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    Hey guys, when your hatch can't close how do you tie it down?

    In other cars you would tie through the latch to the bumper but not here.
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    Depends on how far you're going. I sometimes bring home some boards, etc. from the local lumberyard (about 5 miles) in my 2010 Caliber. My solution is a couple of bungee cords hooked under the plastic bumper cover (nothing else down there) and the other end hooked around the rear wiper shaft. With the bungee, there is some bounce to the hatch if you go over a bump in the road so some padding over what you are carrying is a good idea. A quick and dirty solution for short trips, works for me. You need the right length of bungee stretched tight to get a lot of tension. If you can find a suitable hook and a short piece of rope, that would also work and not have the "bounce" of the bungee.

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    I just hauled a bunch of 12' long lumber home from the home center...only about 1.5 miles in my case. I used a rubber bungee cord attached to the heavy plastic trim around the hatchback grab handles, with the other end attached to the child restraint anchor point on the back of one of the rear seats. The hatch itself wants to stay closed once it's down halfway, so the bungee cord was only there to help minimize the hatch moving up and down a bit when going over bumps. Worked great.

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    Wiper Arm - not tried that. Did not want to stress it, and the cord then rubs on the exterior.

    Trim - I did try running a cord over the lip but it slips off. A bungee hook would stay in longer.

    Bolts - inside the grab recess there are small bolts, I will look for some hoops with a washer, or a long washer that can be bent out that will take a cord. One side may be enough to leave a clean grab area without catching nails, already been there.

    For the body end there are loop restraints inside the hatch area behind the tail lights that I use to stop loads sliding. So no need to hook the bumper and more accessible that the rear seat anchors.
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