Getting Started

Step 1: Installing a License File

Download the Hilton Tuning Suite.exe file from the link provided in your order email.

When you run the program, you will be prompted with a License Manager window. Make sure you have downloaded your license file from your personal file share sent to you in your order email. Now choose “Add License” on the License Manager window. Browse to the license file that you downloaded and select that. Click the “Open” button. You should see your vehicle data populate the list of the License Manager. Now click the “Close” button.

Step 2: Reading the Original Vehicle Files

Please ensure your software is licensed correctly before proceeding.

Connect the DiCE unit to the computer and the vehicle. Put the key in position 2 ignition. We recommend connecting a battery charger or voltage regulator to stabilize the voltage at or slightly above 13v. In order to do this, the battery charger will need an output of at least 20amps. Once that is done, please choose Connect DiCE.

Choose Read ECU. This process will take about 12-30 minutes. Please email me the two files it generates (one file will have RAM added to the name) for backups. This file that you read out (not the RAM one) will be flashable as an original file into your ECU should you decide to switch back for comparison.

Step 3: Flashing the Tune File

Please ensure your software is licensed correctly before proceeding.

Connect the DiCE unit to the computer and the vehicle. Put the key in position 2 ignition. We recommend connecting a battery charger or voltage regulator to stabilize the voltage at or slightly above 13v as a precaution. In order to do this, the battery charger will need an output of at least 20amps. Once that is done, please choose Connect DiCE.

Choose Flash ECU and select the tune file that was sent to you and follow the onscreen prompts. This process will take about 85-145 seconds.

Note: You must have previously Read Vehicle Files in order to flash a tune file.

General Topics

Antilag/No Lift Shift

Please note these features are only available if you have specifically purchased the Antilag/NLS add-on.

Antilag Launch Control

To activate antilag, the vehicle must be stationary. The engine coolant temp must also be above 85deg C. Once these prerequisites are met, depress the clutch and hold the accelerator pedal to the floor. This will activate the antilag launch control.

No Lift Shift

To activate no lift shift, keep the accelerator pedal held to the floor in between shifts and only use the clutch to shift.

Logging

General Logging

Please ensure your software is licensed correctly before proceeding.

Connect the DiCE unit to the computer and the vehicle. Ensure vehicle is running. Once that is done, please choose Connect DiCE.

Download and load the parameters file (.exm) into the Hilton Tuning Suite software under the “Logger” tab where it says “Load Parameter File” (requires internet access). Then click “Log Save Location” and enter a name and location to save the log to. Start the vehicle. Connect the DiCE unit and then choose Start Logging. You may begin driving for the logging run. You should see the timer track the log time. While logging, be mindful of boost pressure. (If at any time, the boost pressure exceeds 23psi, stop the process and send me the logs that have been generated so far.) Please ensure that all logging is performed at wide open throttle (foot to the floor) when you are doing a pull, unless you are trying to log a specific partial throttle issue. Please ensure safe driving conditions when logging. When you are done logging, click Stop Logging. Please do so prior to turning off the vehicle.

Viewing Live Parameters

Prior to starting your logging session, please check the “Show Vitals” box under the logging tab in the software.

Wastegate Calibration Logging

Do at least two 3rd gear wide open throttle pulls per file while logging. Once that is complete, flash the next file (20.veb, etc). Repeat logging and flashing until all tune files are used or until desired boost pressure is reached. Send all of the logs back to me so that I may make a comprehensive boost map. I will then generate another tune file that will be calibrated to the car. Ensure that each log file is named after the flash file i.e. for the flash file 0.veb, the log would be 0.csv.

Troubleshooting

Breaking Up Under Acceleration

This is caused by the car misfiring under load. Please refer to misfires.

Misfires

The most common causes of misfires are old spark plugs. If you have not recently replaced your plugs and you are experiencing misfires, this is a good place to start. Recommended plugs are 1 step colder plugs (NGK) with a plug gap of 0.028″ for stages 1-2 and a plug gap of 0.024″ for stage 2.5 and higher.

Another common cause of misfires is a plugged PCV breather system. The oil can overflow from the valve cover vent tube and saturate the spark plug wells. If you see oil on top of the valve covers, you must clean all oil from the spark plug wells and repair the breather system.

Misfires can also be caused by failing coil packs or injectors. Failing coil packs are more common than failing injectors. The fastest way to determine which item is bad is to first determine which cylinder is misfiring. This can be done using a scan tool such as VIDA. In VIDA, after entering your vehicle, go to Diagnostics > Vehicle Communication > Click on the ECM icon on the top left. In the parameters window that loads, please double click the misfires counters that are available for each cylinder. With the car running, you can see the misfire counter increase on the cylinder that is experiencing issues.

Once the problematic cylinder has been determined, swap the coil pack from the problem cylinder with one from another cylinder. Swap the injector from the problem cylinder to another different cylinder (different from where you put the problem coil pack). Now check the misfire counters again. See which cylinder now has picked up the misfire. Depending on which cylinder now has the misfire (either the one with the problem coil pack or the one with the problem injector), you can determine which part needs replacing.

After performing this procedure, if the misfire stays on the original cylinder, you should seek further council from your mechanic. There is likely low compression on that cylinder.

Overboost

Overboost is typically caused by an overly tight wastegate or a bad TCV (Turbo Control Valve). Wastegate settings that are advertised on many aftermarket component sites are not accurate and can cause severe issues. Please ensure that your wastegate is set to the proper factory recommended setting as per Volvo.

Another common cause of overboost is a leaking wastegate line. Ensure the wastegate line does not leak by pressure testing the line and diaphragm.

Aftermarket TCVs can cause massive problems with the ME7 control system. Our tunes are only compatible with Pierburg valves. MAC style valves can be hugely problematic and can cause severe overboost issues that may crack sleeves. The stock TCV should be capable of handling boost up to and beyond the typical requirements of a stage 3 tune. There is no need to replace a stock TCV for high boost applications, unless you plan on running more than 30psi.

Underboost

Underboost can occasionally be difficult to fix. The most common cause of underboost is an overly loose wastegate, a bad TCV (Turbo Control Valve) or a leak in the boost pressure system. Wastegate settings that are advertised on many aftermarket component sites are not accurate and can cause severe issues. Please ensure that your wastegate is set to the proper factory recommended setting as per Volvo.

Verify all coupler connections don’t leak and that everything is together correctly. It may be beneficial to pressure test the intake system.

If you are still experiencing underboost, even once you’ve verified your wastegate settings are correct and you have no leaks, determine if there are any other boost related codes that may be in the ECU. There will typically be additional info stored with the underboost code that will help determine the issue.

For all other issues...

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