Programming Ford Escape Smart Junction Box

Michael Owner/Technician Connecticut Posted   Latest  
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2005 Ford Escape Limited 3.0L (1) 4-spd (CD4E) — 1FMYU03155KB25451
Shift Interlock Failure

Hello, I have to replace a smart junction box on this escape. I am relatively new to coding/flashing. I am receiving mixed directions on this one. Directions w new part state "this module requires transfer of data from old module to new, using appropriate ford compatible service too and may need additional programming prior to use"

Opus claims they cant help me, need a factory tool

Autel tech support claims I just need factory subscription w laptop and J box (he did not seem to understand what I was reading to him)

So, 

  1. Do I truly need to extract info first?
  2. If so, can an Autel, Autologic, snap on, or I scan 2 do this?
  3. Or, can I replace the module, go to the ford website and program it?

I do have a laptop and cardaq box and a ford subscription'

Since I am relativity new to all this, i dont want to go the wrong route, and create more issues

Thanks in advance

Mike

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Matt Technician
Missouri
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You will need to use the Cardaq and a Subscription to program it, using FDJS. You will need to do either Programmable Module installation which will inhale information from the module and transfer it to the new one, meaning set it up with the old module in, start process, replace module when told to, then finish process of programming. Or you can do it with ASBuilt. I don't believe any other…

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Bruce Owner/Technician
Texas
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IDS can do it. (Matt) As built date will work just fine if you have already installed the new.

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Matt Technician
Missouri
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With what he has(No VCM,VCMM,VCM II) and an IDS license, what I listed is what he can use.

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Michael Owner/Technician
Connecticut
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Matt, so to be clear, the software I download from the ford site (fdjs) will allow me to inhale and exhale the info, then proceed to download the software after that step is completed?

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Matt Technician
Missouri
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If you have FDJS and subscription, you will ID the vehicle perform the Programmable Module installation, and it will tell you what to do(key cycles and when to install the new module) and will program and configure the new module. Beware it may require an ASBUILT data from you if it can't get all it needs from the old module, or it may require you to answer some questions about how the car is…

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Jamey Owner/Technician
California
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Personally I like to do As Built data. I don't like inhaling data from a known bad module..... But that's just me.

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Walter Manager
Washington
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IDS with a VCMII and you will have no problems

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Phillip Diagnostician
Alaska
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Well from the diagrams it looks like the smart junction box is the GEM . I have used the Jbox, Autel and Launch tool all successful many times. Soo pick you poison. Usually what I do is get to the module and leave it plugged in follow the instructions and swap the module when it tell me too. If you use the Autel or Launch tool.

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Geoff Diagnostician
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Phil, for Launch and Autel....is there a special function called "replace this module" when you are communicating with SJB/GEM or what is the scan tool path to take? Thank you.

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Michael Owner/Technician
Connecticut
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Geoff, you hit it right on..I did see that function yesterday, and then Phillip Zanders pointed out it was in fact the GEm module..so in about as long as it took to physically replace the module, the job is now done. Everything functioning as it should, including the shift lock releasing, which was my original problem. Thanks! Mikw

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Geoff Diagnostician
Hawaii
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Great! Ford used GEM and SJB synonymous for a few years in there. Wiring diagram will say one thing, scan tool will say something else, and the parts catalog is anybody's guess. :-) Eventually they started saying "BCM" like everyone else.

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Brian Owner/Technician
Ohio
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Mike , Was you able to get it done!

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Michael Owner/Technician
Connecticut
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Thanks for all the replies everyone. I did see on my Autel, module replacement, but only listed the GEm, which I thought was the SJB, but was not certain. With a couple of you saying you have used the autel, I am going to go that route, then use the IDS/ford reprograming if need be, which what I have read I will have to after inhaling/exhaling data, and swapping the module. Gonna try to do this…

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Michael Owner/Technician
Connecticut
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Hello everyone, thanks for so many helpful replies. After learning this was the GEm module from Phillip, and then Geoff pointing out the Autel can in fact program this module (I did see this function on my Autel yesterday, but didnt realize this was the GEm, and I called Autel, and they told me it could NOT be done without downloading software from the Ford website) This could not have been…

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Tim Owner/Technician
Georgia
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Hey Mike , to be sure what your saying ,you were able to program the SJB with just the Autel? Was there any other learning to be done? TPMS?

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Michael Owner/Technician
Connecticut
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Hi Tim, Correct, on the autel went to module programming, GEM module key off replace module key on to my surprise and delight, everything worked, no tpms light everything works in the car from what I can tell so far

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