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Flashed vs. Non-flashed Engine Computer: what’s the difference?

We receive a lot of questions from our customers every day. Among all of them, one of the most common is “What is the difference between a flashed and a non-flashed control module?” it’s understandable why people are wondering, since there’s a lot of misconceptions about it.  To summarize briefly, a flashed control module will communicate directly with your vehicles engine to make adjustments/improvements as need be.  A control module that has not been flashed is simply a stock [...]

What’s the difference between ECM, ECU and PCM?

Generally, ECM, PCM, and ECU refer to the same thing – an Engine Computer. However, there is a fine line between these terms. In most occasions the term ECU applies to Asian car manufacturers, whereas ECM and PCM usually represent to Chrysler computers. Some General Motors sub-brands use the term “PCM” on their products as well. From an engineering standpoint, these terms denote different things as well. ECM/ECU ECM or Electronic Control Module (sometimes referred to as an “ECU” – Engine [...]

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How to fix the ECM fuse blowing

Every ECM module has a fuse connected to guard it against the unexpected power surges and accidental damages. The fuse blows before any damage can strike the module. There are a lot of potential errors that can generate a fuse blow. Below, MINTT specialists are going to list the most common issues: Wiring ECM functions by getting energy from the battery. If an electrical wire gets burned or damaged, the cables pointing to the ECM is going to short-circuit. Once that [...]

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How To Change The Engine Computer Module (ECM/PCM) on a 2001 Dodge Pickup

REMOVAL 1-To avoid voltage spike damage to either the PCM or ECM, turn ignition to off, and disconnect negative battery cables before unplugging ECM connectors. 2-Be sure to disconnect both negative cables at both batteries. 3-Remove ECM’s 50–way electrical connector bolt. (A female 4mm hex head. To remove, use ball-hex bit or ball-hex screwdriver. ex. Snap-On t 4mm SDABM4. 4-Carefully remove the connector from ECM as bolt is removed. Remove mounting bolts for ECM, then remove the ECM from your vehicle. INSTALLATION Note: Do not paint [...]

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How to Replace an Engine Computer (PCM) on 2003 Dodge Caravan 3.3L

REMOVAL A Powertrain Control Module (PCM) on a 2003 Dodge Caravan 3.3L. 2003 Dodge Caravan Power Control Module. Power Battery. Power Distribution Center. PCM Module. How to Remove a PCM Module SBEC Controller. We start with removing of SBEC Controller (Single Board Engine Controller). Disconnect the negative cable from the battery. Remove the battery shield. Unscrew two PCM bolts from the top. 2003 Dodge Caravan PCM, fig.1. 4. Disconnect two PCM connectors. 5. Remove the headlamp retaining screws. 6. Remove the mounting bolt from the bottom of PCM. 2003 Dodge Caravan PCM removal, fig. [...]

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How to replace the PCM (Engine Computer) of a 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee 5.2L

The Powertrain Control Module – PCM – is positioned in the engine compartment. PCM is also known as SBEC or an Engine Computer. It’s a pre-programmed digital computer that operates the fuel system, emission control devices, regulates the ignition timing, charging system, speed monitoring system, air-fuel ratio, air conditioning compressor, as well as the idle speed. The programming settings of PCM can be changed depending on operating conditions of the vehicle: the PCM accepts input signals from various sensors and regulates [...]

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The Coolest Home Decor For Auto Enthusiasts

Feel like your home furnishings might be a little boring? Don’t throw more money at a department store. Check out this collection of some of our favorite one of a kind, auto-infused items for the home & your office.             Make your business interactions more memorable and leave a lasting impression with this business card holder.  A lacquered solid walnut base adds class and contrast to the wrenches used as supports. Order it from The Old Raven Workshop on etsy.     These lamps are perfect for nightstands [...]

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Will 2017 be the year of the self-driving car?

Like cruise control on steroids, self-driving cars could revolutionize the way we experience road trips or even a drive around town. In theory, being able to kick back and relax while your vehicle does all the work seems like a dream come true. A godsend for weary commuters and those who think driving is just too much work. We are living in an era of everything being instant, at your fingertips, or even being completely automated. Why would driving be [...]

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Trouble starting up? It could be your Engine Control Module.

Your Engine Control Module acts as the communicator between numerous sensors within your vehicle. It processes this input and dictates the functions within your vehicle that allow it to function properly. It goes without saying that a failing ECM needs a quick and accurate diagnosis. While a failing ECM may at times not be recognized right away, we can offer some insight to help you make a proper determination and get you back on the road as quickly as [...]

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