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Old 04-17-2002, 11:56 AM   #1
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Question proECM power light...always on?

maybe i'm just being paranoid, but as i recall when i installed it, the power light didn't come on until you turned the car on...it came un-stuck from it's position under my dash, and i noticed the light was on, and my keys were in my pocket...

is anyone else's on all the time...or did i just imagine it being off before?

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Old 04-17-2002, 12:37 PM   #2
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The LED on the powerchip is lit when it has power. Since the power is connected to the power that goes to the ECU, the powerchip will be on as long as the ECU has power. Even if the power to the ECU was on all the time, there is nothing to worry about. The powerchip only draws a few milliamps, that means that if you battery has 50 Amp Hours it can supply power to the powerhip for about six years before dying. I hope you will drive your car within that period, to recharge the battery.

The power to the ECU turns off a while after you have turned the car off.

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Old 04-17-2002, 02:30 PM   #3
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thanks, david.

before, i could always see the light come on underneath the dash when i turned the car on...it was just weird seeing the light on with the keys no where near the ignition. i thought it developed a mind of it's own for a second...

now i know about the ECU staying powered on for a few minutes...and knowing is half the battle™.

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Old 04-17-2002, 11:08 PM   #4
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Question How do you like it ?

Adam,

How do you like the ProECM so far? Comments please.

-Ken
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Old 04-18-2002, 09:07 AM   #5
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so far so good! the car runs like it should from the factory...it's a very transparent mod. the engine runs much smoother at low speed, there's no hesitiation...the engine pulls easily to redline. peak output doesn't seem to be affected much, but getting there is much easier. it gives the car a nice fat midrange (20-75mph), which is very nice if you drive in heavy traffic frequently. as long as its above 2000rpm, step on it and it goes...no more downshifting to close the gap with the car in front of you.

gas mileage is WAY up. my wonderfully accurate subaru gas gauge would consistently read "E" at 200 miles (with 3-4 gallons to spare). with the chip, i'm usually at 255-260...and that's with a heavy right foot. if for some reason i'm REALLY beating on the car through a whole tank, it still manages 210-220.

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(FYI, other power mods: intake/exhaust/pulleys)
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Old 04-19-2002, 01:47 AM   #6
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That sounds about right - These chips rock!
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Old 04-19-2002, 02:53 AM   #7
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I think I'm gonna get me one of dem thar chip's when my tax re-turn comes back from dem thar revenuers! Is it easy to install yourself, or should it go someplace to have them do it? I know my way around a soldering iron, so I'm not totally useless when it comes to electronics! Finally got a job, and a tax return on the way; your going to be hearing from me again in not too long, Larry!
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Old 04-19-2002, 08:45 AM   #8
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It's a snap. If you aren't using the voltage clamp, you connect 3 wires... DIY!
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Old 04-19-2002, 08:27 PM   #9
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What if you are using the voltage clamp? I'm planning on going FI in the future, so if I get the chip, might as well do the clamp right then, too. Or is it bad to run the clamp when still NA?
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