Firebird V8-305 5.0L (1982)
Torque Converter Clutch Solenoid: Customer Interest
ECM - Failures
Section 6 Date 05/83
ECM FAILURES ON 1982-1983 EFI EQUIPPED VEHICLES
ECM failures on EFI equipped vehicles could be due to any shorted relay or solenoid that is controlled by the ECM, although, the most likely is the TCC
This condition may exist if the "Check Engine" light originally goes "on" and stays "on" while the torque converter clutch would normally be applied,
and diagnosis indicates a faulty ECM. When the diagnostic "test" terminal is grounded the light may try to flash a Code 12, from "bright" to "dim"
instead of "on" and "off".
If a shorted relay or solenoid is suspected then check the resistance and replace it if it measures under 20 ohms. In order to check the resistance of an
installed TCC solenoid, the drive wheels must be turning fast enough to close the third gear switch inside the transmission. If the relays and solenoids
check ok and the "Check Engine" light still only goes on when the TCC applies, then check the TCC solenoid at operating temperatures since the diode
connected across the TCC solenoid may only malfunction after it has reached higher temperatures.