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Chrysler Repair/'96 3.8L engine stalled, no spark, ECM bad?


Jay Brodsky wrote at 2015-12-15 05:25:36
Finally got my van back from the mechanic and ordered a new [reman]PCM from my parts house online, per my VIN and the number on the old PCM. Resistance on PCM pin 11 to coil-pack pin 2 was .3/.2 on 200/))) ohm scale - figured that was tolerable. Could not get steady readings on PCM pins 10 and 50. Could not verify voltage on pin 20 as battery was already removed from car.

Finally received and installed new PCM, in spite of repeated warnings in the packing material, 'Modules rarely fail on their own. Ensure root causes are repaired before installing this module!' I must say, though, there was a fair amount of corrosion on the exterior of the old PCM, which i can't imagine was doing it any good. Engine started right up, went to town and back, running as well as it ever has.

Thanks again, Roland; you get well-deserved 10's all the way around! :)

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