Closing the Frunk

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I've seen some off-topic discussions of this in other threads, but does anyone have insights into how to easily/effectively close the frunk without bending the sheet metal? I have to let it drop and then physically push down on it so hard it bends the metal (and of course, puts handprints all over it)...
 

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My delivery specialist said that both the trunk and the frunk are closed by pressing down with the hands until you hear it latch. I believe the owner's manual says the same thing. When my car is clean, I have a couple of microfiber cloths inside that I use between my hands and the f/trunk surface. Both the lids latch before I've bent any sheet metal.
 

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on the front trunk I put it down and then with TWO HANDS about 4-6 inches to the left and right of the logo, I press down till it locks. a quick motion press down.
 

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I've seen some off-topic discussions of this in other threads, but does anyone have insights into how to easily/effectively close the frunk without bending the sheet metal? I have to let it drop and then physically push down on it so hard it bends the metal (and of course, puts handprints all over it)...
See Page 14 of the Owners Manual - July 2018 Version - Attached*

This is a BIG reason I decided to have the full hood wrapped in PPF ;)
 

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The sheet metal will flex and it is a bit unnerving, but no damage is done unless you place your hands in the non-recommended location. I wish the area where you place your hands is more rigid.
 

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I'm currently testing a very simple, cheap mod to solve this issue. Without the weatherstrip seal over the inside boot area, the front bonnet (a Birsish term) will close (and properly lock) under it's own wight while keeping both factory latch and safety releases With the seal requires some push. but it's sommers between two fingers and one hand on th "T" emblem.

I need to d/load pics and vid from my camera and post them. Maybe this weekend.
 

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The sheet metal will flex and it is a bit unnerving, but no damage is done unless you place your hands in the non-recommended location. I wish the area where you place your hands is more rigid.
Check out page 17 of the updated owners manual (November revision). They changed the area where they suggest you place your hands to close the frunk from what it showed in the previous version.
 

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Check out page 17 of the updated owners manual (November revision). They changed the area where they suggest you place your hands to close the frunk from what it showed in the previous version.
Thanks for that. The manual now coincides with the instructions given by my delivery specialist 2 months ago. This is also the closure method I have used since delivery, but have always had a niggling worry that I wasn't doing it "by the book". Now the book changed to my method, so...yay!
 

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I'm currently testing a very simple, cheap mod to solve this issue. Without the weatherstrip seal over the inside boot area, the front bonnet (a Birsish term) will close (and properly lock) under it's own wight while keeping both factory latch and safety releases With the seal requires some push. but it's sommers between two fingers and one hand on th "T" emblem.

I need to d/load pics and vid from my camera and post them. Maybe this weekend.
Posted descriptions and pics here:

https://teslaownersonline.com/threads/automatic-trunk-opener-closer.9800/page-2#post-175803
 

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Here is a side by side comparison...looks a somewhat similar (old left, new right) because it shows pressure on either side of the hood emblem...which is where I typically push down. I can still feel metal flexing.

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Even though the updated owner's manual is always in the car, I keep the current edition bookmarked here on my laptop so that I have easy access to accurate information at my fingertips.
 

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Even though the updated owner's manual is always in the car, I keep the current edition bookmarked here on my laptop so that I have easy access to accurate information at my fingertips.
it is also linked in the "owners manual" thread pinned in the maintenance/repair section and in the first post of the "FAQ thread" in the Tech section.
 

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it changes nearly as often as the car itself, so definitely look thru it every now and then ;)

(my paper copies from Ford and GM never once updated themselves.... for that matter, the cars didn't either)
That's true! habits from previous non-Tesla car ownerships taught me to not even look back at the owner's manual :p even though I am geeky about reading through owner's manual once, after purchase.