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Old 07-12-2013, 02:42 PM   #1
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Your thoughts? Should I break the car in a little more? I have 700 miles on the clock and want to allow time for break in, but I'd love my tune and intake soon. Should I wait till a certain amount of miles till i put the intake and tune on her? THanks
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I did, I think I had 1,000 miles on my car before adding the tune/intake, then gears at 6-8k, supercharger at 12k.
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I did, I think I had 1,000 miles on my car before adding the tune/intake, then gears at 6-8k, supercharger at 12k.
Could you still feel your car going through the break in period after install of the cai and tune?
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1000 miles wouldn't hurt anything as far as I'm concerned but, remember the tune/CAI voids the engine warranty so, I would drive it a little longer to make sure everything is ok with the motor....not that I heard of many stock engine failures but, there has been some. If it's a bad apple it will blow in the first few thousand miles...IMO.
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JayBeStangs94,

Lots of members of this forum will have their own opinions about what's consider a proper break in. Of course, there's nothing wrong with attempting to break in your engine thoroughly before modding it either.

However, Ford does claim the engine is broken in right from the factory. To back that up, we installed a Bama/CAI package on a ton of our brand new (new at the time) Project Cars. This included our 2011 v6, 2011 GT, 2012 GT, 2013 GT, and our most recent 2014 GT! None of these Mustangs had any issues from modding them with less than 30 total miles. Plus, it's safe to say our company cars see a little more abuse than the average street Mustang!

Hope this helps put things into prospective for you. Again, there's nothing wrong with going through a break in sequence, but it's not required.

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I don't see any issue doing the CAI and tune. If you're worried about break in still, just continue to baby it a little more until you're happy with the break in. Nothing about a CAI and tune says you HAVE to redline it every chance you get... it's just hard to resist sometimes.
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Lots of members of this forum will have their own opinions about what's consider a proper break in. Of course, there's nothing wrong with attempting to break in your engine thoroughly before modding it either.

However, Ford does claim the engine is broken in right from the factory. To back that up, we installed a Bama/CAI package on a ton of our brand new (new at the time) Project Cars. This included our 2011 v6, 2011 GT, 2012 GT, 2013 GT, and our most recent 2014 GT! None of these Mustangs had any issues from modding them with less than 30 total miles. Plus, it's safe to say our company cars see a little more abuse than the average street Mustang!

Hope this helps put things into prospective for you. Again, there's nothing wrong with going through a break in sequence, but it's not required.

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Break in? I did that by taking the car to the drag strip the first weekend I had it home!
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I had my cobra manifold, steeda cai, and cat deletes installed with about 600 miles on the car. No worries.
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Go for the tune and intake now. I had my 2008 Bullitt and my 2012 GT at the track with only about 500 miles to see what I can do in them. The only reason I waited to tune my cars was so I could learn how to drive them first. Once I felt comfortable launching and shifting I ordered a tune. I had 120k miles on the Bullitt when I traded it for the 2012 and I had zero problems. I have just over 40k on the 2012 GT and zero problems. I have about 15 passes at the drag strip , I think, with the 2012 so far. My time slips are upstairs and I am too lazy to go count them.
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1000 miles wouldn't hurt anything as far as I'm concerned but, remember the tune/CAI voids the engine warranty so, I would drive it a little longer to make sure everything is ok with the motor....not that I heard of many stock engine failures but, there has been some. If it's a bad apple it will blow in the first few thousand miles...IMO.
NO,a tune and intake in no way voids your warranty.


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NO,a tune and intake in no way voids your warranty.


That is the law.
Period.
Were did I state it voids the whole car warranty?? I am 100% sure/confirmed it voids the engine warranty....PERIOD! Oh yea, that's a 100% certain!! You either didn't understand what I said or your talking out of your azz.....probably both! Do more research? Break that motor in a 2011+ Mustang with a aftermarket tune and once they see the tune footprint in the computer and that includes if you returned it to stock, your gonna be told it voided that part of the warranty.
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NO,a tune and intake in no way voids your warranty.


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Were did I state it voids the whole car warranty?? I am 100% sure/confirmed it voids the engine warranty....PERIOD! Oh yea, that's a 100% certain!! You either didn't understand what I said or your talking out of your azz.....probably both! Do more research? Break that motor in a 2011+ Mustang with a aftermarket tune and once they see the tune footprint in the computer and that includes if you returned it to stock, your gonna be told it voided that part of the warranty.
What does Ford warranty? The car that FORD built. So once you change the tune it is no longer the car that Ford built. So if your tune causes a problem then it isn't the fault of the Ford built product.

But if you put a different muffler on the car it will be pretty difficult to say that change caused the transmission to give out, or the rear end to break, or the radio to quit, or even for the engine to blow a rod out the side.

If you want to be sure you have warranty coverage for everything then don't mod the car.
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So if I put an intake and tune on and have 3 years of free service (45k miles) and want to take it in, couldn't I just flash the comp back to stock or will ford notice that and not accept my warranty?
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So if I put an intake and tune on and have 3 years of free service (45k miles) and want to take it in, couldn't I just flash the comp back to stock or will ford notice that and not accept my warranty?
You will be alright, they will only notice the tune if something major goes wrong, the engine starts smoking, making odd noises, coil packs burning up, O2 sensors faulting and stuff like that would make them take a further look and yes the dealer will know if you flashed your PCM with a tune, even if you put it back to stock. Once you alter your fuel/air/spark tables in the computer they will blame that for the issue and it is most likely to be the true cause. Even if you have a non-ford CAI/tune and the motor develops a water or oil leak or something like that and you bring it in for warranty repair, they will most likely fix it under warranty. A CAI/tune would most likely not have caused that type of issues so, they will waranty fix it. Google research it and there are a ton of SOL stories because of a aftermarket tunes voiding the warranty. IMO, I think it's only worth installing a tune if I'm going for big power.....like forced induction combination or something along those lines and the car will be 2 or 3 seconds quicker in the 1/4 mile, IMO....it's not worth the loss of a engine warranty for a few tenths in the 1/4 mile but, that's just my opinion and there are plenty of success stories with no issues at all. good luck
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Another "if I tune will I void my warranty" issue....

Please, don't let any dealership intimidate you into thinking that a tune will void your warranty. Only if the tune directly caused the issue can the dealership refuse warranty work. And CAI & tunes are used by over 75% of the forum members; most of which tuned very early in their warranty period with no powertrain-related issues. You bought the car to enjoy so don't feel like you need to return to stock anytime you return to the dealership.
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Tune and intake does NOT even void the engine warranty.
Plain and simple.
That is the law.
It is a federal law.
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The "Modifcation" has to have caused the failure.

As an example the early #8 piston failures WERE the result of the tune and not covered.
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Tune and intake does NOT even void the engine warranty.
Plain and simple.
That is the law.
It is a federal law.
Called Moss- Magnusun

The "Modifcation" has to have caused the failure.

As an example the early #8 piston failures WERE the result of the tune and not covered.
But if there is a failure, the dealership will do everything in their power to try and say it was caused by the tune good thing my car is out of warranty, no worries for me my tuner is getting ordered asap!
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Mod the car and enjoy the tunes and Cold Air Intake ... if you want safety then look no further than Steeda. We have had 0 issues with warranty when our tune and Cold Air Intake has been installed on a consumers car.

The Steeda serialized vehicles on the Ford Dealers lots have the same tunes we write for our consumers. You are in good hands with Steeda.

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