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Technical Service Bulletins

TSB
99-4-3
  • REPROGRAMMING POWERTRAIN CONTROL MODULES (PCMS) – OUT-OF-VEHICLE – EEC V VEHICLES ONLY
Publication Date: FEBRUARY 19, 1999

FORD:
1994-1997 THUNDERBIRD
1994-1999 MUSTANG
1995-1999 CROWN VICTORIA
1996-1997 PROBE
1996-1999 CONTOUR, ESCORT, TAURUS
LINCOLN-MERCURY:
1994-1997 COUGAR
1995-1999 CONTINENTAL, GRAND MARQUIS, TOWN CAR
1996-1998 MARK VIII
1996-1999 MYSTIQUE, SABLE, TRACER
1999 COUGAR
LIGHT TRUCK:
1994-1997 F SUPER DUTY, F-250 HD, F-350
1995-1999 ECONOLINE, RANGER, WINDSTAR
1996 BRONCO
1996-1997 AEROSTAR
1996-1999 EXPLORER, F-150, F-250 LD
1997-1999 EXPEDITION, MOUNTAINEER
1998-1999 NAVIGATOR
1999 SUPER DUTY F SERIES

This TSB article is being republished in its entirety to update the affected vehicles and to include an Application Chart for the affected vehicles.

ISSUE:

The Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has mandated that all aftermarket service centers shall be able to either reprogram Powertrain Control Modules (PCMs) or obtain reasonably priced, timely PCM programming services at dealerships. Ford has released an out-of-vehicle EEC V reprogramming cable to support this requirement. Also, PCMs are reprogrammable to update calibration levels or to reprogram a common hardware type to a new calibration in order to fill a service need without ordering a new PCM.

ACTION:

Refer to the Application Chart in this article to use the new 15- to 104-Pin Flash Cable to handle all necessary out-of-vehicle programming of EEC V modules in the vehicles listed. This may allow added flexibility in servicing aftermarket and fleet accounts as well as provide the ability to have modules updated to new calibrations through the Parts Department instead of ordering new parts.

Currently, EEC V modules must be installed in a vehicle to reprogram a new calibration in the module. An aftermarket service center may bring a module to a dealership for a calibration update or may request an updated calibration be installed to a new service part. The EPA regulations require “reasonably priced, timely service” be provided by the dealer. The new 15- to 104-Pin Flash Cable works with the New Generation Star (NGS) Tester to provide the capability to reprogram a calibration on a PCM out of the vehicle.

The 15- to 104-Pin Flash Cable connects between the NGS Tester and PCM 104-pin connector. The proper calibration must be downloaded to the Data Transfer Card through Service Bay Technical System (SBTS). Once the card is inserted into the NGS Tester and the cable is connected, follow the calibration download instructions displayed on the NGS screen.

The 15- to 104-Pin Flash Cable (007-00587) can be ordered from Rotunda by calling 1-800-ROTUNDA.

APPLICATION
Model YearsVehicleEngine
1996-97AerostarAll
1996BroncoAll
1995-99ContinentalAll
1996-99ContourAll
1994-97Cougar4.6L
1996-97Cougar3.8L
1999CougarAll
1995-99Crown VictoriaAll
1997-99Econoline4.2L, 4.6L, 5.4L, 6.8L
1996Econoline4.9L, 5.0L, 5.8L, 7.5L
1995-99Econoline7.3L DIT
1996Escort1.9L
1997-99Escort2.0L
1997-99ExpeditionAll
1996-99ExplorerAll
1997-99F-Series4.2L, 4.6L, 5.4L
1996-97F-Series5.8L, 7.5L
1996F-Series4.9L, 5.0L
1994-99F-Series7.3L DIT
1999F-Series6.8L
1995-99Grand MarquisAll
1996-98Mark VIIIAll
1997-99MountaineerAll
1994-99Mustang3.8L
1996-99Mustang4.6L
1996-99MystiqueAll
1998-99NavigatorAll
1996-97Probe2.0L
1995-99RangerAll
1996-99SableAll
1996-99TaurusAll
1994-97Thunderbird4.6L
1996-97Thunderbird3.8L
1995-99Town CarAll
1996Tracer1.9L
1997-99Tracer2.0L
1995-99WindstarAll

OTHER APPLICABLE ARTICLES:

NONE

SUPERSEDES:

98-26-3

WARRANTY STATUS:

Information Only

OASIS CODES:

203000, 206000, 290000, 690000, 698298