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Bad computer, is mileage important for installing new computer

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2000 jeep Cherokee no bus


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The bus is the network the computers use to talk to each other. When it comes up in the mileage display this means that the network has shut down. You may have damaged wiring, a shorted cam or crank sensor, or you got a defective PCM.


Sometimes, the problem you are having is with a bad computer. Most likely this is being caused by a bad engine computer and will need to replace in order to solve this issue. The PCM is located in the engine compartment next to the air cleaner assembly.


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Bad 02 sensor will give bad mileage, as car is starving for air, sometimes computers will not detect if it is bad, slot of simple performance problems results from 02 sensors, fuel filters, dirty injectors, poor fuel, dirty air filters. Those are some the main things to look at for best fuel mileage and performance. Hope this helped, please let me know. Thanks, mike from fixya

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Gas mileage is terrible,check engine light on,put on computer by friend said o2 sensor -i wasnt sure my friend new what he was doing so took to auto zone now they say the computer wont read


auto zone reader will sometimes not read codes. take it to your local garage and ask them to plug into it with an updated reader. i dont charge to read a code and i would hope they dont either. the o2 sensor could cause bad gas mileage. whens the last tune up done? check air filter. plugs? also check air in tires. low tires can cost fuel mileage as well. hope this helps

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I have a 2000 SL-1. Is there a mileage at which time I replace power steering fluid and/or brake fluid?


10 years is long enough but the service manual wants you to change the brake fluild everytime the brakes are worked on ( new front pads.) As the trama of the brake failing adds extra heat and the fliuild needs to be changed as it's damaged. the power steering fluild as well it should be changed every couple of yearsand mileage is'nt as important as time. If it smellsw bad or looks bad change it. One of my customers cars gets nosy and we change the fluild and it's fine but we end up having to do it every few months.

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Its a little heisitation wen i pull off its kind of slugish someone told me jt could be my coilpacks or spark plugs


They may be right, a bad coilpack will cause this problem, a good thing to do first would be to have the computer scanned for codes, the codes will tell you what cylinder is misfiring, there are lots of autopart stores that will scan for free, these are known for bad coil packs they recommend replacing all when one goes bad but its to costly i would just replace the bad one and depending on the mileage i would install new sparkplugs and a fuel filter, hope this helps,good luck.

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Installing a new PCM on a 2005 Pontiac Vibe


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.

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Not sure about the 95's, but on my 04 dodge ram the interior lights went out, and the dash lights, and I about pulled my hair out trying to figure it out. After a year of driving around in the dark I finally brought it to the dealership. It needs a whole new instrument panel. There is a module built into the instrument panel that controls the lights. When it goes bad you need to replac the whole damn thing. Heres the kicker, the mileage is also built into the instrument panel, so the dealer charges about a grand to get the part with the correct mileage and fix it. You can get one on ebay cheap, but its illegal to tamper with the mileage, which is also built into the trucks computer. Installing a new part will not sync the mileage. On the other hand, your is only a 95, you may be able to just replace the dimmer switch, I did that on a 94 hyndai excel and it worked. Hope this helps. If anything get a tough light and some duck tape.

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