What is an OBD tuning?
In the automobile tuning industry, three words or phrases are regularly used interchangeably which are 1> OBD Tuning 2>Chip Tuning and 3> EUC remapping. OBD stands for On Board Diagnostic. To make sense of this the word port is significant because without the port, on board diagnostics would not really exist; just as it didn’t exist in the 1980’s. So any ‘OBD port tuning‘ or ‘OBD port remap’ is just engine tuning or engine remapping completed via the use of the car’s OBD port.
HOW OBD SYSTEM IS WORKING CORRECTLY?
The Service Engine light should flash for a moment, indicating that the OBD system is set to scan your vehicle for any malfunctions. After this brief flash, the light should stay off as you drive as long as no problems are detected. If so, you’ll be glad to know that your vehicle is equipped with an early warning system that could save you time, money, and fuel in addition to helping protect the environment!
IF THE LIGHT STAYS ON WHAT SHOULD I DO?
No need to panic. Your vehicle is just telling you to take attention soon. When you reach your destination, make sure the gas cap is not loose or not there. All the time turn off your engine when refuelling. If the light does not go out after a few short trips following gas cap replacement or tightening, have your vehicle serviced by a skilled repair technician soon! Delaying assistance can lead to more expensive damage.
IF THE LIGHT TURNES ON WHILE DRIVING A VEHICLE WHAT DOES IT MEANS
When the light comes on and stays on, the OBD system has detected a problem. Sometimes vehicle might have a condition that wastes fuel, shortens engine life, or causes extreme air pollution. If left unaddressed, these conditions can also damage your vehicle and lead to ever more expensive repairs. For instance, OBD can identify a loose or missing gas cap which wastes fuel and contributes to smog or engine misfire which can lead to severe or permanent engine damage.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN IF THE LIGHT IS BLINKING
When your vehicle light is blinking, a severe engine problem such as a catalyst-damaging misfire is going on and should be addressed as soon as possible. But you can still drive your vehicle safely, but should minimize your time on the road. You have to be careful do not try to drive your vehicle at high speed or with overload weight.
WHAT EXACTLY YOU DO WITH OBD PORT
In Quantum Tuning we employ trained and experienced OBD technicians. We have up to date and well equipped repair workshop and also we have an OBD scan tool (a small, hand-held scanning device) to diagnose the cause of your vehicle’s problem. These technicians will have the proper tools and will know best how to diagnose your vehicle
The technician will connect the scan tool to your vehicle’s computer (usually through a connector under the dashboard) and download information that can pinpoint the problem. The technician can then repair the vehicle based on manufacturer recommendations. OBD actually helps repair technicians do their job more quickly and reliably, helping you avoids unnecessary repairs and trips back to the workshop.
I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT MY VEHICLE IS RUNNING WELL WHAT STEPS AND INFORMATION I SHOULD BE AWARE OF.
In this century we have well equipped vehicles which are highly efficient and up to date technologies. OBD make sure that these vehicles are running in top form, but you still need to maintain your vehicle according to the manufacturer’s recommended timetable. Keep up with routine maintenance and keep an eye out for your Check Engine light. Always turn off the engine before re-fueling and always make sure the gas cap is securely tightened. So your vehicle helps you to save money on fuel and repairs while helping to do your part to protect the air you breathe. In addition, driving as little as possible by combining trips, carpooling, walking, biking, or using public transit are all things you can do to help minimize vehicle pollution.
Saving fuel with OBD remap
As we remap a vehicle, particularly when fuel saving is the main concern we focus on improving the low end torque in particular and widening the power-band as far as we can. This increase in low end torque will mean less throttle pedal input is required to maintain cruising speeds, when fully laden or when on a gradient. It will also mean that the vehicle will be more secure in higher gears at slower speeds as well requiring fewer gear changes overall.
If you combine these factors with adjusting your driving style to make the most of the extra low end torque you will see an improvement in fuel consumption. This is mainly effective on turbo-diesel engines where the savings could be as much as 20%!