7 Vehicle Features You Can Adjust with a Programmer

BY Thomas S.

If one of your goals in the new year is to take your ride’s performance to new heights, then a performance programmer is a great way to kick things off. Designed to hook your car up with the hottest, most advanced mods, this is an upgrade that won’t require you to get down and dirty under the hood. In fact, they don’t even take that long to install. But, just because they’re easy to install, it doesn’t mean they’re any less effective.

If you’re still not convinced, however, read this handy guide to learn how these handheld units can adjust seven features in your vehicle.


Horsepower Levels

On average, a performance programmer or tuner will increase your horsepower by 5-10%. As such, they allow you to leave your stagnant factory settings in the rearview mirror and unleash the high-performance potential that’s been hibernating under your hood all this time. So, shop our extensive selection of programmers today and take advantage of the massive boosts in both horsepower and torque.


Fuel Economy

While mostly known for their performance gains, programmers can improve your fuel economy as well – up to 1-3 MPGs in some cases. Unfortunately, you may need to sacrifice the extra power a programmer can provide to take advantage of what some might call a miniscule improvement. So, if you’re looking to take fewer trips to the pump in the new year, then outfitting your ride with a programmer such as, the Bully Dog GT Platinum Tuner, may be the first DIY project you tackle.


Shift Points

Your ride may have the speed to hang in a marathon, but can it get out of the gate with a bang? This is just another way a programmer can help you improve your ride’s performance. Capable of helping you achieve maximum acceleration by optimizing shift points, a new programmer, like the Edge Evolution CTS2 Programmer, can get you home first in a drag race or the Indy 500.


Shift Firmness

A simple way to save your clutches and keep transmission temperatures down is to adjust your shift firmness. With a new programmer, you can make a soft shift a thing of the past. So, not only can a programmer improve performance, it’s an investment that also keeps vital components running well. It also saves you on excessive maintenance costs over the long run.


Throttle Response

Not only can a programmer improve your horsepower levels and MPGs, it can elevate your throttle response to new heights. It’s a trait you may have experienced in a car or truck with drive-by-wire throttle bodies, and you can reap the benefits of it again with a new programmer. They also eliminate annoying built-in throttle lag.


RPM Rev Limit

Protecting your engine is just as important as unlocking its latent performance capabilities. And, it’s easy to achieve this with a programmer through the process of limiting your RPM rev. When you invest in one of our top-of-the-line programmers, like the Hypertech Max Energy 2.0 Programmer, you’re investing in the longevity of your ride.


Read and Clear Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTCs)

Knowing is half the battle, and when it comes to a new programmer, the ability to read and clear your diagnostic trouble codes puts you ahead of the curve with any potential engine trouble. So, not only will you know exactly what’s wrong when engine issues arise, but you’ll know exactly how to fix them. The Superchips Flashpaq F5 Programmer for example, is specially designed to quickly and easily check engine vitals and clear diagnostic trouble codes. 

Now that you know a little more about some of the features you can expect from a programmer, you’re ready to sift through our broad range of options and determine which tuner is perfectly suited to your ride’s needs.

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