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Has anyone experience with any of the side pins that hold in place the CX 3 Tonneau Cargo Board breaking off ? I take my cover board off quite often because of the height of the loads I'm carrying. I guess after so many times I have taken it off the pin on the right is tearing and ready to fall off. I took it to the dealer and they have to replace the whole side panel because its all one piece, no cost to me because I'm under warranty. I'm just curious if anyone else has experience this.... Sometimes it's so hard to take the board off from those pins on the side that holds it....
 

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I took mine out the second day I had the car. I will frequently be carrying two sets of golf clubs (with back seats folded of course) and the cover will just be in the way. I was surprised at the amount of force it took to unlock the board from the pins. I was concerned about breaking one or both. I can see where installing and removing the board frequently could weaken the pins. Not surprised you broke one. I won't be putting mine back in.
 

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I would imagine that the only purpose for the cover is to guard against prying eyes seeing what you stashed back there. The only other reason would be an acoustic baffle for the Bose subwoofer sitting on the spare tire rim. It is already baffled by several covers over the spare tire plus whatever else one has put in the hatch.
 

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We took ours out as well and put it away in storage. We need the extra height without it and our rear window is tinted so can't see much back there anyway...
 

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No less than three panels between your ears and the sub-woofer ...
 

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Two more things occurred to me. First, It helps keep the air in the hatch separate from the car. If you have some items in the hatch that you want to keep cool but the air in the car is being heated, a cover may be of some help. The other thing is that that little hollowed area in the cover is probably meant to be used as a place to put stuff (such as hats and gloves and other small stuff) that you don't immediately need while driving but can keep handy to grab when you exit the car.
 

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Has anyone experience with any of the side pins that hold in place the CX 3 Tonneau Cargo Board breaking off ? I take my cover board off quite often because of the height of the loads I'm carrying. I guess after so many times I have taken it off the pin on the right is tearing and ready to fall off. I took it to the dealer and they have to replace the whole side panel because its all one piece, no cost to me because I'm under warranty. I'm just curious if anyone else has experience this.... Sometimes it's so hard to take the board off from those pins on the side that holds it....
On the few times I've removed mine I'd noted that it was very hard to remove. Your post prompted to take a closer look.

It looked to me that the more force applied to pull the U-shaped clips away from the pins only served to "tighten" their grip. So, I fixed the problem.

I removed the panel and with a "rat tail" file (round to the rest of you) of 3/8" diameter
I opened the hole in the U-shaped clips. When looking at these clips you'll notice that there is a raised section that the pins have to "ride over" ---file these down (but, only a little). To aid the clips to slide more easily over the pins I applied a little dry lubricant. Removal now only requires minimal effort.

Don't go mad with the file as you only want to loosen the clips not for them to literally fall out.
 

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That's what the dealer told me they would not do it but they did say to apply some Lithium Grease around the Pin and Clip also..... Thanks Levi3xt ....
 

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That's what the dealer told me they would not do it but they did say to apply some Lithium Grease around the Pin and Clip also..... Thanks Levi3xt ....
Robert, I did apply lubricant on the pins first to see if that would fix the problem, while it helped a little it didn't fix it enough for me. That's when the file came into action. While I did say I used a round file, a flat file would suffice to knock down those raised sections previously mentioned. I'll stress again....only file a "small" amount off those clips.......and add lubricant.
 

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Robert, I did apply lubricant on the pins first to see if that would fix the problem, while it helped a little it didn't fix it enough for me. That's when the file came into action. While I did say I used a round file, a flat file would suffice to knock down those raised sections previously mentioned. I'll stress again....only file a "small" amount off those clips.......and add lubricant.
For the more conceptually challenged like me, a jpeg with a couple of pointers would be most reassuring that we're filing the right places.

Arrigato ...
 

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For the more conceptually challenged like me, a jpeg with a couple of pointers would be most reassuring that we're filing the right places.

Arrigato ...
I'll gladly do that as soon as I can get my desktop to see my iPhone as a drive. I previously used a laptop with no problems but, thanks to MicroSoft update of Windows 10 my laptop no longer works. In fact, in preparation I've already taken pics of said clip.
 

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I'll gladly do that as soon as I can get my desktop to see my iPhone as a drive. I previously used a laptop with no problems but, thanks to MicroSoft update of Windows 10 my laptop no longer works. In fact, in preparation I've already taken pics of said clip.
Here? :)
 

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Yes...there...Thought I'd send my pics anyway to be sure...Sorry about the extra pic but left it in as some iPhone users may find it useful.
 

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a. Don't have a 3/8s rat tail, will have to use a mill basta_d instead :)

b. "Rat tails" at cell phone provider AT&T may explain my last month's overage ... I'll check into it as my 7+ arrives today.

c. Gentle filing commences today.
 
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