Vehicle Remapping for Fleets

If you are growing concerned about the fuel consumption of your fleet of vans or other vehicles, you may be wondering whether vehicle remapping can help. ECU remapping or chip tuning as it is otherwise known is becoming an increasingly popular method of increasing power and improving the fuel economy of many kinds of modern vehicles. Phantom Tuning offer ECU remapping in Kent, along with a range of other services, including DPF solutions and EGR delete or removal.

Reduced Fuel Consumption

One of the main concerns for a van fleet manager is the amount of fuel consumption for each vehicle in the fleet. One of the best ways to combat this, besides stop-start technology and introducing speed limitations, is to consider reprogramming the engine through the engine control unit.

In situations where reducing fuel consumption is important, it is possible to have an ECU remap carried out specifically to improve fuel economy and fuel usage. Manufacturers will often have to account for a wide range of varying altitudes, fuel qualities and driving conditions when designing their vehicles. Although this is a sensible approach, fine tuning your engine for better performance and for improved fuel economy is a viable and worthwhile method of ensuring that you are getting the most out of your fleet.

The entire ECU Remap procedure does not take long and will not affect the hardware of your vehicle. And the good news is that In as soon as three months after the remap, it has been reported that this can result in savings of up to 20%!

ECU Remapping Cost

The overall cost of ECU remapping is dependent upon the number of vans in your fleet that you are looking to remap. Furthermore, the cost can also depend on the make and model of your vehicle and what you are seeking to achieve. The best way to make sure of the price is to contact Phantom Tuning for a quotation.

Factors to Bear in Mind

Undergoing an ECU remap may affect the warranty of your vehicle, so it is best to check with the manufacturer if this is something that worries you.

DPF Correction and Solutions

Phantom Tuning offers effective solutions to DPF problems. The Diesel Particulate Filter is a device that prevents the release of soot and particulate matter (PM) into the atmosphere. As it is designed to reduce pollution, recent regulations have meant that it is illegal to have the DPF device removed from your vehicle if it has already been fitted with one, unless it is for off road only. To discuss your options and to see how Phantom Tuning can help to provide solutions to your DPF issues, contact us today.

How does a DPF work?

The function of a DPF filter is to remove soot and other particulate matter out of the exhaust gases and so reduce the amount of pollution released into the atmosphere. It does so through an automatic process known as Regeneration. Regeneration occurs when the DPF has been allowed to reach a high enough temperature as the engine warms. The soot is then combusted, removing it from the DPF filter.

What causes a DPF Blockage and what can I do about it?

The problem with DPFs is that they are liable to become blocked if this optimum temperature is not reached, which results in incomplete combustion of the soot. This means that it will have to be cleaned more often in order to avoid expensive problems associated with buildup. Phantom Tuning offers a DPF cleaning solution, that counters this issue and will prolong the life of your DPF. If the DPF blockage is irreparable, you may have to purchase a new DPF at great cost.

How can a DPF Removal help?

There are instances where a DPF clean is simply not enough. In situations like these, undergoing a DPF removal can significantly improve the engine performance and fuel economy of your vehicle. The choice is yours as to whether you think the benefits outweigh the risks. If you are set on a DPF removal, or to find out how much it will cost, contact Phantom Tuning.

What is ECU Remapping?

Engine Control Unit (ECU) remapping or chip remapping as it is otherwise known is a process whereby your vehicle’s engine performance is fine-tuned to provide greater power and torque. Furthermore, ECU remapping increases your fuel economy and engine responsiveness. The process usually takes between 60-90 minutes, during which time there are no changes made to your vehicle’s hardware in actuality.

Things to Consider

If you are considering ECU remapping, you should be aware of the fact that resale value may be affected by carrying out this process. As well as that possibility, there remains a small risk that your engine could incur damage from improper remapping, creating excess heat in the vehicle and an increase in wear and maintenance requirements. Ultimately, it is imperative to consider whether the benefits outweigh the risks. As with most things, if you take your vehicle to an experienced professional, the risks will be significantly reduced.

How does it Work?

ECU remapping works based on the principle that, during manufacture, vehicles are tuned to a standard with a wide-range tolerance that can then be recalibrated to be more accurate. Factors such as temperature, fuel delivery rate and engine load can now be precisely managed, resulting in a vehicle that has a reduced margin of error and is significantly improved and precise. The process is fairly complex, but the increase in performance can be considerable for both turbo and non-turbo engines- up to an increase of 50% torque and 30% brake horsepower (bhp).

After having your vehicle’s chip remapped, you will be restricted to the use of high-performance fuels and you will need to have your vehicle serviced more frequently. As well as that, it is essential that you will be prepared to replace components as they wear out, as remapping does slightly increase the amount of strain on your vehicle due to high performance.

What’s the Cost?

The typical cost of remapping will be in the region of £200-£500 depending on the level of power you choose. There is also the option to have multiple maps, or switchable maps available for selection dependent on your needs. For example, you could have a ‘sport’ map or a ‘valet’ map. Although this costs more on the outset, in the long term it avoids the problem of having to run a high power map throughout the day when you don’t necessarily need it. 
If you have decided that ECU remapping in Kent or a chip remap is something you would like to know more about or to find out how we can help you, contact Phantom Tuning to discuss your options.

Why Have an EGR Delete?

Here at Phantom Tuning, we’re well-known for our ECU remapping services in Kent. But how else can we help you? Well, we’ve recently started to offer EGR solutions to our customers. ‘How is this beneficial?’, you ask? Read on below to find out!

What is an EGR?

Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) involves the recirculation of exhaust gases back into the intake manifold system. This has the effect of increasing engine performance because it lowers the combustion temperature of the engine by allowing cooled air back into the intake. EGR deletes, therefore, reduce this capacity as well as remove soot buildup that hinders the engine’s performance.

Although some debate surrounds the effectiveness of an EGR Delete, it does make a significant difference in the overall performance of your vehicle. The removal of the component responsible for the recirculation of exhaust gases is often the best method of improving your engine’s efficiency.

The EGR valve is a component of the engine that controls the recirculation of exhaust gases, primarily nitrogen oxide (NOx), as per the regulations specified by EU emission law.  EGR removal or deletion, therefore, is the removal of the functioning capacity of this component in order to reduce running issues associated with it. Often, the passage of burnt exhaust gases through this valve creates a buildup of carbon deposits. These deposits can cause the valve to become stuck and depressurized. Essentially, this causes a massive reduction in fuel economy and engine power.

What is an EGR Delete?

The process of an EGR delete has a number of benefits. For example, the process results in an increase of fuel economy, restoration of engine power, restoration of MPG, the creation of cleaner emissions that accompany the removal of soot build-up, a reduction in the need for an EGR replacement and prevention of DPF failure, all whilst being completely MOT compliant.

Where can I get it done?

To have your vehicle’s EGR removed, it is advisable to consult the expertise of an experienced professional. At Phantom Tuning, we have the skills and know-how to complete the job effectively and safely, whilst causing no damage to your beloved vehicle. Get in touch today for your EGR Delete in Kent.