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Article No. 97-09-08
POWERTRAIN CONTROL MODULE - REPROGRAM POWERTRAIN CONTROL MODULE (PCM) - SERVICE PROCEDURES - SERVICE TIP
Publication Date: APRIL 28, 1997
FORD: 1994-97 CROWN VICTORIA, MUSTANG, THUNDERBIRD
1996-97 CONTOUR, ESCORT, PROBE, TAURUS
LINCOLN-MERCURY: 1994-97 COUGAR, GRAND MARQUIS
1995-97 CONTINENTAL, TOWN CAR
1996-97 MARK VII, MYSTIQUE, SABLE, TRACER
LIGHT TRUCK: 1994-97 ECONOLINE, F-150-350 SERIES
1996-97 AEROSTAR, EXPLORER
1997 EXPEDITION, MOUNTAINEER
This TSB article is being republished in its entirety to include Windstar.
Powertrain Control Modules (PCMs) no longer need to be replaced when servicing driveability concerns. The only time a PCM needs replacing is when it can no longer be reprogrammed and/or is damaged. In all other cases, the PCM must be reprogrammed and NOT REPLACED.
Use the following Service Procedure to properly reprogram a PCM.
PCM REPROGRAMMING USING SBDS
At the Main menu, select Powertrain and enter the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). Select "Continue."
From the Powertrain menu, select Electronic Engine category.
Scroll through the "Tool List" to PCM Reprogramming and select "Continue."
Any TSBs or Recalls for the entered vehicle will be displayed. There is up to a 6 week delay for TSB/Recall information updates on SBDS. New TSB/Recalls may not appear or only the TSB number will be displayed even though the new calibration is on the current calibration CD-ROM. Also, if the vehicle calibration is being updated because of a Special Service Message, Broadcast Message or the PCM was replaced and requires a calibration, no screen may appear. This is not a concern and will not prevent programming updates or being paid for programming updates.
Follow all hook-up instructions and continue as prompted to the calibration screen. Typically, a list of calibration numbers will appear. Answer as appropriate for the vehicle and select "Continue." SBDS will then validate the information entered against the information read in the PCM, and any mismatch of software or hardware will be displayed for technician action.
Insert the proper calibration or the latest level CD-ROM when prompted and follow the instructions as displayed by SBDS. Do not crank the engine. SBDS will update the engine calibration to the latest level calibration for the selected calibration.
After programming is complete, SBDS will display a representation of the Authorized Modification Decal with the Engineering Part Number for the PCM installed. It is important that the label be completed and attached to the vehicle. SBDS will also automatically print a copy of the vehicles log for filling with the Repair Order.
Selecting "Continue" will call for a KOEO self test. Any hard faults present after performing self test were not caused by programming. The calibration has now been validated and the PCM is operating properly. Unless directed by other Service Procedures, the vehicle can be released to the customer.
PCM REPROGRAMMING WITH SBTS/NGS
Select "NGS," then follow procedure "Touring PLM Recalibration."
Be sure to use cable with oversized DCL connector. The oversized connector incorporates an 18-volt transformer supplying the required voltage to reprogram the PCM.
OTHER APPLICABLE ARTICLES:
206000, 690000, 698298
Calibration Code Overview & pic; "...Using the Ford Calibration Code System Ford Motor Company assigned a "Calibration Code" to All makes and models of Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles for mode years 1996 through 2002. This Ca Code grouped All emssion control components into a parts list. The CaL Code number can be located on a printed label either on the door frame or on the electronic engine control (EEC) connector on or near the firewall. (See the photo below). Please be careful to locate the correct CaL Code since many resemble each other. Pay attention to the location details for your specific sensor. For model years before and after 1996- 2002, please refer to the specific Applicaton Guide for your vehicle..." miesk5 Note, two pages are attached.
Source: by walkerproducts.com @ http://www.walkerproducts.com/_pdf/2...on%20Codes.pdf