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Old 05-13-2005, 08:45 PM   #1
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Unhappy I Broke It ! ! !

It's been awhile since I've posted...been extremely busy with my business. I've put 54,000 miles on my SVT, and it's not 2 years old !!!

Here's my situation. Noticed yesterday smoke coming out of my heat extractor vent in my hood. Checked engine and there was a RIDICULOUS amount of smoke coming out of my oil breather filter that attaches to the valve cover.

I have the Focus Sport cold air intake, so my breather system is different than stock...but I've never seen smoke coming out of it.

My CEL was NOT on. Its burning up a major amount of oil.

Took it to dealer today, and there not sure what the prob is. Took it to indep mechanic, and his guess was bad valve. The car sounds like a Subaru when you rev it. Like its missing.

I have a good relationship with the service guys at my dealership and they told me that the aftermarket stuff I have on my car could void the warranty, and I'll wind up with the bill. I know anything with rebuilding an engine is MAJOR $$$$.

They actually told me to go home (its still driveable) and put ALL my stock parts back on, and bring it back on Monday. They said an inspector from Ford would def look at it, and its best if he doesn't see ANY aftermarket stuff.

I have all the stock parts, so I guess that's what I'll do.

I def did not tell them about flashing the ECU, and I don't know if that contributed to whatever happened. I drive the car hard, but I never go over 7000 rpms, or drive it abusively.

But I'm afraid I broke my ride. The CEL light did come on just now on the drive home.

Now... to get FORD to cover it.

Any Suggestions???? Advice ????


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Old 05-13-2005, 09:17 PM   #2
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what they told you to do is warranty fraud. you can get yourself in big trouble for something like that. just fyi
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Yes, I totally realize that.

Talked about situation with my neighbor who is mechanic for Ford, and he said don't take it back to same dealer after I change parts back. He said go to new dealership and act innocent and stupid. (shouldn't b 2 hard 4 me)

Its worth a try IMO, if I can avoid a $4 or $5k bill.

The service dude at my dealership said he has seen Ford deny a claim for having a UDP!!!!

He said that was the sketchiest thing I had done to it.

I've never read that on any focus forums.

I def would not have put it on if I had known that.
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well, on the subject of warranty, ford will only void your warranty if they determine their is an aftermarket part causing the problem. same goes for any other make.

*edit* i am just trying to help, i used to handle warranty claims with ford/lincoln/mercury

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Old 05-13-2005, 10:11 PM   #5
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It just sounds so frickin bad, that my gut is saying MAJOR problem. Something internal in the motor has a prob me thinks. Could be wrong. One of the mechs was saying something about the clutch???

Don't want to even give them a chance to weasel out of paying for it. It very well might have nothing to do with my mods, but I can't afford a huge repair bill right now.

So I'm erring on the side of caution.

Not looking forward to doing the work this weekend.

Anyone want to help??? All the beer and pizza you can swallow....
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ahhh i feel your pain, I wil pray for you tonight. This is just terrible.

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First off, I don't want this to come off as me being mean. I'm simply stating how I feel on the subject.

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Talked about situation with my neighbor who is mechanic for Ford, and he said don't take it back to same dealer after I change parts back. He said go to new dealership and act innocent and stupid. (shouldn't b 2 hard 4 me)

Its worth a try IMO, if I can avoid a $4 or $5k bill.
You gotta pay if you want to play! That is considered fraud and is one of the reasons why warranties are denied for dumb reasons. They have ways of telling if you modded your car or not. Perhaps something went wrong that wasn't at fault from one of your modifications, but I'm not going to say what went wrong and why it did.

Besides, what if... oh I dunno... a Ford employee is gonna do if he sees this thread and reads about a 40 year old named Jeff (from the west coast (California?), just a guess because you wanted to go to Focus on the Beach) with a silver 2003 SVT 3-door wearing Dunlop 235/40R17 tires comes in with a bone stock car (other than tires and whatever mods he decides to leave on) and is having problems? If you don't want anybody to find out, don't post.

Besides, chances are the dealer you took it to wrote down the VIN#, noted it was modded, maybe took pictures (like they did when I had a cracked air box at like 900 miles), sent the pics to Ford, and have a note in the database. I know it's pretty stretched out and people probably think I'm crazy, but it DOES happen.

Better hope they don't look further into the boards and see more than I did...

Don't hate the player, hate the game!

Hope everything goes well for you though...
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Toolman,

You are correct in every way.

I am going to take my car in, as is, and take my chances.

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