM   #1
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Cargo Cover Shade

I've searched and haven't been able to find a solution to my problem.

I've got a 2006 ZXW Wagon with the retractable cargo cover in the rear. One day this past winter I came out and found the cover hanging limp for lack of a better term. Figured the cold had something to do with it. Anyway I brought it inside and was able to get it half-assed working. It will retract if I help it. There is very little tension on the spring. I've had this apart so many times and I can't figure out how to pre-load the spring so that it places tension on it when the cover is pulled. Anybody know how to fix this??

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Old 06-12-2019, 03:33 PM   #2
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Replace the retractor assembly. Or find one in a junkyard that works. Or since these cars are so delightfully cheap and available buy one with a working cover.

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My junkyard has 2-3 wagons at any one time. The covers are $10-12. (Near Minneapolis)

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Old 06-12-2019, 07:58 PM   #4
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I'm in Canada and ya I've tried that. So far the junk yard covers aren't any better and the only one that worked properly was so beat up I didn't want it. There has got to be a better solution than replacement. Once I figure it out I'll make a You Tube video and a ton of money.
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The flimsy way they are made and the OEM price of $100 is why I bypassed that junk years ago with my wagon. Bought a correct big size Tupperware box with snap-on cover to do that at 1/5 the price and easily found new again when needed. An old blanket thrown over it to cover the sides too if a clear one and nobody sees anything back there. Velcro on bottom locates it for years if needed. Easily comes out in seconds to clear the whole thing out for max size stuff, I've carried a new refrigerator in the back before. 550cc and 750cc motorcycle too. 10 foot long lumber as well.

My favorite now is a 5 inch deep max size tray that holds all kinds of things yet the blanket properly draped over them looks like the tray is empty with only a bunched up blanket in there, no reason to break into car at all then. Lots of car theft where I live.
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Old 06-13-2019, 07:38 PM   #6
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Figured out the solution to my own issue. Spent about two hours with the cover trying various things. A bit of trial and error and finally it came together. It's actually pretty easy and quick once you know how.
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Does anybody know where to get the plastic clips that hold the cover in place when it's open. I found a good junkyard one but one of the clips was cracked.
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