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Old 06-26-2014, 10:17 PM   #1
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Will it void my warranty?

Hey fellas.
I've recently purchased a new '14 JKU Sport.
I can't handle it being stock. I understand there are certain things I shouldn't do as they will void my warranty. But I would like to know what exactly I can do that won't void it on me. I plan on a Warn stubby bumper. Already being shipped. I really hope I don't have to have it in the garage for 5 years. I have a Warn zeon 8S on hold at work. Until my bumper gets here. I have a light bar I was going to mount on the bumper above the winch. I would like a lift in the near future and larger tires that can actually get me places. Not big enough for a regear. But a tad bigger and much more aggressive than the stock ones. This is all in the planning stages, I'm still in the stage of drooling over pictures, haven't gotten into the details yet. But the bumper and winch are a good start for me.
So will a bumper and a winch void my warranty?
I've never had warranty before, I am so used to just bolting or welding it on. Thanks!
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Old 06-26-2014, 10:37 PM   #2
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Warranty can be a trick can of worms many mods can and will void parts of your warranty but use usably wont effect the entire warranty.
Example lift and tires could effect wheel bearings, U joints drive shaft BUT wont void radio this is an extreme example but a lot depends on the dealer and their attitude. You will get reply's touting magnum moss but keep in mind Chrysler has teams of lawyer's and you probably don't so use good judgement and if you play be prepaired to pay.

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That makes sense. I can't think of what replacing the bumper would affect. Maybe airbag sensors? I don't even know where they are. But I assume anything that is connected to the bumper would be voided. I think I'm going to go in tomorrow and ask. My throwout bearing is making a chatter noise at 2600km and that doesn't seem right. So I'm going in anyway. Thanks.
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Dude I haven't even considered that. Wow. Glad I saw this....
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Old 06-27-2014, 05:42 AM   #5
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These threads make me miss MTH! Every new vehicle comes with a warranty booklet that explains what is covered and what is not. It also details what can void the warranty. Void means it's completely gone and nothing I covered.
Modifications, aftermarket parts, and self maintenance does not VOID a warranty. There are laws to protect the consumer. Google Moss-Magnusson warranty act.
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That makes sense. I can't think of what replacing the bumper would affect. Maybe airbag sensors? I don't even know where they are. But I assume anything that is connected to the bumper would be voided. I think I'm going to go in tomorrow and ask. My throwout bearing is making a chatter noise at 2600km and that doesn't seem right. So I'm going in anyway. Thanks.
Bumpers have nothing to do with airbags. They do not deploy on impact.
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Hey fellas. I've recently purchased a new '14 JKU Sport. I can't handle it being stock. I understand there are certain things I shouldn't do as they will void my warranty. But I would like to know what exactly I can do that won't void it on me. I plan on a Warn stubby bumper. Already being shipped. I really hope I don't have to have it in the garage for 5 years. I have a Warn zeon 8S on hold at work. Until my bumper gets here. I have a light bar I was going to mount on the bumper above the winch. I would like a lift in the near future and larger tires that can actually get me places. Not big enough for a regear. But a tad bigger and much more aggressive than the stock ones. This is all in the planning stages, I'm still in the stage of drooling over pictures, haven't gotten into the details yet. But the bumper and winch are a good start for me. So will a bumper and a winch void my warranty? I've never had warranty before, I am so used to just bolting or welding it on. Thanks!
Aftermarket parts don't void warranties. I suggest you read the Chrysler warranty PDF on their site.
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These threads make me miss MTH! Every new vehicle comes with a warranty booklet that explains what is covered and what is not. It also details what can void the warranty. Void means it's completely gone and nothing I covered. Modifications, aftermarket parts, and self maintenance does not VOID a warranty. There are laws to protect the consumer. Google Moss-Magnusson warranty act.
Oops, looks like you answered this one daggo. Should have read ahead.
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These threads make me miss MTH! Every new vehicle comes with a warranty booklet that explains what is covered and what is not. It also details what can void the warranty. Void means it's completely gone and nothing I covered.
Modifications, aftermarket parts, and self maintenance does not VOID a warranty. There are laws to protect the consumer. Google Moss-Magnusson warranty act.
Agree with everything you said! One note though the OP is in Canada so my guess is the Moss-Magnusson Warranty Act is not applicable to him.
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Aftermarket parts don't void warranties. I suggest you read the Chrysler warranty PDF on their site.
No, but they CAN be reason to reject a warranty claim if the aftermarket part is suspected of causing the failure.
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Modifications, aftermarket parts, and self maintenance does not VOID a warranty. There are laws to protect the consumer. Google Moss-Magnusson warranty act.
I disagree. Yes, google the Moss-Magnusson warranty act, but take the time to read all of its provisions, and all the case law associated with it.. Most websites like to focus on only the pro-customer parts of the Act. There is more than just that.

Moss-Magnusson warranty act is a compromise, as many laws tend to be. The is the pro-customer part (that daggo and others like to point to), and there is also the pro-manufacturer part (what they like to forget exists).

The pro-manufacture part allows the manufacturer to completely VOID the warranty if there is any abuse. Case law defines abuse as such things like racing and off-roading.

Just as Ford has successfully VOID'ed warranties on Mustangs for racing, Jeep has successfully VOID'ed warranties on Wranglers too. As their proof for such, they can point to the modifications made to the vehicle that indicate such usage. It doesn't even matter if these mods were made just for show by the owners. Their existence is all the evidence the manufacturers need if they decide to pursue their cases.

The best thing, IMHO, is to not push Jeep down any of these paths. Always be real friendly to your service manager. Certainly never threaten him, or start a heated argument with him.

Hay, I need to add, don't shoot the messenger here. I agree that Wranglers are meant to go off-roading. But I am not the judge in these hearings/cases.
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Old 07-28-2014, 11:22 PM   #13
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These threads make me miss MTH! Every new vehicle comes with a warranty booklet that explains what is covered and what is not. It also details what can void the warranty. Void means it's completely gone and nothing I covered.
Modifications, aftermarket parts, and self maintenance does not VOID a warranty. There are laws to protect the consumer. Google Moss-Magnusson warranty act.
Yep, the most abused word on any automobile forum is the word "void." It means no remedy at law (can't even sue), and only a judge can declare a contract void, for things like illegality. Shame on Chrysler for even using the word in its warranty documents. Arguably an FTC violation just using that word.

Manufacturers can refuse warranty repairs, but they cannot, I repeat, cannot "void" them.

With that said, good thread and I'd love to hear about anyone denied warranty claims for a lift kit.

BTW, spoke to a sales guy today at a local dealership, and the said only if his dealership did the lift would it keep the warranty intact. My BS detector went off (he doesn't speak for Chrysler or other dealers), but he was otherwise fairly decent for a car salesman.

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