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You want to upgrade your vehicle with aftermarket equipment, but you’re worried about putting the vehicle’s warranty at risk. It’s no wonder. How many times have you heard someone at a automobile dealership say that unless the dealer installs your aftermarket equipment you will automatically void your new car warranty? This common misconception has been repeated often enough to be widely believed – though it is a myth and completely false.


Dealers don’t like warranty work, because it pays less than normal repair work. By promoting the myth that aftermarket equipment automatically voids warranties, some dealers avoid such low-paying work. Instead, they attempt to charge customers the prime service rate for work which is rightfully done under warranty.


Most vehicle owners are not aware they are protected by federal law: the Magnuson-Moss Warranty – Federal Trade Commission Improvement Act of 1975. Under the Magnuson-Moss Act, aftermarket equipment which improves performance does not void a vehicle manufacturer’s original warranty, unless the warranty clearly and conspicuously states that aftermarket equipment voids the warranty. Most states have warranty statutes, as well. Which provide further protections for vehicle owners.

In other words, that means a dealer can’t wiggle out of his legal warranty obligation merely because you install aftermarket equipment. To find out if any aftermarket equipment automatically voids your vehicle’s warranty, check the owner’s manual. It is likely the language you are looking for appears under a heading such as “What Is Not Covered” Although the language seems negative, remember your vehicle manufacturer is simply saying he does not cover the aftermarket products themselves. He is not saying that the products would void the vehicle warranty.


Suppose your modified vehicle needs repairs while still under warranty. Without analyzing the true cause of the problem, the dealer attempts to deny warranty coverage. He made his decision simply based on the fact that you’ve installed aftermarket equipment – a convenient way to dodge low-paying warranty work.

An example of how ridiculous this can get is the man who was denied warranty coverage by a dealer on his power door locks, because he had improved his exhaust system! Sounds nuts? It really happened – because that man did not know his rights and challenge the dealer’s decision.

Fact: A dealer must prove – not just say – that aftermarket equipment caused the need for repairs before he can deny warranty coverage on that basis.


Point out to the dealer the provision of the Magnuson-Moss Act- Require that he explain to you how the aftermarket equipment caused the problem. If he can’t – or his explanation sounds questionable – it is your legal right to demand he comply with the warranty.

Fact: If you are still being unfairly denied warranty coverage, there is recourse. The Federal Trade Commission, which administers the Magnuson-Moss Act, monitors compliance with warranty issues. Direct complaints to the FTC at (202) 326-3128. For "The Businesspersons Guide to Federal Warranty Law" and the full requirements of the Magnuson-Moss Act, visit the FTC's web site by clicking here.

Actual language of the act:

No warrantor of a consumer product may condition his written or implied warranty of such product on the consumer’s using, in connection with such product, any article or service (other than article or service provided without charge under the terms of the warranty) which is identified by brand, trade, or corporate name; except that the prohibition of this sub-section may be waived by the Commission if:
  • the warrantor satisfies the Commission that the warranted product will function properly only if the article or service so identified is used in connection with the warranted product, and
  • the Commission finds that such a waiver is in the public interest.

The district courts of the United States shall have jurisdiction of any action brought by the Attorney General (in his capacity as such), or by the Commission by any of its attorneys designated by it for such purpose, to restrain (A) any warrantor from making a deceptive warranty with respect to a consumer product, or (B) any person from failing to comply with any requirement imposed on such person or pursuant to this chapter or from violating any prohibition contained in this chapter.

Custom Calibrations are the intellectual property of Diesel Domination LLC. Calibration files are provided by as part of the purchase price of the medium to which they are programmed into. You may not reverse engineer, descramble or by any other means determine the tuning methods Diesel Domination LLC employs to create its performance calibrations. Custom Calibrations are not EPA or CARB certified and are sold strictly for off-road use except where expressly stated. Diesel Domination LLC provides custom calibrations strictly "AS IS" and is not responsible for any special, incidental, indirect or consequential damages whatsoever (including, without limitation, damages for loss of vehicle use, business interruption, or any other pecuniary loss) arising out of the use of or inability to use the custom calibrations, even if Diesel Domination LLC. has been advised of the possibility of such damages.

TSB #06-06-01-007D: Info on Identifying Duramax Diesel LB7, LLY, LMM, LBZ Overpower Engine Breakdown or Non-Function Due to Aftermarket Power-Up Devices vs Non-Overpower Engine Non-Function of Pistons, Cylinders, Valve - (Sep 14, 2009)

Subject: Information On Identifying Duramax™ Diesel LB7, LLY, LMM, LBZ Overpower Engine Breakdown or Non-Function Due to Aftermarket Power-Up Devices vs. Non Overpower Engine Non-Function of Pistons, Cylinders, Valvetrain Components and/or Turbocharger DTC P003A Set

Models: 2001-2009 Chevrolet Silverado
2003-2009 Chevrolet Kodiak
2006-2009 Chevrolet Express
2001-2009 GMC Sierra
2003-2009 GMC TopKick
2006-2009 GMC Savana
Equipped With Duramax® Turbocharged Diesel Engine RPOs LB7, LLY, LMM, LBZ
Please Refer to GMVIS

This bulletin is being revised to add Turbocharger DTC P003A procedure information. Please discard Corporate Bulletin Number 06-06-01-007C (Section 06 -- Engine/Propulsion System).

Caution: Customers should be informed if a hard part failure is observed in the engine, transmission, transfer case and/or other driveline components, it is likely that powertrain components were weakened to the point of premature failure, while subjected to the higher stresses from Aftermarket Power-Up Devices. Failures associated with the installation of Aftermarket Power-Up Devices, which have been verified, are not covered under the terms of the New Vehicle Warranty.
General Motors Position On Aftermarket Power-Up Devices

Important: General Motors does not support or endorse the use of devices or modifications that, when installed, increase the engine horsepower and torque. Refer to Service Bulletin Number 04-06-04-054A or newer - Warranty Admin. -- Non-GM Parts and Accessories (Aftermarket).

Important: For further information on aftermarket power-up kits, refer to February 2006 Emerging Issues Course Number 10206.02D. In Canada, information on aftermarket power-up kits was covered in the April 2006 TAC TALK program.

Aftermarket power-up devices are non-approved by General Motors. These devices are usually piggy-backed in the main engine harness or remain connected to the diagnostic connector to upload the calibration to the ECM. Recent warranty reviews of returned engines show engine breakdown or non-function due to power-up devices that are utilized for increased horsepower and torque. The following information will assist technicians in identifying overpower engine breakdown or non-function due to aftermarket power-up devices vs. non overpower engine breakdown or non-function.

Non-GM parts can alter the design of the vehicle. GM dealers need to be aware of the quality of parts being installed on vehicles. If failure occurs as a result of installation of sub-par parts, warranty coverage may be denied. Refer to Service Bulletin Number 04-06-04-054A or newer - Warranty Admin. -- Non-GM Parts and Accessories (Aftermarket).
Installed Power-Up Kit

Aftermarket power-up kits have become a very popular add on for performance-minded customers. These devices can add horsepower and torque and can add additional stress to the engine. These aftermarket calibrations take the Duramax™ powertrain outside of its design torque and horsepower rating. They do this by altering air/fuel ratios and injector timing, resulting in excessive cylinder pressure and temperature. When these calibrated parameters are altered, it will upset the design balance and can lead to a reduction of engine life expectancy. Generally, in inspection of Duramax™ engine failure due to power-up failures, two or more cylinders will be affected.
Installed Power-Up Kit
• Once installed, the calibration may mask itself with the factory original calibration ID and may remain the same. Refer to Service Bulletin Number 08-06-04-006F or newer - Information on Identifying Non-GM Calibration Usage for LMM Duramax™ Diesel Engine.
• A Tech 2® will not positively enable you to identify the use of a power-up device.
• Some companies that offer power-up devices claim increases of 150 or more horsepower and 300 or more lb/ft pounds of torque.
• A vehicle that is used to the power-up device potential 100% of the time will see earlier engine wear and breakdown.
• A vehicle that takes advantage of additional power, but on a less frequent basis, may not see premature engine wear and breakdown until later in the engine's life.
• A vehicle not pushed to its limits of the power-up device often may not encounter premature wear and breakdown until after the engine is out of warranty.
Duramax™ Powertrain Horsepower / Torque Ratings

The following horsepower and torque increase over the past years required new internal components to accommodate the increase.
• LB7 - 300 hp with 520 ft/lb of torque for model years 2000-2004
• LLY -- 310 hp with 605 ft/lb of torque for model years 2004-2008
• LBZ -- 360 hp with 650 ft/lb of torque for model year 2006-2008
• LMM -- 365 hp with 660 ft/lb of torque for model year 2007-2009
LBZ Improvements

To reliably achieve an increase in 50 horsepower with 45 ft/lb torque, the Duramax ™ diesel had to be revised in many areas. A few of the revisions on the 2006 LBZ were:
• New pistons with a revised compression ratio.
• Wrist pins that are larger in diameter.
• Connecting rods with added material to increase the I section strength.
• Engine block and machining changes
• Cylinder heads
Duramax™ Life Expectancy

The Duramax™ 6.6L V8 Turbo Diesel Engine is sold with a warranty of 100,000 miles/160,000 kilometers. The Duramax™ has been tested to survive upwards of 200,000 miles/320,000 kilometers. The Duramax™ powertrain is designed for reliability, peak horsepower and torque within its design limits. When a customer installs a power-up device, it drastically reduces the mileage ratings.

Important: Cylinder Wall Spotting (commonly referred to leopard spots) is from the induction hardening process of the top 1/3 of the cylinder wall. This is normal for the Duramax ™ Diesel.
Identifying Fuel Related Aftermarket Power-Up Devices

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Aftermarket companies have developed a performance pressure relief fuel valve for Duramax™ diesel engines. Refer to above graphic illustration. The performance pressure relief fuel valve attaches to the fuel rail in place of the OEM valve and will not allow any fuel return to the tank, giving 100% of the fuel to be available for additional engine performance. This may cause additional fuel related driveability concerns and may set the following DTCs:
• DTC P1093 Fuel Rail Pressure (FRP) Low During Power Enrichment
• DTC P0087 Fuel Rail Pressure (FRP) Too Low

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Aftermarket companies have developed a replacement performance/economy fuel injector nozzle. Refer to above illustration. The performance/economy fuel injector nozzles replace the OEM fuel injector nozzles. The aftermarket companies claim increased horsepower, improved fuel atomization, lower exhaust gas temperatures and increase fuel economy. This may cause additional fuel related driveability concerns and may cause internal engine damage to the pistons and fuel injector nozzles.
Identifying Overpower Engine Premature Wear and Breakdown

When premature wear and breakdown is encountered due to an aftermarket power-up device, it has some very specific characteristics to the internal engine components. The following list will assist in identifying these characteristics as you tear down the engine.

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• Pistons will be cracked in the lip area, or a hole in the pistons.

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• Pistons can also be melted on the lip of the combustion bowl, or the top of the pistons can be melted.

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• Crosshatch will be polished off the cylinder wall in the major thrust face of cylinder below ring belt travel.

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• Piston pin bore will show signs of scoring, the wrist pins will be discolored, and can have oil coking on them. The connecting rod bushing surface will have accelerated wear. The above illustration shows a connecting rod bushing.

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• Oil coking on the underside of the piston between the wrist pin bosses.

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• Signs of bearing fretting will also be noticed on the connecting rod and main bearing caps. Refer to the above illustration for fretting of main bearing cap 1 and back side of connection rod bearing 2.

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• Excessive heat in engine compartment caused by overpower device. Refer to above illustration (1).
Non Overpower Engine Premature Wear and Breakdown

The following pictures show results of overheat, overspeed, low/no oil pressure or injector breakdown and how they differ from aftermarket power-up device premature wear and breakdown.
Engine Overheat

Overheat can be caused by a loss of coolant or a general cooling system failure. Some of the indicators of overheat are:

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• Melted pistons.
• Head gasket breakdown or non-function.
• Warped cylinder heads.
• Crankshaft and connecting rod discolored.
Engine Overspeed Causes

If an engine has been run faster than design capability (redline), and has caused damage as a result, it may be a result of one of the following conditions:
• Leaking or failed turbocharger (TC) oil seals.
• Oil evident in the intake runners and compressor side of the TC.
• Starting fluid use or alternative fuel added to the engine such as ether.
Engine Overspeed Results

The following are indicators that an overspeed event took place:

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• Valve train damage.
• Pushrods that are bent (4).
• Broken valve bridge buttons after cylinder head removal (2).
• Rocker arm tip damage (1).
• Dry or rusted cylinders from the use of ether, propane or nitrous oxide.

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• Piston to valve contact.
• Cam gear pin shear.
Lack of Oil Pressure

Lack of lubrication causes rapid bearing wear or bearing to seize.

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Bearing failure. Spun main bearings.
Engine Premature Wear and Breakdown Due to Improper Function of Fuel Injector

A fuel injector may fracture a piston or melt a piston but the damage will be limited to that cylinder only and all other pistons and cylinder walls are OK. In some cases hydraulic lock will occur on the suspected cylinder with an over-fueling fuel injector. Hydraulic lock on the suspected cylinder will cause a bent connecting rod. This can be verified with piston protrusion measurements.

Important: Copy aftermarket power-up kit check list when performing an engine disassembly investigation of overpower engine breakdown or non-function.

Aftermarket Power-Up Kit Check List

1. Piston cracked parallel to wrist pin.
• Piston cracked in lip area.
• Hole in piston connecting top of piston to oil cooling channel.
2. Melted Pistons.
• Lip of combustion bowl melted.
• Top of piston melted / missing.
3. Cross hatching polished off cylinder wall. Cylinder wall missing crosshatch on major thrust face of cylinder below ring belt travel.
4. Piston pin bore, Wrist pin, and Rod bushing.
• Scoring in upper piston pin boss/black discoloration/oil coking.
• Wrist Pin Wear.
• Rod bushing surface worn and discolored.
5. Carbon coking to underside of piston.
• Discoloration of underside of Piston.
• Discoloration and carbon coking buildup on underside of piston between piston pin bosses.
6. Accelerated rod / Main Bearing wear.
• Fretting on backside of bearing.
• Bearing surface distressed.

2007-2010 RPO LMM Only Turbocharger DTC P003A Set

General Motors has identified a turbocharger (TC) failure mode involving Power-Up Kits that causes soot leakage and DTC P003A to be set. The Power-Up Kits create an overtemperature condition from the increased exhaust gas temperatures that results in a permanent and excessive turbine housing distortion at the TC case halves.

1. A technician may observe one or more of the following conditions:
• DTC P003A being set as Current or in History.
• An unusual odor emanating from the TC due to an overtemperature condition.
• Soot leaking and accumulating at the V-band clamp that secures the TC case halves together.
• Limited or unresponsive travel when Commanding the TC Vane Pos. Ctrl. Solenoid ON and OFF with a scan tool.

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2. If DTC P003A is found as Current or in History, OR there is evidence of soot leakage (1) in the area of the V-band clamp (1), then technicians MUST verify if the engine control module (ECM) has a Power-Up Kit aftermarket calibration installed or an aftermarket hardware device has been installed.

Refer to Service Bulletin Number 08-06-04-006F or newer for the calibration verification information and procedures.

How to Handle a Suspect Engine Failure Due to a Power-Up Device

Dealers should not automatically decline warranty assistance on engine failures due to the fact that a power-up device or modification is evident or suspected. The technician must identify that the failure is due to a power-up device by teardown analysis and diagnosis of the engine components. The following steps should be taken if an engine failure occurs and it is suspected that the modification or addition of a power-up device maybe the cause of the engine failure. If unclear of this process or direction feel free to contact your District Service Manager (DVM) (in Canada, DSM) for further support.

1. The technician should use proper engine diagnostics to lead him/her to the failed engine components. The attached check sheet should be followed and if it is determined that at least three of the check sheet items match the engine component failures then it can be decided that the failure is not a warrantable claim.
2. Engine failures that meet at least three criteria of the check sheet are considered failures that are not manufacturers defects in workmanship or materials.
3. The dealership should contact the PQC, open a case to review the findings and make the final decision on warranty coverage. The DVM (in Canada, DSM) should be notified of the PQC decision.
4. Denied claims should be documented as follows:

a. The check sheet completed with the technicians detailed written findings of his diagnosis on the repair order.

b. Photographs of the failed parts should be maintained in the RO file.
5. The customer should be advised that the failure of their engine was not due to a manufacturer's defect in workmanship or materials and therefore the warranty claim is denied on this failure.

GM bulletins are intended for use by professional technicians, NOT a "do-it-yourselfer". They are written to inform these technicians of conditions that may occur on some vehicles, or to provide information that could assist in the proper service of a vehicle. Properly trained technicians have the equipment, tools, safety instructions, and know-how to do a job properly and safely. If a condition is described, DO NOT assume that the bulletin applies to your vehicle, or that your vehicle will have that condition. See your GM dealer for information on whether your vehicle may benefit from the information.