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Was told I can't use anything but a brand new part ($500) but I'm seeing them on line used for a lot less!
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Sep 28, 2016 | Cars & Trucks
FYI: The best choice in searching for? computer is not the dealer. It is your trusty transmission replacement supplier. Since the TCM, or onboard computer is an integral part of the direct performance of your car, it is logical to call the premier transmission suppliers for a used low-mileage TCM. Since they have access to the same cars that the used transmissions come from.? Meaning that the preponderance of? low mileage wrecked have good computers in them. Realistically speaking, some of the new cars or trucks have computers that control the engine and transmission and suspension, which can cost from about 500 dollars new to close to 1000 dollars from the dealer. Most engine supply companies have access to used TCMs for about 100 dollars. What is interesting is that in most cases you get the same guarantee a new one would get for much more money. One year...As a starting point, if a transmission repair is needed, the first thing your mechanic should do is hook up a scan tool and test the ECM, TCM and every input, sensor, module, controller, etc. on the car. So many times it turns out that the problem does not require you to replace the engine or transmission, or if replacement is needed, the ECM or TCM transmission control module may be the culprit. So, in essence, you can put a replacement transmission in your car and still have a problem.
The company that stands out to me is GotTransmissions.com. Mostly because the owner Brian knows about the issues of dealing with computers and has made a point of having access to low mileage ECMs and related components for pennies on the dollar. In fact if you were to call them for any reason, in the course of the conversation, your representative would discuss the computer with you.
Be a wise consumer, ask the technician at the repair shop checking out your car if the electrical system has been scanned or is going to be. If the answer is anything less than "right now", take your business to another shop.
BTW, if the only part your car needs is an TCM, call GotTransmissions.com, an insightful company thinking in advance to deliver the critical parts that get you on the road asap. Call us @ 866-320-1182, we will gladly sell you a computer only.
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