Ford Warns 2011 Mustang Owners Not To Modify Their Cars
Ford recently announced a TSB (Technical Service Bulletin) for customers who have purchased the 2011 Ford Mustang, warning against modifying any powertrain components or calibration. Both of these modifications are meant to improve performance, but Ford warns that both could mean problems for the car. The reasoning for this TSB is that these modifications may exceed the limits of existing components and cause vehicle problems and/or safety concerns.
As can be imagined, Mustang enthusiasts have not reacted well to this news at all. To Mustang owners, their muscle car is practically built for modification. Any warning against modification is a slap in the face to Mustang lovers everywhere.
In addition to a generic warning from the Ford TSB, the company added that modifying the Mustang may result in:
- poor performance and/or poor fuel economy
- trouble codes generated by the car’s computer
- component failure, and
- problems passing emissions
The company also included literature in the Mustang TSB that warns of warranty nullification. “Warranty nullification” is a dreaded phrase for any car owner, and new Mustang owners are no different in this regard. According to Ford, aftermarket modifications can alter settings throughout the Mustang, to include fuel and spark settings, and thus are good cause for warranty nullification.
The good news is that it is illegal for Ford to void a vehicle warranty because of performance modifications (learn more about the Magnuson-Moss act). Unfortunately, the company could void the warranty coverage of any parts that have been modified and/or effected by a modification (provided they can prove the part has been modified or effected).
These days, companies are looking for cost cutting measures regardless of customer satisfaction, and the recent Ford TSB is a perfect example of this. Ford has had a few recent problems concerning car failures, and it appears as if Ford is actively looking for ways to recover some of those losses.
It is doubtful that Ford’s TSB will cause enthusiasm for the Mustang to die off, but it could do some damage to Ford’s image. In an attempt to mitigate any public relations damage the company may receive from the TSB, Ford representatives contacted many car enthusiast websites and organizations acknowledging Mustang-owners’ love of customizing and modifying their cars. Representatives added that the TSB was simply a warning to better inform customers of possible ramifications that can occur when modifying the vehicles beyond factory specifications.
With Ford’s warning released, customers should do research about whether a specific modification has any consequences concerning the car’s warranty. Not all aftermarket parts are created with the same quality and thus it is important to due thorough research about the product before installing it on the vehicle. Modify, but do so intelligently.
NOTE: Adding an exhaust system to your Mustang will not effect your vehicle warranty. Exhaust systems have absolutely no impact on the function of the engine.
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