Posted to Technical Tips Forum on 6/3/2014
Today's mistake. Factory Mode
Shop requested programming for new replacement BCM on 2012
Focus. I downloaded the configuration from the old BCM, and
loaded the new unit. Programming was very different than
usual Ford programming. The dash did not light up until the
programming was 90% complete. A little disconcerting at
first glance. At the end of programming, a message on the
laptop screen with final instructions; the last being to
follow online directions. All codes cleared, I set the TPMS,
vehicle started 8 times. Looked good to go, so I left for
the next job.
45 minuted later, I get the call, Focus will not
consistently start, remotes do not always work and no dome
light. No codes pulled, I must return to check this vehicle.
No problem, hook up the IDS, there are 4 communication
codes; 2 abs, pcm and tcm. I reprogram the pcm and tcm,
clear codes and start car 10 or more times. BUT the message
center reads "Factory Mode". ASSUMING that the message
pertains to customer choices in the BCM, and seeing no
codes, I hope that I have finished. 5 miles down the road;
the same call, "No start".
I realize that all my testing/starting was done with the IDS
attached. No IDS, no start. Now the tech sees the "Factory
Mode" message and goes to the shop's information system for
an explanation. Not sure how/why the vehicle got
reprogrammed into the "Transport" mode, or "Factory" mode. A
simple procedure, key/brake/hazard switch, placed the Focus
into "Normal" mode.
There are instructions in the oasis system; but no mention
in Identifix nor IATN. Yes, there were 4 U codes; but no
other mention in the IDS. Nor did I see any other online
Last week I was asked how long have I been programming cars.
My answer, "long enough to make every mistake twice". I do
not think I will make this mistake again.
Michael from New Jersey
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