Whether we spend £500 on a used car or over £100,000 on a fancy new model, we like to make the most of our purchases, and that’s why many car owners turn to tuning their vehicles to get a bit of an extra kick.
Fuel costs, maintenance, repairs and other necessities with your vehicle can easily add up, and your car might be costing you a lot of money.
However, thanks to car tuning services and devices, it’s possible to tweak your vehicle to balance out certain features that you don’t enjoy.
Here are some points about car tuning that you should understand before you consider doing it yourself or requesting a service from your local mechanic.
Tuning a car means to tweak the performance. The overall performance of your vehicle can be modified in several different locations and, as a result, there are many areas of your car that can be tweaked to your liking.
Car tuning is just the general term to describe all these things, but you can get into more detailed terms and jobs. They’re out of the scope of this article, but to give you a brief rundown on the most common tuning jobs, here are some examples.
You can buy an SCT tuner to use on your car. These are tools that you can use to tweak the performance and mileage of your vehicle.
Most come with presets that you can switch between, but they also offer you full control of your vehicle.
You can optimise engine timings, fuel curves and the air/fuel ratio to get the most out of your car.
You can also replace parts, such as replacing heavy components with lighter ones to make the car go faster or switching tires to make them grip the surface of the road better.
Many people like to add modifications to their car for style points. Spoilers, flared arches and other similar modifications are popular among people that want to add some flair to their vehicle.
Unfortunately, these can all add weight to the car and severely affect performance if not done properly.
Remember to always consult a professional no matter what modification or tuning job you want to be done—especially if you’re new to car modifications.
Your car has been stocked tuned to whatever the manufacturer deemed as a default. For example, if it’s a budget car with good fuel economy, most of the engine tweaks will already be tuned for maximum fuel mileage.
However, you can always change these if you feel that you don’t need the efficiency and prefer a little more speed. Or if you have an expensive car with terrible fuel management, then you can reduce the power to get a little more juice out of each top up.
Either way, it’s not recommended to tune your vehicle unless you know what you want. The fees can pile up and you spend more money on modifications than you first thought. Always do your research!
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