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I have a 1.6 TDi C-Max with 54 plates, which is causing me great problems this week.

My battery went dead following what I thought was a minorelectrical fault which had appeared a few days before, and my car was towed to the nearest main Ford dealer.

They have put the car through diagnostic tests, and told me today that the Power Control Module (PCM) is 'gone' and needs replacing. Now for the shock I have been quoted a price of £861.35 + VAT for the part, and a total of £1270.29 for the repair.

The car has 55,000 miles on the clock.

What options do I have other than forking out for this repair? It's extraordinary to me that such a major fault could happen to a car only just 5 years old. Does anyone have any experience of this or any suggestions as to what I should do next?
 

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Perhaps the first thing would be to see if the part is individual vehicle specific or if there is ever a chance of getting one from a breakers that could be swapped
 

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Unfortunately the post here suggests this could be a bit tricky, as the PCM configuration is unique to the engine and gearbox combination.

Maybe you could try and get a second opinion from a specialist auto electrician? They might be able to narrow the fault down to a specific component in the PCM and replace that, rather than the whole unit.
 

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PCM`s are idevidually set for each car.Even if you got one from a breakers yard,it would have to go to fraud to be recoded & even then there`s no gaurentee that it will work.
When I was having trouble with my engine cooling fan,my sparkie said that could have been caused by a faulty pcm & the only result would be to fit a new one
.As it turned out it was broken wiring.
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Dont believe them that the PCM is gone, get a second opinion when i had the EGR valve done by a independant last year i had to go to frauds to get EGR recalibrated and PCM update done,
first garage i went to in Helston had me sat in waiting area for nearly 2 hours for the workshop manager to come out and say im ever so sorry that your PCM seems to be at fault and would need replacing all because they couldnt access it to update it saying that its due to non standard equipment such as my Alpine headunit and Parrot CK3100 car kit lol to which there was a leaflet on the table in front of me,

Gits tryed to say could take days if investigation work to sort plus new PCM, I asked them to put the car back together and not go any further i was only charged £20.

Few days later took it to another fraud garage which hats off to em were alot better bunch of staff very polite, professional etc the techie which was only a apprentice in the workshop updated the PCM and recalibrated the EGR valve with no problems

I told the techie of my issue with previous garage he said its probably down to the leads they use to connect to the car they get damaged so easily he even showed me the log for the PCM and it didnt even have log of the previous garage trying to get in so either they had bad cable or trying to rake in more work,
best bit is i rang previous garage told them how another dealer had no issues and that it was down to there equipment and requested my money back got a full refund hehe

So the moral of the story get a second opinion

Edited by: Couger
 

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All I can validate is the cost of the PCM. I had one go a couple of months ago on my 1 year old 2L TDCI at 4600 miles. It was covered under Ford Direct but it took the garage a week to convince Ford head Office to change it because of the cost.

They are not cheap.
 
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