Car Hacks and Mods for Dummies by David Vespremi

By David Vespremi

So that you are looking to flip your Yugo right into a Viper? Sorry - you wish a professional magician. but when you must flip your sedate sedan right into a suggest computer or your used motor vehicle lot deal right into a robust, purring set of wheels, you might have come to the ideal position. motor vehicle Hacks & Mods for Dummies gets you turbo-charged up approximately editing your motor vehicle and advisor you easily via: * picking out a motor vehicle to mod * contemplating warranties, criminal, and issues of safety * Hacking the european (Engine regulate Unit) to regulate performance-enhancing components like gas injection, firing the spark plugs, controlling the cooling fan, and extra * exchanging your eu with a plug and play approach resembling the APEXi strength FC or the AEM EMS process * placing at the brakes (the swifter you move, the quicker you will have to prevent) * developing your automobile for greater dealing with and cornering Written via David Vespremi, car professional, widespread visitor on nationwide car-related television exhibits, song using teacher and self-proclaimed modder, motor vehicle Hacks & Mods for Dummies will get you into the eu and less than the hood and provides you the keys to: * making a choice on new wheels, together with every little thing from the fundamentals to dubs and spinners * placing your vehicle on a nutrition, simply because lighter potential swifter * simple strength bolt-ons and dearer strength adders * fitting roll bars and cages to augment safeguard * including aero accessories, together with entrance "chin" spoilers, actual spoilers, aspect skirts, and canards * Detailing, right down to the simplest cleaners and waxes and cleansing less than the hood * utilizing OBD (on-board diagnostics) for troubleshooting * Getting recommendation from basic websites and particular message forums and boards on your car's make or version, even if it is a Chevy pick-up or an Alfa Romeo roadster even if you need to compete at drag strips or on street classes or just speed up quicker on an interstate ramp, so one can increase your car's functionality, vehicle Hacks & Mods for Dummies is simply the increase you would like.

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Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act The relevant legislation here, the Magnuson-Moss Warranty - Federal Trade Commission Improvement Act of 1975, protects consumers from being wrongfully denied warranty coverage by new car dealers. The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act states, in part, in Title 15, United States Code, Section 2302, subdivision (c): No warrantor of a consumer product may condition his written or implied warranty of such product on the consumer’s using, in connection with such product, any article or service (other than article or service provided without charge under the terms of the warranty) which is identified by brand, trade, or corporate name; except that the prohibition of this subsection may be waived by the [Federal Trade] Commission if — (1) the warrantor satisfies the Commission that the warranted product will function properly only if the article or service so identified is used in connection with the warranted product, and (2) the Commission finds that such a waiver is in the public interest.

Short answer: The Metro, which was far from a strong handling or braking car to begin with, is now twisting and straining its chassis under the added power, is hopelessly nose-heavy, and has even worse stopping and cornering characteristics than it had before. It might be able to accelerate out of harm’s way, when merging on the freeway for example, but that assumes that the tires don’t pop, the welds holding the car together don’t come apart, and the car neither needs to steer nor brake at any point in the merging maneuver.

And the 15 horsepower gain? That was a peak reading at the very top of the rpm range just before redline. Elsewhere, the car’s horsepower levels are the same as stock or just a hair above — certainly not enough to feel — and the torque, which was enjoyable in the midrange, is now greatly diminished. The reality behind car mods designed to extract additional performance from your car is that every part, no matter how well engineered, is based on an inherent compromise. In the preceding example, while the shiny new exhaust looked great and made higher peak horsepower, drivability suffered as a result of excess noise, the midrange torque that matters most for around-town driving was diminished, the car drew unwanted attention from local law enforcement for a probable noise violation, and a factory part failed as either the direct or indirect result of the installation of the new exhaust.

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