Your Jeep’s engine performance is pretty good, but you have this sinking feeling that it could be even better! That’s okay, you’re not alone in these thoughts as other car owners feel the same way. The car drives okay, but the acceleration could be a bit quicker and maybe you’ve noticed that the MPG in your gas mileage has gone down a tick or two.
What can you do about fuel mileage? Would I have to take my car into a mechanic? What are these performance chips that I keep hearing about? Would these new chips help my performance?
We will cover all of these questions and more as we will discuss how Jeep performance chips can help your car run better than it has. To better explain the mechanics of how your car’s engine performs, you need to understand what’s beneath the hood.
Your vehicle runs all of the major operations for your engine with the ECM (or ECU) and this module is located somewhere inside your engine. Some manufacturers have them up front in the engine bay while others have it located near the fuse box. This module controls how your engine runs and processes real-time data.
Your car has hundreds of tiny sensors located practically everywhere in your vehicle from your tires all the way to your fuel tank. Each sensor sends information (or data) back to the ECU to analyze and change the parameters of your car’s engine performance. The ECU is analyzing data thousands of times per second to constantly keep your engine’s performance at an optimum level.
These constant adjustments are great for your vehicle as you’ll know that your car is running its best at all times. However, there are certain caps placed from the manufacturer on how fast or responsive your car will be that is programmed into the ECU on initial installation. How can you get around these caps? That is where the Jeep performance chip comes into play!
How The Chip Works
The chip works by importing new data into your car’s ECM or control module unit. This importing process takes some time to complete and will take a few days or a few hours depending on how much you drive. The process starts by putting the device (where the performance chip is located) into your car’s OBD-II port. This port is located at the bottom of your dashboard, below your steering wheel. This is the same port that you use when you plug in a scan tool to get data about error codes.
You leave the device plugged into the port and you simply drive with it plugged in for a while. The typical time frame for the installation process to be completed is around 150 miles. Don’t let the quietness of a device just plugged into your data port fool you, there is quite a lot of activity going on inside your ECM as you drive.
As previously mentioned, the performance chip is sending new information to the ECU as you drive. What in essence is happening is the ECU is developing new limits (or parameters) as you drive. The benefits are plentiful with a performance chip as these are just some of them listed below:
- Standard performance chip improves performance by 10-20 hp and improves fuel mileage by 1-2 mpg.
- Mid-Grade performance chip improves performance by 20-40 hp and improves fuel mileage by 2-4 mpg.
- Premium performance chip improves performance by 40-60 hp and improves fuel mileage by 4-6 mpg.
Jeep was formed during World War II as a combat vehicle to help the Allies during the war effort. The Jeep performed flawlessly during the war and civilian models were made at the Willys-Overland Company in Toledo, Ohio in the post-war years. Jeep has undergone a few changes in ownership over the years from Kaiser Motors to AMC (American Motors Corporation) to Chrysler to Daimer-Chrysler to its current owners Stellantis North America, parent owners of Chrysler.
Jeep Popular Models
Here are the most popular Jeep models:
The Renegade is Jeep’s answer to the Crossover SUV market and delivers admirably. The Renegade comes with terrain select system and larger tires than other standard versions of Jeep models.
Jeep Grand Cherokee
The Grand Cherokee has been Jeep’s flagship SUV model now for many years. All-Wheel Drive, over 300 hp, and plenty of storage space are just some of the buzzwords attached to the Grand Cherokee.
Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited Rubicon
In 2007, Jeep released this special version of the Wrangler to great acclaim. The JK Unlimited Rubicon came with tow hooks and Dana axles with an eye for the off-road experience!
Jeep Wrangler Islander
What happens when you marry a Wrangler with an island theme? You get the striking Jeep Wrangler Islander! The 2010 Islander was one of Jeep’s most unique versions of the Wrangler with unique badging, leather steering wheel, all-season floor mats, tube side steps, and 32” wheels.
Jeep HEMI Commander
When you see the word “Hemi”, you know that this model is going to deliver the goods on speed and acceleration! The Jeep HEMI Commander made its debut in 2010 with a Hemi V8 engine which not only put out over 350 hp, but also delivered nearly 400 lbs-ft of torque!
You don’t have to settle for what the manufacturer gives you for engine performance. You can set your own limits with a Jeep performance chip tune!