Thursday, October 21, 2010

ECU Update

The car had an ECU update today. The engine ECU was updated first, followed by the transmission ECU. The Peugeot Planet 2000 system was used to do all the updates and diagnostics.

This is a huge workshop, which services Audis and Peugeots. Next to it is the Audi showroom, where I had the chance to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the Audi R8. Click here for pictures of the Audi R8 V8 4.2 FSI QUATTRO.

The Peugeot Planet 2000 system is connected to the Siemens BSI receptable under the driver's steering wheel.

The original ECU software was 9 years old, and there were many new updates since then, which took quite sometime to download into the ECU.

The technician checked all the settings one by one. One interesting finding was that the ECU was still in showroom mode... so he switched it off. Showroom mode allows customers to play around with the accessories with the engine off, thereby draining the battery. He also deactivated the original radio because the car is now fitted with a non-Peugeot unit. The transmission oil wear counter was reset. Fault alarms were all cleared. Pedal teaching was performed.

After all the updates, the car feels so much smoother and responsive now, and feels to have more power too. I managed to max out the car at 155km/h and 4000rpm. In the past it could only manage 148km/h, so there is indeed a performance gain. Related AL4 Posts