While it would be nice to buy the car of your dreams, the reality is that most people will never get the opportunity. However, instead of moping around and getting upset, why not make the most of your current car? All vehicles, regardless of age or value, can enjoy improved performance, if you are prepared to get your hands a little dirty. In today’s guide, we’re going to take a look at some of the easiest ways to get your car working better, faster, and more powerful. Let’s get started.
Learn the basics
You don’t have to be a mechanical genius to start working on a car. But you do need to make yourself aware of some of the basics. The good news is it has never been easier to start learning about how cars work. Start with your owner’s manual, and read it back to front. It will give you everything you need to know about the basic maintenance that will keep your car running in great shape for longer. Next, take a look around the web and consume any information you can find. Everything from car modding forums to an automotive parts and accessories review will help. Once you have done this, you can start planning your new, improved, supercharged car.
Switch your airbox and filter
One of the cheapest mods to start with is the simple task of upgrading your airbox and filter. These essential parts help your engine cool down by supplying it with cold air. The colder the air, and the more there is, the better your engine will work. It means more fuel efficiency and a higher rate of horsepower. An airbox and a long-life filter are dead cheap, and it is the perfect starting point for supercharging your old vehicle.
Get a new exhaust
The standard exhaust on your car will deal with waste gasses just fine. But is ‘just fine’ enough for you? The truth is by upgrading your exhaust system you can expect significant performance improvements. A better exhaust lightens the pressure in the back of your car, which, in turn, lowers the temperature of your engine. Better exhausts mean a cooler engine, and a cooler engine gives you more horsepower and fuel efficiency. Just be aware if you go for a loud, rasping exhaust upgrade, you will attract the attention of many people, including police officers!
Reprogram your ECU
Your engine control unit – or ECU – keeps everything going in your car, from your ignition timing to your airflow. The manufacturers of our vehicle program your ECU before selling it to you and set specific levels for everything. However, the ECU can be overwritten. You can change settings wherever you like, and do things like reducing your fuel consumption. However, you should bear in mind that ECUs can be sensitive. Even the smallest change in the wrong areas can lead to impacting your car’s performance. Either hand over the ECU to a professional tuning shop or wait until you have the experience to tackle it yourself.
Have you tried tuning your car or adding some new mods? Let us know about them in the comments section below!