Originally Posted by Pull Ya
IMHO if you can afford a chip you should be able to afford to pay for any damage the chip causes to your truck instead of worrying about hiding the fact you have a chip installed. Why should anyone expect Dodge to pay for the damage the chip caused to the engine or drivetrain because of the additional hp or torque?
Let the flames start!
I'm not against installing a chip in your truck I just believe that if you do you should realize that it should and will effect your engine and drivetrain warranty. The warranty on other parts of your truck should remain intact.
This is pretty much the correct answer.
Dodge spent quite a bit of money designing our trucks. If the owner wants to change something, Dodge has no responsibility to warranty the owner's screw-ups. Aside from the fact that tampering with the PCM or exhaust is technically a violation of federal emissions laws, it's ridiculous to expect Dodge to cover someone who's (more than likely) not a powertrain engineer who decides to start screwing around with the program in their truck.
The warranty isn't "voided". If you run a Diablo and your wiper motor dies, it'll still be covered, but if you fry your transmission......probably not.
Back to the original question, I've heard from more than one source that the factory PCM keeps track of how many times the unit is flashed. Might be true, might not be. Not worth losing powertrain coverage as far as I'm concerned.
One other thing to think about too. It's no secret that these forums exist, and it's also no secret that dealership and manufacturer's reps look at them. There have been a couple widely publicized cases where warranty claims were denied because of either a personal web page boasting about mods, or forum posts doing the same.
Bottom line, don't expect someone else to pay to fix the truck you screwed up.