Question about 1996 Mercury Sable
Is the replacement of an ECU in a 96 sable straight forward? I just bought a 96 sable for a great price. The only thing is that it needs a new ecu. The stealership wants $800. I currently have a 96 jetta and the replacement of the ecu simply involves removing the rain tray and accessing the ecu compartment. I have looked into it a little bit and believe the ECU in the 96 sable is underneath the dash (where the fuse box is) and that I would just have to lower the ecu and swap it out with the new part. Then I'm assuming I'd just need to clear or reset the computer/CEL codes using a vag-com. I am semi-familiar with the mechanical parts of the car but just do not want to spend the $800 at the stealership. Any ideas?
1996 is the beginning of odb II when all the manufacturers had to start calling things by the same names, more or less. the ecu became the pcm, powertrain control module. physically installing a new one in your sable is about as easy as you describe. i can give you the step by step. if it really is a new one, you should not have any problems. if you use one from a junkyard it might not go so smooth. i don't know when ford started using vin matching, but it can be nasty. ok, here's the procedure i found:
1.disconnect battery negative cable
2.remove cowl deflector
3.remove engine wiring harness ground cable from the dash panel
4.remove the pcm electrical connector
5.remove the mounting nuts
6.remove the pcm
and then to reinstall
1.install the pcm in the dash panel. tighten the nuts to 71-106 in-lbs
2.install the pcm electrical connector
3.connect the engine harness ground cable
4.connect the negative battery cable
hope that helps
Posted on May 29, 2009
If the car has PATS, you have to have the dealeship program your keys to it, or it won't start. it's in the dash above the glove box, the connector goes thru the firewall and is fastened in with a 10mm bolt
Posted on May 29, 2009
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