How to Install and Use a Chevrolet Power Programmer
Unlike other aftermarket upgrades, the power programmer is quite easy to install and use. The plug-and-play device lets you easily tune the performance of your Chevy by re-calibrating the onboard computer of the vehicle. It tunes the system for peak performance and to boost power,. The hand-held electronic device allows you to have greater control over your vehicle by letting you alter or adjust some of the settings. Power is right at your fingertips as you go through the options for finer-tuning. Although the Chevrolet power programmer may do a lot of complicated, technical work for you, the device is pretty straightforward. Here's a rundown of the installation:
Required skill level: Novice
Note: The job will take about 5 minutes or so. Power programmers are designed as plug-and-play devices.
Needed tools and materials
- Power programmer for the Chevrolet vehicle
Checking what's in the box
First off, you have to check what comes with the package. Aside from the tuner or programming device, make sure that in the box you'll also find a cord that attaches to the programmer, a USB cable, a software or CD, and some installation instructions, along with the warranty. Read the instructions carefully.
Getting the latest updates for the software
Before you plug in the electronic hand-held device, you must first log on to the website of the manufacturer. Check for updates and other options for programming the vehicle. The software must be updated. The updates and upgrades are usually free, so take advantage of them. Look for the latest releases and other relevant info.
Plugging in the device
To install, you just have to plug in the programmer. The device is plugged into the OBD II port under the dashboard. By plugging it into that port, the device gains access to the vehicle's computer and can alter the signals or modify the settings.
Following the tuner prompts
You have to turn the key to the on position before you can start working with the device. As you do this, the programmer will start checking and reading for diagnosis codes. You have the option to view or clear the codes. Just follow the instructions and prompts. After this, you may now head to the vehicle tuning mode. The device will communicate with the onboard vehicle computer and will let you choose from several options. There'll be several questions you have to answer by clicking on the right buttons. You may be asked to choose between power tuning and factory tuning, for instance. You may also adjust the engine rev limit to go higher than the factory or you may leave it at stock. You can also make changes on the speed rating. The device may ask if there are changes made on rear axle rotation, if your vehicle is equipped with an aftermarket shift kit, or what kind of transmission system it has. You can alter the gear ratios, stiffen up the shift points by RPMs, make adjustments on the transmission shift firmness, or adjust every single gear. After going through all the questions and options, the device will start programming what you've just edited or adjusted. After tuning is done, you may be instructed to turn the ignition off and then turn the key back to the on position. Once everything has been programmed successfully, disconnect the programmer.
Test-driving the vehicle
Drive the vehicle to see if it's running well and if the changes or modifications you've made through the power programmer are reflected through the vehicle's performance.