Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Purchased new computer,does it need programed,if so who does that

asked by on

Car wouldn't start checked all fuses and sensors,put new computer in and some say it needs programmed some say it doesn't need to know for sure and who does it

My car has 170400 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: Try to hook it up to your B2500 and see if ...

Try to hook it up to your B2500 and see if it will start and run. If it does then your okay to go with out programming. If not then you would need to have a dealer program it after it is installed into the vehicle.

However, If it does work, make sure it drives well and shifts and everything works before ruling out the reprogramming. These year vehicles may and may not need programming but according to my repair software it says it does need programming to initialize it.

If you’d like a second opinion on this, consider YourMechanic, as a certified professional can come the the vehicles location to diagnose your starting issue and suggest a fix from there. Good luck.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Car misfires

One thing comes to mind with your car. There is a bulletin to solve a problem with fuel injector primary circuit codes. P0351-P0356. This may or may not repair the misfire, but it will prevent the false codes. If this...

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

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...

Q: My dashboard lights and taillights are not working.

The headlight switch will generally control parking lights, headlights, running lights and high beams. If you are getting power up to the switch and the components do not work, the fault may be in the switch or there is a...

Related articles

P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the P0052 code means This code is seen when the Engine Control Module (ECM) tries to control the...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...