Sable V6-183 3.0L DOHC VIN S MFI (1997)
Powertrain Control Module: Technical Service Bulletins
PCM - Reprogramming Tips
POWERTRAIN CONTROL MODULE - REPROGRAM
POWERTRAIN CONTROL MODULE (PCM) - SERVICE
PROCEDURES - SERVICE TIP
1994-97 CROWN VICTORIA, MUSTANG, THUNDERBIRD
1996-97 CONTOUR, ESCORT, PROBE, TAURUS
1994-97 COUGAR, GRAND MARQUIS
1995-97 CONTINENTAL, TOWN CAR
1996-97 MARK VIII, MYSTIQUE, SABLE, TRACER
1994-97 ECONOLINE, F-150-350 SERIES
1996-97 AEROSTAR, EXPLORER
1997 EXPEDITION, MOUNTAINEER
This TSB article is being republished in its entirety to include Windstar.
Powertrain Control Modules (PCMs) no longer need to be replaced when servicing driveability concerns. The only time a PCM needs replacing is when
it can no longer be reprogrammed and/or is damaged. In all other cases, the PCM must be reprogrammed and NOT REPLACED.
Use the following Service Procedure to properly reprogram a PCM.
PCM REPROGRAMMING USING SBDS
At the Main menu, select Powertrain and enter the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). Select "Continue."
From the Powertrain menu, select Electronic Engine category.
Scroll through the "Tool List" to PCM Reprogramming and select "Continue."
Any TSBs or Recalls for the entered vehicle will be displayed. There is up to a 6 week delay for TSB/Recall information updates on SBDS. New
TSBs/Recalls may not appear or only the TSB number will be displayed even though the new calibration is on the current calibration CD-ROM.
Also, if the vehicle calibration is being updated because of a Special Service Message, Broadcast Message or the PCM was replaced and requires
calibration, no screen may appear. This is not a concern and will not prevent programming updates or being paid for programming updates.
Follow all hook-up instructions and continue as prompted to the calibration screen. Typically, a list of calibration numbers will appear. Answer as
appropriate for the vehicle and select "Continue." SBDS will then validate the information entered against the information read in the PCM, and
any mismatch of software or hardware will be displayed for technician action.
Insert the proper calibration or the latest level CD-ROM when prompted and follow the instructions as displayed by SBDS. Do not crank the
engine. SBDS will update the engine calibration to the latest level calibration for the selected calibration.
After programming is complete, SBDS will display a representation of the Authorized Modification Decal with the Engineering Part Number for
the PCM installed. It is important that the label be completed and attached to the vehicle. S8DS will also automatically print a copy of the vehicle
log for filing with the Repair Order.
Selecting "Continue" will call for a KOEO self test. Any hard faults present after performing self test were not caused by reprogramming. The
calibration has now been validated and the PCM is operating properly. Unless directed by other Service Procedures, the vehicle can be released to