You have read that remapping an ECU on your car has numerous advantages, but a few drawbacks. The thing is, if you get a low-quality chip, used in the process, you may cause damage to the engine (other components are not compromised). This also means that if you get a high-quality chip, and a professional personnel is responsible for the process, this is a safe alternative. In essence, you will get a lot of advantages and not a single drawback.
Now, you probably wonder why manufacturers don’t do this when cars are in a factory. It is because, with standard ECU and parameters, cars are more forgiving, can handle traffic jams easier and the CO2 emissions are lower. But, with remapping, you will get something else.
- Your car will produce more power, due to the fact the air-fuel mixture would be better and the timing will be different as well.
- Thanks to more power, your car will be easier to drive.
- Handling would be better.
- Fuel consumption would be reduced because a car would need less power to move.
- The sound would be improved as well.
How much power I can get?
This fact depends absolutely on a car and its stock engine. The Porsche ECU tune has been the most successful by now and in most cases, you can get additional 70HP. This power would make a difference, but won’t make your vehicle less reliable.
Petrol cars should use high-octane fuel after remapping, just to avoid pre-detonations. Another thing that should be taken into account is the clutch. It is a vital component, located between an engine and a gearbox. It must be in a healthy condition, in order to handle the additional power. Replacing clutch is a complicated procedure, and on a Porsche, you will be able to do it, after a few weeks of ‘’studying’’. A good thing is that a new clutch is affordable and it won’t cost you more than $100.
The bottom line with an ECU remapping is simple. You should do it, especially if you have a car that is between 3 and 15 years old. Getting more power, better exhaust noise and better fuel consumption are just some of the benefits you will get. If an engine is in a healthy condition, there isn’t a single reason why you should avoid remapping. Obviously, high quality and professionalism are important here!