Engine chips are electronically programmed parts of your engine that work to limit the performance of your vehicle for safety and consistency reasons. Tuning, or reprogramming, the chip involves changing those limits for a variety of different reasons. While tuning your engine chip can cause your vehicle to become more sensitive to low quality fuels or demand more maintenance, there are a number of benefits that come with it as well. Understanding what engine chip tuning has to offer can help you decide whether or not it is the right fit for your vehicle.
The most common reason for engine chip tuning is to increase the horsepower that your engine puts out. Standard chips limit the horsepower of the engine for consistency reasons, and ensure that the vehicle performs well under a variety of different conditions. However, the chip can be remapped to alter the fuel and air intake of an engine, which will in turn allow you to achieve higher horsepower and thus faster speeds.
Increased Fuel Efficiency
On the other side of the coin, the fuel and air intake of your engine can also be altered, not to increase horsepower and speed, but instead to ensure the most efficient use of your fuel. This can reduce the overall amount of fuel that you use while driving and save you money in the long run, as you will not have to fill up your car as often as you would otherwise. However, this does come at a cost: you will not be able to increase the horsepower and efficiency of your vehicle at the same time, so you must make a decision between speed and efficiency.
Ease of Installation
Performance enhancing chips are available at most automotive stores and auto repair shops. The installation process is not horribly complex, which means that if you have some working car knowledge, you can tune your engine chip yourself at home. However, for safety reasons, it is best to have a professional complete the service for you, as tuning the engine improperly can lead to a number of problems, including costly damage to the engine itself. It is important to note that since the process is not that complex, having a professional tune your vehicle is not horribly expensive. The cost will of course range depending on the make and model of your car, but is affordable to most vehicle owners.
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