How often do you check your instrument panel for warning lights? The truth is, those warning lights give you little clue of what's wrong with your car. They only warn you of a failure and that you should see a mechanic to check out your car.In other words, in terms of monitoring your car's health, those lights are almost useless.
You'll be better off with a performance monitor. Take a peek inside a real race car and you'll find dozens of meters and gauges running all over the dashboard and front instrument panel. They provide up-to-the-second information on what's happening to important systems. Data is also sent automatically to engineers in the pits to monitor their race car's overall performance. Problems are discovered and fixed almost immediately. That's the benefit of having a performance monitor keeping an eye on things.
You can have the same technology watching your car. You just have to check out Carparts's online catalogs to get your hands on this product.
• Our performance monitors come with a setup wizard that automatically calibrates to your car's ECU.
• Performance monitors from us pull and erase error codes (DTCs).
• Our performance monitors help you keep an eye on your car's health.
Performance Monitor Buyer's Guide
- A performance monitor, also known as a driving or engine monitor, is a device that lets you monitor engine and vehicle data in real-time while inside the passenger cabin.
- This device provides information on engine parameters such as vehicle speed, ignition timing, air-fuel mix, turbo boost pressure, exhaust gas temperature, coolant temperature, engine RPM, torque, mass air flow, engine load, air intake temperature, and more.
- Most devices plug into a vehicle’s OBD-II port, while some designs have portability in mind.
- This monitor will come in handy in vehicles that have undergone exhaust, intake, tire size, gear ratio, and other performance modifications.
- Drivers can use it as a driving coach by activating programmable alerts in which certain engine parameters receive preset limiters. Audio alerts trigger when any of these figures fall out of range while driving.
- In most cases, these devices also function as OBD driving monitors, making it easier to detect and clear diagnostic trouble codes logged by the vehicle computer.
- This device can help you better understand the inner workings of your vehicle so you can fine-tune your machine, as well as your driving style.
- A car performance monitoring system helps you track and log important engine data, understand how certain driving techniques can improve your fuel economy, and monitor the health of your vehicle.
- The cost of a vehicle performance monitor will depend on your vehicle’s year, make, and model. The price will also vary depending on its design and features. In general, an aftermarket vehicle performance monitor can cost you anywhere between $300 to $600.
Your vehicle’s computer is constantly pulling data from various sensors and systems to manage the overall performance of your vehicle. However, in most cases, these data get logged and monitored behind the scenes. If you wish to monitor your car data in real-time, particularly if you have done any custom tuning or performance upgrades on your ride, it may be a good idea to get a performance monitor for your vehicle.
What is a performance monitor?
A performance monitor, also known as a driving or engine monitor, is a device that lets you monitor engine and vehicle data in real-time while inside the passenger cabin. You will find driving monitors specifically designed for towing/hauling, managing fuel economy, or maximizing performance.
If you’ve done extensive work tuning and upgrading an older vehicle model, chances are information from an outdated instrument panel will be insufficient for you to gain enough insight on how your ride is performing. This monitor will come in handy in vehicles that have undergone exhaust, intake, tire size, gear ratio, and other performance modifications.
How does a driving monitor work?
Performance monitors pull data from your vehicle’s factory-installed sensors and display them at your fingertips. Most devices plug into a vehicle’s OBD-II port, while some designs have portability in mind.
Keeping a close eye on the vehicle’s operating conditions helps drivers adopt habits and techniques that can improve the overall performance of their vehicle. In some cases, a performance monitor can prevent unsafe driving habits.
Drivers can make use of programmable alerts wherein certain parameters can receive preset limits. As soon as the figures fall out of range while driving, the device will trigger audio alerts so that the driver can make the right adjustments.
In most cases, these devices also function as OBD driving monitors, making it easier to detect and clear diagnostic trouble codes logged by the vehicle computer.
The device will display a set of different engine parameters depending on the brand or type you choose. Here are some data that you can monitor by installing this device:
- Vehicle speed
- Ignition timing
- Air-fuel mix
- Turbo boost pressure
- Exhaust gas temperature
- Coolant temperature
- Engine RPM
- Mass air flow
- Engine load
- Air intake temperature
Why do you need an aftermarket performance monitor?
Unlike other vehicle add-ons, installing a performance monitor does not directly affect the performance of your vehicle. However, this device can help you better understand the inner workings of your vehicle so you can fine-tune your machine and your driving style.
Monitor and log important engine data
Trying to note down every change in temperature or pressure under various driving conditions is next to impossible if you’re behind the wheel. A driving monitor not only presents vehicle information in real-time, but it can also electronically record data that you can refer to while tuning your vehicle’s engine.
Maximize fuel economy
Having access to the data gathered by your vehicle’s factory-installed sensors can help you manage and tweak your driving habits in such a way that lets you maximize your vehicle’s fuel mileage.
Monitor the health of your vehicle
An illuminated Check Engine Light can trigger from thousands of possible diagnostic trouble codes. An engine monitor minimizes the need for second-guessing by identifying the specific error code logged by the vehicle computer.
Having other engine parameters at your disposal can be helpful in diagnosing the underlying problem that triggered the diagnostic trouble code in the first place.
How much is a vehicle performance monitor?
The cost of a vehicle performance monitor will depend on your vehicle’s year, make, and model. The price will also vary depending on its design and features. Touchscreen devices that offer more comprehensive data monitoring and customizable alerts will understandably cost more than monitors that offer limited data feature basic displays. In general, an aftermarket vehicle performance monitor can cost you anywhere between $300 to $600.
Finding the right fit
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