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    OMG ! If you have not tried fix number ONE first .. try it ! I just went out in the parking lot at work, twisted out the bumpers about 3/4 of a turn, and Bam .... works Every Time now !!! Sweet !
    I will keep the spring trick in my back pocket for later if needed.

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    I don't think the new struts will help. I have 2 2002 Z28s in the household. Neither hatch opened well from the factory.

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    Replace spring with stronger one.. I played with the stoppers too makes the hatch look out of a lighnment on mine.. I hate crooked shtuff on my cars.. The latch release is another GM design flaw. They use about a 3in. spring loaded lever to lift a 4000lbs hatch..
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    I got mine working great a while ago, this is an old thread.

    After modifying the spring hole on mine, it worked 9 out of 10 times. But what I noticed is it worked the best on the hotter days and not so well on the colder days.
    That led me to believe the struts were weak. Those stupid things tend to not work so well in the colder weather anyway. After they get a few years old the problem is even worse.

    So a few months back I went for new struts and the hatch has worked perfectly since.

    For me it was a combination of things, I adjust a bit and it was better, then I modified the spring mount and it was close to being fixed but not perfect. The struts were the finishing touch, I haven't had a issue since.

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    anyone know if i can swap a 99+ motor with a 98?, mine grinds when i release it

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    Quote Originally Posted by justinmc978 View Post
    anyone know if i can swap a 99+ motor with a 98?, mine grinds when i release it
    I dunno, but my buddy's 98 Z does the same thing, hit the button and GRRRRRRRRRRRRRR, still works though.... Mine doesn't unlatch the first time, or second, or sometimes even the third....

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoldenFlame View Post
    I dunno, but my buddy's 98 Z does the same thing, hit the button and GRRRRRRRRRRRRRR, still works though.... Mine doesn't unlatch the first time, or second, or sometimes even the third....
    exact same as mine

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    Quote Originally Posted by justinmc978 View Post
    anyone know if i can swap a 99+ motor with a 98?, mine grinds when i release it
    Solenoid? yes.. Prolly wont solve it tho..

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    I had the problem of the 1/2 poping hatch from the day I bought it new. I followed the instructions on installu. But instead of buying a new spring I used one I had left over from doing the drum brakes on the back of my truck. I piggybacked it on the other spring. Cant's see it and it works perfect.
    Free easy fix. not too many of those

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smittro View Post
    Solenoid? yes.. Prolly wont solve it tho..
    well i mean the whole release motor and all, the gear inside must be stripped because it grinds like crazy

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    Quote Originally Posted by justinmc978 View Post
    well i mean the whole release motor and all, the gear inside must be stripped because it grinds like crazy
    Gotcha, but yeah you can use the one you mentioned in place of yours..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smittro View Post
    Gotcha, but yeah you can use the one you mentioned in place of yours..
    thankyathankya, eprops to you

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    update ... not 9 hours after I thought I fixed it, I tried to open it and it failed. So definitely not a 100% fix with the rubber bumper adjustment. I will tighten my spring when I get the chance, couldn't hurt.

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    not sure if someone posted this didn't have time to read the whole thread but this worked perfect for mine, get some electrical tape and wrap a few layers around the metal U shaped latch that's on the actual hatch. I can post pics later I did this worked great for about a year the tape does wear down so u have to redue it, but like I said took mine a year. Takes less then 5 mins and worked wonders for me. Let me know I'm not on here too much u can email me at 03balckr6@gmail.com.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKohler883 View Post
    update ... not 9 hours after I thought I fixed it, I tried to open it and it failed. So definitely not a 100% fix with the rubber bumper adjustment. I will tighten my spring when I get the chance, couldn't hurt.
    Yeah and mssin' with the bump stops can throw off the panel alignment aswell as possibly cause the hatch to leak when it rains...

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    Exactly the same with mine. There are a few times where it still sticks, but doing that helped alot.

    Quote Originally Posted by Y2KPewterSS View Post
    I did this to mine 3-4 years ago. Didn't solve it completely, but helped it a lot. It works correctly about 80% of the time now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdcrabbie View Post
    Hey guys, been having a problem with the hatch release on my 2000 ss. It hangs up all the time, it pops but then hangs up and I have to press and hold the remote to release it. Someone told me I need to upgrade my spring on the relaese mechanism since the SS spoilers are heavier and this is a common problem. Anyone have a part # or where I can get the upgraded spring?
    I don't think it is a spoiler issue, because my car does it all the time. I will use the fob key and I can see the trunk pop up but it won't open, so then I will pull on the trunk and then hit the fob button again and it will open. I do this everytime I need to open the trunk. I rarely put anything back their so it doesn't bother me. I really only open it when I am cleaning/washing the car.

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    Replaced struts, pops correctly most of the time now.

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