Question about 2001 Volkswagen Golf
I have taken my car to a mechanic because it would not crank. I have been given two codes. 17560 and 17978. I have been advised to find a locksmith that can re-flash the Pcm. (or ecm cant remember) I am having trouble finding a locksmith that will do this in my town. Is this something that a dealer has to do? What does re-flash mean? I own a VW 2001 Golf.
This is a dealer only procedure, the machine that does this reflash cost about $50,000, It is a PCM
Posted on Jan 24, 2009
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With a P0601 OBD-II trouble code, the most common fix is to replace and reprogram the PCM. In a few cases the dealer may be able to reflash the PCM and get it working. But more than likely the PCM will need to be replaced and reprogrammed (we recommend you take it to a dealership for this). The good news is it *may* be covered under your emmissions warranty. So even if you're out of bumper-to-bumper warranty or powertrain warranty, check your warranty guide or dealer to see if this is covered.
Other people have reported that they cleared the code only for it to return again and again. Keep in mind that most shops can replace the PCM but not all can program it.
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