2012 Mazda 3: Batten Down the Hatch
September 4, 2012
It seems that our Mazda 3's hatch doesn't want to close all the time. The first time I received the "Trunk Open" warning, I gave the hatch a good open and slam, but I saw that it rebounded off the weather stripping ever so slightly. Absent was any sort of a clunk to let me know it was secure. Instead, it was an airy "whoomp."
I opened the hatch again and tired the gentle approach. Still, no clunk, only a whoomp. I made sure there was nothing blocking the latches and tried again. Whoomp.
Finally, I tried letting the hatch close on pretty much its own weight. Clunk. Success!
This happened a few times over the last couple of days, so I'm guessing it's due for some sort of inspection.
Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 14,726 miles