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I'm not sure how to word a search for this subject, so I don't know if it has been discussed before; but....

ever since it was new it has been a PIA to open the hatch because it just doesn't pop up enough to get a grip on the glass edge to open... has anyone come up with a method of making it 'pop up' higher?

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#truth

I even had my glass shocks replaced because of that. They worked for one week then back to the same issue.
 

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I would think a replacement weather strip may help as it is compressed all the time, is yours getting compressed with age?

I also saw a car show on TV where they slipped some rubber inside the weather strip to provide a better seal to the door glass. A simple fix that worked. Perhaps a solution in your situation.
 

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All I know is the temp affects the way my glass hatch opens. When it warm the glass hatch pops right up, but the colder it gets the slower the glass hatch opens.
 

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I agree, kinda sorta, but i'd rather not have to wait for warm weather (even in Florida) to easily open the hatch

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I had the same problem. I found that the glass was sticking to the rubber when popping open hatch. I cleaned and dressed rubber with some slippery rubber seal lubricant. Pops up perfectly now. I will do same thing each time I take Solstice out of storage. I cant remember offhand name of rubber dressing.
 

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I had the same problem. I found that the glass was sticking to the rubber when popping open hatch. I cleaned and dressed rubber with some slippery rubber seal lubricant. Pops up perfectly now. I will do same thing each time I take Solstice out of storage. I cant remember offhand name of rubber dressing.
Everyone's friend is a can of spray silicone.

I do have to agree with Roesterman's recommendation as I too remember this being a problem when I first purchased my coupe.

I now ensure that the weather strip is lubed and that the struts move freely thru their range. The struts seem to stick a little when the window is closed for long periods. I lightly lubed the strut shafts with silicone and now it pops right up every time.

It's got to be the angle of the struts with the glass down not providing enough force and the glass sticking to the weather strip keeping the glass from popping up fully.
 
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Dielectric silicone on all rubber seals!
 

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Even if you keep the seal lubed, the struts still fall short in cold weather.
I just use the ignition key - putting your finger under it to prevent levering against the body and risking chipping the paint.

Doesn't seem to be an issue in the summer.
 

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Even if you keep the seal lubed, the struts still fall short in cold weather.
I just use the ignition key - putting your finger under it to prevent levering against the body and risking chipping the paint.

Doesn't seem to be an issue in the summer.
that's what I have had to do, seems a bit neanderthalish tho and I worry about the paint and the glass edge.... I may have to resort to carrying half a wooden clothes pin.... :crying:

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Great topic. i just got my coupe a few months ago and the trunk never pops up it just unlatches. My solution has been using my keychain. It's a super common keychain type, single color transparent rubber(well flexible) about 1.5 inches long in the shape of an oval with straight edges. It slides between the crack and then I slide it to the side of the car. This pops the trunk enough to get a finger under and since its soft and rubbery I don't worry about scratching the paint or glass. I'll have to try the above suggestions!
 

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is there any chance that there is a 'stronger' strut that will fit? (well, I guess there is always a 'chance', just figuring out what it is is the challenge...)

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I like the Bubba Solution!

I work at the Post Office and we have dozens of those gas struts in all different lengths and strengths on our letter processing machines. Our struts are very clearly of a weak variety and I should think that getting ones with stronger internal springs would certainly be doable. Buuuuuut.......having experienced weak struts in all my cars that have struts on glass windows or fiberglass hatches, there must be a very good reason for not using nice strong struts. That reason is probably glass breakage.

I just took a look at the latching area and there's a nice flat ledge on either side of the rear window latch. You could glue or screw a spring or two to pop up the glass far enough to lift it the rest of the way by hand without the Bubba Stick. Lots of car hoods have something similar to pop up the hoods a little after you unlatch them. There are some passive glues, like Goop, that won't melt into the plastic and can be peeled off at a later date. Glue a spring to the ledge and a rubber pad to the glass and you've got yourself a rear window popper.

My Opel GT has had the door handles "shaved" by the PO, so I had to install a door popper kit. But some car doors don't just swing open on their own when the door is unlatched, so they sell springs for door poppers to push the door open so that you can grab it.

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MacGyver Hack to pop hatch open! Simple!

My girlfriend has a MacGyver hack that works well on the hatch if you are having a problem "getting it up".

1. Exit the car, but leave a door open with the window up.

2. Push the rear hatch release on the remote, hatch will stick.

3. Close the car door with moderate pressure. The hatch will :lurk: up.

Works every time!
 

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My girlfriend has a MacGyver hack that works well on the hatch if you are having a problem "getting it up".

1. Exit the car, but leave a door open with the window up.

2. Push the rear hatch release on the remote, hatch will stick.

3. Close the car door with moderate pressure. The hatch will :lurk: up.

Works every time!
Gottcha ........ I like the Targa top stored in the garage! :lol::lol::lol: (sorry, I'm bad)
 

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That's what I do open either door and after popping the latch close the door the glass pops up, even in the cold. Or after the latch is popped open and then close a door.
 

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Couple of additional comments.
The GM approved weather strip lubricant is expensive but works well to keep the rubber from sticking to the glass even in freezing temps.

https://www.amazon.com/Genuine-Fluid-3634770-Weather-Lubricant/dp/B000QIFTJ8

I prefer this one, which was recommended by GM for Corvettes - GM TSB 08-08-67-013C

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/712QedzkJDL._SL1500_.jpg

GM Superlube" #12371287 - $14 instead of $50.

One thing that occurs to me but I haven't tried it is to get a small block of soft black closed cell foam rubber (maybe neoprene wet suit material, but that may just be the old diver in me speaking) and place it around the latch so that it holds the hatch ajar when unlatched (a bit more than the weatherstripping does, which is about nil) but is soft enough to compress and not put any strain on the latch when closed. If cut to fit around the latch, you probably wouldn't even need to cement it in place.

I shall patiently wait for someone else to ty that and will expect my first royalty cheque after I see it appear on the DDM site.....>:)
 

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I shall patiently wait for someone else to ty that and will expect my first royalty cheque after I see it appear on the DDM site.....>:)
Unfortunately, Bill, the market is too small to even worry about doing this, much less to actually find a coupe nearby to play with. I knew I should have bought one of them when I went to view one for a friend on the West Coast and my local GM dealer had 5 slightly used ones on his lot. Every single one of those went more than 500 miles away, and they were gone in less than a week.

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