ECU tuning is not only intended to increase the power and torque of the engine, and certainly does not achieve this goal at all costs. An experienced specialist will be able to remap the engine in such a way as to achieve optimal results, but not to over-exploit the car, which could end in a serious breakdown.
The benefits of ECU tuning include increasing the engine power, which translates directly into better car performance. The engine torque is increased and all parameters are adjusted to give the car more power. The vehicle’s dynamics and maneuverability are also increased, and the level of driving comfort is significantly higher. For many drivers, the effect of remapping the engine on the efficiency and environmental performance of the car (so-called eco-tuning) is also important.
Can all cars undergo chip tuning?
Chip tuning is an safe and simple procedure (especially when compared to mechanical tuning). Most car models of different brands can be tuned using appropriately selected software. What engines respond best to chip tuning and are there any that can’t be remapped?
ECU tuning is great for diesel engines, both small and large, supercharged with double turbines, as well as gasoline engines. The exception is of course old engines from the 80s and 90s – they are usually mechanical constructions which lack any electronics.
The most important thing in performing ECU tuning is choosing a proven and experienced specialist. Using the services of a non-professional tuner can easily end in a malfunction of the entire vehicle. Why may this happen if the procedure is so safe?
Chip tuning requires proper analysis of the technical condition of the engine and carefully selected selection of controllers and software. It is essential to make sure the power unit is not damaged and there are no major defects in the entire car.
It is also necessary to carry out tests on the chassis dynamometer and dyno tests to determine the engine power. These tests should also be repeated after tuning to determine what results have been achieved.
ECU tuning software
Engine remapping is usually done through the OBD (On-Board Diagnostics) socket. There are many professional chip tuning tools on the market. They are a response to the specific needs of customers, focused on achieving specific goals.
Alien Tech is one of the most popular brands involved in the production of chip tuning software. The most popular ECU programming interfaces offered by this company are K-TAG and KESSv2.
An equally popular tool for ECU tuning is CMD Flash, which is an extremely universal reader and programmer of BDM, EOBD K-LINE, EOBD CAN-BUS, PWM EOBD.
There’s also Autotuner, which is a very easy-to-use tool and can read and remap over 3,500 different car models via Boot Tricore or OBD.