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Old 10-18-2014, 11:46 AM   #1
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Performance Mods that don't void warranty

Hey guys, I've got a 2014 v6 manual, I was wondering in your experience are some performance mods that you all have been able to do without voiding your warranty. Suggestions and ideas are welcome!


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It is going to vary dealer to dealer. Honestly I would talk to various dealers around you and find one that is the most mod friendly.

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PedalMax throttle enhancer! Doesn't plug in your ecu or anything and doesn't leave a trace if you remove it before taking your car to dealership for warranty work.

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sup ryan welcome. from what I know an exhaust and cold air intake will not void warranty. any exterior mods also


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If you're worried about losing your warranty, dont mod anything. Styling parts are the only true mods that will not void a warranty.


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If you're worried about losing your warranty, dont mod anything. Styling parts are the only true mods that will not void a warranty.


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So If I were to say, install a bama tuner after getting a CAI. Would most dealers in your opinions VIPs the warranty because of it?


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tuner will "most likely" void warranty


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Tuner will 110% void your warranty

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Not true just had a buddy get warranty work on his 3.7 and had bama tune intake and exhaust


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Not true just had a buddy get warranty work on his 3.7 and had bama tune intake and exhaust


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yes varies dealer to dealer though I don't ever work with dealers


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Well his warranty is voided. If the dealer does not know or allows it somehow it is still by Ford's definition voided

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I thought it would depend on the issue. If you have a tune and your engine blows up, I could see a warranty being voided. If you have a tune and your headlight quits (and it's not just the bulb) why wouldn't that work be covered?


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I thought it would depend on the issue. If you have a tune and your engine blows up, I could see a warranty being voided. If you have a tune and your headlight quits (and it's not just the bulb) why wouldn't that work be covered?


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yes u r correct. legally speaking ford has to prove ur tune was culprit for cars failure etc. something along those lines


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Tune relates to your power train warranty.
Obviously your 3 year paint/electrical etc warranty is not affected by a tune.

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Haha, once had a dealer tell me my tuner caused my blinker to short circuit in my Explorer, despite the tsb info I provided about the tilting steering column stretching wires and being directly responsible. Wanted $60 for looking at it (I had $0 deductible bumper to bumper 100k warranty) and $450 to fix. A quick letter from my aunt on her law firms letterhead changed that. She does employment law but I guess it was enough, lol.


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A CAI will void your warranty as well....
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Any performance mod worth doing will likely void your warranty at *some* dealerships.

As has been mentioned, it varies from dealer to dealer.
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I thought it would depend on the issue. If you have a tune and your engine blows up, I could see a warranty being voided. If you have a tune and your headlight quits (and it's not just the bulb) why wouldn't that work be covered?
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This pretty much sums it up your warranty isn't a blanket warranty. If you bring it in for a headlight being burnt out or paint bubbling there not going to check for a tune being installed on the car. But if your car randomly blows an engine or trans that is a high priced warranty claim. Even if the dealer doesn't want to look at it Ford will before they honor the claim. And because the tune effects how the engine operates it would be grounds to void it. You will NEVER get a cut and dry answer on mods that will/wont void your warranty.

Best bet is to stick with light mods if you want to guarantee your warranty will stay in effect. If you do bolt on exhaust, Intake, Shifter, etc and keep the stock parts you can always turn it back to 100% stock if you were to have any major issues.
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This pretty much sums it up your warranty isn't a blanket warranty. If you bring it in for a headlight being burnt out or paint bubbling there not going to check for a tune being installed on the car. But if your car randomly blows an engine or trans that is a high priced warranty claim. Even if the dealer doesn't want to look at it Ford will before they honor the claim. And because the tune effects how the engine operates it would be grounds to void it. You will NEVER get a cut and dry answer on mods that will/wont void your warranty.



Best bet is to stick with light mods if you want to guarantee your warranty will stay in effect. If you do bolt on exhaust, Intake, Shifter, etc and keep the stock parts you can always turn it back to 100% stock if you were to have any major issues.

Very good point, especially considering bolt ons can be changed out fairly easily. I guess I'll wait till closer to the time my warranty is up for a tuner then.


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In all seriousness you ask a very good newbie question and unfortunately there aren't any power mods that may not void your warranty. You could put a set of after market axle backs on but they are not considered a performance mod and nothing more than sound enhancement.

I'm not sure how a Cold Air Intake would void an entire powertrain warranty especially if there is no tune but then again your not getting performance gains with a CAI and no tune. Or almost no gains if someone cares to argue. Lol.

Unfortunately, there is no completely free ride. If you are dead set against taking a chance on voiding the warranty, the solution is simple. Don't mod! I was so concerned about voiding my factory warranty I waited almost 5,000 miles to purchase my performance tuner and CAI. Ha ha ha.

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The mods that wont void your warranty are the ones you can take off before you take it in to the dealer.

Even if you flash back to a stock tune however, they will know. Ford doesn't go in an check parameters and say "oh, that looks different, it must be tuned," They just use a key cycle counter. Basically if your car has 20k miles, but only 2 registered Key cycles, you obviously flashed a map before bringing it to the dealer. They're just less likely to check for something like this if you bring them a stock car... or don't brain fart like my GF and leave your damn SCT IN THE CAR when you take it to the dealership -_-
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The mods that wont void your warranty are the ones you can take off before you take it in to the dealer.

Even if you flash back to a stock tune however, they will know. Ford doesn't go in an check parameters and say "oh, that looks different, it must be tuned," They just use a key cycle counter. Basically if your car has 20k miles, but only 2 registered Key cycles, you obviously flashed a map before bringing it to the dealer. They're just less likely to check for something like this if you bring them a stock car... or don't brain fart like my GF and leave your damn SCT IN THE CAR when you take it to the dealership -_-
I left mine in my car along with full aftermarket exhaust due to an O2 sensor failure.

They didn't even mention the modifications. They argued with me that the O2 sensor wasn't covered under warranty, which it is. I had to call Ford and SHOW the service manager the Federal Emissions warranty.

An odd situation for sure. Granted, it won't go that way at every dealer.

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I left mine in my car along with full aftermarket exhaust due to an O2 sensor failure.

They didn't even mention the modifications. They argued with me that the O2 sensor wasn't covered under warranty, which it is. I had to call Ford and SHOW the service manager the Federal Emissions warranty.

An odd situation for sure. Granted, it won't go that way at every dealer.

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I had a full header back exhaust and cobrajet top end lol and they fixed my 5th gear synchro ... likely only because of the TSB, or the fact all my parts said "Ford Racing" on them haha but point being if you're worried about it, just do basic mods you can remove easily
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