Prowler V6-3.5L VIN G (1999)
This is the preferred method.
This mode allows a user to flash a vehicle without being connected to the TechCONNECT Client. This is a popular mode for flashing in a remote area of
the service garage or in a back lot.
Before you attempt to use this mode, you must configure the DRBIII(R) for the desired update(s). To do this, you must connect the DRBIII(R) to the
TechCONNECT Client using the GPIB cable and the CH7025 cable. It is not necessary to be connected to a vehicle. The GPIB (CH7035) cable will be
used to communicate with the TechCONNECT Client (for update file downloading) while the CH7025 cable is used to provide power to the DRBIII(R).
After making the above connections, you are able to select one or more updates that you want to perform. These selections are made by highlighting the
desired updates and then clicking on the "Download/Update" button by selecting the DRBIII(R) option on the TechCONNECT client. Obviously, the
DRBIII(R) does not have unlimited memory. If the file size of the selected updates exceeds 948 KB, the "DRB Space Used" indicator (at the
bottom-center of the TechCONNECT Client screen) will change color from GREEN to RED. At this point you must de-select entries until the indicator
changes color to GREEN again.
When the updates have finished downloading, you may disconnect from the TechCONNECT Client and take the DRBIII(R) to wherever the vehicle is
located. The updates will remain in DRBIII(R) memory for 8 hours while the DRBIII(R) is without power. If the DRBIII(R) is powered up for several
minutes before the 8 hour time period has expired, the update files will remain on the DRBIII(R) for another 8 hours without power.
To start the actual flash process, after connecting to the vehicle in Disconnected Mode, you must press "7 - Vehicle Flash" from the Main Menu on the
DRBIII(R). Step by step instruction will follow on the DRBIII(R) display. As with Connected Flash Mode, take the necessary precautions to insure that
others are aware of the flash session and that nothing disturbs the vehicle, DRBIII(R), or cabling while performing the flash. Remember to use a battery
charger set to 14 volts or a "battery jump box".
Pay Attention While Performing Flash Reprogram Procedures
PAY ATTENTION WHILE PERFORMING FLASH REPROGRAMMING PROCEDURES
Before downloading the flash files, double check to see if the files that you have selected are the appropriate ones for that vehicle. Don't forget about the
"Read Part Numbers From Vehicle" option on TechCONNECT Client, this can be of great assistance when trying to flash a module. If the files selected
don't download on the first attempt, try again.
The technician should NOT leave the vehicle when flash reprogramming a module.
Again, check to make sure that all cable connections are secure and that the DRBIII(R) rests on a stable surface. If you are using a battery charger, insure
that the settings and charging times are correct and that the battery post clamps are securely fastened.
Read, record, and erase all DTCs found on the vehicle. Read and record the module type and part number from the module that is to be flash
Some control modules are not "abort-recovery" capable. When this is true, the scan tool will indicate so by displaying a WARNING message prior to the
start of reprogramming. For these modules it is especially important that all precautions and procedures, outlined here, are carefully followed.
Pay special attention to DRBIII(R) screen directions relating to key cycles. Missing a "Key ON" or "Key OFF" can cause the module to have to be
reflashed again. Due to the variety of module types and vehicle options, you can't always anticipate key prompts, so be alert and ready to respond to
Some screens will also instruct that certain modules, connectors or fuses be disconnected or pulled prior to the start of reprogramming and re-installed
immediately after completion. Be careful not to anticipate the steps or order of operations for reprogramming any vehicle modules. Because of the many
possible changes that occur with each new release of scan tool software, always allow the TSB/Recall and scan tool instructions to be your guide while
performing flash reprogramming.
Flash reprogramming sessions usually range from 5 to 20 minutes. If the flash session has not completed within 25 minutes after starting a flash
reprogramming update, an error has most likely occurred (Record the message that appears on the screen when a failure occurs). If this is the case, or if
you know that the flash process was interrupted, cycle the ignition key (OFF to the locked position, then back ON). Reset the DRBIII(R) (power down
for 4 seconds and then power up) before attempting to restart the flash process. If the module still won't respond, turn the ignition key off, disconnect the
module from the vehicle for 2 minutes, reconnect the module, turn the ignition key to run and try to restart the flash process again.
Regardless of what mode that you are in (Connected Flash or Disconnected Flash), if you have tried twice (2 times) unsuccessfully to do a flash recovery
and ALL DRBIII(R) instructions were followed, perform the following:
Cold boot the DRBIII(R). This resets memory and removes all update files from the DRBIII(R). (Push MORE and YES buttons at the same time,
then press F4).
Reload the flash update file from the TechCONNECT Client.
If it fails to complete in the connected mode, first reboot the TechCONNECT Client before re-attempting the flash download to the DRBIII(R).