Avoiding Warranty Voiding Risks With Vehicle Upgrades

avoiding warranty voiding vehicle upgrades
avoiding warranty voiding vehicle upgrades

For many who have a vehicle on the newer end, whether it’s been purchased or leased, a warranty with a manufacturer or dealer will be part of the deal. In these cases, those under warranty will obviously want to take the proper steps to ensure they do not void this warranty, and remain under its protection for as long as possible.

At Pro Audio Pro 4×4, we’re regularly asked about warranties when providing a variety of our services, from car audio installation to lift kits, navigation systems and various other aftermarket vehicle upgrades we offer. Many wonder whether such installations risk voiding a warranty, or whether there are specific areas they should avoid here to limit such risks. Today’s blog will go over everything you need to know in this area, including how we work with clients to ensure any warranties on their vehicles are not voided during our services.

Warranty Basics

As anyone who has dealt with a warranty is likely aware, this is a guarantee from a manufacturer or dealer that allows you to return or repair the vehicle or parts of the vehicle within a specified period of time. If the car or its covered parts are found to be faulty during this period, repairs will generally be completely covered.

Now, there’s one major qualifier to be aware of: The issue must be the fault of the manufacturer or dealer, and not something the customer themselves is responsible for. If you are driving while distracted and damage a vehicle under warranty, for instance, repairs generally will not be covered.

Aftermarket Parts and Warranty Voiding

So will various aftermarket parts, including speaker systems, void a car warranty? The answer depends on whether damage takes place to the vehicle. Luckily, most such installations do not require actually damaging any part of the vehicle – rather, they involve improving it.

Partial Voiding

In certain cases, there might be a partial voiding of a warranty when only certain parts or sections of a vehicle are damaged or changed. This may take place for certain audio installations, though the majority of such products today do not require any actual damage to the existing stereo. When installed by professionals like ours, the chances of accidental damage are virtually nil.

Check the Fine Print

Even when working with our experienced professionals, we highly recommend checking your warranty’s fine print before you move forward with any aftermarket vehicle upgrades. Most warranties are relatively similar, but you never know if there’s a clause or section of yours that changes things for you and makes installing certain parts a risk you may not want to take.

For more on potential warranty concerns with aftermarket vehicle parts like stereo systems, or to learn about any of our car stereo or other vehicle upgrades, speak to the staff at Pro Audio Pro 4×4 today.

Choosing Between 4×4 Truck Lift Kits and Leveling Kits

4x4 truck lift leveling kits
4x4 truck lift leveling kits

For those looking to customize their 4×4 truck, some of the most common potential upgrades considered are lifting or leveling kits. Valuable for everything from added functionality to space for larger tires and increasing clearance, such kits can make a huge difference in several major operational and aesthetic areas – but choosing the right one is important for ensuring your get the proper benefits.

At Pro Audio Pro 4×4, we’re proud to provide a variety of 4×4 truck accessories, which include both lift kits and leveling kits plus a variety of other products and solutions. In today’s blog, we’ll go over the differences between lifting and leveling a truck, plus choosing which is the appropriate service given your desires for upgrades.

Leveling Kit

For most trucks that have not been lifted or leveled, the rear end is known to sit a bit higher than the front section. This is done primarily to allow for proper compression of rear shocks when hauling anything heavy, and those who will regularly be doing so should strongly consider keeping this alignment as-is for the long-term viability of their shocks.

For those who have other purposes for their trucks, however, there may be many situations where leveling the truck out to increase front-end ground clearance is valuable. Many also perform this service to heighten the rear end, compensating for sag from an item like a large spare tire. Leveling kits are versatile and allow you to raise either end of the truck, fitting bigger wheels and a wider variety of tires if desired.

Lift Kit

Lift kits, on the other hand, raise the entire vehicle’s height by between two and 10 inches in most cases. Also known as suspension systems, many lift kits are far more involved projects that include new springs, new shocks, upgraded control arms and any other materials required to maintain the height you desire. However, there are also simpler, block-style lift kits that give you a small height boost without as many additional bells and whistles.

Making the Proper Choice

So which is the best choice for you between these options? The answer depends on what you want to do with your truck.

For those planning to go off-road often, a lift kit is often best – it allows for larger tires with better tread, plus higher ground clearance that stops water or other potential damage from taking place. Those who will mostly be on pavement and are going for a more aggressive aesthetic, on the other hand, often prefer leveling kits, which tend to be a bit cheaper and easier to install. If your desires are a bit more complex, speak to our 4×4 experts for recommendations.

For more on choosing between a lift kit and leveling kit for your 4×4 truck, or to learn about any of our car audio installation or other vehicle upgrades, speak to the staff at Pro Audio Pro 4×4 today.

The Value of Subwoofers in an Upgraded Car Audio System

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value subwoofers car audio system

When we’re asked what tends to be the largest difference between a stock car audio system and a premium car audio system, our answer doesn’t waver: The bass. While there are several potential differences between the system that comes with your car and what can be installed on top of this, the lower notes play a particularly large role here.

At Pro Audio Pro 4×4, we’re proud to offer a variety of car audio installation services, including a wide range of subwoofers to provide you with the quality bass your upgraded audio system needs. Why are subwoofers important? Here’s a full rundown of the limitations of stock speakers with bass, plus the ways subwoofers upgrade this situation and bring you the full range of low notes your system requires.

Stock Speakers and Bass

For starters, as we noted, the stock stereo system that comes with your vehicle almost never has the proper bass requirements. This is mainly because car stereo components have to fit into small, compact spaces like doors and dashboards – this is okay for many speaker elements, but not when it comes to bass.

While higher frequencies will do just fine here, lower bass frequencies will be distorted by their cramped spaces. There isn’t enough space there to produce anything below around 80 Hertz, meaning a bunch of low base notes – most of the best, in fact – will be eliminated.

Space and Sound Waves

A subwoofer, however, does not come with these same limitations. Subs come with a specific speaker enclosure that’s meant to allow lower bass notes to resonate in ways they would not be able to within a smaller car door or dashboard space.

In addition, subwoofers provide what’s known as non-directional audio. This means they can be placed in the trunk or under a seat anywhere in the car, allowing for full sound regardless – again, another limitation of stock stereo systems that a sub helps you overcome.

Frequency Issues

Bass notes require more power coming from a speaker, so when a single speaker set tries to produce a variety of frequencies, it’s the bass that takes all the power – the rest of the system is weakened. Subwoofers, though, generally get their power from a separate amplifier, saving the remaining power and frequency for the rest of the sound.

Limiting Distortion

Finally, a car stereo system that’s properly hooked up to a subwoofer leads to virtually no distortion. No matter where you have the volume knob, high or low, there will be no quality or power issues to be found.

For more on the value of subwoofers within any upgraded car audio system, or to learn about our automotive security, lift kids or vehicle upgrades, speak to the staff at Pro Audio Pro 4×4 today.

Car Audio and Other Road Trip Upgrades to Consider, Part 2

car audio road trip upgrades
car audio road trip upgrades

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the car audio and other upgrades you might consider before taking your vehicle on a road trip. Ensuring your car or truck is outfitted with the best entertainment and other upgrades ahead of such a trip is important for not only passing the time, but also for safety.

At Pro Audio Pro 4×4, we offer a number of vehicle upgrades that are perfect for road trips, from navigation systems and car audio systems to car video systems and in-dash touchscreen video options. In today’s part two, we’ll look at a few additional such products that you might consider before heading out on a lengthy road trip.

Video System

Especially if you have children coming along on the trip, but even if you don’t, one great entertainment upgrade that’s perfect for extended drives is a video system. Technology for these systems has advanced a ton in recent years, allowing us to bring you a video system that fits any budget – we have smaller in-dash receivers if you don’t want to spend much, or entire units with touchscreen options and completely integrated solutions for those who want to go the extra mile.

In fact, you can even integrate smartphones, tablets and other devices into your video system. You can also control such systems through hands-free options like Siri or others, allowing you to monitor what the kids are watching without taking your eyes off the road.

Navigation System

Despite the technology being readily available, many vehicle manufacturers still surprisingly roll out new options that do not have GPS options included. And while many choose to rely on their smartphones instead, know that certain locations – particularly remote ones you might cross during a road trip – do not have signal and may not work properly here.

For this reason, an upgrade to a fully integrated GPS system in your car or truck is a great move before a road trip. These products come with on-screen and voice interaction, plus audio directions for specific locations as needed. You can re-route your trip if you want to avoid a certain area, plus receive real-time traffic updates to help plan your route and arrive on time.

Safety Upgrades

Finally, you never know the kinds of hazards or risks you might run into on a long road trip, so it’s important to ensure your vehicle has all the proper safety features and is upgraded in these areas. Consider rotating or changing your tires if this hasn’t been done in a while, for instance, and check your headlights to ensure they’re all working and providing bright light.

For more on how to upgrade your vehicle ahead of a road trip, or to learn about any of our car audio upgrades or any other 4×4 services, speak to the staff at Pro Audio Pro 4×4 today.

Car Audio and Other Road Trip Upgrades to Consider, Part 1

car audio road trip upgrades
car audio road trip upgrades

Whether you prefer a sunny summer destination or a mountain winter trip, a road trip is a great getaway for many people and their families. Along with planning out things like accommodations and meal plans, it’s important to ensure your vehicle is both up-to-date and also outfitted with the latest technology to make the driving portion of the trip that much more enjoyable.

At Pro Audio Pro 4×4, we’re here to help. We offer a huge variety of products and solutions that are perfect for road trips, from our car audio upgrades to navigation systems and many other such options. In this two-part blog, we’ll go over a number of different accessories or upgrades you might consider for your road trip, featuring several of our top offerings in the process.

Car Audio System

If you’re going to be in the car or truck for hours on end as you drive toward your eventual destination, you need a car audio system that’s high-quality and will keep everyone in the vehicle entertained. There’s nothing worse than dealing with substandard audio for hours consecutively, and believe us, you can really tell the difference over such a period of time.

This starts with an upgrade in speakers in many cases, particularly if you have an older vehicle with a limited stock audio system. We’ll also talk to you about subwoofers, amplifiers and other potential upgrades you can consider.

Receivers and Connections

On top of ensuring your audio output system is upgraded and high-quality, you also want to take the time to make sure your input areas are in good order as well. In today’s day and age, this means ensuring your vehicle has connection services such as Android Auto or Apple CarPlay available – these are systems that connect directly with smartphones and other devices, allowing the playing of high-quality audio with no hassle.

This means installing an audio system compatible with these devices. If you have an iPhone, for instance, your system needs to be able to connect with Apple CarPlay, which will allow you to extend the phone’s touchscreen onto a vehicle dashboard for simple – and safer – access.

Window Tint

In addition to audio upgrades, one vehicle upgrade that many consider when going on a road trip is an increased window tint. You’re bound to run into some heavy sun at some point on the trip, and the best way to keep your eyes, skin and even vehicle interior protected from harmful UV rays is to tint the windows. This also increases privacy while you drive and reduces the chances of a break-in when you’re parking in a new area.

For more on how to maximize a road trip through basic vehicle upgrades, or to learn about any of our car audio or 4×4 services, speak to the staff at Pro Audio Pro 4×4 today.

Factors Involved in Choosing Optimal 4×4 Truck Tires, Part 2

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factors optimal 4x4 truck tires

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the initial factors you should be considering when it comes to upgrading your 4×4 truck’s tires. Tires play a big role in performance and safety for these vehicles, impacting several other components in the process.

At Pro Audio Pro 4×4, we’re proud to offer numerous truck accessories and upgrades in addition to our car audio services. From lift kits to spray-in bedliners to off-road lighting and even tire options, we have you covered if you’re looking to upgrade your vehicle in any way. In today’s part two, we’ll look at the vital area of tire tread – there are three common types out there, and making the right choice will impact not only the tire lifespan but also your vehicle’s performance and safety ratings.

All-Season Tires

The most common tire format chosen by 4×4 truck owners is the all-season tire, which, as the name suggests, are viable options throughout the year, even in the Utah winter. They are made from a hard rubber blend that withstands hot weather but also remains flexible in the snow or the ice, ensuring safety no matter what the weather outside is like.

These tires come with normal traction needs, with a tread compound that stiffens as temperatures decrease. They’re viable in both wet and dry conditions, plus very good for hauling and towing needs due to the way they remain in confident contact with the ground. They also provide a quiet, smooth feel and great fuel economy, a big plus for many drivers.

All-Terrain Tires

All-terrain truck tires, on the other hand, are good for the driver who uses the truck for both on-road and off-road purposes. There are several different varieties of all-terrain tires, with a few different logos you might see on the tire sidewall that indicate which type they are:

  • Snow logo: This logo has a three-peak mountain with a snowflake, and it designates tires that can traverse through deep snow and winter ice conditions.
  • M letter: The letter M stands for mud, signaling the tire can pull itself through mud.
  • S letter: Means the tire can make contact through most snows that are not too deep.

It should be noted that all-terrain tires are a bit louder than all-season tires when you’re on the road. This small inconvenience, however, is well worth it for the benefits they provide in terms of versatility.

Mud-Terrain Tires

Finally, tires built specifically for off-roading are generally called mud tires. If you plan to use your vehicle for off-road purposes at least 80% of the time, this is the area you should be looking in.

Mud tires come with massive tread blocks, plus studs and knurls on the sidewalls and shoulders. They also have gigantic voids that grab onto any part of the terrain, allowing you to move through everything from mud to snow without digging holes. They’re also great for climbing rocks without risking popping holes, and they can even get through streambeds if you need to cross some water.

Now, we generally don’t recommend significant on-road usage for these tires. They are extremely loud, for one, and they wear down unevenly on pavement, eventually stressing the system and causing the steering wheel to shudder as you drive.

For more on the kinds of 4×4 truck tires you might be considering, or to learn about any of our lift kits, remote start systems or other vehicle upgrades, speak to the staff at Pro Audio Pro 4×4 today.

Factors Involved in Choosing Optimal 4×4 Truck Tires, Part 1

factors optimal 4x4 truck tires
factors optimal 4x4 truck tires

For owners of 4×4 trucks, few components of the vehicle are more important than the tires. Particularly those who utilize their 4×4 vehicles for a variety of potential off-roading purposes, having the right tires will not only keep you safe, but maximize your performance in a variety of areas.

At Pro Audio Pro 4×4, we’re proud to offer a huge variety of 4×4 truck accessories and vehicle upgrades, from bed liners or lift kits to everything you might need when it comes to quality tires. If you are thinking about new tires for your truck, our team will sit down with you to help you choose the perfect type to fit your needs, plus combine this with other upgrades like lifts if you require it. Before you dig into this area, however, it’s important to have a general understanding of truck tires – there are a ton of options out there, and knowing the qualities you want to prioritize can go a long way to simplifying your process and also helping you make the best choice. This two-part blog will dig into everything you need to know here.

Tire Marking Basics

For starters, many truck owners don’t pay enough attention to the markings found on their tires. Virtually every modern tire in existence has some kind of markings along the sidwewall – these are here for a purpose.

Tire markings tend to note things like size, load range and the kind of tire being used. With a quick look at a tire you’re considering, our pros can tell you how big a tire you can fit with a leveling or suspension lift kit, plus what’s best for your vehicle that won’t risk any chassis or fender rubbing.

Tire Marking Types

Let’s get a bit more specific on tire markings, including some direct areas they speak to:

  • Size, ratios and description: Generally found in larger lettering and numbering near the outside of a tire’s sidewall, you’ll see a set of markings that tends to begin with a single letter, then various numbers. This letter will often be a “P” – this means the tire is meant for a passenger vehicle. The numbers will refer to length and width of the tire, its radial and the wheel diameter.
  • Traction and temperature grades: Also usually on the outside, but sometimes in smaller letters, you’ll see markings related to traction plus the maximum cold inflation and inflation grades for the tire.
  • Composition, materials and safety codes: Finally, on the very inside of the sidewall next to the metal wheel, you’ll find smaller numbers and letters. These go into the tire ply composition and materials used, plus the US DOT safety code for each tire.

Tire Tread Considerations

Once you’ve figured out the size and tire material you’re looking for based on its markings, it’s time to look at the tread you want. This generally depends on the primary purposes the vehicle will be used for, though other factors are involved as well. In part two of this series, we’ll dig into the three most common tire tread types to consider.

For more on 4×4 truck tires, or to learn about any of our car audio installations or other vehicle upgrades, speak to the staff at Pro Audio Pro 4×4 today.

Obtaining Proper Amplifiers and Subwoofers for a Car Audio System

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proper amplifiers subwoofers car audio

If you’re considering a new or upgraded car audio system, chances are two of the elements you’re focused most closely on are amplifiers and subwoofers. Responsible for providing your sound quality and your power, respectively, these are two of the most well-known components of any modern vehicle sound system.

At Pro Audio Pro 4×4, our team has been assisting Utahns with creating their ideal audio and stereo systems for many years. Amps and subs are a huge part of what goes into your maximum volume, your speaker power and other important factors – here are some general tips on choosing the proper amplifiers and subwoofers for your next audio upgrade.

Amplifiers, Speakers and Channels

Amplifiers come in a wide variety of configurations, and one of the factors that goes into this is the number of channels you want in your system. This, in turn, depends on how many speakers you have present – you generally need one channel for each speaker you’re trying to amplify, though there are exceptions here, such as if you’re using a subwoofer that’s being added to an existing system.

There are two-, four- and even six-channel amp systems available depending on your needs. Some choose to use a two-channel amp for two subs or two speakers, but you could also use it for one of each. If you have rear full-range speakers you want to add some power to while you also add a sub, a four-channel amp could be a good choice. You can run each speaker into its own channel, then bridge the remaining channels to power the subwoofer.

Proper Power Levels

Many people choose their speakers before they get to their amp choice, and this is to ensure you don’t underpower the speakers. But this is also a good approach if you’re considering running a subwoofer from the same amp that’s powering your speakers – bridging two channels of a multi-channel amp might work here, but there are some situations where you’ll need more power. A separate mono amplifier is often in the cards here, but you can see why choosing the speakers first is a valuable move so you aren’t stuck looking for more power later.

Unit Compatibility

Finally, particularly if you’re building out a whole new audio system, we highly recommend buying a head unit with preamp outlets and an amplifier with line-level inputs. This creates an unamplified signal that’s broadcast to the amplifier itself, which in turn leads to the cleanest sound available. You’ll get much better sound here than you would with an internal amp, plus you won’t have to deal with adapters or annoying wiring.

For more tips on finding the proper amplifiers and subwoofers for your new vehicle audio system, or to learn about any of our car audio upgrades, video accessories or navigation systems, speak to the staff at Pro Audio Pro 4×4 today.

Identifying Causes and Solutions for Vehicle Speaker Issues

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causes solutions vehicle speaker issues

At Pro Audio Pro 4×4, there’s no vehicle audio question or concern we can’t assist you with. We have years of experience helping vehicle owners upgrade their audio systems in a variety of ways, whether it involves building a system from the ground up or improving existing elements of a system already in place.

One of the most common issues vehicle owners have when they come to us for advice on upgrades: Their speakers either aren’t working or are putting out distorted, low-quality sound. The typical desire here is to simply replace the speakers with new ones – while this is sometimes the proper solution to your issue, it’s not actually always the way to go. The proper move here will in reality depend on what’s causing the speaker issues to begin with; let’s go over some common culprits here and what they are telling you about your system’s needs.

Too Much Bass

One of the most common concerns here is a speaker system that’s not putting out the proper bass levels you desire. Many factor speakers in vehicles simply aren’t equipped to put out high bass frequencies, but a high percentage of owners of these vehicles try to compensate by simply cranking up the bass setting as much as possible. You aren’t actually improving your sound quality when you do this, however – you’re actually just shredding your speakers and making them even worse.

Rather than continue to bang your head against this metaphorical wall, consider subwoofer installation. If your high-bass music constantly makes the speakers sound like they have sand in them, this is a clear sign that the factory speakers can’t handle your bass needs and a sub is necessary.

Factory Amp Concerns

In other cases, you might notice that your speaker system is cutting in and out regularly, or has simply stopped working altogether. This is often due to an amplifier that has a bad channel somewhere within it, something we can test for in our shop to identify the channel causing the issue (if this is the problem, of course).

If we do find a bad channel in your amp, there are a couple choices here. We can either bypass the amp and replace the car stereo, or we can replace the factory amp itself. If your vehicle doesn’t have a factory amplifier in it, we can just replace the speaker that’s been blown out.

Sun-Related Deterioration

A rarer issue that can take place in vehicles with rear decklid speakers facing the back window is sun damage. Such speakers are only equipped with thin cones for protection, and the sun’s UV rays can wear these down over time. You’ll often notice a deteriorated sound coming from these speakers, as if nails are crawling across a chalkboard. Luckily, all this issue requires is a simple replacement of the rear decklid speakers.

For more on identifying the cause and solution for car speaker issues, or to learn about any of our vehicle audio, navigation systems or various video and other accessories, speak to the staff at Pro Audio Pro 4×4 today.

Top 3 Reasons to Add Window Tinting to Your Vehicle

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Provo UT window tinting

If you’re considering adding window tinting to your car, pickup or SUV, you already know some of the benefits it provides.

Tint makes your ride look great and it helps control heat transfer into the vehicle during northern Utah’s brutal summer days. But this automotive upgrade offers other benefits that you may not have considered.

No. 1: Window Tinting Protects Your Vehicle

When you have to park outside during the day, your vehicle is at the mercy of harmful UV rays – no matter what time of year it may be.

Exposure to UV rays fades upholstery, dries out leather and vinyl surfaces and degrades fabric. You end up with faded upholstery, a cracked dashboard and the breakdown of other interior components.

When you have tint professionally installed, you can choose a film that provides maximum protection from the brutality of the sun’s rays. Your car will stay looking good longer and hold its value better than it otherwise would.

No. 2: Window Tinting Protects You & Your Passengers

Today’s high-tech tint film is designed to prevent the shattering or auto glass.

Although auto glass is designed for safety, windows break during an accident, posing a threat to the driver and passengers.

With professionally installed film, the glass may shatter but the pieces stay attached to the film rather than falling into the vehicle and potentially causing harm to the car’s occupants.

No. 3: Vehicle Window Tinting Improves Security

Tinting prevents others from being able to see into your vehicle easily. This improves both your privacy and security, and keeps your valuables less visible to potential thieves.

On the road, other motorists won’t be able to see inside as easily. This can increase your security and peace of mind if you or a loved one often drives alone or in remote locations.

Window Tinting Options

When you trust a professional automotive upgrade expert – like Pro Audio Pro 4×4 – you will have many options to choose from. You can choose the color and shade of your film, to best enhance your vehicle’s appearance. You can also select a metalized or ceramic type of film. These products enhance the benefits and effectiveness of your tint and many of our products include a lifetime warranty.

Professional installation is imperative, if you want the job to look good and last. Try the DIY route and you’ll end up with unsightly bubbles, waves and lose edges. In addition to degrading the appearance of your car, this won’t allow you to enjoy all the benefits that auto tint offers.

Pro Audio Pro 4×4 specializes in automotive upgrades of all types. We serve customers from throughout northern Utah from our Provo location. Contact us today to schedule an appointment – or drop by any time during our business hours – to learn more about the many benefits of adding window tinting to your vehicle.