Dangers Of Remapping
In order to make your vehicle more drivable, you should map it by undergoing the process called “ECU (Engine Control Unit) Remapping”. This can be done by updating your engine with the latest/revised software. There is no need to change any of the vehicle’s hardware because all it takes is the connection between the computer and the OBD/II port. Maps will be downloaded, the remapping will take place, and then it will be uploaded back to the ECU.
Thus, you might ask if there are any dangers in remapping, the answer is simple there are risks with anything, but the concerns are managed within a tolerance of control. The entire remapping process won’t actually damage your car. So, what’s dangerous?
Dangers of Remapping
There is no doubt that the remapping market is saturated with all sorts of companies offering “the best tuning cars remap in-the-world”. It is very hard to differential between the good,bad and downright ugly, so here are our top tips to help you make the right choice.
1. Don’t buy cheap
Everyone generally spends as much as they can afford on their car, so be it £5,000 or £50,000, it is a valuable asset and often their pride and joy. Anyone can sell on price, but ask yourself the simple question. “Are you prepared to risk a poor quality, potentially dangerous modification for the sake of a few £’s”.
What sort of outfit are they? Are they agents for a substantial national business like ours, or just working on their own? What sort of pedigree and reputation do they have? Is there any warranty?
Pretty websites often hide a multitude of sins, often they are easy to spot with unfinished content, lots of irrelevant super car pictures, etc. Its incredible to see how many tuning cars re-mapper's falsely claim to write their own tuning files, where there is actually no shame in sourcing them from a quality tuner like ourselves.
5. Social Media
Check out other tuners on Facebook, see their local feedback etc. Beware though if they have brought ‘likes’, normally spotted by a sudden increase in thousands, which is a bit pointless and a sham. Check us out and join our 100,000+ fans on Facebook here
6. Checkout feedback and reviews
Genuine reviews are now a way of life for making purchases. Proper companies ensure that their customers have a way to report feedback, be it good or bad. See our great feedback on Trust pilot here.
WHAT DO YOU ACTUALLY MODIFY IN VEHICLE?
We do not change any hardware in your vehicle, we just modify the operating parameters in the ECU’s program or ‘map’. In many cases the map stored on the ECU’s processor can be accessed via the on-board diagnostics port (OBD) in the vehicle AKA Remapping via OBD, normally found under the dashboard. In some newer models the ECU will have to be removed from the vehicle and the casing opened, our technicians will then use specialist tools to read the original map straight from the processing chip also known as chip tuning.
The technician will then upload the original map to our map writing team who will adjust the parameters to maximise the performance, fuel economy or a clever blend of both. Depending on the vehicle and ECU type the remapping process can take under an hour and if at any time you wish to return your vehicles ECU to its original default settings, this can be done easily and free of charge as we always keep a copy of the original software as a backup.