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Void My Warranty

Will Upgrades Void My Warranty?

The Dealer Told Me Aftermarket Upgrades Would Void My Warranty

We hear it all the time during Jeep-build consultations.  Picture this: Clients considering the purchase of a new Jeep come in to Axleboy Off-Road with questions about suspension upgrades, new bumpers, fenders, new tires, etc.  We enjoy taking about Jeep upgrades, local Jeep clubs and trails so a discussion may take anywhere from 45 to 90 minutes.  Somewhere during the conversations we’ll get a comment that goes something along the lines of, “I was talking to the salesman at the dealership and he told me that anything other than MOPAR components would void the warranty on my Jeep.  Is this true?”

True or False?

That is a fantastic and very relevant question!  The answer is a resounding “sort of”.  Perhaps an example is the best way to illustrate this issue.  If you were to purchase a brand new Jeep Wrangler today, with a 5 year warranty that covers the engine, transmission, cooling systems, electronic components, suspension and a bunch of other stuff, and then tomorrow you had Axleboy install a 4-inch Teraflex long-arm lift kit, the suspension portion of your factory warranty would be void.  So, “Yes” there is, in fact, some truth behind that statement.  The greatest deceptions always contain an element of truth.

Be aware that there are some sales people that will claim any aftermarket upgrades completely strip and void the factory warranty.  Most of the sales people in this category are simply repeating what they’ve heard other sales people say or they lack sufficient experience to know better, so they make up whatever sounds most profitable for them.

Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act

The fact is, over 40 years ago, back in 1975, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) passed legislation as part of the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act to ensure you have the freedom to choose aftermarket upgrades and parts without having your warranty stripped or terminated.

What does this mean?

Simply put, when you upgrade to aftermarket suspension, the dealership cannot void the warranty on your engine, electronics, cooling system and other covered components.  All of those other systems and components remain covered for the duration of the warranty term.  If a dealership believes upgrading one component caused failure in a different area they may deny a warranty claim, but first they are required to prove correlation between the aftermarket upgrade and the other covered item (ie. Engine, Transmission, Differential, etc.)

It is illegal to deny coverage or void a factory warranty based on the use of aftermarket parts. If a dealer has denied your claim under a new-vehicle warranty and you believe it is in violation of the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, a complaint can and should be filed online with the Federal Trade Commission.

How to Choose the Right Tires

Different Treads for Different Tires

What is the best fit for your vehicle?

In no way is this quick reference guide intended to be comprehensive.   There are several M/T, A/T, and hybrid tires available on the market, from a variety of manufacturers.  We recommend that you talk to a local off-road shop or Jeep club to discuss the best tire options and availability in your geographic area. To speak with a professional at Axleboy Off-Road, call 636-939-5337.

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If you would like to schedule a no-obligation consultation appointment with an Axleboy Jeep specialists, call us at (636)939-JEEP (5337).  We specialize in Jeep suspension & modification and want to deliver to you the Jeep of your dreams.  We are open Monday-Friday, from 8:00am-6:00pm so stop by if you are in the area.

 

Voluntary Recall Notice

Nitto Tire Recall

Nitto® recently announced a voluntary recall on a handful of Dura Grappler® tires and we thought it would be beneficial to pass this information on to you, our customers.  Please note that this recall does not include the Tera Grappler® brand that we frequently sell and install on Jeeps.

 

If you purchased Dura Grappler® tires from us and are affected by this recall, we simply ask that you let us know as soon as possible, so that we can make appropriate arrangements to have them replaced.

 

Nitto® has made it super convenient to identify if your tires are directly affected by using the following link to their website, NittoTire.com, or by calling their help hotline at (888) 529-8200 (10:00am to 7pm Central Time).

 

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4150-A Ehlmann Rd

St. Peters, MO 63376

(636) 939-5337

Atturo Tires at Axleboy

Atturo Tires

At Axleboy, we believe that quality matters.  That’s why we prefer to stick with those brands that have been pressed to the limits and proven themselves over time- brands like Cooper, Teraflex, ARB and Warn.

Every now and then, a supplier or customer will suggest selling a product that we aren’t familiar with.  For example, one of our suppliers recently suggested that we look into the Atturo Tire brand as a competitive option for light trucks and SUVs.

We really don’t know much about the Atturo brand, aside from the assertions made on their website…so we decided to have Scott try them out on his F-350 before we make any recommendations.

New Atturo Truck Tires

Tire Care Aware

As Americans we want to get the most use out of every investment and it is not uncommon for us to push things (like tires) to their limits.  Is it any surprise that in 2012 the Car Care Council found that 10 percent of vehicles had excessive wear and were in need of replacement?  According to Randy Goodrich, service manager at Axleboy Automotive, “Tires are one of the easiest things for the average person to check and yet they are the most neglected.”

It only takes a few minutes to check tires.  The experts at Axleboy suggest three critical components to be aware of:

Tire Pressure: Maintaining appropriate tire pressure is not only helps ensure even wear, giving your tires a longer life, it is also proven to improve fuel efficiency by up to 3%.  Checking tire pressure is a quick and easy process that could save drivers hundreds of dollars each year.

Tread Depth: Tread is what keeps tires from slipping while turning corners or driving in wet conditions.  If tread depth measures below the minimum legal limits or if the rubber has started to crack, it may be unsafe to operate the vehicle.  If you’ve never heard of the “penny test” stop by Axleboy and one of our experts will show you to do this test yourself.

Alignment:  If your vehicle consistently pulls to one side or you experience stronger than normal shaking, you may have an issue with the alignment.  A vehicle that is not properly aligned is not only uncomfortable to drive, but it can also lead to premature, uneven tread wear.  Under normal driving conditions, the Car Care Council recommends “hav[ing] your car’s alignment checked at least once a year.”

In addition to being attentive to tire pressure, tread depth and vehicle alignment, Scott Carline, owner of Axleboy Automotive, suggests rotating the tires every 6,000-8,000 miles.  “Many people are not even aware that their front and rear tire tread wears down at a different rate,” says Scott.  “Generally, rotating tires at every other oil change can help minimize uneven wear and allow drivers to realize the full life expectancy of their tires.”

 

Schedule your next automotive service today and we’ll show you what to look for when assessing the tires on your vehicle.