Installation hiccup, though not at all critical.

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I just installed the adapter in a 2013 Ford Fiesta. To do so, however, I had to dispense with the car's adapter cover, due solely to the (silly?) design Ford used.

Are you aware of any device (low-profile extender cable or something?) that might assist me in continued use of that cover?

Thanks in advance for any advice you can offer.
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Michael Patton

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A low profile flat ribbon cable extender would be a wonderful accessory as it is often stated that car thieves will often thrash any extended objects from beneath the dash in an effort to quickly deter any tracking devices. A flat ribbon cable could alleviate the accidental breaking of the open cover, the dislodging of the Automatic, the awareness of those that needn't be aware, etc.
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Agreed. Possible breaking is a concern, but the last item you mentioned - awareness on the part of those who don't need to know, is the big one for me.

I've located a low-profile (but not quite flat) cable for sale on Amazon, and since it seems worth the risk of $10 to find out if it's low-enough profile, I've ordered one.
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Yes, something like this could work https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KYH9COE/ref=od_aui_detailpages00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 but it may also conflict with a OBD cover. Every situation will be different. I've ordered one as well and I'll see if there is a conflict.
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I've got a similar car but haven't had much luck finding an extension cable that does the trick. All the ones I've found have the cable itself pointing the wrong way, the adapter would have gone the opposite way than further under the console like I wanted! If you go the extension cable route, it's imperative that you make sure the adapter is secured down. It could erroneously trigger Crash Alert if it happens to move around a bit.If you find a cable that works let me know! I just keep the cover off for the time being.
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Hi Michael & Robert. Yeah, unfortunately, not all car manufacturers design their / place their OBD-II ports in a way that's convenient for leaving something plugged in permanently. I know others have tried extension cables and you can find some conversations in this community about that. I understand the need, however, I do feel compelled to share our official FAQ on the matter. https://community.automatic.com/autom...
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Robert:

Looks like you found something similar to what I ordered (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...) -- you found a better deal, but it looks as though we'll both be happy or both be nonplussed.

Ani & Amy:

Thanks for weighing in - the "are you sure this isn't in our FAQ" portion of the front-end I traversed before posting my original question didn't contain a link to the FAQ mentioned above.

It would never occurred to me, absent both of your responses, that there would be a risk of triggering Crash Alert. In retrospect, it's obvious, and if the extension happens to solve the original problem but I can't properly secure the adapter, I will dispense with the extension.

Can't be triggering false alerts!

Thanks again, for all of your responses.
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You're welcome, Michael. For future reference, here's a list of all our FAQs.

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