Can the dealer make a new key if you bring to them the car's key and the VIN
of the car from which the new ECM was removed? This way maybe they could
make the key and get the code for the replacing ECU.
According to the Service Manual for my 99 lude, the immobilizer can store up
to 5 key
codes. When learning a new key, the dealer uses their PGM Tester to rewrite
immobilizer and needs all the coded keys including the red LEARNING key.
Furthermore, "if someone tries to start the engine with the learning key,
all master and
valet keys must be relearned." Maybe that's why the original ECM doesn't
the car now. I saw that warning when I bought the car, never opened the
and filed that key safely away.
The last note about substituting a known good ECM is that it must be
with the PGM Tester. Since I've never had this done, I'm not sure if the
and substitute red LEARNING keys are needed for this procedure or if they're
Bottom line, it sounds like you will be able to reuse your expensive
with help from the dealer.
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