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I bought a chip onj line that said it would improve my engine performance and gas mileage but received no instructions it was called an AUMH chip for my chevy astro Can you help?

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  • rlbfree Apr 04, 2011

    Im not even sure its for MY chevy astro The part is an AUMH 4.3 T B I ECM part no. 16144288 I have a 2000 chevy astro 4.3 but it is fuel injected and Im not sure if its throttle body injected

  • rlbfree Apr 04, 2011

    I am not an idoit but I bought something without knowing what I was doing and for that I am paying the price of looking like a fool. It will be hard for you to give me help when Im not sure what I have. I found a pic of the chip in my haynes book and they call it the PROM It does not soldier in it snaps in but Im worried its not for my 2000 astro that has fuel injection and not TBI

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The chip needs to replace the one inside the cars cpu. consult a local garage to install it for you as it would involve removing the cars cpu, removing the oem chip and re soldering yours in place. Its rather easy to do but if your inexperienced or unsure of what your doing even with step by step detailed instructions you can kill the cars computer,,, but if you wanna try
1.) remove the cars cpu 2.) open it up 3.) locate the pcm module (it looks like the chip you brought) 4.) unsolder it and remove it using a chip puller 5.) replace it with yours. 6.) resolder and reassemble.
PS keep your old chip safe incase your cpu fails.

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  • Rishi Roshan Ali Apr 04, 2011

    ok you should have a garage check it for you , the ones that specialized in modding vehicles or conversions. The will have to check your car, the chip and your oem chip for compability. DO not attemp this one your self. chances are the garage have a dummy box they can try the chip in first before its installed in your cars computer.

  • Rishi Roshan Ali Apr 04, 2011

    Will I apologize.. Ok.. PROM - Programmable Read only Memory, this t\is the chip that contains the operation algorithms which regulate the injector (timing) fuel air ration mixture as well as the other stuff. the only way to test if the chip if for your vehicle is from confirmation of the company the chip was programmed by. They would use the chip number giving version and verfication information to tell you the firmware the chip is based on. Other than that you need to test it.

    REM0VE THE CARS CPU!
    remove negative battery terminal...
    1.) locate the cpu, ...
    2.) unbolt the harnesses connecting to it....
    3.) unjack the harness....
    ....
    Open the CPU (PCM UNIT)
    1.) turn the unit over...
    2.) remove the screws to the bottom (its a Phillips)...
    3.) turn the unit back over...
    4.) lift the top lid (no pins 1 board nothing to drop)...

    Change PROM To EPROM (yes the chip you have purchased is called and EPROM)

    1.) unsolder pin 1 of the prom socket off the board. (this is the ground pin) or ground your self off to prevent static electricity from your body to expose to the chip.
    2.) Using a chip puller pull the PROM free (LIFT STRAIGHT DONT BEND OR TILT)
    3.) insert the EPROM and press in firmly / resolder pin 1 if unsoldered.
    4.) reassemble CPU

    CONNECT the cpu back to the harness and reattach battery terminal.

    TURN on ignition wait for any error message (blinking engine light)
    If there is remove chip and reinsert the OEM's One
    IF not Start vehicle.
    If it fails after 5 attempts the chip is not for your vehicle replace with OEM chip.

    If it start allow to run for 10 minutes, cut off let it rest and start again.
    Test Drive Vehicle. If satisfied all is well secure PROM in a safe location.

    dangerous of a badly programmed chip,
    Damage to the ECU / CPU / PCM
    damages to throttle body sensor/ oxygen sensor / cam sensor / map sensor

    The only people that can verify the authenticity of the chip is the company that programmed it. You can test it following the guidelines above and if it works properly let it run as its intended purpose. If not you will need to return it to the manufacturer. The reason why I recommended you have a garage try it is simply this. The exact procedure outlined above is what they will need to do to test it. If they mess up they will have to fix it for free. unless if they specify they are not responsible for damages done to your vehicle.

    So thats why I suggested you let a garage do it I didnt not intend any offense and if such was caused I apologize for it .. With the above knowledge in hand please feel free to attempt it at your own risk seeing as no garage is there to pock up the cost of the bill.. Chances of damages are there but small. If its the wrong ship it simply wont work. meaning you car wont start properly, idle properly etc. If you have any further questions or clarification please feel free to ask , We'll assist with full details and instructions as needed.

  • Rishi Roshan Ali Apr 04, 2011

    Again no one can verify the authenticity of the chip or which vehicle its for besides the people that programmed it Or if you test it using the procedure I outlined in detail. No your not a fool and no your not looking stupid. I should have been more detailed in my responses to you but i chose the safer part ti safeguard you. These chips are actually hacked chips that they change the air fuel ratio mixture in to conserve fuel. Yes it conserves fuel, but you loose power , speed and acceleration which most people dont seem to mind. In some cases it causes rough idling, staggering / stalling and other un welcomed problems. In very rare cases it causes damage to the ECU (well itself , which dont matter cause you have the original anyway) or damages to the sensors. which is rare unless you force the engine started.

    So if you wish to test it yourself, you have a guide to follow as previously outlined or use a garage and have them fit the bill if they mess up your choice. In my person experience I brought a moded chip for my evo 1, It worked but didn't like the functioning of my vehicle so i reverted to the original. But I gave it to a friend and he uses it without problems. Let me know if you have any more questions or anything you need cleared up. BTW.. PROM mean programed READ ONLY MEMORY, EPROM means ERASABLE Programmable READ Only MEMORY, meaning the chip you brought is modifiable, you can copy the code from your PROM and use it on our EPROM and modify it as well. This requires a EPROM burner,, and is basically what the people who made the chip did.

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