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Ford put its dealers on alert to look out for warranty-voiding modifications

By Steve Turner

There has always been a delicate dance between Ford as a manufacturer selling vehicles with comprehensive warranties and the company that promotes the fun of performance vehicles. At the SEMA Show the spectacle is all about how cool it is to use these vehicles as a blank canvas for modifications. However, as cool as that is, you could be jeopardizing your warranty if you take part in the fun.

The bulletin lists several hardware modifications and details how they might cause issues. It even goes so far as to include photos of popular modifications like cold air intakes and supercharger upgrades.
The bulletin lists several hardware modifications and details how they might cause issues. It even goes so far as to include photos of popular modifications like cold air intakes and supercharger upgrades.

As most of us know, the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act allows consumers to install aftermarket products on their vehicles without voiding the manufacturer warranty. However, if those modifications can be attributed as the cause for a failure, things change. It would seem that Ford is getting more serious about limiting its warranty liability from such modifications, as it recently issued a General Service Bulletin to its dealers titled Gas Engine Performance Modifications.

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