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Body Control Module

I installed a new module and once I started the van, I saw smoke coming out of the engine compartment down near the air conditioner

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  • tedfogal11 Sep 05, 2008

    I am not sure what the problem is, but as soon as I install the new BCM unit and started the van up I noticed the smoke. I never had a problem with this before.

  • yadayada
    yadayada May 11, 2010

    Why do you think the BCM would be related to this smoke??

  • Ronald Mueller
    Ronald Mueller May 11, 2010

    can you explain indetail why you installed module in the first place?

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