Cars today have over 80 different computers scattered around the car, but one of the biggest ones is the engine control unit (ECU). The engine control unite is also known as the engine control module (ECM), which controls most of the key engine functions, including the fuel/air mixture, spark timing and more.
An ECU looks like a box from the outside due to the housing that protects the circuitboards. It can seem like a simple repair or replacement if you have a certain amount of mechanical aptitude, but this can create some big problems. Here are a few reasons why you should hire a professional mechanic for engine control unit repairs.
All the variables need to be checked, whether you need a complete replacement or just want a chip tuning module added. Even small changes in the settings or software can have huge consequences, including causing the whole engine to break down.
All of these variables need to be double-checked, even if the computer is exactly the same. Installing an engine remapping chip requires these variables to be adjusted to make sure that they’re all within the right areas. Simply put, a professional mechanic will ensure everything is working together nicely.
The best a home mechanic can hope for is to plug a chip tuning unit in and hope everything works out. If there’s any problems, then it could cause serious damage to your engine. There is proper equipment that performs a full diagnostic and checks all of the above variables, but it’s not exactly in the budget of the average car owner.
Professional mechanic shops such as Autoworks have the resources needed to buy this equipment, as well as extensive training in how to use that equipment. You can count on us to make sure everything is set up correctly down to the last detail.
Even for the most avid car enthusiasts, odds are good that they only own a handful of cars that need ECU work. And messing this procedure up can cause them to be looking at a very expensive repair bill.
Our professional mechanics here at Autoworks have years of experience, having tuned and remapped hundreds of cars in a wide variety of makes and models. We know the ins and outs to safely make any repairs or modifications. We also know the pitfalls to avoid. Contact us with the link below for more information!