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    Default Fault Codes. Hypothetical Question!

    Just a thought... has anyone ever induced a fault code deliberately say by unplugging a item or say jamming the swirl bar or similar in order to get something replaced under warranty. ie. before the warranty expired.

    Example... car not displaying any fault codes but you know a certain item is on the way out, so to get it replaced under warranty you cause a fault code for the item concerned.
    Purely Hypothetical of course.

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    theres a old saying if it aint broke dont fix it ....so why break it just to fix it .....

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    Quote Originally Posted by benny View Post
    theres a old saying if it aint broke dont fix it ....so why break it just to fix it .....

    I did say it was a hypthetical question, but for example the EGR valve will often result in poor performance and rough running often for many miles before it will put up a fault code. Same for badly worn or sticking swirl valves, and likely other bits too. Many VX dealers wont replace anything unless a fault code is staring them in the face, and then once the warranty expires the owner may be liable for a very large bill, which may have been done under warranty just a few weeks earlier had there been a fault code showing for said item.
    Not ethical I know, and not something I would ever dream of doing myself of course, I merely wondered whether anyone on here had done this in the past.

    IOW A bit like taking something back to PC World with a very intermittent fault. You will have more chance of winning the lottery than getting it replaced. However, if you take a item back and state thats its blown up or caught fire, you will find its replaced without any hassle...

    Purely HYOTHETICAL remember.

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    Well if a dealer replaces a part based purely and simply on a fault code without any further investigation then they're the idiots.

    Also how can you be sure you'd get the desired fault code to appear anyway? - unplugging something, for instance, is usually going to bring up a different code than if it wasn't working properly.
    Quote Originally Posted by Cameron43 View Post
    Just a thought... has anyone ever induced a fault code deliberately say by unplugging a item or say jamming the swirl bar or similar in order to get something replaced under warranty. ie. before the warranty expired.
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    Purely Hypothetical of course.
    Now come on - make yer mind up! - which one is it to be? Admitting to it or hypothetical?!

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