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Based on some posts that indicated that the stop/start function does not work if the hood is not fully latched, I came up with a method to permanently disable it.

Hood closure is sensed by a switch on the bottom side of the right side hood latch. By removing the 2-wire connector the system thinks the hood is open and turns off stop/start.

With the wires disconnected the stop/start is disabled. The only side effects are a text message in the center display stating "stop/start unavailable" which lasts for about 8 seconds after engine start and after that there is a small yellow circle on the bottom of the center display with an "A" in it which stays on as long as the engine is running. All other functions work normally including driving modes.

Instructions:

1) Make scribe marks around the right side hood latch mounting ears in order to get it back into the same location later.
2) Remove the two bolts holding down the hood latch.
3) Pull the end of the secondary latch cable toward the latch, rotate it so it slides sideways thru the slot to disconnect it. This is the cable that runs from the yellow lever over the radiator.
4) Loosen the main latch cable that runs along the side of the hood opening from the two closest plastic clips. This provides slack to get the latch out.
5) Wiggle the latch up and out while feeding slack to the main cable. Be careful not to damage the wires running from the front of the car to the bottom of the latch.
6) Disconnect the two wire connector from the front side of the latch. A thin blade must be inserted in the back side of the connector to open it.
7) Secure the loose connector to prevent it from falling down into God knows where or rattling. I tied it to the bottom of the latch.

Note - Don't forget to reconnect the secondary latch cable or you won't be able to open the hood..
 

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Does remote start still work?
 

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^you sure? It shouldn’t.

Good write up though if remote start is not needed.
 

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^you sure? It shouldn’t.

Good write up though if remote start is not needed.
I started the car remotely so I'm sure it works. My car has the RRT 17-022 update. Perhaps that makes a difference.
 

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Remote start should not work with the hood open, reason being if you’re working under the hood and someone remote starts the car it could cause injury/death to you, and may cause severe damage to the car. If it’s working, it shouldn’t be.
 

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Remote start should not work with the hood open, reason being if you’re working under the hood and someone remote starts the car it could cause injury/death to you, and may cause severe damage to the car. If it’s working, it shouldn’t be.
I think I found the answer.

With the hood fully lifted there is a hood open warning message and remote start does not work.

With the hood closed (and closure switch wires removed) there is no hood open warning and remote start works fine.

This must mean that there is a second sensor that detects hood fully open rather than just unlatched.
 

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After some more inspection I found that there is a closure switch on both latches.

One open - stop/start is disabled, remote start works, no open hood warning message .

Both open - stop/start and remote start disabled, open hood warning message displayed.
 

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I am hoping AR won't plug the hole when this secret got out. Then we really appreciated and love AR more.
 

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After some more inspection I found that there is a closure switch on both latches.

One open - stop/start is disabled, remote start works, no open hood warning message .

Both open - stop/start and remote start disabled, open hood warning message displayed.
Is there left/right specificity, or can either switch be "the one"?
 

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Can you check if forward collision detection is disabled? In the settings, safety, see if it’s grayed out.
 

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Is there left/right specificity, or can either switch be "the one"?
I don't know. I only tried disconnecting the right side switch.
 

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Is it really that much of a pain to just press the start/stop button as soon as you get in the car every time? Lol
With you, here. I still forget to do it most of the time, but it only needs to stop once to remind me to press the button. The nice thing is that it will start right away once the button is pressed, so it's really just a brief engine stop, not that big a deal, IMO.
 

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Is it really that much of a pain to just press the start/stop button as soon as you get in the car every time? Lol
While that's what I do, I recognize the symbolic importance others place on disabling it. Rebels have their place in history.
 

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Is it really that much of a pain to just press the start/stop button as soon as you get in the car every time? Lol
With you, here. I still forget to do it most of the time, but it only needs to stop once to remind me to press the button. The nice thing is that it will start right away once the button is pressed, so it's really just a brief engine stop, not that big a deal, IMO.
Is it really that much of a pain to just press the start/stop button as soon as you get in the car every time? Lol
While that's what I do, I recognize the symbolic importance others place on disabling it. Rebels have their place in history.
Yea I just have the normal routine all set lol

I get in the car, press the engine start button, turn off the stop/start, remove the parking break and I’m gone lol
 
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