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You can install yourself, but how would you
know it had a problem,they seldom do.
It would have to be towed to a shop & be
reflashed as built & updated
That requires a subscription from ford
I would have the truck properly diagnosed
You could send your pcm out & have the info
downloaded & then put into the blank one
You talking about something I doubt one person
in thousands that work professional have ever or will
Posted on Jul 24, 2013
You will need to dealer to program it with the IDS, it should cost about 0.5HR labor
Posted on Jul 24, 2013
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
1st it must be the correct engineering number, not just the same year, but the exact same number on the sticker. then it must be programmed by the dealer
Posted on Nov 03, 2009
2001 Dodge Caravan died warming up in the driveway last weekend. Turned the key and no engine cranking. Lights on the dash all lit and completed internal diagnostics normally. Keyless entry worked and the battery seemed OK. On closer inspection there was no clicking from the starter that would indicate a weak battery, nor were there any Diagnostic Trouble codes (DTC's) set by the computer (PCM) -I have a scan tool. Checked fuses and relays with volt meter in the realy center next to the PCM. By by following the schematic (using a Haynes manual) I was able to supply battery to the starter (the engine cranked just fine) and the fuel pump (it ran).
On further investigation I determined that the PCM was not supplying ground to the Automatic Shutdown Relay, or the Start relay. As the camshaft sensor and/or the crankshaft sensor can tell the PCM to shutdown, I repalced those two items on a long shot to no avail. Had the car towed to a shop I work with and they came to the same conclusion that I did -- the PCM needed replacement.
Called NAPA and they sold reconditioned units for about $170 (with core return) there was a nationwide backorder on them (Don't know why). Found an online outfit All Computer Resources, that had refurb units. The unit was more expensive, but they programmed the VIN and milage in before shipping. I had the unit overnighted to the shop. It arrived the next morning and I had my fingers crossed. The VIN determines the PIN for the passive security system (SKIS code). But, there were no problems. I picked the car up the next day. So far it's running just fine.
PS: if you pick a unit up from the junk yard you will have to get the VIN programmed in before it will run. It might start, but the security system will shut it down. Hope this helps someone.
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you dont need to reprogram it but the numnbers do need to match or you can get really wierd issues.
Posted on Jan 28, 2010
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The new PCM on these has to be programmed either by the people that built it or by someone who has the capability to reprogram it [usually a dealership]. The computer can be programmed before it is installed and usually they'll need the VIN#, mileage, etc to do this properly. I don't believe the vehicle will run if you put in an unprogrammed PCM. It's very rare for one of these PCM's to fail so make sure that you haven't overlooked some other problem that is mimicing a bad ECM before ordering one as they are quite expensive.
Posted on Jul 01, 2010
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