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Everything posted by MikeH

  1. Not cheap but worth it to me. I believe it was around $1500 bucks for both. You can get a refurbished pair for close to the same but they've had some major invasive surgery done to them. Mine came from a fully functioning rig with 50K fewer miles on it. My wife and I travel a lot and occasionally head down to Mexico. Having both computers tucked under the back seat is just good insurance.
  2. As for used ECM/PCM I went through an online salvage yard (can't remember which one). Searched the page until I found a pickup identical to mine (same year, eng, tranny, everything) and bought both ECM and PCM. I figured if they didn't work I could get them re-flashed. Long story short I hooked both computers up and they worked perfect. I'm now running with those two and keep the OEM units as my backup. I think the trick is to find an absolutely identical match to your rig.
  3. The older I get the more stops I need to make. Good excuse to pull over and fill up. I won't let my tank go under 1/2 and always add a injector cleaner/lubricant to the fuel. My VP44 is coming up on 130K since being replaced back in '07. A full tank will provide cooler fuel to the VP and the lubricant (Opti-Lube Summer) handles any wear issues. Also, keeping your tank full prevents moisture from building up. It cost exactly the same to run on the top half of the tank as it does the bottom half...but it's your choice.
  4. Everyone pull your door lock fuse and see if the truck runs. That's the craziest thing I've heard but chasing sparks around will drive you nuts at times.
  5. OK...thanks guys. Bearings are in. Looks like ball joints & tie rod ends next. My wife's griping about the costs but it's WAAAY cheaper than a new truck and no emission crap to deal with!!!
  6. Most bearings are torqued and backed off a quarter turn or so. Since this is not s castellated nut it doesn't looked like it needs to be backed off from the torque setting correct.
  7. Just bought a set of Timken front bearing assembly for a 2002 Ram (2WD). It's looking like 280 ft lbs of torque for the axle nut but I'm reading other specs anywhere from 180 lbs to over 300. Even the Timken web page says 280 but always to use the manufacture's specs (whatever that is?). So what the hell is it? I know they're damn tight but does anyone know the actual spec. Also, I take it with this type of sealed unit the torque is set and no backing off a quarter turn or something? Again this is a 2WD not 4WD.
  8. I just had the same problem with the 90 deg elbow disintegrating at the vacuum pump. The other 90 deg up by the firewall didn't look so hot either. After looking over the whole system I just bought a few feet of air line from Auto Zone and did away with both elbows and a few blocked off connectors (not sure what they were for). Didn't cost me but a few bucks and twenty minutes of line plumbing time.
  9. No issues at all. Again...perfect match on the donor rig. I did call a local shop today. He's checking to see if he can just rewrite the VIN. If so I'm good to go. Otherwise I'll live with it the way it is.
  10. Didn't realize the PCM would need reprogramming also. I'll keep them as is for now...just as a backup. Thanks
  11. Sort of thought something like that was going on. Couldn't quite figure out what I had done to get the correct odometer reading after installing both computers. I take it that a scan with the correct reader would still show I'm using an ECM with the wrong VIN#? And if that's so a re-flash of the donor ECM would correct the issue...right. Do I need to worry about any of this? I plan on keeping the rig so don't really care what the info ECM is holding. The only problem I can see is during emissions testing the donor VIN would pop up...right. As the donor ECM/PCM were purchased for emergency
  12. Still wondering what stores the odometer reading? Is it the ECM, the PCM or a collaboration of both? My rig showed the correct odometer reading after the install but I did put on the donor PCM with my OEM ECM first. Don't know if that mattered but I got the correct reading after installing both units and driving for ~30 minutes. Anyone know for sure which computer actually stores and keeps track of the odometer?
  13. Good news! Hooked up the PCM which worked fine. Didn't think it would be a problem. Then hooked up the ECM. Before starting anything I drained the ECM to ground to clear out any codes or memory. I've used this tactic before to turn off a pesky engine light or codes. It drains all the capacitors of energy so the ECM will have to learn your engine & APPS settings after it starts. Anyway, started the truck and drove around for 30 minutes or so and all's well. I was holding my breath on the ECM but it turned out OK. I think the trick is to find a donor rig that is absolutely identical to yours
  14. Been doing a little research and it looks like the ECM will need to be flashed with my VIN#. The PCM should be fine as is. Just wondering if a local Dodge dealer would do the re-flash or not. I'm guessing not but...
  15. " VIN problems when mixing them" Not sure what you mean by "mixing them". The donor rig was identical to mine (2002 Ram/Cummins 2500 HO w/six speed tran). But...this is my first shot at this too which is the reason for my post. I'm hoping it's a straight swap and the ECM doesn't need a re-flash etc.
  16. I put a relay on my intank pump (completely hybrid fuel system...don't ask) and fused it with a 10 amp. Hasn't popped it yet so I would guess something under that (5 amps maybe?).
  17. Just purchased a used ECM + PCM for my pickup. We travel a lot (including Mexico) and I want to keep a few critical spare parts on hand just in case. The donor rig was a perfect match (2002 Dodge Cummins HO six speed) for my truck and the price was right so I jumped on it. I'm assuming the ECM especially does not need to be re-flashed or anything and will be a plug and play item. Both computers are OEM off a totaled rig (121K miles....front end smashed but engine compartment looked fine). Guess I'm taking a little bit of a chance on this purchase but both computers looked great and the truck w
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