When do you need an ECU Clone?

When do you need an ECU Clone?

21st Dec 2020

All modern cars will feature an Electronic Control Unit or ECU. The function of this component is to run not only the engine but to coordinate various other things that make a modern car work properly. This ECU will feature a pre-programmed computer chip which is not dissimilar to those that you will find in your laptop. This ‘computer’ is used to operate the engine, making use of input sensors and output components to accurately control the engine. In order to operate effectively, the ECU needs to receive signals from sensors such as the crankshaft and camshaft sensors to process the information on the programmable memory chip. This will then in turn, tell the car how much fuel must be injected to start the engine or perform other functions. Depending on the type of vehicle there are many different ECUs and they can be used for a variety of different functions such as body functions, control of lighting, airbags, traction control, transmission or ABS.

Sometimes these systems can fail, if they have been damaged through an accident for example. There is a process known as ECU cloning which effectively takes a copy of the data on the original ECU and copies it to a new one. Purchasing a new ECU from a dealer can be costly, but with a specialist company who offers ECU cloning, they will be able to transfer all of the data stored on the original (damaged) ECU to the new one before it is installed into your car.

An ECU system may need to be cloned for many reasons. These systems are prone to water damage as water can build up around the system and leak into it causing damage that can be expensive to put right. Another reason is crash damage. Many ECUs are situated in wheel arches or to the front or side of the engine, making them an easy target in a crash. Electrical surges can also cause problems or just poor workmanship. All of these can result in the ECU malfunctioning. When they do, you can transfer all of the data onto a new system which is much cheaper than buying a new one from your car dealer.

We are specialist providers of ECU Clones and we can expertly transfer all of the data and test your ECU clone, so you’ll be up and running again in no time at all.