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Old 05-13-2013, 04:45 PM   #1
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Voiding The Warranty?

Hey guys, I'm just curious... Who do you ask if you want to check if a mod you want to do will void your warranty?

When I bought my car I hit it off with the parts manager and emailed him asking if getting an alarm installed would void the warranty... He said nope! And also said springs and a cai wouldn't either... He said an exhaust could be tricky depending on some things but was confident I could get an aftermarket exhaust and be good to go.

Basically, is this all the confirmation I need? Do I actually need anything in writing or is an email good enough, if a problem ever comes up?

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Old 05-13-2013, 04:50 PM   #2
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good to go. i doubt they will give you a specific written warranty. they just wont cover the parts you put on.
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Old 05-13-2013, 04:51 PM   #3
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Any exhaust, alarm, CAI, are OK. Just don't do a tune and you should be OK.
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Dealers have zero control over your warranty, GM has the final say. You can get all the documentation in the world from a dealer saying that you will be good to go however if anything happens and GM says your warranty is toast the dealer will not be able to help you.

PS, an alarm is iffy. If done correctly then it shouldn't however if done incorrectly and the wrong wire is tapped into then yes.
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Old 05-13-2013, 04:54 PM   #5
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Every mod you do, voids the warranty of the part you are modding or replacing.

Headers, axle back, cats, cai will NOT void your powertrain warranty (they only void the warranty on the parts they replace cause hey, they arent on the car anymore).

BUT A TUNE will void the warranty for your engine, should GM ask to see a snapshot if your dealership submits a claim.

So, really, internal engine work and a tune can void your powertrain warranty. Outside of that, everything is gravy, mod away
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Old 05-13-2013, 04:57 PM   #6
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If your car has an issue/defect and you have modified the defective area or areas that are integrated with the defective area, I suspect it will not be covered.
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Old 05-13-2013, 05:00 PM   #7
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Tuning the car is what voids your warranty.
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Old 05-13-2013, 05:12 PM   #8
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I asked the GM of my dealer and he got the service manager to come in and us talk it out and they assured me adding headers and aftermarket exhaust would only void my exhaust warranty as long as I didn't tune the ECM. They said it was ok to use my scan tool to clear the cel that I'd probably get every week or so
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Old 05-13-2013, 05:39 PM   #9
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Tuning the car is what voids your warranty.
This statement is just not true. Your "warranty" is not voided with a tune. So many people hear this statement and they think the dealership won't touch their car or fix anything under warranty if its tuned.

My L99 A6 is 4 years old. It has been modded and tuned for almost all of that time. I've always been completely upfront with my dealership about my mods, and I have never been denied any warranty work due to my mods.
I just recently had several parts replaced under my powertrain warranty due to the fact my bolt on mods/tune were not at fault for the problem.

And off course, anything minor (AC not working, CD player issues, seat heater, etc, etc) will all be covered.

But I wouldn't expect GM to pay for a new transmission if I blew mine up while racing down a drag strip.
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Hey guys, I'm just curious... Who do you ask if you want to check if a mod you want to do will void your warranty?

When I bought my car I hit it off with the parts manager and emailed him asking if getting an alarm installed would void the warranty... He said nope! And also said springs and a cai wouldn't either... He said an exhaust could be tricky depending on some things but was confident I could get an aftermarket exhaust and be good to go.

Basically, is this all the confirmation I need? Do I actually need anything in writing or is an email good enough, if a problem ever comes up?

Thanks!
Give the post below a quick read. I wrote it specifically to answer these sorts of questions.

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Got it. Loud and clear! Thanks everyone.

Thanks @Apex, that was a great read!
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Old 05-13-2013, 06:32 PM   #12
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Got it. Loud and clear! Thanks everyone.

Thanks @Apex, that was a great read!
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Old 05-13-2013, 07:27 PM   #13
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Warranties are too restrictive on my modding lol
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Headers, axle back, cats, cai will NOT void your powertrain warranty (they only void the warranty on the parts they replace cause hey, they arent on the car anymore).
And owner installed bolt-on headers (done properly, of course) do not require a tune in order to reap the full benefits?
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Old 05-13-2013, 08:59 PM   #15
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if you tune your car and your engine, trans, or rear gear need replacing, you will be paying for it yourself. if gm denies your warranty, you have to take them to court. gm doesnt have to prove anything to deny your warranty. they have denied reasonable claims before and stalled and carried it out for months.
any vendor that will give me a written warranty for my major powertrain parts can sell me a cam, tune and headers.
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Give the post below a quick read. I wrote it specifically to answer these sorts of questions.

Will This Modification Void My Warranty?
The post just prior to yours says that having a tune will not void the powertrain warranty. Is this, in fact, true? I want to have headers with hi flow cats installed and then tuned on the dyno but don't want to lose my PT warranty.
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The post just prior to yours says that having a tune will not void the powertrain warranty. Is this, in fact, true? I want to have headers with hi flow cats installed and then tuned on the dyno but don't want to lose my PT warranty.
Surprise, surprise; I've written about that as well. The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act applies even in the case of a tune. They can not just out right void your warranty simply because it is there. But if you have a powertrain problem they will not cover it and to be honest they shouldn't. A bad tune can destroy an engine in a snap and there are a lot of people out there tuning cars that have no business doing it. The manufacturer can't be expected to take responsibility for that. At a certain point you have to be prepared to pay to play.

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The post just prior to yours says that having a tune will not void the powertrain warranty. Is this, in fact, true? I want to have headers with hi flow cats installed and then tuned on the dyno but don't want to lose my PT warranty.
GM does not always ask for snapshots of the ECM for every repair done. Especially if it is a known defect that may already have a service bulletin out on it. Rest assured that if GM asks about it, and it has been tuned, and it could even remotely add to the failure, you will most likely be denied coverage by GM no matter what the dealer says. You just have to understand that this is always a possibility with a tune.
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The post just prior to yours says that having a tune will not void the powertrain warranty. Is this, in fact, true? I want to have headers with hi flow cats installed and then tuned on the dyno but don't want to lose my PT warranty.


Hello moserbe,

Modifications or tunes do not automatically void the powertrain warranty, but in many cases they will. If there is an issue or damage, and it is found to be the result of a modification or tune, then your powertrain warranty will be found void. These products may have detrimental effects on the performance and life of the engine, exhaust, emission system, transmission, and drivetrain. I hope this helps.


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Hello moserbe,

Modifications or tunes do not automatically void the powertrain warranty, but in many cases they will. If there is an issue or damage, and it is found to be the result of a modification or tune, then your powertrain warranty will be found void. These products may have detrimental effects on the performance and life of the engine, exhaust, emission system, transmission, and drivetrain. I hope this helps.

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Hello moserbe,

Modifications or tunes do not automatically void the powertrain warranty, but in many cases they will. If there is an issue or damage, and it is found to be the result of a modification or tune, then your powertrain warranty will be found void. These products may have detrimental effects on the performance and life of the engine, exhaust, emission system, transmission, and drivetrain. I hope this helps.


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Glad to see you guys respond to this sort of question.
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Dealers have zero control over your warranty, GM has the final say. You can get all the documentation in the world from a dealer saying that you will be good to go however if anything happens and GM says your warranty is toast the dealer will not be able to help you.

PS, an alarm is iffy. If done correctly then it shouldn't however if done incorrectly and the wrong wire is tapped into then yes.
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Old 05-15-2013, 03:59 PM   #25
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I'm just curious, if you do a tune, and no cel's ever show up then wouldn't that mean that the engine was operating properly, if there ever was a question about a tune harming the engine.
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