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Chapter 4. The Ultimate High-Tech Car Ow... > HOW TO BECOME THE ULTIMATE HIGH-TECH...

HOW TO BECOME THE ULTIMATE HIGH-TECH CAR OWNER

Cars are becoming more and more computerized. If you don't believe me, take a new mid-priced car to an older independent mechanic; unless you need your oil changed or your brakes relined, the poor guy will quickly be over his head. Take the same car to the repair shop at your local car dealer, and you'll find all sorts of high-tech gizmos sitting around, just waiting to be plugged into the waiting vehicle. A surprising number of vehicular functions are controlled by microchips and electronic circuits; problems are diagnosed by computer, and sometimes fixed by reprogramming or replacing the chips. It's all very gee-whiz 21st-century stuff, light-years away from banging on the cylinder block with a monkey wrench.

High-performance car owners know that their vehicles can be tuned by reconfiguring various electronics, or by replacing stock chips with high-performance versions. It kind of amazes me that you can get a few extra horsepower out of the same engine just by changing control chips, but that's the way things are today. Whether you know it or not, you are a high-tech car owner.


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