what voids warranty, what doesnt?

Discussion in 'Fiesta ST Engine Upgrades' started by ziggyst, Nov 20, 2013.

  1. ziggyst

    ziggyst Member

    has this been discussed in detail yet? im sure a lot of people are curious as to whether or not exhaust, intakes, tunes and such are warranty friendly or not?
    i know i would like to know
    this is my first brand new car and have never had to deal with warranty before, and yes, as ive previously posted, i do apprentice at a ford dealer but i have never dealt with warranty claims for such things, and am currently in school so havent been in to my dealership the past little while to ask anyone...
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  3. wash

    wash Active Member

  4. Smokin

    Smokin Active Member

    According to my dealer, who check with Ford upline, as long as I don't mess with the engine internals the warranty willcover.

    As opposed to the dicks at VW..................
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  5. FordServiceCA

    FordServiceCA Official Ford Representative

    Hi ziggyst,

    Your dealer is in the best position to answer your questions about warranty. You should also have paperwork that came with the car covering what is and isn't covered; it's a good place to start. :) If you ever need assistance, please let me know.

  6. takuarc

    takuarc Member

    I read there is no such thing as void wareanty but rather the company can deny warranty claims due to you messing with certain aspects of the car.
    This will differ from company to company. Some are more strict than others. Dealers might be able to help but I will doubt anyone will have a definite answer.

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  7. BRGT350

    BRGT350 Well-Known Member Staff Member

    From what I have been used to, the only time your warranty is void is if the aftermarket part you had installed caused the failure of another part. For example, you install an air filter and the wheel bearing fails, the bearing is ok since the two are not related. You install a filter and the engine fails from dirt getting into the engine, then you are screwed. I have been modifying new cars for over a decade now and never ran into an issue with warranty and aftermarket parts. Just be smart about what you install and know that you might cause yourself a problem down the road. Avoid cheap stuff and anything that might cause problems with other parts of the car. If you modify the suspension so you can get the "stance-poke-maor poke" look and kill your wheel bearings, then you should have expected that when you made significant changes to the suspension.
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  8. RodMoe

    RodMoe Well-Known Member

    Well put...
  9. D1JL

    D1JL Well-Known Member

    I must agree with takuarc, They can not VOID your warranty, however they CAN deny a claim.
    I also agree with BRGT350 but must clarify.
    "You install a filter and the engine fails from dirt getting into the engine, then you are screwed."
    I believe this should be corrected to:
    You install a filter that is NOT a direct replacement as called for by the manufacturer and the engine fails from anything, then you are screwed.

  10. totusPorcus

    totusPorcus Member

    modding a car and then getting warranty work done is a crap shoot. over the years i've seen everything from the dealer didnt care what you did they fixed your car to they didnt care what you did, if they could find anything they denied the claim.

    of course you can fight it and perhaps due to the letter of the law you might eventually win. but im gonna bet not a single person on this forum has lawyers (and plural is intended here) on retainer to fight your claim in court against ford motor company.

    but who knows.

    i've modded quite a bit. but on cars out of or near out of warranty and where there was a long history of early explorers years ahead of me trying different mods to determine what worked and didnt break a car and what worked but eventually broke a part (headlands on suby motors or trans on 5 speeds wrxes for instance).

    my best guess tells me the st can take a slightly bigger turbo with a different tune, a bigger downpipe and cat back and a slightly bigger intercooler and without maxing out the pump/injectors get perhaps 50 or so more to the wheels. assuming the aftermarket comes up with turbos that bolt in the same spot as the stock unit, my guess is you are looking at around 3 to 4k to reach this point including a tuning solution and a dyno tune. add 700 to 1000$ for a suspension upgrade and a bit more if you dont like the wheels and this is about as far as you would want to go unless you are down for a lot more dollars and broken parts.

    my experience over the years has taught me to decide what you want in performance, pick a platform that will get you there at a reasonable cost (and not an outrageous set of mods) and if it wont get you there without breaking parts pick a different platform, perhaps a used car for example. this is of course unless you are running a tuning and mod shop and want to play shake and break to develop products.
  11. pwnall1337

    pwnall1337 New Member

    If it makes you feel any better, my previous 2014 Mustang GT had a steeda CAI and bama 93 tune when the 5th gear synchro failed inside my transmission. Red Mc combs ford fixed it with out any bs, but it did take around 14 days since ford was curious as to why it failed with the car being 2 months old. (They know why it failed, cause poor metal working in china)

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