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Old 10-22-2014, 11:20 PM   #1
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Me and my friend, I have a 14 GT he has a 13, were wondering if getting a bama tune voids warranties (which we know they do) But more specifically which warranty or is it all of your warranties? And also if he returns all the settings back to the stock tune before he takes it into the dealership for service or something would they be able to tell?
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Old 10-23-2014, 01:31 AM   #2
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There was an article I think I read where Ford, upon seeing so many people keep asking whether tunes and other powertrain mods would void warranties and such, had made an unofficial decision to just save everybody the hassle of having to worry about warranty this and warranty that by keep warranties intact if only the benchmark would be hit where 50,000 different people start 50,000 different threads asking the same question in 50,000 different times.

I do believe this is only the 38,913 thread asking this question so I guess we're SOL on the warranty until another 11,087 threads.

And as much as we would like to give you a more definite and positive answer unfortunately the answer is still the same as the previous 38,912 times on something like 1000 different forums.

Unless you're talking about BAMA tuning your radio, then yes it will technically void everything that the tune touches or causes to turn or otherwise adds more stress to if they can prove caused abuse beyond what they designed the car for. They can void your warranty unless your cool with the dealer who may opt to help conceal the mods to Ford who...... [click here to read more on Google]


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Me and my friend, I have a 14 GT he has a 13, were wondering if getting a bama tune voids warranties (which we know they do) But more specifically which warranty or is it all of your warranties? And also if he returns all the settings back to the stock tune before he takes it into the dealership for service or something would they be able to tell?
That's a really good question and it's not just Bama as well-You would need to look into the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act as well as get in touch with your dealer to see what specifically would be affected here but each and every Ford Dealer will handle this differently. There's some dealers out that that carry Ford Racing parts, and if you're to have them installed (Axle-Back for example) they too would void your warranty as Ford Racing is separate from Ford. It's a huge gray area! To answer your questions if there's a footprint as well if they're looking for it they'll see it. Let me know if you're to have any other questions and I'm here to help.

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It depends on the dealer. The Ford near me is fine with it... alot of the guys that work there have GTs and I know atleast one has shelby.
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all good stuff above me. I'll add it helps to have a good relationship with your dealer. I make it a point to buy oil filters from them and say hi to sales and service at that time. Some dealers are "friendlier" than others but none will put "it's covered if you have a tune" in writing.

Magnuson/Moss sp? is only paper if Ford says NO it won't be fixed by Ford untill you win in court (if you do win)

I wouldn't tune untill my wtty is up but I only have a v6 so power ain't super important to me
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I'm a sarcastic prick at times. But as a general rule of thumb, this proof of abuse/failure due to parts and whatnot by the dealer is so convoluted that not many people would pursue them legally for a few hundred dollars. Even if you do pursue them it'll cost you up front to fix and then perhaps legal retainer fees.

Dealers would be your best help when working with warranty service. If they like you they can try to help push you thru warranty coverage. And as another rule of thumb, when asking for help, you need to know enough info to show you're not some lazy or ignorant person. It's the age of the Internet. All sorts of info are found here especially on basic questions. If you go into the dealership and start shooting the breeze with very specific but knowledgable questions they will have more patience and inclination to help you.

Don't ask: So what is this Magnuson Moss Act and how does it affect me? Is it true that I'll be screwed out of warranty or can you guys work with me?

Ask Instead: Magnuson Moss Act is there to protect people with warranty coverages due to non-OEM and modifications. Does this dealership (you) see a lot of your customers make mods on the cars you sell them? Yes? Cool. (No? Try a different dealer maybe). Have they experienced any problems with their cars? Yes? What happened and were they able to get it fixed under warranty or did they have to foot the bill?

It'll be best if this shooting of the breeze is done over lunch or drinks. That's personal relationship you can bet on when you need it to count.

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