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Critical Factors to Your Ford Escape Powertrain Control Module Performance
The Powertrain Control Module (PCM) serves as the brain of your vehicle\'s engine system. If it malfunctions, then the fuel delivery would be affected, causing your engine to become erratic. The charging system, transmission, as well as emission controls and communications are all under the PCM too; so the importance for it to be fully functioning can\'t be more stressed.
First of all, the PCM needs to be properly checked in order to know what the issue really is. And one of the causes that kills a PCM is a voltage overload. A voltage overload happens when the solenoid has shorted or if the actuator circuit becomes shorted too. But the problem doesn\'t just lie with a shorted solenoid. What really causes the PCM to die is the continuous voltage overload if the shorted solenoid or actuator circuit isn\'t fixed or replaced. So once the voltage overload has been identified, it should be addressed immediately to avoid PCM failure.
Water in the wrong places
Water can become deadly to a vehicle if it goes in the wrong places. As for the PCM, if it gets drenched in water, then it would only be a matter of time until it short circuits. The water would also cause the electronic connections to corrode, which unfortunately is an irreversible damage. If you\'ve traversed flooded roads, then better have the PCM checked right away for water damage and get a replacement accordingly. Better prepare your wallet because if you got your vehicle submerged in flood, it will almost definitely be up for a replacement and not a repair.
Correct PCM replacement
If the PCM can no longer be repaired, then a replacement is necessary. But don\'t be too hasty yet. If you end up putting an incorrect PCM, then it would only be broken too and would even put the rest of your vehicle in jeopardy. Accurate identification of the PCM is crucial if you want your engine system fixed. Don\'t be easily fooled by the appearance of the PCM you\'re considering as it may look similar to yours, having the same sized box and connectors, but it may not be wired or calibrated the same inside. If you installed the wrong PCM, your vehicle may run at first but will in the end, fail.
You must consider not only the vehicle make and model but also the year and the engine size when replacing a PCM. The Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) part number on the PCM itself should also be taken into consideration. If you\'re unsure, you can always refer to the OEM number on the PCM and check it on the suppliers cross reference index to be able to find the replacement part number.
The PCM is a vital part of your vehicle, so utmost care should be given not only n its maintenance but also in its repair. Replacing it should also not be taken lightly as you would not only waste money for a wrong PCM, but you\'d also be putting your vehicle at more risk for further damage and complications.