Fuse box cover not fitting

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the cover doesn't fit back on the fuse and plug in area where the automatic goes on my Hyundai Accent. Should I just do my own customization and cut off the area that is in the way, or is there another solution?
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Randy Botti

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Hack that thing! It will give the you much improved airflow through your fuse box too!
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Business opportunity:  Provide pre-fabricated covers for vehicles that require it  for fit...and prettier finish!!
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Here's another topic with some suggestions for the less brave though: https://community.automatic.com/autom...
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Unsantae is certainly pointing out one way to do it...and frankly that may be the only way, for now.  This is an issue with many brands of vehicles.

I did not read the link he pointed to, but one suggestion is to look into ordering a second door for your vehicle.  I did that on two of mine.  I did this so I can modify one, and keep the other (put it in my glove box) should I decide to sell the car.  My other two vehicles have the OBD port in a location that allows a perfect fit.  Lucky me!

My guess is that someday, the engineers at Automatic will develop an Adapter that is whisker thin helping all of us with such an issue (and possibly anger many for yet having another adapter to buy...(I am joking of course)).

Good luck - and please, post a picture for others that may have the same vehicle.  I am certain this won't be the last time it is an issue.

Cheers!
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Randy,
After I sent my response, I was reminded of an install that I had previously done.  I used an OBD ribbon cable to remotely mount my adapter.  Granted, it was not an Automatic Adapter but I believe the results would be the same.  After the installation of the cable, you can remotely mount the adapter with some velcro in a more appropriate location.  IF you do this, make sure to tie up the cable so it does NOT interfere with any of the pedals.  It is extremely important that you make sure the cable is well placed.  Zip tie up the cable, or similar.

While this is not an install that is recommended by Automatic (that I am aware of), it should work well.  The majority of the cables bring out the necessary pins.  

I checked on Amazon...here is a link:http://www.amazon.com/Profile-Right-Extension-Ribbon-Compatible/dp/B00GGLVXG2

Let all of us know if you do try this option.  But again, be careful and make sure your install has the utmost safety involved.

-R 
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FYI, even the ribbon cable and adapter was too thick to fit the cover back on, so I trimmed the cover, but still uses the ribbon cable and put the automatic under the dashboard. Still looks good.

Thanks
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Hi Randy! The location of the OBD-II port varies from vehicle, and unfortunately the adapter sticks out on some cars. The OBD mandate only requires manufacturers to place the port within 24 inches from the steering wheel and within that, manufacturers can put it wherever they want. Usually, the port is located somewhere around the steering wheel or under the dash, but sometimes it is in a very inconvenient location and there's nothing we can do about that unfortunately.

As RPS mentioned above, some folks use an extension cable to alleviate this issue, but keep in mind that these accessories are not officially supported. Using a cable extension can also impact the performance of Crash Alert. Check out this related discussion here.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled 2016 Elantra where else can I connect vs fuse box on front of dash?.

2016 Elantra. Is there another place to plug in vs front of dash fuse box?
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Hi LSS. I merged your post into a related discussion on the location of the OBD-II port (which is the only place that the adapter can be plugged into).

For some vehicles, the port isn't placed in the most convenient location, but some users have come up with some creative solutions (including trimming the fuse box cover). See the above posts for more details.
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2 years ago - this shouldn't be a problem in the year 2017.  Got a unit for my grandparents, as I love mine.  Went to install - and hit with the problem of the fuse covering NOT fitting back over.   They would not be happy about seeing a 'hole' in their car.  

Would have been nice, when buying the unit if it asked about the make/model - and told me, "oh, by the way..."

Now I'm having to think of a solution, after the fact.  Made me look a bit foolish.
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I'm sorry for the inconvenience, Jeff. Unfortunately, there's no way for us to know exactly where and how OBD ports are designed into every year/make/model of car. Please see this FAQ.
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I have a Hyundai Elantra. If you squeeze the sides of the OBD port, it should release from the bracket. You can then push it back a bit and close the cover.
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Thanks for sharing your tip, kevb.

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