I wonder if the reason the T-stat is there is to get the trans fluid hot enough to burn off any condensation in the fluid for shorter trips when the fluid doesn't have a chance to get hot enough. The T-stat bypass won't be of any advantage once the trans temp gets up to the operating range anyway because it'll be all the way open; that's the same effect as having the bypass done.
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A tune and a catch can are on different sides of the world. A tune will allow the engine to exceed its specified operating parameters. A catch can is for preventive maintenance. I would have no ethical problem with removing my catch can for fear I'd be denied a warranty claim...which would never happen anyway.
What he's getting at is if the PCV system is iced up, there's no route for the crankcase pressure to escape and it would continue to build up. I find it hard to believe that it popped a rear main though.
Over pressurization caused by ice would be EXTREMELY rare. If you locate the can near the exhaust manifold ie: bracket mounted to the brake booster, it will thaw very quickly in the rare event that it ever froze. What froze anyway? Oil won't freeze. If the condensation froze, that would be in the bottom of the can and wouldn't affect the air flow anyway. And... I don't believe a catch can would ever be the cause of a warranty denial. If a service manager denies a claim because of a catch can, he'll deny a claim for any bogus reason.
If it's a bad injector, you'd notice a miss; especially if it's open all the time, you'd notice a miss during idle for sure. Probably not rings with so few miles although not impossible. My bet is the HPFP.
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