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Old 07-31-2015, 07:09 AM   #1
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Airbag Recall & Bama Tune

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I asked this question in another section and received no traction with thoughts.

When I take my car in for the airbag repair should I return my Bama 89 Performance tune to stock?

I have a Bama Tune ID plate attached to fuse box cover so they will know.

I am thinking about just rolling with what I have and maybe reload my tune when I get it back just in case the dealer re-flashes the car.

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Old 07-31-2015, 07:14 AM   #2
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I would call the dealer from a random phone number and ask the generic question "IF my car is tuned, will it still be covered for the airbag recall?" Don't give them any of your information. Make stuff up if they ask.
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^^ It's a recall, it doesnt matter if you've turned your car into a race car. They have to fix the airbag inflator, its not something they can deny like if youre tuned and blow the motor.

Now you might ask if when fixing do they have to flash anything to the computer, because if so, then yes you want to return to stock tune before taking it in.
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+1 to what mariusvt said.

They can not deny you a recal no matter what you do.

I doubt they wud have to flash the car but it is always a slim possibility so would be good to atleast ask.


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This is a good question! Is the airbag tied into the computer or is it a separate system?

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This is a good question! Is the airbag tied into the computer or is it a separate system?

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Tied in with computer but swapping inflators out won't change the computer at all.


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In the airbag recall they only replace the module in the steering column. Has nothing to do with computer. I have a tune in my 07 and the air bag inflator was replaced without involving the PCM.
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I'll be calling tomorrow for the same situation.... I'll post what I find out
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I have had my car tuned and TOLD them tuned and not to flash. Between my two Mustangs (2011 GT anf 2013 GT) they have covered, differential leak, water pump and some ignition issue. Tune does NOT void a warranty... it just allows them to turn down work if the tune caused it. And they would have to prove that if you took it to court.

That said BTW it is recall not warranty. If you were full blown and at 200,000 they have to fix
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Yeah, I'm wondering if they'll let me bring in the module and trade it so I can swap it myself. Not a fan of bringing it to the dealer
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If the dealer re-flashes your car won't that make the tuner angry and requiring you to unlock it ($!) to put the tune back in (assuming you didn't go back to stock 1st).
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If the dealer re-flashes your car won't that make the tuner angry and requiring you to unlock it ($!) to put the tune back in (assuming you didn't go back to stock 1st).

I believe that is correct. If possible you should return it to stock just in case they find some reason to flash it. Or put tape or a sign on the port warning them not to flash it.



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It is wise to put it back to stock tune - because

When they check the serial (VIN) number on your car. It May have something that says the computer needs an update.
If it is for emissions , The dealer is required to update.
When they do ,You will lose your tune and not be able to put it back in when you get back home. It will cost you $$$$$$ so it is just a good idea to take it in untuned.
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Yeah, I'm wondering if they'll let me bring in the module and trade it so I can swap it myself. Not a fan of bringing it to the dealer
Ford has to do the work...................Dealer has to send paperwork back to Ford that proves they replaced the bag.....................NO!, you will not be able to replace it yourself.................good try though!
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I have one of these on my car at all times. When I go into the dealer for any work I make sure it is written on the service order............that I don't want them to do anything to the ECU without them calling you first.............................


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+1 on writing it on service request, but even more important is some type of lock (or simple tape & sign on obd port). I still suggest going back to stock if it will run ok with stock tune. I know not all cars will depending on how much work you have done with them
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Just got my recall today, they will replace the driver airbag inflator, who knows when the parts will be available. When it eventually goes in for the recall I'll be putting mine back to stock just in case.

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Just change the tune back to stock... Why worry about the consequences when you don't have to????? You know he is going to have to disconnect the battery and for sure hell see the nameplate. You don't know what kind of a$$hole that tech might be, he may just make a note on your records for future reference!!!
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I also got my piece of paper saying they were working the problem with their suppliers and will let us know when they have parts.
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I have one of these on my car at all times. When I go into the dealer for any work I make sure it is written on the service order............that I don't want them to do anything to the ECU without them calling you first.............................


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If I bring in my '07 Shelby that has a tune from Shelby will they still flash my ecu and if they do will they put the Shelby tune back on?
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If they flash your tune it's doubtfull they will go back to stock...this is why we are suggesting some type of lock (even tape) on the OBD port. I doubt they will flash it but it's easy enough to try and prevent it.
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Still, Be sure to tell them not to update your computer.
If emissions related - The Federal law say's it must be done so just bring you tuner with you.
I'm sure this would probably only pertain to 2015's now because the 14's and older are already emissions compliant.
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