Invalidating car warranty
It's also illegal for a dealer to deny you the OE warranty because you have changed the exhaust system. But you will need to be armed with some basic information.
Under the Magnuson Moss Warranty Act of 1975, 15 USC, 2302 and Clean Air Act 42 of USA code 7541, you have rights. The answer is “possibly,” as the increased stress to these components cause by the increased power output from the turbo could indeed cause your warranty to be denied. Since most high quality systems, at least those systems that are 50 state legal, are installed behind the catalytic converters, there should be no warranty concerns to other components, even emissions components.
This legislation basically states that: In order for a dealer/manufacturer to deny a warranty on a claimed part, they must PROVE that the part YOU installed/had installed DIRECTLY caused the failure of the part on which you’re claiming the warranty. Let’s say you install a turbocharger to the engine. Most exhaust companies, including Magna Flow, design their systems so that no modification is necessary to get the systems to fit.
They will not trigger “check engine” lights unless there’s a leak in the system which almost always caused by an oversight during installation and they will not effect emissions.
So, if you’re not sure how to install a part (or if you’re trying to rig something together), it might be wise to get some professional help.
Here’s a list of after-market parts that won’t hurt your warranty: Most exterior “dress-up” parts: Bug shields, chrome grille guards, spoilers, or any other part that effects the appearance of your car only should NOT impact your warranty.
While Magna Flow goes to great lengths to provide ample clearance of fuel lines, electric lines, brake lines, etc., like any part you’d install, if care is not exercised, there could be interference with equipment on the vehicle.
That’s why we recommend using a Magna Flow “Preferred” dealer to do your installation, unless you have at least some basic knowledge of working on vehicles.
If any of the parts identified as Covered Parts in Attachment A (below) break down, then for a period of 12 months from the date the vehicle was purchased or 12,000 miles (whichever occurs first), Regal Car Sales and Credit will at no charge repair or replace any such part(s).If the answer to either of these questions is yes, than the part you’re considering will effect your warranty somehow.It’s also important to note that any after market part that’s not designed for your vehicle or improperly installed could definitely hurt your warranty.Mechanical breakdown coverage applies to the Covered Parts listed in the Attachments below plus any related labor, but certain exclusions apply (see below).You must notify Regal Car Sales and Credit of the failure of a Covered Part within the 12-month/12,000-mile Warranty Period, as applicable.