How do you check if a car has been remapped?
Can you tell if a car has been remapped? Unless you've actually arranged for your car to be remapped, it would be difficult to know if it already has been. However, you could look out for a sticker that engineers often display on cars to show they have been remapped.
In many cases, a car's remap can be reversed. So, if you decide you'd rather have the original software installed back on your car, it's easily done. That said, this won't bring back the warranty you've voided.
Some people are concerned that engine remapping could cause problems with their car. But it shouldn't affect reliability if you use a reputable company. Remapping does put extra strain on an engine, but not a dangerous amount if it's done properly.
If you have had some work done to your remapped car at a dealership and your car feels noticeably slower than it did before, then there's a good chance that the reason for this is that your remap has been wiped off the ECU by the dealer.
Is a Superchips remap detectable by the dealer? In most cases, no. Some manufacturers can tell that something has changed, but not necessarily what. If and when you need to return your vehicle back to the original remap, you will need to do one of the following, depending on your purchase.
Can OEMs check to see if I have had a car remap? Yes, they can. But whether or not they will find out that your car has been remapped is another question. The diagnostic equipment in most dealership garages is not sophisticated enough to check ECU software for discrepancies between it and the original software.
Overall, the disadvantages of remapping a car include: Remapping only really benefits turbo engines. There are serious diminishing returns when remapping a non-turbo engine. Engine strain from remapped cars is significantly greater, given the greater speed, power and performance of an engine.
Remapping your car could only affect the private resale value if you were to tell the person who's buying it. And even if you were to tell the person who's buying it, the chances of your remap decreasing the value of your car are minimal at best.
If the remap includes more diesel volume, and hence more combustion, hence more power, and more exhaust gases, then YES, there will be a louder and sweet turbo whistle.
Remaps are a permanent install, and cannot be removed when you sell the vehicle or if you wish to remove it during servicing.
How long does it take for a remap to kick in?
Depending on the vehicle, the remap normally takes less than 1 hour to complete. 2.
An obvious question that most people ask about our ECU remapping service is “Will it damage my engine?” The short answer is No!
In car insurance terms, remapping or chipping is considered a car modification, even if it's one you can't actually see. If you don't inform your insurance provider, it could invalidate your policy. Car engine remapping could mean an increase in the cost of your car insurance premium.
In order to remove a remap, you will more often enough need to go back to the company that installed the remap file on your engine as they should have stored a copy of your engine's original settings. Failing that, some remapping companies may offer to restore your vehicle's software back to factory settings.
An engine remap doesn't put any stress on the engine, so it doesn't affect the longevity of it as long as it is done by a garage like AP Autocare who have the equipment and expertise to do it properly and safely.
Yes, you need to tell your insurance provider if your car engine has been remapped. In car insurance terms, remapping or chipping is considered a car modification, even if it's one you can't actually see. If you don't inform your insurance provider, it could invalidate your policy.
You should tell your insurer if you have modified you car, including remapping or chipping. When you take out insurance cover you will be asked a specific question, such as – Is your car modified in any way? So always declare.
Remapping a vehicle can also have an immediate effect on speed and power; in some cases, remappers claim to have increased horsepower by 30-40bhp, and torque up to 80nm! A car's engine can also become more responsive, allowing the driver to overtake more easily.