1994-1997 COUGAR 1995-1999 CONTINENTAL, GRAND MARQUIS, TOWN CAR 1996-1998 MARK VIII 1996-1999 MYSTIQUE, SABLE, TRACER 1999 COUGAR
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.
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.
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.