Engine Control Units: The Brain of your Vehicle
The Engine Control Unit (ECU) is more commonly referred to as your vehicle's computer.
This is the brain of whatever you happen to be driving. It has a great deal of responsibility and your
car, truck, or suv would simply be lost without it. Can you imagine being without your computer right now?
When you determine that it has failed or is about to, AutoPartsNerd
has been in the business for over 40 years and brings you the highest caliber ECU's from A1 Cardone.
Could you imagine for a moment going through life without your brain? You couldn't and neither could
the vehicle you are driving. Even with all the mechanical parts in place and in perfect working order,
without an Engine Control Unit to tell these parts what to do and when to do it, there will be problems and
chaos. Even beyond giving commands to specific parts on what to do, if there is a problem with a particular
part, the computer can inform you of that as well by generating a code which triggers the check engine light.
There is so much responsbility placed on the ECU at all times. If you determine that yours is failing or is
about to, AutoPartsNerd brings you the highest caliber engine
control units from the best brands. We have exactly what you need to perform an automotive brain transplant.
Brand Coverage by AutoPartsNerd
Premier Coverage of Engine Control Units comes from
Cardone (A1 Cardone).
A1 Cardone is Cardone's line of remanufactured auto parts. This brand has a long
history of remanufacturing engine control modules (ECM's). As the
automotive industry continues to advance, Cardone matches and improves their
remanufacturing skills, techniques, and processes. This is especially true in their
Biosafe-Reman line of parts.
On top of being environmentally friendly by remanufacturing their auto parts,
A1 Cardone is also mindful of the earth's natural resources. In order to do their part in
Going Green, they operate with reductions in
waste, pollution, energy consumption and overall costs.
Function and Failure of Engine Control Units
Most cars and trucks on the road today have a computer on board that
communicates with sensors placed in up to a dozen or more locations throughout the vehicle.
Your vehicle's Engine Control Module (ECM), which is another name for the ECU,
is a computer that receives non-stop signals from a
variety of different sensors and auto parts. These are responsible for not only
keeping your engine running, but keeping it running as efficiently as possible.
From throttle position sensors (TSP) and
Air Flow Meters
fuel injection (FI) sensors, Crankshaft
position sensors, vehicle speed sensors and more, it's all monitored by this computer. Collectively,
the ECU/ECM understands these signals and adjusts its instructions to the different auto parts accordingly. For example,
if an oxygen sensor is reading that there is too much fuel in your exhaust, your
engine control unit will probably make an adjustment to the amount of fuel your
Fuel Injectors are supplying.
Like any other computer system, they always contain delicate parts that are susceptible
to damage caused by heat and vibrations. Software issues are another potential problem.
Physical damage to your ECU/ECM can jar the brittle circuitry or allow a
leak to get in. Its important to note that your engine control unit is a computer that
operates based on its own programming. Sometimes this programming requires updates or reprogramming
from a high caliber
Re-Programmer. This is especially true if certain engine components have
been worked on or replaced.
The symptoms of a bad or damaged engine control module can sometimes be
tricky and elusive. When your engine control unit fails, it will often provide
the same symptoms as other failing auto parts. For example, when you can't
start your vehicle or it stalls out while running idle, these are symptoms
associated with the fuel system or air intake. But with the right equipment to test
an engine control unit, you can determine that is actually the culprit and needs to be replaced.
Understanding the word "Remanufactured"
Remanufactured does NOT mean used. It does not that you are buying an old
broken part that was glued together for a quick fix. You are never sacrificing
quality or performance to save money with the great brands we offer here.
That is NOT what remanufactured means. Remanufactured engine control
units are as good as new, if not better! Really! Do not let the price fool
you! These items cost less because most of the materials are already
supplied. There is no casting or manufacturing taking place. Instead, a
remanufactured engine control unit has been completely disassembled and
thoroughly inspected with precision and detail to identify any broken or
near-broken connections. These are then fixed with higher quality and attention
to detail than what the original equipment manufacturer provided. The entire circuitry
is completely tested on a number of
levels before the item is reassembled, inspected, and then tested again.
Learn more about remanufacturing here:
Remanufactured Auto Parts
Reprogramming Your ECU/ECM. The Cardone FLASH2 All-Makes
Reprogrammer. Cardone makes it easy and possible to reprogram and
update your Ford, GM, Chrysler, Honda, and Mazda computers. This is just a sampling
though and there are many other makes this product will work with.
Learn more about the
Cardone FLASH2 Reprogrammer
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