If you own a modern vehicle, it’s almost certain that it has an engine control unit (ECU) fitted. The ECU gives us access to the subsystem for the purpose of car diagnostics. A vehicle runs to a series of factory settings to keep it performing at predefined levels. Dashboard warning lights alert drivers to faults in this subsystem. The team at our Southampton garage plugs into the ECU using innovative engine management tooling.
Stored fault codes alert us to what’s wrong with your car. Engine management equipment also helps us in our car chip tuning and ECU remapping work, which unleashes the hidden potential, and the true power, of any vehicle.
This ties in well with DPF repairs.
Through engine management, customers in Southampton and the surrounding Hampshire area, including those in Eastleigh and Totton, benefit from a superior driving experience that allows their cars to perform as they were originally designed.
A service is a periodic health check for your vehicle and car diagnostics serve a very similar purpose. The main difference between the two is that car servicing is a preventative maintenance service while car diagnostics tend to be more reactive. At Salek’s Motors of Southampton, we believe in a proactive approach to engine management. Our modern tooling frequently identifies hidden faults that might not display immediately through the car dashboard’s warning lights.
Car diagnostics reveal issues with the engine, the braking and transmission systems, the exhaust, the electrical system and a wide range of parts and components. The results of diagnostic testing show the technicians at our Southampton workshop where the parameter ranges are, but it requires skill and aptitude to identify the most suitable and affordable repair.
Book in for car diagnostics if something feels irregular when driving. By doing so, we will be able to save you money on costly repairs and the premature replacement of components.
Car Chip Tuning and ECU Remapping
While some motorists in Southampton, Eastleigh, Totton and Hampshire might see car chip tuning and ECU remapping as two different services, they are in fact the same. The purpose of these two services is to improve the power, torque and fuel efficiency of a vehicle. Typically, ECU remapping takes around 30 minutes. The process removes the limitations a manufacturer must use to comply with different laws and legislations across the world, and to still achieve profitable sales figures.
It is also rumoured that some manufacturers limit performance through car chip tuning for the purpose of releasing more powerful models, at a higher price, further into the future.
DPF Removal and DPF Repairs
The diesel particulate filter captures and stores soot to lower emissions on diesel models. Without regeneration, the soot build-up leads to the emission of black smoke when accelerating. Understandably, this will have a negative environmental impact and affects the balance of ecosystems in the Southampton and Hampshire areas. Unfortunately, changes in legislation now make DPF removal illegal and doing so could invalidate the current terms of your insurance policy.
DPF removal also results in a fine of up to £1,000 and, on a van, the penalty is as high as £2,500. DPF repairs provide the best option of clearing the system of soot.
Black smoke is just one indication for needing DPF repairs. Another is an alert through the dashboard warning lights.
Regular short journeys driven at low speeds block the DPF sooner. Because DPF removal is no longer an option, our workshop in Southampton performs DPF repairs using active or passive regeneration practices. If neither of these processes resolves an ongoing DPF issue, we always have the option of attempting forced regeneration instead.
Customers in Southampton and the surrounding Eastleigh and Totton areas can book in for car diagnostics, car chip tuning, ECU remapping and DPF repairs (as an alternative to DPF removal) by booking an appointment with Salek’s Motors.
We are Hampshire’s trusted choice for garage services.