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Has anyone found it difficult to close their doors and rear hatch? I opened the rear hatch for the first time the other day to show my father the storage area, and it took me 4 times of opening and closing to get it completely shut. It just wouldn't latch down completely without slamming it. The same goes for the doors. If I shut the doors as I normally would in my other cars, it does not close completely. I have to actually slam them to get them to close. Anyone experiencing the same issue??
 

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Please use the search function. This has been extensively discussed. Bottom line: The seal on the hatch will soften with use and time to the point you can close it without issue. In the interim, you can leave a door open while closing the hatch and should have no problem, or close it down firmly using the handle on the right rear side of the hatch (with the doors closed already) and then if it doesn't close fully, press it home with the palm of your hand in the center.
 

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Yea, I should have searched prior to posting. Thanks for the input.
 

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No issues, you are most welcome.:cool:
 

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I have seen the previous posts on the hatch, however, I too have to slam the doors to get them to close completely. Any suggestions?
 

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Give it time and use for the weather stripping to soften up a bit. Never have to slam anything on RedHot to get it to close properly.
 

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I have adapted this method, which I believe is recommended. Shut the hatch to where it just rests before it latches, lets the cabin pressure settle, then just take your palm in the center between the spoiler and window, press down. Latches with no problem. No windows open either.
 

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Norm, like your method, and it makes sense as it is hard to compress air. Will give it a try. Since getting my 06 Z, with the only way to close its hatch was to first open a door, that has become a habit.
 

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GM said they took away the auto pulldown to save weight, BS to make more money!
 

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When I picked up my Corvette at the NCM, my guide/indoctrinator suggested that to properly latch the rear hatch it should pressed shut, for that last 1/4" to latch, by pressing at the peaks of the rear window boarders at the rear of the hatch. He said that those points were the strongest areas of the hatch and that pressing in the center (the weakest point) may eventually cause stress cracks in that area. My doors close easily due to the "indexing" (approx 1/2" power drop) of the window of that door. What we both don't understand is the mechanisim is in place to activate the windows for indexing, why didn't GM just have the hatch closing "trigger" the same mechanism? That would relieve the "pressure" at a minimal additional cost. Just sayin'.
 

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Norm et al,
I have a vert and I have to positively press down my hatch firmly.
Don't be scared of the damn car-close it, its not gonna snap in half-Its a Vette not a baby.
I for one do not miss a auto pull down at all-never had it don't miss it
 

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Verts and coupes..........apples and oranges when closing the hatch, I've had C5, 6, and 7 coupes, been slamming them down, leaving windows cracked, left doors open, really liked the C6 auto drawdown, miss that. I've found the way to secure the hatch that I'm totally comfortable with now, scared......nah, the only thing I'm a scared off on that car is my right foot. :)
 
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