Posted to Technical Tips Forum on 11/29/2013
A TALE OF TWO CLUSTERS by Henry Ford
Recent experiences with Ford Instrument Clusters.
First vehicle, 2010 Flex. Shop technician replaced Cluster
with Ford dealer remanufactured unit. Replacement unit was
already installed in vehicle when I arrived to program.
Using ids with current software, I performed standard PMI
from module programming menu. Straight forward programming,
no options displayed. Did pats relearn, started vehicle.
Immediate indicator lights: B2627 (fuel sender), C1415
(incorrect configuration) and U0102 (lost communication with
transfer case module). Not good, FWD vehicle.
I then did the usual routine of reinstalling programming,
same results. A call to the dealer verified that part was
correct. The PMI was simple and straight forward automatic,
no options or choices. There was an update to calibration
(not configuration) for the Cluster, which I performed. (New
part with out of date calibration.) No change.
Back to module programming menu, four choices including "AS
BUILT". Having tried the other three options, I choose AS
BUILT. The next screen gave a choice of "manual" or
"automatic" programming. I chose manual, which required the
customary internet look up, number copying and insertion in
as built programming boxes. SUCCESS!, codes no longer
present. The "AUTOMATIC PMI" option had lead me down the
wrong road. I do not know if the reman cluster had any
programming directions; the parts person at the dealership
had removed ALL paperwork prior to delivery.
Tale Two, 2004 Focus, replaced with dealer supplied reman
cluster. The replacement Cluster installed in vehicle before
I arrived. A seemingly straight forward PMI, no options.
Program and pats relearn and out the door. Except I now had
the ABS light on, but the vehicle had no ABS. No menu option
to use AS BUILT on the replacement cluster. OK, try again.
The on screen instructions carried the usual procedure to
start with original module. Yes, I usually ignore that
instruction, do I really want to download info from a
corrupted module? Well there was no other choice. Installed
the original Cluster, gathered information as instructed on
IDS page, replaced remanufactured unit and finished
programming, abs light GONE. Once again the dealership parts
person had removed all paper work from replacement unit
before delivering to shop. Maybe explicit instructions were
in the box?
Conclusion, no matter how many Clusters I have installed in
2002 Windstars, I will need to change my procedure to be
successful with later models. To change the worst of times
into the best of times, the original Cluster should be
available to use for PMI if needed.
Michael from New Jersey
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