Non Ford Modifications & Power Chips
Power "Chips" and Non-Ford Component Modifications installed to "Boost" power or off-road performance INVALIDATE your WARRANTY
What is Ford warranty policy on power-train software "chips" or component modification?
As you can read in the Warranty Guide, Ford will NOT warranty any repair caused by any tampering, altering, modifying, or non-Ford component replacement. Some examples are PCM "Power Chips", lift kits, over sized tires, aftermarket power-train components, air filters, gears, suspension, converters, and 4WD kits. Ford will not pay for those components OR the parts on the vehicle those modifications caused to fail.
Why does Ford care?
Ford's powertrain systems are highly integrated and technically complex systems with very tight tolerances and operating specs. They know from testing that parts that do not meet these highly controlled specs, or try to work around them, cause preliminary failure resulting in customer dissatisfaction and fraudulent warranty costs.
How can they find out a customer put in a "Powerchip"?
- There are seals that are broken when the chip is installed into the power-train control module.
- Ford software can now detect a chip was put in and will identify specific codes to the technician, even if you removed the chip before you came in to the dealership.