Re: Will a RICA Tune void the volvo warrenty (p0cket penguins)
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>p0cket penguins</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Will the RICA tune void the volvo warrenty or will volvo never know <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> .</TD></TR></TABLE><p>If they want to find out, it's as simple as a hookup to the almight VADIS/VIDA to see that you have been flashed. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>You may think that if you flash and revert to stock that all is well but the flash events are recorded so there's no fooling mother Volvo. And all those other mods you're planning will make any mechanic suspicious to begin with.
Re: Will a RICA Tune void the volvo warrenty (RhaRdeR)
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>RhaRdeR</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Any change you make to your car that is not Volvo, could void your warrenty if Volvo can prove the change caused the failure of some part of your car.</TD></TR></TABLE><br>Well said.<p>My local dealer said the same thing, any non Volvo part on the car *could* cause warranty problems.<p>I think it comes down to how well you take care of your car and how well you work with your Volvo dealer., You need to find a dealer open to this stuff and build a relationship with them and get them on your side.<p>Before you read my 'novel' below, take some time to read about "a theoretical wear index for Volvo engines" from this site <A HREF="http://www3.bc.sympatico.ca/Volvo_Books/engine3.html" TARGET="_blank">http://www3.bc.sympatico.ca/Vo....html</A><br>(scroll down to the section "ESTIMATING ENGINE LONGEVITY")<p>My local guys (Volvo of Toronto) said that warranty problems usually only come up when there is a big expensive warranty repair. They said "that's when head office gets involved".<p>IMHO ECU mods are most likely to cause warranty problems and as I see it, it's for a simple reason: You and/or Volvo don't know what's going on inside and ECU with the modified code. If I had to fight my case I feel I'd have no leg to stand on. Unlike an exhaust system or even a DP where most technical-minded people can see and understand and explain exactly what's going on. Even a Volvo service manager and tech can easily understand those parts and be reasonably convinced that those parts are very unlikely to cause a major failure (if installed properly, of course). In which case you could easily win them over to your side and help fight your case with 'head office' should they get involved.<p>As an example, my T5 failed emission tests last year, I took<br>it to Volvo to diagnose it and they found no problems (no fault codes and the care was running great). What they did find was my K&N air filter, they said put the stock one back and get re-tested...<br>would you believe that solved it <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0"> I'll never understand that one <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/confused.gif" BORDER="0"> But my point is, they worked WITH me to solve it and it only cost me 1/2hour Volvo shop time. They did NOT say "Oh well, too bad buddy, non-stock air filter you're on your own, warranty is void".<p>If I end up with emission problems or fault codes in my R and go to Volvo for help, the first thing they'll suggest is putting everything back to stock (at my expense of course).<p>IMHO: Over the long hall (like 10 years and 200,000Km of hard driving) increased boost is more likely to have the potential for problems than some of the other external mods (such as air filter, cat-back and DP). If you mod your ECU don't tell Volvo, don't abuse the power, <B>DO use synthetic oil and change it more often than recommended</B>.<p>Do your own research, learn for the collective experience here, get good quality parts from reputable places and find your personal comfort level of risk vs. reward and then enjoy your <I>R</I>.<p>LTA<br>