For anyone modifying their vehicle with aftermarket parts, a dyno tune is vital to ensure the car is functioning properly. Not only will professional technicians determine if the installation was done correctly, but they can fine-tune the vehicle to make sure it is optimizing the modifications. This, however, is not the end of the story. One major mistake made by car enthusiasts time and time again is not doing the follow up necessary after the dyno tune. This article will give an overview of other important things to keep in mind after you’ve driven home.
Check your fluids daily. For people who are advocates of chemical augmentation (alcohol, water injection, NO2), it’s your responsibility to check those fluids daily. In terms of oil, you have two inspection holes on your dipstick. Look through it, if you can’t see through them because the oil is dirty, change it. That could be at 1000 miles if you beat on the car hard, or 5000 miles if you don’t. So long as the level is fine, and the cleanliness is there, that is what really matters if you’re changing it or not.
My car is acting up
We are a society of “walk it off” types. We’ll injure ourselves and then wait a few days to see if it gets worse. Yeah… not good on a sprained ankle, not good on a car. Just as we all can’t be doctors, we all can’t be trained auto technicians. Nor should we need to be to have a high performance vehicle. However, that said, if there is a problem and it goes ignored, you are only setting yourself up for a larger problem down the line. The simple answer here is to use common sense and not push the car to perform if there appears to be some issues, even small ones. Because those small ones could get bigger. Your car can’t tell you where it hurts, but it can show you symptoms that your technician should check out.
Know your car!
The best way to notice little problems before they grow into expensive ones is to know your car. When you leave the dyno tune, your technician should have it running smoothly. It then becomes your responsibility to notice if any of the drivability has changed and to follow up accordingly. A good technician will encourage you to make follow up calls after the tuning. A great technician will welcome such calls any time because he’d rather you have the car working properly than wait until it’s in bad shape.
Also, it is your responsibility to consider the history and longevity of the vehicle prior to going down the modification road. The owner of a car with 80k miles on their sole form of transportation, wanting to toss in 100+WHP, is going to get a stern talking to by the technician.
Spend the dough on upkeep
Most of the time people aspire and plan to afford their shiny new exhausts, turbochargers, and boost controllers. Never considering the supporting and ancillary modifications required, much less the upkeep of the vehicle from the extra wear and tear down the road. The modifications are a beginning investment and cheapening out on the follow up costs and maintenance will not allow the car to perform at its maximum potential.