Installing Engine Programmer in a Few Easy Steps
With fuel prices steadily on the rise, you may want to install an engine programmer, also known as power programmer, to help you ease out the costs. With an engine programmer, your vehicle will be able to get more miles out of each tankful of gasoline or diesel. Furthermore, it will also increase the hp and torque of your engine, fulfilling your need for speed without the high price that comes with an engine upgrade. When you decide to get one, installing is hardly a hassle as it takes only a few minutes; it's the programming part that may take up to 30 minutes or so.
Required skill level: Intermediate
Needed tools and materials:
Preparing for the installation
Make sure that your car's battery is fully charged before installing the engine programmer. Use a fuse puller to remove the fuses for the stereo system, alarm system, and other electronic aftermarket accessories you may have installed in your vehicle. In addition, check that no electronic devices are connected to your vehicle's auxiliary power ports.
Installing the engine programmer
Connect one end of the cable provided to the programmer and tighten the thumbscrews if there are any. Then locate your vehicle's diagnostic link or data link connector (DLC)-it is usually found under the dashboard near the driver's right knee. Plug the other end of the cable to the DLC. Make sure of a good, snug fit.
Programming and finishing
Set the parking brake and turn on the ignition without starting the vehicle. The engine programmer will identify your vehicle and will ask you a series of questions through its screen. Then, refer to the instruction guide that came with the engine programmer to make the necessary changes in your engine's tuning. When done programming, turn off the ignition and disconnect the programmer from the diagnostic connector. Install back the vehicle fuses you removed earlier and then take your car out for a test run.
Other helpful reminders
Remember, do not to start your engine while the programmer is connected. Also, do not disconnect the engine programmer or even leave your vehicle while the programming is ongoing. And finally, never operate electrical accessories on your vehicle such as wipers, windows, radio, etc. during the entire process.