On Sun, 26 Mar 2006 21:14:54 -0600, "Shades"
Not sure where you get that. If it has factory tow package, there are
no issues. I never had any question about claims on a GM truck that
had a snowplow on it even during the 6 yrs of extended GMPP coverage
The truck was a gas truck and a factory aproved plow and even though
it did not have a officail plow prep package, it was a K3500 SRW with
a optional HD front suspension so there was no need for prep and it
carried a heavy plow with ease. Where you get in to problems with
warranties is towing without tow packages or plowing with trucks not
rated to plow. A lift can destroy driveline warranty but will not
effect items like A/C, Alt and such.
With certain packages and options, there usually isn't a problem. If the
dealership has any hint that the rating in the door has been exceeded at
all, ever, they can void the warrantee on one of more components...engine,
trans, rear-end, u-joints, etc.
Its been a while since I have been in 'the loop', but I would definatly
clarify warrantee coverage before almost any change to the vehicle, or any
usage other than driving(i.e. towing, plowing, hauling...).
Allot of dealerships you might not have a problem, but for the majority that
might is when things can get expensive.
On Mon, 27 Mar 2006 08:15:04 -0600, "Shades"
On the supject of plows, one sure fire way to get it warranted is to
get the dealer to sell you the plow with the truck (it does not need
to be mounted/installed if you want to do it yourself) this way it is
a a dealer/factory approved option. Lots of people with GM Dmax trucks
and plows are voiding their warranties if dealer want to push it
because unless it is a very small lite weight unit, it is overlaoding
the front axle rating because of added weight of Dmax and Plow
together. Major brands like Fisher and Western will not sell a plow
of any size to mount on those trucks. The ones you see of that brand
on those vehicles have been "hacked" on without OEM blessing.
Ah, Dealers. One can never know exactly what to expect. There's a
story floating around about a man who bought a brand new Chevy truck with a
dealer-installed lift kit. He went to bring it in for some waranty work
and they refused because it had been modified. The lift kit was the only
There are a few ways to look at this. When you add a lift you do add
more strain to chassis due to increased leverage which is not good for
warrantor. Lifts and tires also add more strain to driveline,
particularly the tranny which is not good either if you are the
warrantor because of increase possiblity of failure. Next there is the
issue of stability, a lifted vehicle is less stable and will tend top
roll easier so if they "accept" it as a valid mod they could be
stetting themself up for a lawsuit by a crafty lawyer from a wreck the
invovled a rollover. The only real winner here are the guys selling
the kits and rake in the money from selling their products with the
CYA exclusuion of "for off road use only" to limit liabilty.
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