Vehicle Computer Flashing 101!

Most cars on the road today have an onboard computer. This computer is responsible for monitoring a variety of sensors, such as the engine temperature sensor and oxygen sensor. Onboard vehicle computers are also responsible for alerting the driver when something goes wrong by flicking on the notorious “check engine” light. Vehicle computer flashing might not be the most common type of maintenance, but it is an easy and practical way to make sure you are getting the most out of your vehicle.

Will my car benefit from vehicle computer flashing?

Manufacturers are always updating the software that runs vehicle computers. This improves performance and safety standards, meaning a vehicle computer flash can improve both.

The most pressing reason to flash your onboard computer is when the manufacturer issues a major update. There are also minor updates that are released periodically, which is why flashing might not always be necessary but it can never hurt.

When should I flash my computer?

Manufacturers of late-model cars will often let owners know about major updates through the dealership. If you bought your car used, it is a good idea to invest in vehicle computer flashing the first time you bring your car in for a tune up.

This will ensure that the vehicle computer is loaded with the latest available software. Because used cars often have an incomplete service history, this inexpensive step helps to give your mechanic a clean slate to work with when dealing with onboard electronics.

Can I flash my car at home?

Amateur vehicle flashing is possible, though often complex. The cost of the software and tools required mean it is often smarter to let an expert handle the flashing.

What about visiting a dealership for vehicle computer flashing?

Most vehicle manufacturers provide their certified dealers with the right tools and software for computer flashing. If you have a service plan or warranty in place, a dealership for your make of vehicle may offer to flash its computer for FREE.

If you prefer visiting a garage that welcomes all comers, Stu’s Transmission offers a very high quality of vehicle flashing expertise. Our team will offer you a quote for the service and you can decide which garage is right for you. In fact, if you just want to learn more about the service before you pay for it, let us know! Our car computer experts will answer your questions honestly. From there, if you choose to have us flash your onboard computer, we will set up an appointment right away!