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Old 04-28-2009, 08:02 PM   #1
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ECU and SCT question

Ok here's what happened:

Driving down the road and the car just dies. The odometer shows dashes and I can't pull any codes or even read a strategy from the pcm. After checking the fuses and I relays my best guess is that the ecu somehow shorted out. I get a new ecu from a junkyard and plug it up and I can see the mileage on my odometer and can pull codes again so I'm feeling pretty happy. Of course to get the car to run again I need to flash the ecu to reprogram the PATS.

Sorry for the story but here's my question:

I assume my xcal2 is locked to the other ecu thus I can't flash it back to stock and I can't reprogram the new ecu which is a problem because my car is turbo'd. Is the xcal locked to the serial number on the ecu or the VIN?

According to the dealer there's no VIN info on the ecu. Is this true?

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There is a vin stored in the processor. That and other things are what the X2 is locked to.

You only have 2 options to be able to use the X2 again:

1. somehow return the original processor back to stock to unlock the device
2. send X2 to us to be unlocked (normally there is a $150 fee for this but if you explain the situation to the tech you talk to you might be able to get that waived but you will still have to pay shipping both ways.)
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Thanks Blivit! I was hoping you'd respond to my thread. This "simple" problem is getting overly complicated and expensive. You don't happen to know a tech that I could talk to who would have mercy on me would you?


Edit- For anyone who's interested this is a running total of the cost's involved:

-Tow the car home - Free(AAA)
-New Ecu - $50 (junkyard)
-Xcal reprogram - $150 (hopefully free)
-Tow the car to shop - Free(AAA)
-Reflash ECU to accept new keys- $75
-Locksmith Reprogram keys- $75
-Getting a copy of my original tune - Free
-The hassle of getting my car to run again - Priceless

Sigh, for a few hundred more I could have gotten a used Haltech E6. Sorry if it sounds like I'm complaining but it cost me 50 bucks and 20 minutes to actually "fix" what was broken on the car. Everything else is just an ancillary cost of owning a Focus that happens to be turbocharged.
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Why did you need a lock smith ?

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Supposedly I need to get my ecu reflashed to accept new keys and a locksmith to program the keys. I know, it sounds fishy to me to but this is what they told me I had to do to get my car up and running again.
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Any of them should as long as you explain what happened. In cases like this, as long as you have some sort of proof they can get the fee waived. Try talking to Rudy first.

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Thanks Blivit! I was hoping you'd respond to my thread. This "simple" problem is getting overly complicated and expensive. You don't happen to know a tech that I could talk to who would have mercy on me would you?


Edit- For anyone who's interested this is a running total of the cost's involved:

-Tow the car home - Free(AAA)
-New Ecu - $50 (junkyard)
-Xcal reprogram - $150 (hopefully free)
-Tow the car to shop - Free(AAA)
-Reflash ECU to accept new keys- $75
-Locksmith Reprogram keys- $75
-Getting a copy of my original tune - Free
-The hassle of getting my car to run again - Priceless

Sigh, for a few hundred more I could have gotten a used Haltech E6. Sorry if it sounds like I'm complaining but it cost me 50 bucks and 20 minutes to actually "fix" what was broken on the car. Everything else is just an ancillary cost of owning a Focus that happens to be turbocharged.
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Supposedly I need to get my ecu reflashed to accept new keys and a locksmith to program the keys. I know, it sounds fishy to me to but this is what they told me I had to do to get my car up and running again.
Not true at all , all you would of had to do is take your Focus with the new ECU , 2 keys ,you should already have keys, to Ford and they would of done the rest

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