Used ECM 2008 Dodge Caliber

Ronald Technical Support Specialist Trail, British Columbia Posted   Latest  
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Parts
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2008 Dodge Caliber SE 2.0L (B) (CVT2)
Ecm No Communications

Can you install a used TIPM and used ECM in a 2008 Dodge Caliber. I have been asked to do this for another shop. What tools will I need?

Thanks for any insight.

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Tomi Diagnostician
Chicago, Illinois
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Technically no. But this model I've had no issue. Just need to do a vehicle restore. Also when you install it. Turn key on and wait for about 10 secs.

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Ronald Technical Support Specialist
Trail, British Columbia
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What tooling and or software do I need?

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Tomi Diagnostician
Chicago, Illinois
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Autel can do ecm. Your going to need the skim pin. Tipm should work without tooling if you don't have witec2

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Ronald Technical Support Specialist
Trail, British Columbia
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I have Autel Maxisys but not the J2534 interface with it. What is the restore process? Is that programming with as built data? I have Witech 2 J2534. Will that do the restore process?

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John Service Manager
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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I have always hated installing used ECU's for other shops but with this one i think you should be good. Installed one on a 2014 Durango, it was a plug and play. That was about a month ago, talked to the customer and have no issues.

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Dario Owner/Technician
Grand Prairie, Texas
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I've done several on these YMM. The key is to get an exact match i.e. year, engine size, transmission type on the replacement ecm. Then I use j2534 toolbox from drew tech, correct the vin, and it starts right up. TIPM should be plug and play, but you may need to reset a few modules. So I am sure any drew tech device will work, I have also used an Autopropad key programming tool, and possibly an…

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Leon Owner/Technician
Willowick, Ohio
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Tumb Up! ToolBox from DrewTech and rewrite the VIN, should start & run with the same key.

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Allan Owner
Sterling, Virginia
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Perfect match ECM no problem. Used TIPM’s rarely work.

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Dario Owner/Technician
Grand Prairie, Texas
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No PIN needed when re-writing VIN👍

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Caleb Diagnostician
Mishawaka, Indiana
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Yep just be sure the ECM is the identical part #. An I agree used TIPM will likely be no good.

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Todd Mobile Technician
Morinville, Alberta
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TIPM will be same as PCM. Must be the same. Slight variants in PCM can be done by duping Witech while " pretending" to perform an update on the original module. I must ask Ron,why does it need them both? Do you have Witech?

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Ronald Technical Support Specialist
Trail, British Columbia
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Did not need both. Only ecm was bad. Used ecm was from 2008 Jeep Compass. I tried to rewrite vin with drewtech tool box but it did not work. I had witech j2534 but I did not figure out if I could do it with that. Do you need witech 2.0 to do a pretend update like you make reference to or will the j2534 software do the same thing?

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Todd Mobile Technician
Morinville, Alberta
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Hi Ronald, honestly I have never used Chrysler's old J app for flashing and have never used a Jbox for Witech 1.0 or 2.0 But I know the only thing available for FCA now is Witech so it should be the same with a jbox ? Perhaps others could chime in on how well it works with a jbox. Get Witech fired up with your jbox and run the PCM replaced routine in the WCM. You will need a PIN code to do…

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Ronald Technical Support Specialist
Trail, British Columbia
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Thanks for all the advice. As many replied the module should be as close to exactly the same as possible to the one that was replaced. In this case I am not sure. The used ECM came out of a 2008 Jeep Compass 2.0 with the same drivetrain. I tried rewriting the VIN with Tool Box from Drew Tech but it did not work. The program seemed to just get stuck with nothing happening.

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Ronald Technical Support Specialist
Trail, British Columbia
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Shop sold customer a reman mopar ecm instead of the used unit. I first wrote the VIN to it with Autel. I then wrote mileage to it with Autel. Then I entered PIN for Skim PCM replacement. Then I programmed the unit with Witech J2534. I am not sure if I had to do all of this and in that order. Vehicle now works and no codes. I never did find a good description of the complete process in my…

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Todd Mobile Technician
Morinville, Alberta
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With OE tooling, you must first enter VIN because,as I explained in my last reply,Witech attempts to comm. and pull the VIN from the PCM first. It will come up blank,so enter VIN,then program PCM,then PCM replaced routine in WCM,then mileage in PCM,then learn ETC in PCM, then quick learn for trans. depending on how the thing is equipped. Blow out codes and done

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Ronald Technical Support Specialist
Trail, British Columbia
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Thanks for that update. Makes sense to me now. Hope to get to do this again soon before my old brain forgets. This was first time I used Witech J2534. Looks like decontented Witech 2.0. But is loaded on computer and does not run in browser. Seems like I could not use Witech 2.0 because my J2534 (cardaq plus) is not an approved FCA device. Correct me if I am wrong.

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