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    This is a discussion on Dragging the undercarriage within the Dodge Dart Maintenance forums, part of the Dodge Dart Garage - The Mopar Zone category; I am a new Dart owner. Bought a used 2014 2.4L Manual. I am curious if anyone has had issue with the car's plastic shroud ...

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      Dragging the undercarriage

      I am a new Dart owner. Bought a used 2014 2.4L Manual. I am curious if anyone has had issue with the car's plastic shroud dragging on the road every time the road gets uneven, like where a driveway at a slight incline connects to the road or even some speed bumps. I feel like I am driving a low rider for how often this happens. I looked under the car today and found the plastic parts on the undercarriage, especially the plastic piece just under the front bumper are getting mangled. Has anyone else experienced this or have any advice?

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      The only way that would scrape is if it was hanging. If it was attached normally, you have a lot of distance before you bottom out.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Dexter View Post
      I am a new Dart owner. Bought a used 2014 2.4L Manual. I am curious if anyone has had issue with the car's plastic shroud dragging on the road every time the road gets uneven, like where a driveway at a slight incline connects to the road or even some speed bumps. I feel like I am driving a low rider for how often this happens. I looked under the car today and found the plastic parts on the undercarriage, especially the plastic piece just under the front bumper are getting mangled. Has anyone else experienced this or have any advice?
      I guess it depends what you mean by "slight incline". On some inclines, if you hit them too fast, yeah, you can scrape the front of the plastic "skid panel" a bit. If it's steep enough, you will scrape, no matter what. It's a little worse than many other cars, but it's not that bad. After 4-1/2 years, mine has scuff marks on the panel, but no damage. If it's really scraping a lot and the panels are attached tightly, my first question would be whether the previous owner perhaps installed lowering springs.

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      Fair point. I do not think there were lowering springs installed as the dealer told me it was a rental car before I bought it. Though I cannot fathom why any rental agency would have a manual transmission in its fleet. But perhaps that's why it had as few miles, 25k, as it did. I'll pay closer attention to where I am dragging and will see if I can... angle it more of something.

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      That closeout panel can be easily replaced:
      https://www.dodge-dart.org/forum/allm...-panels-2.html
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      I have a 2013 Dodge Dart and I also have lost the engine shroud under the engine - looking to replace with a 1/4" aluminium plate - is this recommended since the original shroud is only pressed fabric and plastc????

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      Quote Originally Posted by DonnaM View Post
      I have a 2013 Dodge Dart and I also have lost the engine shroud under the engine - looking to replace with a 1/4" aluminium plate - is this recommended since the original shroud is only pressed fabric and plastc????
      Deyeme Racing has a replacement combination closeout pan and belly panel that increases the clearance and I believe it has been favorably reviewed on this forum. The price is about the same as (perhaps cheaper) buying the closeout panel and belly panel separately online.

     

     

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