If you are a gamer, then you have probably already heard of the phrase “chipping.” This is where people get their consoles chipped so that it will play cheaper games and even games from other countries. What gamers won’t know is that chipping also applies to cars, although it is not illegal when it comes to cars.
When talking about cars, chipping is also called remapping. An engineer will remap your car using the engine control unit, otherwise known as the ECU. The ECU controls the air and fuel mixture, boost pressure on high performance cars, any limits on speed and revs. Remapping will completely change the car’s performance by changing the way that the engine behaves.
If you want this done to your car, you will have to go to a remapping company who can do it for you. The company department devoted to remapping and they should use the best software on the market, to complete the process.
The remapping program can remove limits placed on speed and revs and it will alter how the ECU controls the engine. Most of the time, the company will insert a new chip into the car’s circuit board, however, with new technology, there are companies out there who can do the remap with a laptop connected to the diagnostic port, and not replacing the chip outright.
The whole point of doing the remap is to make the car faster and more economical with how it works. In some cars, the remapping will mean that the engine doesn’t have to work as hard and will do better for longer.
When people have asked about remapping, their main concerns is if this will affect their insurance or guarantee on the car, due to altering the performance. However, this process does not affect the insurance or guarantee because it does not harm the car credibility.
Some companies might comment on remapping putting extra strain on the engine, however, they often check temperature and pressure, whilst they are performing the remap.
Specialized companies remap the cars in the professional way. They already know all the problems that could arise from a remap, so they take the steps, in advance, to make sure that they don’t occur. A regular mechanic might not do this.
Some other concerns are with the resale value of the car once it is chipped. In some instances, buyers might not want a chipped car because they don’t really understand what they are, but once you tell them of the benefits, they might be more likely to change their mind.
If you are still concerned about this, you start talking about software to reverse the process. This should involve a piece of software that is often plugged into the circuit board. The software should do everything that you need it to and you won’t have to take the car into the garage or back to the remapping company. The point of this is to restore the car to the factory settings so no one will know about the remapping.
The whole point of car remapping is to change the way the car works in terms of performance and cost of running it. If an engine isn’t running as hard, it will need less battery and less petrol. If you are only using the car as a little run around, then this process is not for you.
If you are in the car a lot and you use it for performance driving, then remapping will extend the life of the vehicle and is highly recommended. It will save you money in the long run and it will end up paying for itself.
If you don’t know if the remapping process will benefit your car, you can go online and search the make and model of your car, and then scroll across to see what benefits you will gain from chipping your car.