Normal code scans are for customers who have a check engine light on. Most of the time these codes are related to emissions issues or engine misfires. Other types of codes and issues that many local auto part stores or independent shops are not able to read are related to airbags, abs, and computer module issues. Many of the issues are dealer specific, require special diagnostic equipment, and expertise.
Please Note: We need to diagnose the vehicle first to determine the issue. We Will Not program a customer diagnosed or supplied ECU.
Reprogramming is the process of replacing the existing software in a vehicle controller with new software by electronically transferring approved calibration files from a vehicle manufacturer.
(Also known as re-flashing, flashing, programming, or reconfiguring)
Automobile manufacturers are constantly making changes to their controller software – making cars more efficient, fixing problems that have been discovered, fine tuning components and systems, updating cut points as cars age, solving problems such as rough idle and hard starting, repairing emissions related problems and many others.
New controllers replaced in a vehicle require programming to match the exact specifications and options list on the car being repaired.
Many of the Technical Service Bulletins (TSB's) issued by an automobile manufacturer require reprogramming with the latest software updates to repair problems that are occurring with vehicles on the road even after their warranties have expired.
Maybe you thought only cars still under warranty are being reprogrammed and it’s just not worth your while. Over 100 million cars on the road today support J2534 reprogramming. Studies indicate that 7 out of 10 vehicles on the road require a calibration update.
Auto Manufacturer's are constantly updating controller software to solve problems such as false DTC's, hesitation, rough idle, emissions problems, hard starting, poor fuel economy, and others. These problems plague many cars that are no longer under warranty.
SAE J2534 is a standard for communications between a computer and a vehicle. Government regulations require all automakers to provide a J2534 service to everyone in the United States for reprogramming emissions related controllers after 2004. Even if your vehicle is older than 2004, we still have you covered here at Automotive Masters!