2012 Explorer APIM Programming

Troy Owner/Technician Colorado Posted   Latest   Edited  
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2012 Ford Explorer 3.5L (8) 6-spd (6F35) — 1FMHK8F80CGA73157
Cannot Program New Apim

Hello,

We have this 2012 Explorer in the shop and trying to replace the APIM as the old APIM displayed a black screen. 

We have connected the VCM2 to both PTS and FDRS to configure. As we see on the discussion boards this is a very brutal process. We feel the APIM is programmed as it shows the serial number and build part number but does not appear to be talking to the display. The process that will not work is the portion when you need to connect the USB stick to the USB hub. The files will not load from the USB stick. We have it formatted correctly but to no avail. The only thing i was thinking was to get a mini USB to female adaptor and try to program with the back of the APIM. Let me know if anyone else has been at this spot and failed and found a solution.

Thanks in advance

Troy 

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Maynard Technician
Ontario
Maynard
 

Hi Troy, are you installing a used APIM? If the screen was just black it may have been the screen only? It is possible to swap over the screen. So if you have another used unit maybe just swap its screen onto your old APIM. Not the answer you were looking for I know but hey… with APIMS, its a wild ride.

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Troy Owner/Technician
Colorado
Troy
 

It is a new APIM. The old unit was a black screen. The new unit will turn the screen on and show that it has not been provisioned. We actually tried to re-program the old unit to no avail.

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Lonny Diagnostician
Florida
Lonny
 

Have you tried to do it in FJDS ?

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Timothy Owner/Technician
Wisconsin
Timothy
 

Why are you using FDRS? It did not exist way back in 2012…do you mean FJDS? It's a total PITA to do some of these.

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Troy Owner/Technician
Colorado
Troy
 

If you look at the PTS site it tells you that FDRS is tool they migrated to for APIM programming.

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Lonny Diagnostician
Florida
Lonny
 

But have you tried?

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Alberto Mechanic
Florida
Alberto
   

Hi Troy, If that is the case the Apim is not successfully programed. Depending on the media hub it has, I remember that there is one you have to bypass the hub By disconnecting the USB mini port from the back of the media hub and plug it to a USB mini adapter than connect the USB cable male end to end . One side will go to the PC and the other will go to the USB adapter. I have the adapter in my…

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Mike Instructor
California
Mike
 

How's it going with this?

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Troy Owner/Technician
Colorado
Troy
 

We finally got this programmed. FJDS was not a help at all as it is the J2532 version of IDS. IDS actually worked better for us here. I did in fact use FDRS to program the APIM. The issue was with the USB sticks we were trying to use. The instructions told us to use a minimum of a 16Gig stick and we were just a little below that with overhead on the formatted USB. We ended up using a 20gig stick…

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Mike Instructor
California
Mike
 

Hi Troy, Glad to hear you got it programmed. I am a bit confused though. You stated “IDS actually worked better for us here,” but then stated “I did in fact use FDRS to program the APIM.” Could you please clarify. Which one did you use? Thanks! Mike

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