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Old 09-29-2004, 04:13 PM   #1
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Urgent warrenty info

Alright, here we go again. Please do not get up here and tell me that this subject is worn out, because I know it is. This is a different question though. I have a K&N AirCharger sitting on my floor waiting to be put on. I have almost reached 5000 miles so it is almost due for the first service. As a matter of fact I have already set up an appointment for this sat. morn. I as going to wait until after the service to put it on so they will not see it and void my warrenty. After the first service I will probibly not take it back to the dealership to get serviced. Today I went out on a tangent, just to see what they would say and asked them about it voiding the warrenty. My rep told me the warrenty guy was not there and asked some other people in the service dept. They said that it would change the emissions signal, make it run rough and the engine light will come on. I have been working in parts for the last four years, working with automobiles for all of my life and now work on precise parts on aircraft for a naval air depot so I am fairly mechanically inclinded. I think they are bullshitting me just a little so they will have to install it and get some more money out of me. What do ya'll think, hit me up.



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Old 09-29-2004, 04:29 PM   #2
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BS...straight up. And they cant just void your warranty for having an aftermarket part on, especially something as small as an induction. All they can do is deny warranty work if you go in for a problem that was caused by the mod. But, they wont void it all together.
Now, big power adders like nitrous or f/i, they have every right to void your powertrain warranty.
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Old 09-29-2004, 04:41 PM   #3
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dont forget that the ball is in their court and unless you're lucky and have SVT or a lawyer or God on your side, you have to weigh the risk of having an a-hole dealership voiding your warranty versus gaining 2hp (or so).

remember some dealerships dont care about what the mod is, wether its FI or a decal, if they are not service oriented they will deny you warranty service.
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Old 09-29-2004, 05:19 PM   #4
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if they deny you service because of an intake, call FORD or SVT, and they'll straighten things out, unless of course your intake blows the motor up somehow....
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Actually, they are correct..your car will run weird...

You just have to reset the ECU any time you do a mod. Thats all.

I did ground wires and my car kept stalling, idle crashed, etc. Reset ECU - Perfect

I did an Intake swap CAI to SR, same thing...Reset ecu - Perfect

Etc. etc.

TO reset the ECU undo the negative terminal on the battery and let it sit for 11 minutes. Presto. Put it back on and enjoy.

I do this time to time as my car tends to slow down after a month or so..resetting the ECU keeps it at its peak and helps the car learn better.

BTW, go in with mods...when you have WARRANTEE work, then put it back to stock.

Hell, I had all the stuff listed in my sig. and got the clutch/ flywheel/ TOB done...no questions..

Its all in the dealers...find one you trust, treat them with respect, and you'll get the same..I even wrote a letter praising my dealer.
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Old 09-29-2004, 10:34 PM   #6
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dont forget that the ball is in their court and unless you're lucky and have SVT or a lawyer or God on your side, you have to weigh the risk of having an a-hole dealership voiding your warranty versus gaining 2hp (or so).

remember some dealerships dont care about what the mod is, wether its FI or a decal, if they are not service oriented they will deny you warranty service.
Thats wrong, that can not deny warranty work unless the part plays a proven direct role in the malfunction. Also any dealership is extremely service oriented as it plays the largest role as far as making money. Any dealership that sells "NEW" SVT product must have SVT certified techs. Also at my dealership 3 salesmen must be SVT certified to just to maintain being able to sell SVT. Not all dealers can get allocation of SVT product, maybe dealer trade but not allocation. There is a law against voiding warranty for parts that play no role in failure such as bad clutch due to short throw shifter. However a Chip can cause issues as with F/I that that leads to engine problems or premature tranny wear/failure and is not sold in Ford motorsports catalog and not installed by a SVT certified tech. Long story short a CAI will pose no problem as most dealerships sell them in "aftermarket" sales dept along with wheels, cat-backs, tint, navi, etc.
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Old 09-29-2004, 10:38 PM   #7
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also, remember, it's not up to the dealership to deny warranty claims, it's up to ford's warranty dept. the only way ford is going to deny warranty is if they send out an inspector who determines that the modification DIRECTLY caused the failure.
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Thats wrong, that can not deny warranty work unless the part plays a proven direct role in the malfunction.
i hear ya. we know that they have to prove that the mod caused problems but as you've seen in this forum there are alot of dealerships that dont care about this at all and still stick their proverbial fist up foci owner's a$$es.
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I aksed at my dealer and they said they will void the MAF it you put a K&N in, because you put oil on it. The argument is it will suck oil in.
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I just took got my ZX3 back from the dealer for (Tune-up). He said NOTHING about my Volant CAI !!! as a matter of fact, he said the blue intake tubes looked very nice. As far as the K&N is concerned, tell you dealer to talk to the SVT department.
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