Is it possible to improve your vehicle's performance? Well, multiple approaches can help you enhance your vehicle's overall performance. And this is usually done through performance tuning. Generally, performance tuning involves the use of specialised equipment known as dynamometers, hence 'dyno tuning'. Professional performance tuners use these tools to assess your vehicle's potential regarding performance. Dyno tuning assesses crucial components that affect your vehicle's performance, such as horsepower and torque to ascertain the level to which they can be improved for optimum performance. Dyno tuning your car comes with many benefits: increased power, torque and throttle response, optimised drivability, better fuel efficiency, reduced vehicle wear and tear, extended engine life, etc. If you are new to dyno tuning, some background information about it will come in handy, and here is all you need to know.
Dyno Tuning Comes In Different Types
Understanding the different types of dyno tuning helps you determine what you want for your vehicle. There are three primary dyno tuning types: engine dyno tuning, chassis dyno tuning, and hub dyno tuning. Engine dyno tuning, as the name implies, involves your vehicle's engine only. It entails all of the engine's performance elements, including fuel efficiency, cooling capacity, air to fuel ratios, etc. Engine dyno tuning is usually done before the engine is installed in the car. Therefore, it is ideal if you are buying a new engine for your car. That way, you don't need to worry about performance tuning once it's installed in your vehicle.
Chassis dyno tuning is equally essential. That's because many other components besides the engine determine your vehicle's performance. Therefore, chassis dyno tuning looks at such components including the tyres, transmission system, wheels, etc. to identify their maximum potential. However, if you want the best of both worlds, go for hub dyno tuning, which is an in-between kind of tuning. It is also ideal if you are taking your daily drive to a performance tuner because it will evaluate both the engine and the chassis.
Vehicle Maintenance Should Be Up To Date Before You Visit A Performance Tuner
Since dyno tuning seeks to improve your vehicle's overall performance, faulty issues can easily cause incorrect readings and other issues during tuning. With that in mind, take your vehicle to a mechanic and have it inspected for any faulty issues and have them fixed beforehand. Ensure your vehicle doesn't have any leaks, fluid levels are at the correct levels, all sensors are working, and all drivetrain components such as the suspension and wheel bearings are in good working condition.
Worth noting also is that it's essential to check with your insurance provider beforehand, because dyno tuning may sometimes affect your insurance policy and other vehicle warranties