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Old 07-29-2021, 06:35 PM   #1
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Question Remove Front Air Deflector?

Hi, all. First time poster, been lurking for a while.

I am planning to tow my 2016 Chevrolet Cruze on a Master Tow dolly, pulled by a Class A Thor Windsport. I was recently looking at a video of someone loading a Cruze onto a dolly (mainly because it is not immediately clear what to attach the safety chains to). At any rate, he began by remarking that you have to begin by removing the front air deflector. Just what I wanted - two more steps to remember when loading and unloading! (Did I mention that I am a noob?)

Has anyone else dolly-towed a 2016 (or close) Cruze? Did you need to remove the air deflector? I know it sometimes scrapes when I go down a slope, but I am really curious whether the clearance is really that low?
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Welcome!

I donít have a Chevy, but I think you are just going to have to see how it looks with your setup. You might have a different setup from the video where yours will clear.

If it were me and I had to remove the air dam, I would just leave it off until I was not dolly towing any longer.
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Old 08-01-2021, 10:12 AM   #3
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We have a Prius which has a very low ground clearance. The car could not climb the tow dolly ramps when they were wet nor would the front air damn clear the ramps. To get it onto our Master Tow dolly and clear the front air damn I had to build an additional set of ramps. I used 2x8 lumber 36Ē long with riser blocks on the front to give it the lift to mate with the tow dolly ramps. I cut notches in the wood to hold the ramps in alignment and keep the wooden ramps from slipping out while driving up and down them. I stapled and glued 6Ēx36Ē 80 grit belt sand paper cut into one long strip onto the wooden ramps for extra traction when wet.

The extra ramps serve two purposes. One, there is a smaller edge the car has to climb to get on the ramp and second it lessens the angle up to the deck so the air damn doesnít scrape or tear itself up going up and down a steeper angle.

To use the ramps I position the wooden ramps at the ends of the tow dolly ramps. Then I pull the hinge pin that lets the deck of the tow dolly swivel down and the metal edges of the tow dolly ramps drop down into the slots which holds everything in place. After the car is fully on the dolly the weight of the car will swivel the deck back into position to put the pin back into place.

Always take your car off the tow dolly BEFORE you level the MH or the angle on the tow dolly may be to steep and you will tear up the air damn. Ask me how I know.

I painted the wooden ramps red for two reasons. First, they are easier to see so I donít forget them and drive off. Second, red was the closest paint I had on hand.

This is my solution the same problem you are having, hope this helps.
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Best thought is try it yourself and see what may hit. Removing the deflector each time loading the car would be a serious pain.
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Old 08-01-2021, 02:15 PM   #5
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Just remove it and forget about it. Very minimal impact on mileage when being driven.
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I "stehl" (very similar to the master tow) towed a Chevrolet Sonic with a very low air dam. I did something similar to what Old Harry did, but not as elaborate, just a 2x8x24" laying in front of the ramp and that allowed me to load and unload without dragging the air dam. ~CA
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Just remove it and forget about it. Very minimal impact on mileage when being driven.
The air deflector, or air dam usually also directs air toward the radiator, so removing it totally could affect engine heating.
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