Failed Ford 6F35 Characterization Update

Kaimana Technician California Posted   Latest  
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2014 Ford Escape SE 1.6L (X) 6-spd (6F35)
Failed Characterization Update

Attempted to perform “transmission characterization update” on new OEM valve body using FJDS and Forscan and both fail to perform the operation. If I attempt to update by strategy number, Forscan will “download” and fail in attempting to perform procedure. FJDS just showed failed. I've verified the strategy numbers right from the provided sticker and attempted to perform the procedure multiple times. The PCM software is up to date via FJDS. I have performed this procedure successfully on multiple vehicles. Can I please get some thoughts on what may be causing this issue?

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Shannon Owner/Technician
California
Shannon
 

Is this brand new from the dealer

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Shannon Owner/Technician
California
Shannon
 

Also is it saying fail or is it only accepting one number

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Kaimana Technician
California
Kaimana
 

Thank you for your questions! It’s a factory valve body from a company called Transtar. I have the old solenoid strategy number which I’ll attempt to write back into the PCM. If it works, then I’ll be able to rule out the PCM and JBox. After entering the 13-digit Solenoid Strategy number in FJDS, it went to a screen that said ”Operation not successful.” I’ll update the post tomorrow with my…

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John Owner
New York
John
   

Kaimana, Never seen a valve body from Transtar come with a new solenoid ID/strategy sticker, like they do when a valve body is purchased from Ford. Furthermore, they typically grind the number imprinted on valve body off. If Transtar is providing a sticker now that is great. But is it correct? Many times I have been called in to program a Transtar valve body over the years and there is no…

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Kerry Mobile Technician
Ohio
Kerry
 

When you say FJDS “fails”, can you be more specific? For example if you have a typo in one number but not the other…that one will usually be highlighted in red in order to guide the user. Maybe it's a system problem in which case you could type in the existing hex strings and see if it allows that…..or obtain a different pair of numbers by searching Google images or another vehicle maybe on…

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Kaimana Technician
California
Kaimana
 

Thank you for responding! I have access to the old valve body and will attempt to write the number into the PCM tomorrow.

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Tom Technician
New Jersey
Tom
 

This doesn't answer your question but most of the time you don't need to do the characterization. Just drive it and let it re-learn.

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Keith Technician
Georgia
Keith
 

Hello, just try and use the original number off of the old main control

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Gary Owner/Technician
Maryland
Gary
 

I have a 2014 in the shop right now that got a new transmission, we did the 7 number and 13 number strategy and id with IDS. It worked fine and no issues. I wonder if FJDS or ForScan can not perform the operation properly

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Kaimana Technician
California
Kaimana Resolution
 

Thank you again for all of your suggestions. After entering the IDN into the characterization update, FJDS says to do a drive cycle valve learning procedure. The characterization solenoid strategy number still says “not available,” but the vehicle has no codes stored and shifts as expected.

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