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I'M DELVING INTO MY AUTOMOTIVE CURIOSITY WITHOUT ANY KNOWLEDGE OF CARS WHATSOEVER... I'D LIKE TO INSTALL A PERFORMANCE CHIP FOR STARTERS, BUT MY MANUAL SAYS "1996 AND LATER MODELS ARE EQUIPPED WITH IGNITION MODULES BUILT INTO THE PCM... THEN REFERING ME TO SOMEONE MORE QUALIFIED" AND OF COURSE HAINES DOES AN EXCELLENT JOB OF NOT EXPLAINING WHERE TO GO FROM THERE! ON 2ND GENS IT APPEARS TO BE RELEATIVELY EASY (PLUG N PLAY). MY QUESTION IS...CAN SOMEONE PLEASE GIVE ME A CLEAR PICTURE ON HOW TO INSTALL MY CHIP FOR A '97 ESCORT LX 2.0L?
 

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WHAT KIND OF PERFORMANCE CHIP IS IT?

IT'S HARD TO READ THINGS WRITTEN ALL IN CAPS AND EVEN HARDER WHEN YOU DON'T DESCRIBE EXACTLY WHAT YOU ARE TRYING TO INSTALL.


On a personal note, *most* performance chip stuff is bull. Chances are you bought something that cost only 2 cents to create, and it actually only hurts performance more than it helps it.
 

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I've only done some minimal research and haven't yet bought a chip. My first concern was to make sure one could be installed after the lack of info my manual gave me. Any recommendations would certainly be appreciated... keep in mind I'm a newbie with an anxious desire for a quick fix. Thats what I initially thought a chip had to offer. I'd like to get a chip worth my buck, any suggestions?

Question 1: Which chip is best suitable?

Question 2: What is the standard procedure in my case?
 

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Jeesh...

I'm not the best person to ask about chips. The downside of a chip is that it has a set setting that you can't change. This may be great if you've got maps that are very nice, but if you want to tune to different applications, then you're kinda screwed.

If you want a huge range of adjustability, you could completely independently manage it with something like a haltech, which will let you set your own fuel and ignition maps. But something like this starts off at a cool 900 bucks or so.

Generally speaking though, anything you'll find out there regarding "chips" for a car like the escort is going to be garbage. Your money is much better spent elsewhere. Most of the time it's just a resistor that makes your car dump more fuel into the cylinder, creating a rich mix. Sometimes this can get you minimal (and I'm talking minimal) power gains. Sometimes, it will actually hurt your power, and on top of that, the rich mix can crap up your exhaust system with carbon, and that's no fun. It'll shorten the service life of your engine.

If I were in your position, the first thing I'd buy is a haynes or shop manual. That way, you can start learning about the car and making your own decisions rather than coming in here and depending on the bias of others.
 

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Siragan...

Thanks for giving me a good response. I posted thinking I'd install a chip, but it sounds like I'm better off without one. I'm interested in people's view only because of my lack thereof. Hey I've gotta learn somehow and a little advice isn't going to hurt the least.

I mean this sincerely
Thanks again
 

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There are a few, but yeah, like he said it's almost totally bull. A real chip will cost you a couple hundred bucks and won't net you very much. :? I've seen real ones that will work with the Escort, and places here you can get them, but again... There's a lot of other things that you can do that are more worth it. Anything you see on E-Bay is bull though, don't even bother, just close the window and look at something that might actually help. :?
 
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