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Old 06-25-2012, 07:33 PM   #1
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Will this void my warranty?

My car is a 2011 with 11,000 miles. I'm pretty set on putting longtubes, cai, and custom tune. Is this gonna void my warranty?
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Old 06-25-2012, 07:43 PM   #2
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Old 06-25-2012, 07:53 PM   #3
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Tune should not void a warranty unless they show it caused the damage in my opinion, but I base that off my idea plain good customer service.

Since Chevy bases it more off the miniscule percentage of profit (taking all the money the company makes in comparison) they show by not doing repairs if they can get out of doing them, they will use the tune to void your warranty.

And with headers you will need a tune.
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Tune should not void a warranty unless they show it caused the damage in my opinion, but I base that off my idea plain good customer service.

Since Chevy bases it more off the miniscule percentage of profit (taking all the money the company makes in comparison) they show by not doing repairs if they can get out of doing them, they will use the tune to void your warranty.

And with headers you will need a tune.
You tune your car you lose your powertrain warranty. No ands, ifs, or buts about it. When you tune you are changing the operating parameters of the engine - any engine failure afterwards can be blamed on your manipulation of the operating parameters (aka your tune).
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Old 06-25-2012, 08:06 PM   #5
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You tune your car you lose your powertrain warranty. No ands, ifs, or buts about it. When you tune you are changing the operating parameters of the engine - any engine failure afterwards can be blamed on your manipulation of the operating parameters (aka your tune).
yep sort of like if they sell 52 ounce coke's at restaurants, any obesity in the state can be blamed on 52 ounce coke's.....no need to prove it, doesnt even matter if its remotly true, if theres a miniscule chance that it might in some alternate universe be true and they say it is, the sheep will fall in line........
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Old 06-25-2012, 08:15 PM   #6
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This has been debated here to death....depends on what has failed and if your Dealer is Mod friendly.

It is NOT a definitive no or yes.

I have personally seen a Dealership replace a trans,axle shafts,driveshaft bolts etc. on a tuned and a tuned and cammed car.

Your mileage may vary
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Old 06-25-2012, 08:26 PM   #7
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It'll only be void if something breaks and you try to get the dealer to fix it .
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Old 06-25-2012, 08:35 PM   #8
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A tune WILL void your no questions asked BUT only IF GM asks the dealer for a copy of your current tune.

Once GM tells the service manager to hook up the computer and send them your tune, you're screwed however GM only does this on big ticket items or on suspicious repairs. Until GM asks for this information, you will be good to go.
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Old 06-26-2012, 01:37 AM   #9
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What about a hand held tuner. I know you're not gonna get the gains a custom tune would get, but you can always put the factory tune back, right?
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Old 06-26-2012, 03:59 AM   #10
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ANY tune, even if you reflash it back to stock afterwards, will void your warranty! And yes, they can tell if it's been re-flashed. If anyone tells you any different, they are mistaken! Tune at your own risk! It really is that simple!
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Old 06-26-2012, 04:30 AM   #11
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I want to mod this thing sooo bad, but I might hold off a while on the stiff that could come back to bite me.
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Old 06-26-2012, 04:40 AM   #12
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Im with you bro! What I've been doing is trying to feed the mod bug by focusing on cosmetics for now, and save the warranty killing ones for later. Get the car looking like you want first, you know?

You could also do the small performance, warranty friendly mods such as a CAI.
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Old 06-26-2012, 04:50 AM   #13
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Old 06-26-2012, 06:26 AM   #14
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What about having 2 ECU's one tuned and one stock? It's more expensive but is there a way to show a tune or being flashed with a stock one in? Even if it appeared disconnected wouldn't a disconnected battery do the same thing.
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What about having 2 ECU's one tuned and one stock? It's more expensive but is there a way to show a tune or being flashed with a stock one in? Even if it appeared disconnected wouldn't a disconnected battery do the same thing.
No. It doesn't work. There is NO way to cheat the system. If you want to tune your car be prepared to lose your warranty.
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Old 06-26-2012, 06:43 AM   #16
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What about having 2 ECU's one tuned and one stock? It's more expensive but is there a way to show a tune or being flashed with a stock one in? Even if it appeared disconnected wouldn't a disconnected battery do the same thing.
I believe this came up before, and if I recall correctly, the info will not match on the 2nd ECU. In other words, it's a good thought, but big brother GM will know.
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You tune your car you lose your powertrain warranty. No ands, ifs, or buts about it. When you tune you are changing the operating parameters of the engine - any engine failure afterwards can be blamed on your manipulation of the operating parameters (aka your tune).
This pretty well sums it up regarding tunes. Headers alone will be blamed for a wide variety of failures due to extra performance and underhood heat - you probably have a 50-50 chance of having warranty coverage denied when they see the headers. Any major (i.e. expensive) engine or drive train problem that requires approval by a district rep. will almost certainly be denied.

Headers & other serious performance mods put you into the "racer" category as far as GM is concerned...
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Old 06-26-2012, 10:57 AM   #18
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get a aftermarket warranty and modd the hell out of your car without any worries.
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What about having 2 ECU's one tuned and one stock? It's more expensive but is there a way to show a tune or being flashed with a stock one in? Even if it appeared disconnected wouldn't a disconnected battery do the same thing.
Using search I found 27 threads and counting that go pretty in depth on why this doesn't work.
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Old 06-26-2012, 04:01 PM   #21
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ANY tune, even if you reflash it back to stock afterwards, will void your warranty! And yes, they can tell if it's been re-flashed. If anyone tells you any different, they are mistaken! Tune at your own risk! It really is that simple!


The Camaro's ECU remembers the last 10 tunes that was installed. Even if you flash it back to stock, if GM asks a dealer to read your ECU, GM will be able to see your tune. The ECU also has a flash counter so you can't flash the stock tune 10 times so it no longer remembers your aftermarket tune.
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Old 06-27-2012, 01:56 AM   #22
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Im with you bro! What I've been doing is trying to feed the mod bug by focusing on cosmetics for now, and save the warranty killing ones for later. Get the car looking like you want first, you know?

You could also do the small performance, warranty friendly mods such as a CAI.
Kinda what I'm leaning toward. Cai for sure and I want some sort of short thro shifter, hurst, or mgw. I want the 4 pack gauges, since my 1ss doesn't have em. Also some lowering springs. I'd like to drop her an inch or so. Oh, and a raptor shift light. That's just a few things I've been thinking that I'd live to have and shouldn't void my warranty
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Old 06-27-2012, 03:08 AM   #23
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Kinda what I'm leaning toward. Cai for sure and I want some sort of short thro shifter, hurst, or mgw. I want the 4 pack gauges, since my 1ss doesn't have em. Also some lowering springs. I'd like to drop her an inch or so. Oh, and a raptor shift light. That's just a few things I've been thinking that I'd live to have and shouldn't void my warranty
Sounds like a plan!
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