I'm replacing the ECM in my 97 F350 powerstroke automatic. Tried to buy a replacement from one dealer and they said they have to do it because they have to download the program from my old ECM and load it onto the new one. Called another dealer and they said that is not true. That Ford sends them out with the basic program and you just have to bring it in to get any updates from Ford. Called a mechanic I knew and he said that it does come programmed but may not be exact to your engine transmission match and so it might run or might not.
first, why do you think you need to replace it? msot times when teh scanner or books say replace PCM, is because they don't know what the actual cause is. usually it works / don't work. You can order the PCM code you wish , a TED0 or TED1 is what programmers usually use to base their stuff on for autos.
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Dealer diagnosed it as needing replaced because the tranny would not shift into overdrive (see posting entitled Powertrain control module from last weekend).
Question was because of the many different stories I was getting as I called around to see what I could get one for.
I ended up buying one this afternoon, I put it in, plugged it in and the truck ran fine so I guess the story that it was plug and play was correct. That dealer did tell me that I would have to bring it in to get any update that the Ford may have put out.
My advice is to not allow the dealer to "upgrade" the programming. You might not like what you get (BTDT) and you can't go back. Instead spend the money on a good chip with the programming you want. There can be more than higher power in a chip.
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