How to Get Rid of the Governor on a Car

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The governor, or rev limiter on a car, is electronically controlled through a car's computer and can't be reprogrammed to over-rev a vehicle. Find out how the inability to get rid of a car's governor is done to promote safety with information from a certified master mechanic in this free video on car maintenance and auto parts.

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Good afternoon, my name is Tom Brintzenhofe, certified master mechanic from Redding, Pennsylvania. Today we're going to talk a little bit about how to get rid of the governor in your car. Now unfortunately in the past 10, 15 years, vehicle manufacturers out there for safety reasons put what they call rev limiters in them, governors if you would. The correct term would be a rev limiter. They've made to the point that you cannot tamper with them. They are electronically controlled through the computer and unfortunately there is no way to get in there and reprogram it so you can over rev the vehicle. They do that for your own protection so you don't actually destroy the engine and actually hurt yourself. The safety stand is that they started making over the last 10, 15 years has been for general public safety and unfortunately there is no way to actually get in there and change the ranges of what you can do. Unfortunately they way they have them designed right now even at full throttle it hits a certain RPM it will start cutting the engine back and there's really not much you can do about it. Just like I said, for safety reasons unfortunately they are tamper proof. But for general purposes of just getting rid of the governor on your vehicle, I'm sorry to say but it can't be done.

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