Performance Tuning – Unlocking Your Engine’s Horsepower
Performance tuning is one way to get more power out of your car’s engine. When vehicles come out of the factory, they have a generic engine and system.
Through electronic diesel tuning, you get the most out of your engine. It is one of the best ways of unlocking the full potential of your engine’s horsepower. The process also optimises the engine for your driving conditions.
Performance Tuning Via ECU
Car manufacturers develop the engine control unit with default settings. Modifying the parameters leads to the better operation, more horsepower, and improved fuel efficiency.
Manufacturers build engines to run on fuel available in all markets the vehicle is offered. Carmakers also need to consider the different climates. That’s why they set the ECU at a safe setting to cater to all markets.
Proper tuning would make the car get better mileage and run more efficiently. Performance tuning mixed with good driving practices can lead to more fuel savings. Engine tuning often comes with additional upgrades to achieve optimised conditions.
Is Performance Tuning Safe?
With a tuned engine, your car produces more power. You achieve your target speed faster. The most economical method of driving is to reach high speeds fast and switch to a higher gear. You can ask the tuner to provide better fuel efficiency by changing the timing and fuelling.
ECU tuning is safe if done by a professional tuner. Wrong settings would put more stress on some components of the engine. The clutch might wear a little more than average, and the turbo would work slightly harder.
A professional tuner knows the proper parameters to prevent overstressing the engine. One would not push the engine to its limit.
A flash tuning doesn’t have any physical indicators. Unless there’s a problem with the diagnostic scan, you wouldn’t know the car has a modified ECU. However, you can easily determine if the vehicle underwent performance tuning by:
- Comparing the ECU parameters with a standard one
- Checking the checksum
- Recording data from the ECU during a test drive.
Will Performance Tuning Affect Warranty and Insurance?
Electronic diesel tuning could affect your vehicle warranty – you should check your specific policy. However, you don’t need to worry about damaging your engine if you choose the right tuner.
ECU tuning can affect your insurance. The good news is that some insurers don’t charge an increased premium on tuned cars. Make sure you consult your insurance provider first or look around for a new one before tuning your car’s engine.
Should I Get My Car Tuned?
If you have a turbocharged car, then the answer is yes. You get more gains from the turbo. Naturally aspirated engines would not give the same gains. You might not get value for your money if you tune a small naturally aspirated engine.
To learn more about performance tuning, contact us! We can check your car’s make, year, and model to determine if it is a good candidate for tuning.