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Old 07-31-2013, 04:20 PM   #1
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Dodge Dart Towing and Check Engine Light

I recently purchased a 2013 Dodge Dart with a six speed manual transmission. No problem towing it, and run up about 2,000 towing miles. My problem is that there is a set of shutters behind the lower grill where the base plate goes. The installer had to remove the shutters so that they could install the Blue Ox baseplate. Blue Ox instruction manual shows the shutters in place after the install, but installer said they wouldn't fit. The result is that the Check Engine light is on all of the time.

Does anyone have an idea how to solve the issue or bypass the sensor to turn off the Check Engine light?


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Old 07-31-2013, 07:30 PM   #2
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The active shutters on newer cars is to help improve fuel economy. Since this is an emissions related part, I would doubt there is any way to keep the light off. Most active shutters (not sure about Dodge) run a self test that will run a sweep to check the positioning of the shutters. The position of the shutters are monitored for proper position.

If there is a motor assembly that can be disconnected from the shutters and plugged into the vehicle harness, this may work. But the motor assembly will need to have the position sensor part of it and not part of the shutters.
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