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Yesterday I was taking several large boxes to the post office. The hatch could close, but was only latched half-way. I wasn't surprised to hear the "ding ding ding" as I drove away, with an accompanying warning on the dash. What surprised me was that it didn't stop. Every thirty seconds or so, there was that annoying "ding ding ding." The car simply wouldn't give up!! Not only that, but as I became immune to the persuasive powers of the "ding," the car began honking the horn in a short, triple honk every few minutes. Why? To alert pedestrians and other drivers that the hatch might fly open, disgorging its contents into the roadway? If I can't hear the "ding" emanating from inside the car, why would I be able to hear the "beep" emanating from outside?

Who decided that the "ding" had to be augmented with the "beep"? Were they worried that I'd be drawing in waste electrons through the rear hatch, causing me to pass out?
 

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Maybe because if you were using the ICE instead of the battery deadly CO fumes could enter the Volt's cabin. In a Bolt this could not happen. I wonder if the Bolt dings and honks the way the Volt does when the hatch is not secured.
 

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If the latch closed half way, it would have closed all the way, you just need to do it with vigor.

My rear hatch has a very sensitive open/close sensor/switch. Many times when I close the hatch moderately, it won’t be fully closed thus triggering the ding. But when I look at the height difference between the end of the spoiler and quarter panel, it might be up .050” that’s the difference between open and closed. I always have to close it with a vigor to fully latch it. Yet the difference is almost nothing.


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Yesterday I was taking several large boxes to the post office. The hatch could close, but was only latched half-way. I wasn't surprised to hear the "ding ding ding" as I drove away, with an accompanying warning on the dash. What surprised me was that it didn't stop. Every thirty seconds or so, there was that annoying "ding ding ding." The car simply wouldn't give up!! Not only that, but as I became immune to the persuasive powers of the "ding," the car began honking the horn in a short, triple honk every few minutes. Why? To alert pedestrians and other drivers that the hatch might fly open, disgorging its contents into the roadway? If I can't hear the "ding" emanating from inside the car, why would I be able to hear the "beep" emanating from outside?

Who decided that the "ding" had to be augmented with the "beep"? Were they worried that I'd be drawing in waste electrons through the rear hatch, causing me to pass out?
That might be something to do with settings, I hauled three potting tables (25 miles home)in boxes that hung out of the car a foot or so and held it closed against them with a bungee cord. I had the icon in the dash showing that the door was open but that is all.My car is a 13, what year is yours?
 

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I've had the loose hatch ding thing. IIRC you could clear it from the DIC in park with the knob. It won't let you if you are moving...
If it's bouncing between open and closed, it will never ever shut up. Either prop it open, or close it.

Never had the triple honk unless it wasn't seeing the keyfob while driving/running.
 

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If the latch closed half way, it would have closed all the way, you just need to do it with vigor.

My rear hatch has a very sensitive open/close sensor/switch. Many times when I close the hatch moderately, it won’t be fully closed thus triggering the ding. But when I look at the height difference between the end of the spoiler and quarter panel, it might be up .050” that’s the difference between open and closed. I always have to close it with a vigor to fully latch it. Yet the difference is almost nothing.


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Sorry I'm going off topic with this reply, but DMC5180, you can make your hatch easier to latch by adjusting the rubber stoppers in the corners of the hatch lid. They can be screwed in a little by twisting them real hard.
 

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Thanks for tip. I’ll look into that.


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On the Gen 2 Volt the hatch closure rubber bumper stops turn easily. A quarter turn to the right on each stop and then try and close the hatch with moderate downward pressure. You should not need to slam the hatch to get it to fully close. Alternately, I will sometimes open a door and then let the hatch drop from 8 - 10 inches, it latches every time.
 

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I had to adjust mine in winter as the rubber was colder and there was a rattle.
 
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