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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-23-2010, 12:43 AM Thread Starter
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Computer R&R pretty straight forward?

I will be replacing my '97 LX's computer tomorrow with an A1 Cardone rebuilt unit. Is it as straight forward as disconnecting the battery, removing the passenger side kick panel, unplugging the harness, removing the old ECM and then reversing the steps for the install?

I would imagine that there will be instructions with the unit when I get it in the morning, but I am just trying to get a head start on what the job entails. Just wondering if there are any tips &/or tricks. For example, do I also have to remove the plastic kick plate before removing the kick panel? And what is the best way to remove the kick panel without breaking anything?

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-23-2010, 07:43 AM
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That's about it Scott.

The kick panel has a large push pin on the bottom and a small one on top of it in the door jam. You can get it out without having to remove the kick plate, you might have to pull up on it a little to get the panel out. The computer is held in place by a small plastic clip that needs to be removed first. After that just pull it out.

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Thanks, Joe. I am hoping it will be an easy swap out. But with all the bad luck I am having with this car nothing would surprise me.

One other thing, even though I will be disconnecting the battery, is there anything else that I will need to do electrical-wise? For example, do I have to do anything with fuse #15 prior to starting the car?

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Nope... removing the battery will clear the codes out.

What is the reason you are changing the pcm?

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What is the reason you are changing the pcm?
Just fishing at this point. While I haven't updated it in a while, here is the original thread.

A lot has been done to the car since my last update, but suffice to say, the car still is not roadworthy.



And there are no codes, but maybe a code might kick out after I have installed and run in the new ECM. Nah, just another wishful though.

I was thinking about posting the whole sordid ordeal for everyones entertainment after I get the car either fixed or crushed.

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IIrc since you'll be looking at the PCM you will want to be sure that the new one has the same code as the old one or otherwise you'll probably have a few issues.

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It did, Randy. Thanks.

The hardest part was pulling the old PCM out, but all in all it was an easy job. I have only driven it maybe 20 miles, but the nasty intermittent miss has not popped up yet. Keeping my fingers crossed, though. A couple of interesting things is that the PCM in the car already was a reman unit. And of more interest is that the Door Ajar light is now off and the rear emergency flashers are now working.

So now to put on some miles and see if this replacement truly was the cure.

Thanks again everyone.

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Very interesting......... you might want to double check and make sure that you wont have any water leaks in that area.

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