Steps to Follow to Improve Engine Performance – Part Two

Steps to Follow to Improve Engine Performance - Part Two by Westech Performance Group

Sometimes getting a boost in engine performance requires less work than expected. You don’t need to be a mechanic to unlock hidden horsepower. Neither must you be an avid racer to appreciate the benefits of improving your vehicle’s performance. More power and improved version will enhance your ride no matter where you take it—from the city streets to the racetrack. Having more firepower available to you means more enjoyment.

If you want more power, you need to know how your engine operates to improve efficiency. To generate power, the engine in your vehicle combines air and fuel for combustion. The more efficiently your engine takes in cool air and fuel and expels hot exhaust, the more power and torque it will produce. Some seemingly little adjustments to the engine are crucial to propelling your vehicle. Products are now on the market that make it simpler to increase your sedan or sports car’s engine’s torque and horsepower.

Replace Your Exhaust Manifold with Real Headers

Power generation also includes properly routing exhaust from the engine block and out of the vehicle. The exhaust from each cylinder is channeled via a series of manifolds and a single pipe. Manifolds have a design flaw, which is why they’re so problematic. Loss of output power is possible if hot exhaust backpressure restricts exhaust flow. However, the issue will no longer persist if exhaust headers are installed instead of the manifolds. Cylinder-specific headers are used to divert exhaust away from the engine. When the exhaust system is moved away from the motor, the pipes join into a single collector. Manifolds are commonly used in the auto industry since they are inexpensive to produce and set up. To keep prices down, engine peak ability is sacrificed.

Exhaust headers are a simple bolt-on replacement for the manifold and can be installed by almost anyone with intermediate mechanical aptitude. Exhaust headers should be installed if additional power is still desired after optimizing the engine in every other way. By exchanging the manifold, you may eliminate back pressure and improve the performance of your machine. (As a bonus, it also sounds much better.)

Employ Coercive Induction (aka Power Adder)

You may be more familiar with forced induction by its other titles, supercharging or turbocharging. A supercharger is essentially just a belt and pulley system attached to your engine’s crankshaft. The engine’s rotation of the crankshaft drives the supercharger through a belt. The charger then rotates at speeds up to 50,000 RPM, much exceeding the motor’s, to aggressively inject additional air into the latter. Adding a supercharger increases fuel consumption and boosts the pressure in the engine (regular cars always operate in a state of vacuum). Power increases as a result of increased airflow (through boost). Power gains from installing a supercharger range from 50 to 200 horsepower, depending on engine displacement and supercharger capacity. As much as a 50% boost in torque is possible.

Turbochargers can be thought of as a subset of superchargers. Although turbochargers and superchargers share similar names, the former is used distinctly. High efficiency because it uses a resource already there (exhaust gasses) (the exhaust). Although superchargers produce power instantly, turbochargers may often be adjusted to have a more incredible boost (in PSI or BAR) than most superchargers. It is termed turbo lag because you won’t feel the growth from the turbo until the engine has reached a certain rpm. Alternatively, superchargers are attached directly to the engine’s crankshaft and boost output instantly in response to pedal depressing.

Take Care of Your Car

Keeping your engine in good working order is the first step in increasing your vehicle’s horsepower. Maintaining your engine properly will allow it to perform at its best. If you neglect routine maintenance like oil changes and worn components inspections, any gains in engine performance will be nullified. If you use low-quality fuel or oil, no number of additives can help your engine run better.

Filters should be changed often to keep the engine air cleaner. The performance of your motor suffers when the oil, fuel, or air filters get clogged. If you don’t replace your oil regularly, the oil will get dirty, slowing down your engine and leaving it vulnerable to harm. See your handbook to determine how often you should contact your car serviced. Always use fresh oil and premium gas to get the most out of your fluid treatment solutions. They cannot make up for the lack of care. Utilizing Engine Oil Supplement solutions helps safeguard your engine at the beginning and decrease wear (particularly in older vehicles, hot rods, and vehicles with flat-tappet engines). Still, they can’t fix issues caused by dirty oil.

Please Update Your Electronic Control Module (ECM) Software

Your engine’s electronic control module (ECM) monitors everything on board and strikes a good balance between power, efficiency, and pollution controls. Performance chips and re-tunes are often compatible with modern automobiles’ onboard computers (but these could void your warranty, so check with your dealer if you are looking at options like this). Installing or programming one of these updates is a do-it-yourself task if you have any background working with computers or electronics. You may boost your engine’s output in various ways by installing these chips, which work by replacing the computer’s default settings.

Reduce the Burden

Consider how exhausted you felt after carrying a hefty burden. That’s because you probably didn’t have the strength to transfer the load as quickly as you usually would. It suffers the same fate when you store unnecessary goods in your vehicle. A clean trunk and interior is the first step if you’re interested in getting the most mileage out of your car’s engine. If the strategy works for race vehicles, it will work for you too.

A lighter vehicle is a more efficient vehicle. It seems to be the reason that the heavier the load your automobile is carrying, the harder your engine will have to work to move it. You may boost your car’s engine and performance by eliminating unnecessary items from the trunk and cabin. Remember that an automobile’s power-to-weight ratio determines a lot of its performance. The amount of horsepower listed on a vehicle’s engine may not indicate its performance. Which car would win in a race: one with 700 horsepower and 6000 pounds or one with 190 horsepower and 1800 pounds? Without any other factors, the lighter vehicle is the clear winner.

You could remove the back seats and replace them with acrylic or plastic windows if you wanted to boost performance. If you need more space for cargo yet drive an SUV or a van, you can usually remove chairs from the back. Removing these seats may allow for increased acceleration and overall vehicle performance.