Used Alfa Romeo ECU Engines
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About ECU Engines
A Alfa Romeo ECU (Engine Control Unit) is an electronic control system that manages and regulates the engine performance and efficiency via a series of actuators and sensors.
The ECU processes real time data taken from sensors such as air intake, exhaust gas, throttle position and crankshaft position, compares it to a ‘map’ or ‘lookup table’ and then adjusts components accordingly via actuators. Adjustments include changes to the engines timing, fuel/air mix and idle speed.
Some Engine Control Units also handle additional elements such as cruise control, anti-theft and anti-skid.
Alfa Romeo ECU’s are located within the dashboard or engine bay. It is often possible to ‘read’ or interrogate your cars ECU using a laptop computer with relevant software and cable or a dedicated reader via a connection port which is usually located in the dashboard. This method is used by mechanics for diagnosis of engine faults.
Like any electronic component, an ECU can fail for a number of reasons including short circuits, dry solder joints, water damage or age. Diagnosis is generally much easier with the correct reader which can be used to obtain error codes from the ECU. Bad data from failed or degraded sensors are also common cause of ECU related faults.
Alfa Romeo trivia
- US President John F. Kennedy was a big fan of the Alfa Romeo, and would often be seen racing on Washington streets in his Alfa Romeo Giuletta Spider.
- It is rumoured that the Alfa Romeo was one of Henry Ford’s favourite car designs. The story goes that he would always take off his hat as a sign of respect when he saw one on the roads.
- The lighter designs of Alfa Romeos has seen the company get a lot of racing success. They have performed exceptionally well at Le Mans, the Mille Miglia, and the Vanderbilt Cup. Perhaps their personal favourite victory was the 1923 win at the Targa Florio, a famously challenging competition.
- Alfa is an acronym, standing for Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili, but few people are aware of where the word Romeo came from. It’s actually the surname of the Italian engineer Nicola Romeo, who bought the company as WWI was raging.
- In 1933, the Italian government ‘acquired’ Alfa Romeo, and they kept their hold on it until 1986. That’s when Fiat bought the company and the government had no choice but to let it go.