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Warranty Issues...

I have a 2009 Ranger XLT 4x4. I was wondering, what mods if any can be done without voiding the 75,000 mile warranty, or any other manufacturers warranties.
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Thats a good question. I would like to know as well.
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don't take my word for it, call the dealer, but I'm thinking since most warranties are pretty much just for drivetrain and such...doing some suspension changes should not hinder that. but again, I'd call the dealer or the guy you bought the truck from at the dealer and ask about it. and then of course write back here :)
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I have been told by numerous people, that certain things can be installed by a Ford Mechanic with voiding the warranty. I was looking at a K&N Intake, and a Magnaflow Catback exhaust to start with. I would think that somethings may not even need a Ford Mechanic to install, like the exhaust, taking 15-20 minutes from the old to the new...
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it all depends on the dealer, the dealership i work at would not honor the warranty on my superduty, with 9" lift, 38s, turbo, chip, exhaust etc but the dealership that evan (rangererv) works at did the warranty work i needed (transmission) without question
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wow, glad that worked out for you J. Higgs. I guess it's just all in who you know. JLuck, if they say it'll void your warranty, I guess you'll have to drive to rangererv whenever you need work. haha
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I was always told that unless the aftermarket part caused the failure, warranty was NOT void
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^^^

same. my dealer guy said something similar since i asked him about lifts once.
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I have a few articles pertaining to lift kits, suspension upgrades, and power upgrades, from a lawyer (who happened to take Chrysler to court over it) that I will post in here when I get home, that tell you what you can do. It's actually quite alot...
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as long as they cant prove the mod caused the issue then it does not void the warranty.

as stated above.

Sometimes you may have to go the extra step... For instance, I had a chip on my PCM, and the dealer blamed it on that, I told them no way, what i had to do was remove the mod then show that the issue still existed and they fixed the issue. (IAC failure)
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I've got an '09 ranger and I've been dealing with warranties for a little while the rules are if you changed it and it causes a problem it voids all warranties related to it so for exhaust it voids the muffler instantly and if anything happens to the cats or the manifold they wont touch it, as for lifts you can go no higher then 4 inches with a suspension lift and no body lifts. electrical is the same if any problems it will void the warranty unless you can hide it really well. pretty much anything will void the warranties, that's there goal after all is to rip you off for as much money as possible.
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As promised... You can read more into it but here's some of the highlights...

New Vehicle Warranties And Your Rights

No aftermarket part or accessory that is properly installed on your vehicle will entirely void your original vehicle manufacturers warranty. According to the provisions in the Magnuson-Moss Warranty - Federal Trade Commission Improvement Act, It is the dealership's responsibility to prove that your modification directly caused or affected the failure you are trying to resolve. With that said, some dealerships are more performance-oriented than others and are more willing to work with customers.

Warranty-related materials, published by the new vehicle manufacturers, state that the installation of aftermarket parts have no effect on the warranty unless such equipment causes the problem that leads to the warranty claim. Nonetheless, some dealers have improperly denied warranty claims even though the claim had nothing to do with aftermarket parts. I.E., just because you install an exhaust system, your suspension failure warranty claim cannot be denied. If you experience a problem with an uncooperative dealership, point out the provisions of the this "FEDERAL ACT". For more information call your vehicle manufacturer or click on the link above to go directly to the Federal Trade Commission's website to find out more about this law. ..... Sorry the link isn't gonna work, have to find it by search...
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Awesome, thanks for the info...Now all I need to do is find a cheap set-up. There is a 4 Wheel parts Store here in Salt Lake that said if they do the install of the superlift, it would be about $600-$750 for install alone of the Superlift system. Is it really that hard to install?
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