December 25, 2014

Learning about Chip Tuning

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When I was a teenager, I took my first mechanics class. Why? Well, my father happened to be a military and civilian airline mechanic and it was important for him that his daughters understand the intricacies of how a car worked. He didn't believe that the knowledge was solely the property of men and wanted us young girls to be handy ourselves.

As part of our lessons, we learned about the engine in detail, how to change tires without depending on anyone’s help, and of course, how to fix and check the car for problems. I’m no mechanic, but believe you and me, I’m spending far less money and far less time at the mechanic than the average person who doesn't understand how to fix minor car problems.

That being said, it’s important for me to spread knowledge about the mechanics behind how a car functions, so today, I’m sharing some information on chip tuning. Enjoy the added knowledge!

Let’s start with the basics - What is chip tuning?

Chip tuning sounds similar to what it physically represents: “tuning” (modifying) an erasable programmable read only memory chip that is located in a vehicle’s electronic control unit (ECU). The ECU acts as a mini-computer and controls and monitors the engine.

What can chip tuning do?

The idea behind chip tuning is to modify the ECU for various reasons. Among these are to have superior performance, increase gas efficiency or have cleaner emissions. The chip tuning module will test and change the settings of the ECU based on your driving.

How does a chip tuner work?
The chip tuner will read data from the ECU and the engine and optimize the numbers and configurations based on the results. It will look into things like injection timing, quantity and pressure, air mass and boost pressure. Through analyzing these numbers, chip tuners will then work to fulfill their role in real time, consistently optimizing the engine.

A chip tuner can help save gas by making the engine run more efficiently.

What sort of chip tuner should you use?

Do NOT get a run-of-the-mill chip tuner. You are messing with a powerful part of your vehicle that could disable your car if done wrong. Only use quality chip tuners that can be trusted, ideally those that don’t use the OBD interface. The best chip tuner options will not overwrite the control unit and thus set the default options in the manufacturer’s software upon removal, like chip tuners from

How are chip tuners installed?

Chip tuners are relatively easy to install into your vehicle. It takes about 10-15 minutes to set it up and no special tools are needed. First, you connect the chip module to the engine and the engine control device with a simple plug system, fix the module, and you are set. Of course, any chip tuner that you purchase will come with visual and text instructions to facilitate the process, but otherwise, there are many video tutorials on YouTube to help you.
December 20, 2014

Pre-conception tips to get pregnant

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I'm in my 30's. Most women at this age are already married and have kids. And it concerns me because I'm not getting any younger. I just hope soon, when I'm already married and ready to have a baby - my future husband and I will not have any problem with conception because I know, it would really be stressful.

With up to ten percent of couples dealing with some kind of fertility issue, overcoming fertility problems is something a lot of people are thinking about. Whether a couple is dealing with a female fertility issue like not ovulating, a male fertility issue like low sperm count, or an unexplained fertility issue, not being able to get pregnant is a very stressful thing.

Before trying to conceive, couples should both see their doctor to discuss their plans to start a family and to see if there are any red flags or things to be concerned about. When trying to conceive, women can take a prenatal vitamin or fertility blend to boost fertility. Both partners should abstain from smoking, drinking or using drugs, and both should also try to eat a healthy diet, get plenty of exercise, reduce their stress levels, and get plenty of sleep. For more information on overcoming fertility struggles, check out
December 18, 2014

4 Things You Need To Think About When Buying A Used Car

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There are many ways in which less than honest sellers can pull the wool over your eyes when purchasing a used car. If you don’t have much knowledge about engines, and you haven’t bothered to research average prices, you could end up with a very bad deal. To help counteract that problem, we’ve come up with an essential list of four things you need to think about when buying a used car. So long as you pay attention to the points made on this page, the chances of you being ripped off will decrease considerably. At the end of the day, you just need to stop making yourself an easy target. If you know your stuff, the seller will have no choice, but to come clean.

Is the price right?

You’ll always want to make sure you’re getting a good deal, and so it’s important you do some research on average prices before attending a viewing. If you have no idea how much your chosen model is worth, how can you possibly know if you’re overpaying? It’s also wise to print off any information you find on average prices to show the seller. You never know; it could come in handy if you like their vehicle and you want to enter into negotiations. If a car is incredibly under-priced, you should be cautious. Remember, if something seems too good to be true, it probably is.

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