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Thread: Any help you could give an old codger

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2006

    Question sorry ignore wrong forum

    Hi all

    As a 40 something crinkly new-be to the OBD and chip tuning side of motors
    I have lots of experience tuning motors the old fashion way in my past
    And have a good understanding of the requirements for improving the performance of a car but the pressures of work and family put pay to my car tuning for a long time
    And now I find myself at the point were things have moved on to such an extent that Iíd love to start tinkering again but I realize I also need to be able to understand and manipulate the ECM of a car

    Now Iíve been reading the threads on this forum and now Iíve got a vague understanding of the OBD concept and capabilities
    Iíve also been searching the net for info on the subject
    And Iím now paecing together the outline of requirements for what I want to do
    But I have realized that im in a bit deep at the moment ďits hard work jumping in half way up the learning curveĒ and I need to fill in the missing info

    The help I need is in the following

    Links to sites and pages with info starting simple and then gradually getting more technical a step-by-step approach.

    Just what Iím looking for in the way of hardware, the cost im looking at and how to workout what protocols my car uses.

    Also a guild to what changes affect the ignition settings fuel delivery and so on. ďBasically guild to how to re-map to increase performanceĒ.

    Any help you could give an old codger would be appreciated.

    I have a 1998 UK ford puma lovely little car but lacking in acceleration thatís what Iím hoping to improve
    Its based on a ford fiesta IV with a 1.7L vetec se motor in it

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Little Elm, Texas
    it sounds to me like you're interested solely in the tuning side of things. As such I'm not sure I would recommend putting a PC in your car.

    CarPCs is what this forum is about. We have a section dedicated to OBD-II because it's a function that can be easily accessed via a CarPC. However, for you I would suggest using a laptop for this purpose.

    Many times OBD-II has the ability to read factory fault codes and reset them. It's not usually a tuning program. For you to get something like this you need to access standalone tuning units. I think maybe reading up on what OBD-II can do first might be a priority: What is OBD-II?

    by the way, for all of your OBD-II questions, I suggest you post in the appropriate OBD-II forum:

    Your questions will probably be answered quit a bit quicker and with a lot more people with experience will see it there.

    Good luck!

    Might get something good out of that link too.
    Jan Bennett
    FS: VW MKIV Bezel for 8" Lilliput - 95% Finished

    Please post on the forums! Chances are, someone else has or will have the same questions as you!

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