The AFM/DFM disabler is a plug-in module that deactivates the AFM and DFM systems in V6- and V8-powered GM vehicles. The module simply plugs into the vehicle’s OBD-II port, making it easily reversible and ensuring it does not void the vehicle’s warranty.
Range Technology says its disabler will prevent the “shuddering” that some customers experience as AFM/DFM vehicles switch between running on half or all cylinders.” The company also says the module can save the owner money on “costly future repairs,” as GM’s “troublesome valve lifters will no longer be tasked with activating and deactivating constantly.”
General Motors’ DFM technology, also known as Dynamic Skip Fire, saves fuel by only using the cylinders of an engine that are required during the specific driving situation. If a V6 or V8 engine is just cruising down the highway, for example, it will activate DFM. When towing, accelerating or performing other strenuous tasks, the DFM system will remain off, giving the driver full engine power.
DFM is the more advanced successor to AFM. Whereas AFM would flip between four and eight-cylinder mode, DFM shuts down certain cylinders based on the driving scenario. An engine with DFM has 17 different cylinder configurations and will flip between them to deliver an optimal balance between performance and fuel economy.
Range Technology’s plug-in disabler works with older General Motors vehicles that still have AFM and new ones that use DFM. It will work with all GM vehicles with a V6 or V8 engine with AFM or DFM, including cars, SUVs and the popular Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks. Prices start at $189.00 USD.