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Power train control modual. how to replace. I have 95k on this car and dealership is telling me that they are the only one that can replace this item.

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Well what they are saying is both truth and fiction, If your vehicle is eqquiped with a immobilizer system in it and even some without, the powertrain control module or PCM needs to be coded, or programmed to the vehicle, much like a piece of new hardware needs drivers installed in a home computer.
the tool needed is a specific dealer scanner the hyscan which also does the hyundai vehicles. But some specialty shops like mine here in NYC have them and can do it cheaper.

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Yes that is correct it has to be re programmed into the computer and if vehicle is later than 2005 then its all encrypted software (europeon market vehicles)

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