: Will this void my warranty?

06-12-03, 01:29 AM
Also, will my dad void his warrenty if he does his own oil changes??? He likes to do his own because he's very fussy and keeps all his cars immaculate. Also the dealer where he bought it is a two hour drive each way. I was there when he bought it, and the dealer seemed to hint that for the first couple of years, THEY like to know if it is being changed. If so, GM is getting stickey concerning warrenty, and rightfully so, because they can be a lot of expense if someone did neglect them.

06-13-03, 12:40 AM
Originally posted by elwesso
If they voided the warranty because he did his oil changes, a lot of other peoples warrantys should be voided because of bad independent shops!!

Good point! I've heard in the past that people have voided their warrenty, but never paid much attention to it, wish I did now. Has anyone heard of that happening? I mean, what if you want to save some money while under warrenty and you change your plugs, or coolant, etc, etc, is that allowable because GM seems to be getting tougher.:(

06-13-03, 12:51 AM
Plugs would be covered under warranty........ And with the dexcool you wouldnt need to flush within the warranty period.....


Seriously, I dont think they would care.... But if you made a claim and they found something that they were going to fixed YOU damaged, then they might be void your warranty.... Although it would depend on the severity on the matter..... LIke if you put regular oil in the tranny and then the tranny failed, then they would say forget it....... But maybe if you damaged a connector or something..... A mistake that could be made by any tech or qualified person, I think they would let it slide......

It might also depend on the dealer...... If the dealer is evil, then they might deny you..... But if you get a nice tech/dealer, then maybe they might let some things slide......

06-13-03, 10:03 AM
I don't think so. I can't see GM or Cadillac saying you can't change your own oil while under warranty.

If so they would just charge you up front our make you pay them to have it done for 3 or 4 years otherwise I could still take it to QuikLube, Penzoil or any other lube joint for oil and how would they know I did it instead of a professional. I mean changing the oil ain't rocket science. About the only thing you can do wrong is strip the drain plug threads or not tighten the filter.

06-13-03, 10:23 PM
Just keep your reciepts for the oil and filter and your good to go. The date and filter stock number is proof enough.

06-13-03, 11:08 PM
I dont even think they will care about that....... We have made warranty claims on our cars, and they have never questioned us about our service habits..... They can tell quite a bit by just looking at the dipstick!

06-14-03, 02:13 AM
I know, but I think some people drive them until the oil is like acid, and I can understand their concern.

06-14-03, 08:53 PM
Right...... Personally, if I was the dealer, I would trust someone MORE who changes their own oil rather than someone who takes it in to get it done......

Think about it...... If a person changes his own. that means they have enough sense to change it at a reasonable interval, whereas when people take it in, they figure if its a new car, it doesnt need the oil changed as often, and keep putting it off..... Pretty soon their at 10k between oil changes!!!!!