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9 Things You Need to Know About Your Caterpillar Engine Control Module (ECM)

The future of automobiles is more digital than mechanical. As electric cars like Tesla become more mainstream, technology blends over into all models of vehicles.   This can be seen in the increased sophistication of your vehicle's ECM unit. Your caterpillar engine depends on a computer to tell it how to run. This includes the intake, camshaft position, and exhaust.   Curious what else you can learn about your onboard computer? Well, keep reading for 9 facts about E...

Posted On: 05/12/2018

What is an ECM (Engine Control Model) & How Does it Work?

​ Could you imagine having to ask the US Copyright Office for permission to tinker and work on your car's ECM? That is exactly what the Electronic Frontier Foundation did on behalf of car owners and hobby mechanics.  The EFF maintains that the owners have the right to access the computer programs located within the ECM. This way they can repair, improve upon, and personalize the performance of their cars.  So what exactly is an ECM and what does all that computer progra...

Posted On: 05/12/2018

What You Should Know About Your Remanufactured Caterpillar ECU

​ So your mechanic has told you that the ECU in your truck has gone bad and we need to replace it. Now what do you do, how do you go about buying a new ECU? Well, good news, this is one of those times when buying brand new isn't the way to go. This means you are going to save money. Caterpillar has been a powerhouse in the manufacturing of construction equipment and diesel engines since 1986. This makes it very likely that you can easily find a remanufactured Caterpillar ECU. Want ...

Posted On: 05/11/2018

Brains vs Brawn: Understanding How Your Cummins ECM Works

  ​ If you're looking for an ECM for your truck, why not go with one of the best? Cummins incorporated in 1919 which has allowed them to be a leader in the engine and engine related products industry. One of the products that Cummins is well known for is the Cummins ECM. This small component is the brains of your engine. Not sure what an ECM is or how it works in your engine? We've got your back, keep reading to understand how the brain of your diesel engine works. How a Di...

Posted On: 05/11/2018

What Are the Benefits of a Cummins ECU?

The song says, "There's just something women like about a pickup man," but a truck's real attraction is under the hood. The sound of the engine, the power in motion--it all makes the difference between towing the "Barbie doll bed for the girl next door" or the tractor that you need at the next job site. So how do you use a Cummins ECU to get the most power from your truck's engine during all those dirty jobs? What Are the Benefits of a Cummins ECU? The ECU sensor, a microchip about the...

Posted On: 03/10/2018

What Does a Vehicle's ECU Do? Here's What You Need to Know

  The cars and trucks on the road today have become rolling computers. You can find 25 to 30 CPUs controlling different functions in your car. The ECU is the control center hub for these independent processing units. Everything from safety to performance optimization go through the ECU. A Caterpillar ECU is the computer commonly found in larger commercial trucks. This computer can react and adjust faster than any human ensuring top vehicle safety. What is a Ca...

Posted On: 05/08/2018

How to Repair an ECU: A Comprehensive Guide

  Your vehicle's engine is stalling and you don't know why. Where to start, could the ECU be the culprit? Sometimes the issue is easy, such as when 5,500 engines were recalled due to an ECU electrical short. Other times diagnosing the problem with your Cummins ECU is more difficult. The ECU is the common fall back part to vehicle problems when everything else works. If you are experiencing engine problems, work through our comprehensive guide. We will help you determi...

Posted On: 05/08/2018

8 Things You Need to Know About Your ECM

  It wasn't too long ago that cars were just pieces of machinery, albeit finely-tuned and engineered pieces of machinery. Today, cars are 3,000-pound rolling computers and the ECM market is still growing. We live in a high-tech world and ECMs are in every car manufactured but are still one of the most confusing elements of an automobile to grasp. We're going to walk you through eight things you need to know about one of the most popular engine control modules on the m...

Posted On: 05/08/2018

How to Troubleshoot a Caterpillar ECM Engine

Caterpillar ECM Repair: Troubleshooting Your Engine     Have a Caterpillar engine or ECM? Sometimes it doesn't start? Is your engine performance not quite prime? What about your fuel economy? Caterpillar enjoys a 90+ year reputation for strength and reliability. Although Caterpillar no longer manufactures engines for highway use, Caterpillar ECMs (Electronic Control Modules) carry on the tradition of system reliability. However, even an industry leader needs m...

Posted On: 13/07/2018

Cummins ECM: The Total Impact of Engine Performance

Cummins ECM: The Total Impact of Engine Performance     It's been nearly 25 years since the Engine Control Module (ECM) was introduced for semi-trucks. Since then, the ubiquitous ECM is the built into almost every car and truck manufactured. Your ECM is one of the most vital components of your vehicle. It is responsible for interpreting data from various engine sensors to optimize fuel economy and power. Car and diesel truck controls are based on specialized, programmab...

Posted On: 06/07/2018

The Benefits of a Remanufactured Caterpillar ECM

    You're tired of using fluids to get your engine started and are now ready to buy a caterpillar ECM. Like most first-time buyers, however, you don't know much about ECM and whether you should invest in a new, second hand, or remanufactured EMC. You want an ECM that will not only meet your engine's needs but also withstand harsh road conditions and torturous heat. Which option is the best? The answer is simple: go for a remanufactured ECM. Here is why. 1. They're t...

Posted On: 13/06/2018

9 Things That a Cummins ECM Controls

    According to recent statistics, the use of the Electronic Control Module in automobiles is growing at a rapid annual rate of 6 percent. As a matter of fact, nearly all new vehicles have this device attached to them. Two main factors drive the ECM market. They are emission control and better fuel efficiency. Yet, there are more factors than these two that are encouraging the use of the ECM. There are many things a Cummins ECM controls in your diesel engine vehic...

Posted On: 13/06/2018

How a Caterpillar ECM Works

How a Caterpillar Engine Control Unit Works     A computer circuit board is responsible for your car or diesel truck engine running properly. Without this small part, your engine won't run. The ECM provides split-second monitoring and data output for optimum engine performance and vehicle safety. We're going to tell you what your engine control does specifically, what can go wrong, and how to fix it. Caterpillar is one of the major manufacturers of diesel ECM un...

Posted On: 31/05/2018

Common Symptoms of a Cummins ECM Failure

  Over 5,500 Cummins engines were recalled by the manufacturers in 2016 due to a short circuit in the Engine Control Module. This short circuit led to a blown fuse, which resulted in the engine stalling. If you are facing issues with your Cummins engine, it is very possible that the ECM has developed a fault. But the problem is, most times, you may not know if the Engine Control Module is faulty. However, that's about to change. If you are not sure if the problem i...

Posted On: 31/05/2018

Can Your Caterpillar ECU Get Hacked? Tips for Keeping Your Vehicle Safe

  These days, if someone wants to take control of your vehicle, there's no need to smash a window or slash your tires. Instead, they can engage in car hacking. While the rise of autonomous cars might bring with it added excitement, safety features, and convenience, these high-tech vehicles will also put you at an increased risk of being taken advantage of by a hacker. One of the most common ways your vehicle can be controlled? Though your Caterpillar ECU. T...

Posted On: 24/05/2018

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