FAQS—Ford Power Programmer
- Out of all the performance tuners and mods on the market, what makes the power programmer a great choice for my Ford vehicle? Does it really work?
The stock settings of a vehicle's onboard computer are designed for the average driver, not the performance enthusiast. This means that you may not be getting as much power as you could from the engine or the best performance you could have from your Ford vehicle. To customize these settings according to your driving style, the vehicle's modifications, and your performance demands, a power programmer is used for reprogramming the onboard computer. What makes the power programmer a great tool for most vehicles is that it's easy to use. The hand-held device is simply plugged in to the OBDII port of the vehicle to get access to the engine's control unit or ECU. It takes about 10 minutes to program everything. Once you've punched in the needed information and the preferred settings, the programmer will communicate with the onboard computer right away. Compared to other performance modifications, this device can give you better tuning control-the settings are tailored to your needs or preferences, whether you want turned up horsepower and torque, better fuel efficiency, or smoother transmission. Another benefit is that the modifications you've made through the device can be changed just as easily. You can revert to the old factory settings if you prefer.
- What are the settings that I can adjust using a Ford power programmer? How much horsepower/torque gains can I get from this tuner? Can it truly improve fuel economy?
Typically, you can adjust the horsepower levels along with the vehicle's fuel economy using a power programmer. This tuner can increase horsepower and torque by about 5 to 10 percent on average. However, this will largely depend on the tweaked or modified settings. Fuel economy can be improved by adding 1 to 3 MPGs, although the results are sometimes barely noticeable when you use that extra power from the vehicle or when it's pushed to its limits to unlock power. Other settings that can be reprogrammed include the shift points, shift firmness, and RPM rev limit. As with most programmers, the device may also be used for reading and clearing diagnostic trouble codes, for optimizing electric cooling fan operation, and for calibrating the speedometer when bigger wheels are installed in the vehicle or changes are done on rear differential gearing. The programmer can usually enhance throttle response, thereby reducing built-in throttle lag.
- I've been looking for a performance tuner, preferably a power programmer, for my Ford. There are more than a few options out there. What should I consider to get the right one or even the best for my vehicle?
First off, you have to consider the type of vehicle that you drive. Some programmers or performance tuners are specifically designed to tune a particular vehicle for peak performance. For instance, the programmer can be custom-designed to optimize towing/hauling performance with high torque or for high speed with quicker acceleration. By choosing a tuner or programmer based on vehicle type or according to the exact make, model, and year of the vehicle, you can get one that best suits the specs of the engine.
Driving style and desired performance or modifications are other important considerations. You can tune the performance or reprogram the settings of the vehicle according to your driving habits or style and other preferences. Programmers can calibrate the vehicle to run on low-octane fuel, which works for gas economy. Shift points and firmness can also be adjusted for smooth transmission. If your vehicle have other modifications, programmers have let you choose settings that will work best with the vehicle's aftermarket upgrades.
- How can I get the most out of a power programmer?
Before you plug in the device, you have to make sure that the software is updated. You can just hook up the programmer to your PC or laptop to check for updates and get the necessary upgrades. To get the most out of the power programmer, you have to choose the right settings and adjustments. Tune the performance according to specific needs or preferred improvements. The results or enhancements will be based on the commands or options you've entered. You have the option to pick a power setting, for instance, but may have to switch to higher-octane fuel, or you may get better MPGs with a fuel-saving program. If you have aftermarket upgrades or other modifications done on your vehicle, update the settings with custom tunes. Explore the available options and features of the programmer. If you installed larger wheels, for example, use the right tire size setting, or if you want a more responsive ride in terms of gear shifts, use the programmer to adjust the shift points and firmness. The programmer can also be used as a diagnostic tool; it can decipher trouble codes and clear them.
- What's the main difference between a power programmer and a control module?
The main difference is that the power programmer is plugged into the OBDII port, which is typically under the dashboard, while the control module is connected through the electrical system under the hood. Basically, the power programmer gives you a greater degree of tuning control as you enter some info about your vehicle and choose the settings and adjustments to tune the performance according to the vehicle's specs and your driving preferences or performance demands. This can be unplugged after the settings have been adjusted and these have been communicated to the onboard computer. The control module has to stay plugged in to send commands to the engine computer after receiving signals from the sensors and analyzing the data to find out which would be the best adjustments for the vehicle. The control module doesn't require you to enter any information. It tunes the vehicle's performance on its own.
Edge Products Evolution Power Programmer
The Edge Products Evolution power programmer is an exciting choice that gives incredible boosts in performance while providing unmatched user control. It can increase engine power by as much as 100 hp and torque by as much as 200 ft.-lbs. on the maximum setting. The driver has three power level options that can be adjusted on the fly. Mounted on the dashboard, it also serves as a diagnostic tool that displays easy-to-read trouble codes. The driver has the freedom to further calibrate the programmer at will by adjusting the top speed limit or upgrading it via the internet. The Edge Products Evolution power programmer comes with a one-year Edge Products limited warranty.
Hypertech Max Energy Power Programmer
Manufactured by a company that has been honing the technology since the 1980s, the Hypertech Max Energy power programmer is geared towards immensely optimizing engine performance in the most convenient way possible. From the comfort of the driver seat, the driver can change vehicle settings at the push of a button. These include disabling multiple cylinders during casual driving, tuning the engine control systems for low-speed performance, and adjusting transmission shift points in 100 RPM for maximum performance. The result is a vehicle with increased engine efficiency and output, and higher fuel mileage. The Hypertech Max Energy power programmer is legal for sale and use anywhere in the United States and comes with a Lifetime Hypertech limited warranty.
Jet Performance Programmer
The Jet Performance power programmer allows the driver to conveniently tweak vehicle performance without so much as lifting a wrench. It can increase engine output by as much as 130 hp and 205 ft.-lbs. of torque. Its trademark Tri-Power has performance tuning modes for regular, midgrade, or premium fuels. On its own it corrects the speedometer, monitors several vehicle sensors, and operates to engine towards optimal power and mileage. The driver can modify things like air/fuel ratio, ignition timing, shift points and firmness, and many others depending on the kind of performance wanted at any given time. The Jet Performance power programmer is 50-state legal and comes with a lifetime Jet Chips limited warranty.