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Put a ding in my car closing the trunk! [Don't close trunk pushing on humps]

So, the dealership teaches me to close the trunk from the center and to the front - ultratight when brand-new.

I forgot and slammed it from one side, using the driver's side nacelle (the Mayan Temple) and my palm put a ding in the darned thing! My car is Mean yellow, so it really shows up.

I wish that sucker was carbon fiber, so it would be dingproof. That really bummed me out! I love the Sol's light weight, but I've got cans from Libby's that are thicker than the skin on my Sol!

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BTW - anybody have any experience with those "paintless dent removal" places?
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So, the dealership teaches me to close the trunk from the center and to the front - ultratight when brand-new.

I forgot and slammed it from one side, using the driver's side nacelle (the Mayan Temple) and my palm put a ding in the darned thing! My car is Mean yellow, so it really shows up.

I wish that sucker was carbon fiber, so it would be dingproof. That really bummed me out! I love the Sol's light weight, but I've got cans from Libby's that are thicker than the skin on my Sol!

Haha! But you can't pry me out of this car.... Fun, fun, fun!
Not be picky, but the Mayan Temple is the structure in the trunk, i.e. the gas tank.
The humps are just humps.
I always close mine using the heel of my hand on the chrome ring for the buttress pin.
This seems to be the strongest part of the clam shell lid.

If all you have is a little dimple the dentless boys should be able to fix it, no problem.

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BTW - anybody have any experience with those "paintless dent removal" places?
my truck got some dings on the hood i was told the dent doctor really works good cant say what the results will be, but they can get 99% of dents out pretty cheap

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Not be picky, but the Mayan Temple is the structure in the trunk, i.e. the gas tank.
The humps are just humps.
I always close mine using the heel of my hand on the chrome ring for the buttress pin.
This seems to be the strongest part of the clam shell lid.

If all you have is a little dimple the dentless boys should be able to fix it, no problem.
thats how I close mine too

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Oh, sorry about that! Yeah, I mean the humps.

I don't know about closing from the grommets, just because they told me specifically to close the trunk from the center. This thing seems thin enough to become warped after a while if you close it from just one side.

Second poster: I think we have a dent doctor down the street. I'll check them out and tell you all what they say about my ding.
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Oh, sorry about that! Yeah, I mean the humps.

I don't know about closing from the grommets, just because they told me specifically to close the trunk from the center. This thing seems thin enough to become warped after a while if you close it from just one side.

Second poster: I think we have a dent doctor down the street. I'll check them out and tell you all what they say about my ding.

You will learn that dealers probably know less about these cars than anyone else on the planet.

There is no need to slam the lid, Mine is almost two years old and this method has worked just fine.

The big thing to worry about is if it is windy out. Don't let the wind catch it when it is up or it can really screw things up.

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my truck got some dings on the hood i was told the dent doctor really works good cant say what the results will be, but they can get 99% of dents out pretty cheap
My buddy used to work for Dent Wizard(I assume similar to dent dr) and they were pretty good at removing dings.

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Yeah, my dealer had to look stuff up before telling me how to close the trunk!

Mine is really stiff and tight. I can't close it without slamming it! But it's getting easier with time, so I'm hoping it'll loosen up. I'd rather have it tight when new than sloppy for the rest of my ownership. And it does seem like this car just keeps getting better and better with break-in!

On a side note, I run only Super Unleaded pump gas right now, and I'm way beating the listed fuel mileage! I'm getting over 29 miles per gallon on the stocker setup. I wonder if anyone else has experienced this. Texas is really, really flat where I live, so maybe that explains it.

I haven't had a problem with the wind when I'm raising the top, but I bet the sucker can get racked and bound pretty easily. It's not the most solid top mechanism I've ever seen -- it's even clobbered me a time or two when I'm leaning forward and dropping the top!

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You will learn that dealers probably know less about these cars than anyone else on the planet.

There is no need to slam the lid, Mine is almost two years old and this method has worked just fine.

The big thing to worry about is if it is windy out. Don't let the wind catch it when it is up or it can really screw things up.

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Another thing to be aware of. The Trunk closes a lot easier when the top is pressed down into the trunk fully. If it isn't, the trunk will twist, and take a lot more effort to close.

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You're right. I've had to deal with that too.

I do that, but it's like I get air pressure at the last six inches. Strange, since there are huge drain holes in the trunk! This car has a very elaborate gutter system.

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Another thing to be aware of. The Trunk closes a lot easier when the top is pressed down into the trunk fully. If it isn't, the trunk will twist, and take a lot more effort to close.
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You're right. I've had to deal with that too.

I do that, but it's like I get air pressure at the last six inches. Strange, since there are huge drain holes in the trunk! This car has a very elaborate gutter system.
I had that same issue. Seemed like I was trying to close a tupperware container by slamming it shut. I always checked to make sure the top was down fully.. but still this problem.

I took it to the dealership and they realigned the trunk for me, and it's close much easier ever since.
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Wow, I need to do that!

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I had that same issue. Seemed like I was trying to close a tupperware container by slamming it shut. I always checked to make sure the top was down fully.. but still this problem.

I took it to the dealership and they realigned the trunk for me, and it's close much easier ever since.
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I always close mine using the heel of my hand on the chrome ring for the buttress pin.
I always close mine in this manner also.

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I've never closed mine with a hand pushing down anywhere-get within 12" or so from closing and give it a fling-have it by the protected area under the buttresses and let 'er fly. Closes every time. (Just remember to let go on the down swing )


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