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Practical Standalone Tuning: What You Should Look For

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What You Should Look For


00:00 During the initial startup, there's a lot of stuff going on, and it's easy to be focused so much on the mixture that you forget to take notice of everything else.
00:08 It pays to have a mental checklist that you can keep going through to make sure you don't overlook anything.
00:14 If the engine's brand new, or the car has just been assembled, it's important to carefully check for any fluid leaks.
00:21 This includes water, oil, and fuel.
00:24 Since, you'll be preoccupied with making the engine run, it's best to have a helper watching out for any problem signs.
00:31 Other aspects that you need to watch include engine temperature.
00:34 This is to ensure the engine is not overheating.
00:38 While we're obviously starting with a cold engine, if there is a problem with the cooling system, or an air lock, we don't want the engine to overheat.
00:46 You should also be watching the engine oil pressure if a gauge is fitted.
00:50 Again, this is a safety precaution and, while we obviously can't affect the oil pressure without tuning, we do want to make sure the engine is mechanically healthy.
01:00 The last parameter that is worth checking, at this point, is the battery voltage.
01:04 We want to make sure that the charging system is working properly, and this should result in a battery voltage of approximately 13.8 to 14.2 volts.
01:13 If you're seeing substantially less than this, there could be a problem, and we need to address this before continuing.
01:20 By the end of this module, you should be able to start the engine, and quickly dial in the fuel to get the engine running cleanly during an initial startup.
01:29 You should also know what to look for to make sure your engine is running correctly.