On vehicles 1996 and newer, reprogramming or flashing a car's computer is a great way to keep its engine control modules, or ECU, up to date. The ECU in a vehicle helps components such as the power train and fuel injectors function properly. When your vehicle's programming is optimized, it will run cleaner and more efficiently.
Why Does My Vehicle Need To Be Programmed?
For those looking to get the most power output for their vehicle, reprogramming the computer is an easy way to do so. Think of an ECU reprogram like a software update for a computer. Over the years, your car's computer can become overly sensitive and affect the driveability of your car.
An issue with the PCM, or powertrain control module, can cause a check engine light to illuminate on your instrument cluster. As an example, the EGR, or exhaust gas recirculation system, can be controlled by the PCM, and if it is not responding properly, it may need to be reprogrammed to get rid of your check engine light.
While some mechanics will suggest having your computer reprogrammed every few years, it is not part of your routine maintenance schedule and should only have to be done when there is an issue that requires it to be reflashed.
How Do We Reprogram A Vehicle?
In order to reprogram a computer in a car, a scanner is connected to the diagnostic port found inside the vehicle. This is usually located under the steering wheel in most cases. Once attached, the scanner can be used to erase the old programming and replace it with the most up-to-date software provided by the manufacturer. This can also be used to retune a vehicle when adding modifications such as a performance exhaust or cold air intake. However, this may require a specific tuner or tune for the reprogramming process.
This process is relatively quick and should only take about an hour from start to finish. Your mechanic will be able to walk you through any changes to expect with your new reprogram file installed.
How Much Does It Cost To Program A Vehicle?
The cost of programming a vehicle is going to depend on a few different factors. The model year/make/engine size will have the biggest influence on the cost of your reprogram. Some vehicles may require more time to reflash or relearn depending on the programmer and operating system. To get the best estimate on how much it will cost to program your vehicle, fill out our online appointment form or give us a call.
Hybrid Vehicle Programming In Miami, Florida
If your Hybrid vehicle needs to be reprogrammed, Greens Garage will get the job done. We specialize in Hybrid reprogramming for Prius, Tesla, Lexus RX, Lexus ES, Ford Fusion, Lincoln MKZ and all Volvo Hybrids. We provide high-quality work with fast turnaround times to keep your car programmed correctly. To get a free quote on your vehicle reflash or reprogram, fill out our online appointment form.