Question about 2002 Kia Spectra
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.
Posted on Nov 02, 2010
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)
Posted on Nov 02, 2010
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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The Engine and Automatic Transmission (not applicable to manual transmissions) in this vehicles drive train are fully electronically controlled by a computer called the PCM and TCM (Power Train Control Module, Transmission Control Module). When a problem like this or other drive-ability related problems occurs the computer stores a record of the problem (there are of course some exceptions to this, like the fuel pump, engine coolant temperature sensor and MAF sensor for instance) in the form of a fault code in its memory, to read these fault codes you must have the systems memory scanned with a special tool. Once the fault code(s) are read you then must perform the appropriate diagnostic testing to find and resolve the problem(s) DO NOT REPLACE ANY PARTS UNTIL A TRAINED TECHNICAIN HAS DIAGNOSED THE PROBLEM TO AVOID SPENDING YOUR HARD EARNED MONEY ON PARTS THAT MAY NOT CORRECT THE PROBLEM. Also always check fuel pressure for correct spec for your make and engine type.
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