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Old 01-02-2013, 04:07 PM   #1
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Hood Louver Void Warranty

I have a 2012 Jeep wrangler and my wife bought me a posion spyder hood louver as a gift. Before I go cutting the hood, painting the louver and installing it, I wanted to make sure it wasnt going to void my warranty on the Jeep. I tried calling the dealership multiple times but just sat on the phone till they asked for my number and said someone would call me back. So any help here would be greatly appreciated and thanks in advance.

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My understanding is that the burden is on the dealer to prove the modification you did caused a particular part to fail.

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Old 01-02-2013, 04:49 PM   #3
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I have a 2012 Jeep wrangler and my wife bought me a posion spyder hood louver as a gift. Before I go cutting the hood, painting the louver and installing it, I wanted to make sure it wasnt going to void my warranty on the Jeep. I tried calling the dealership multiple times but just sat on the phone till they asked for my number and said someone would call me back. So any help here would be greatly appreciated and thanks in advance.
I would say that your warranty is still good unless you have an issue directly related to the hood.

If you have a dealership that isn't mod friendly, I could see a problem if something happened to the electronics under the hood and Chrysler tried to blame it on your newly modified hood. They might say that the vents allowed water to get in when it rained or something dumb like that and it caused a short circuit.

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My understanding is that the burden is on the dealer to prove the modification you did caused a particular part to fail.
Even if the dealership has to have the burden of proof, they can still deny you service. All you can do is complain loudly to Chrysler and hope they can convince the dealer to fix the issue, go to a different dealer, or get a lawyer.
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Old 01-02-2013, 07:59 PM   #4
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Thats my worry, that if something goes wrong electrically under the hood they will blame the louver. I know and you all know a little water coming through the hood isnt going to hurt anything but I also know how dealerships can be. Thanks for all your posts and if anyone has asked or gotten an answer from a dealership on this please let me know and thanks again!!
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Old 01-03-2013, 09:03 PM   #5
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I was finally able to speak with a service rep at the dealership where I purchased my Jeep. I was told that if something fails in the engine bay the hood louver and all other possible causes will be considered in determining why the part prematurely failed. With that being said i agree with everyone else that posted to this thread that any mods you do to your jeep will be reviewed in if they played a role in a part failure. Do I think a hood louver will cause any engine problems, most likely not as your engine gets sprayed with water, coated with salt, dirt and mud just driving down the street. A little water dripping down on top of the large plastic engine cover (on 2012 + models) is not going to cause any harm. Relieving excess heat from the engine bay at low speeds will however reduce strain and keep your engine from working harder then it needs too.
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