Q: I purchased a new computer for it does it need programed

asked by on July 30, 2016

Van wouldn't start has it towed checked all fuses replaced nock sensor ,cam sensor,pick up coil still no luck

My car has 170453 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

You would need to have it programmed to your VIN. Have the computer scanned to see if you have a good crank shaft signal first, before replacing the ECM. You may not need the ECM replaced; you may have a bad crankshaft sensor.

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