Electrical & Lights Really need help to obtain PCM code to reprogram immo.

Discussion in '7th Generation (2003-2008) [Acura TSX]' started by BlueStorms7, Thursday 24th Sep, 2015.

  1. BlueStorms7 New Member Getting Started

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    Hello how's everyone doing first time poster here. So I'm in need of a bit of help here. I've been desperately trying to install my 2008 TSX ECU into my 2004 Acura TSX. I've been to two Acura dealerships. Three if you count Honda. The first one told me that the ECU was not from an Acura and that they couldn't help me and to return it. Even though I bought it directly out of a junked 2008 TSX. The second dealership actually told me to my face they suspected my vehicle was stolen. They said they wouldn't work on my car and it had obviously been tampered with. Granted my radio was removed at the time and the Hondata cables were visible below the dash but it was completely disrespectful and I feel absolutely hopeless at the moment. Honda wouldn't even take my car in they just said go to Acura we don't want to mess it up. I'm an 18 year old kid I don't make a whole lot of money and I really feel helpless at this point and out of a lot of money. $700 Flashpro $50 harness $150 ECU and now a $200 Honda HIM which I'm desperately hoping can get the job done. I have been following this thread to a T ( Hondata FlashPro with 07-08 Acura TSX ECU, Complete Installation ) and all the information has been spot on I am now on the last step but I need to obtain this PCM code that the thread speaks of. Any and all help would be seriously appreciated thank you all for you time. Also my VIN is JH4CL9xxxxxxxxxxx Really thank you all.
     
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  2. Beefy Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    Welcome to the forum. I can't help you I'm afraid. The problem you have is what you are trying to do is not something many main dealerships are willing to do. Just obtaining a PCM code on its own is something a dealer cannot do over the phone also. You need access to Hondas extranet in order to obtain the code. A stand alone ECU is an option all be it an expensive one with little gains unless you have had some serious engine work done.

    Why are you changing the ECU'is by the way? Will it make any difference and be worth doing?
     
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  3. BlueStorms7 New Member Getting Started

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    Well if I want to get my Hondata Flashpro to work in order for me to be able to tune my car to make more power it is a necessary step to have a 2007-2008 ECU installed.
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    After 2006 Honda included CANBUS wiring into the DLC to allow for faster computations and whatnot as computers have progressed. A Hondata Flashpro will only communicate with a 2007-2008 ECU. Well I do believe it is something the dealerships will do but only as a necessity. I'm an honest guy and when I tell them that I'm doing this replacement to gain performance rather than just to allow the car to be used. for example if my ECU was fried and I needed a new I know they would program a new one for me. But when I bring them a working car and a new ECU they seem to be turned off by it. So there really is no way you guys can help me? I'm at the last step of the process. All I need is the code and my immobilizer is programmed and my car will start. I know it may be an out of the ordinary or out-of-protocol request but if you can make an exception that would seriously help me. I would be eternally grateful.
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    I've exhausted nearly every outlet to try to get this to work. You guys are essentially my last hope. Please. This was going to be my last performance mod before I was finished tinkering with it. I hate to feel like I wasted $1000 and a considerable amount of time
     
  4. Beefy Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    your problem is you need someone who has access to Hondas extranet. i caunt give you a PCM code as working for Honda it's against my companies interest and could get me sacked. You may be lucky in that someone else on the forum has the same access as me and is willing to give you the PCM code. Annother option would be to contact a local diagnostic specialist. You can buy a licence to access Maris for professionals, while a decent specialist may have. Other than that get back in touch with your local dealer and politely explain what you want to do and arrange a price for the labour. If you explain exactly what you want to do and why it should be easy money for them.
     
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  5. BlueStorms7 New Member Getting Started

    United States James Merrick
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    I do completely understand that and I respect you for your decision. I do not blame you for feeling that way. Do you know of anyone else on the forum that might be able to help me and how I could contact them?
    I really do appreciate your replies. Something is better than nothing. I will continue to search for this code and will revisit the one Acura dealer that at least attempted to do it. Really thank you for your time and knowledge.
     
  6. BlueStorms7 New Member Getting Started

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    Beefy is there a way I can contact you somehow? Via email or I could even call your Honda technician center or where ever you work. Something. That would help me even more
     
  7. Beefy Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    Sorry mate. No point in private email I simply caunt give you the information you need. Regards my dealership you won't get the code over the phone. The car has to be on site with proof of ownership. its part of Hondas standards and practice.
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    Your best option is the approach the Acura dealer with the righ attitude and lay it down to them exactly what you want doing.
     
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  8. SpeedyGee Administrator Staff Team

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    What you should be able to do @BlueStorms7 is drive to a Honda/Acura dealer with your current ECU (thereby proving that the car is yours), when you get their swap over the ECU to the 07-08 one and pay the dealer to reprogram the immobiliser. You have better chance of doing this than asking for just a PCM code.
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    Also @BlueStorms7 it's customary for new members to drop by the Introduce Yourself section and say a few words about yourself and your car.
     
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  9. DeviateDefiant Co-Founder Staff Team

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    @BlueStorms7, I'm assuming you've been reading my FlashPro guide :Smile:

    You're never going to give you a PCM code over the phone by an Acura dealer, unless perhaps you have built up a relationship with them overtime, they know the car is yours etc. and are willing to help you out by chance - it's still highly unlikely and it's obvious why, the PCM code can be used to recode the immobiliser and thus aid the theft of a car. However, you should be able to go in to your local dealer, explain what you're doing, verify your details, and at worst get charged an hour's labour for them to do it for you. Almost every single person I know who's installed FlashPro has just popped to the dealer and had them install the new ECU with no concerns.

    I did do mine as in the guide, I also did @SpeedyGee's but the circumstances were different.

    Best of luck with it regardless James, a reflashable ECU is the start of something beautiful :vtec:
     
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