Dyno Tuning 101: How To Tune Your Daily Driver

As a car enthusiast, you might have come across the dyno tuning concept. Unfortunately, most car owners presume dyno tuning is a preserve for racing drivers. However, the protocol can significantly benefit your daily driver. Below is an excerpt discussing the benefits of dyno tuning and how to tune your daily driver. 

What Are The Benefits Of Dyno Tuning?  

The primary benefit of dyno tuning is that it allows you to adjust or personalise your car performance to suit your needs. For example, if you use the vehicle to tow your camping gear or boat, you could tune it to increase its torque. This way, you do not have to worry that you will damage its transmission when towing. Conversely, you could increase the vehicle's horsepower if you enjoy speeding. You can also tune your car to maximise its fuel efficiency. It is especially so if the vehicle is a fuel guzzler. Vehicle tuning also allows you to enjoy aftermarket hardware installed in your car. For instance, if you install an aftermarket air filter or turbo, you need to adjust the ECU settings to ensure the cylinders receive an equal air-fuel mixture. 

How Do You Dyno Tune Your Daily Driver?

If possible, avoid DIY dyno tuning hacks on the internet. Remember, slight errors when reprogramming the ECU could cause engine knocks. The best approach would be hiring an experienced tuner to modify the vehicle's ECU. Car groups and forums can help you identify reputable tuners in your locality. However, conduct an in-depth assessment to ensure the tuner has the skill to tune your car model. Remember, modern vehicles come with sophisticated software that might not be every tuner's cup of tea. Examine the tuner's conditions. For instance, a guarantee indicates the tuner is confident in their work. 

Once you find a suitable tuner, inform them why you plan to tune the vehicle. This way, they know what kind of maps to install in the car. Typically, the tuner inspects the vehicle to determine whether it needs repairs before the tune. For example, they could conduct a compression test to establish if the car needs an overhaul before the tune. Moreover, the tuner could recommend a cooling system upgrade if the tune will increase the vehicle's horsepower. Once the mechanic tunes the car, they conduct thorough tests to ensure the tune does not affect the vehicle's drivability and functionality. After the tune, assess the vehicle's performance to establish whether the tune meets your goals.