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Seeking advice for ECM/PCM on my new to me 2006 Magnum RT AWD

2361 Views 32 Replies 7 Participants Last post by  Magnum_guy
I just picked up a 2006 Magnum R/T with the same issue. Really surprised this is so hard to figure out given the age of these cars, frequency of the issue, and the fact that there is a forum community out there. ( If there was a definitive post on this / FAQ etc I missed it)

I am planning on trying to get a 2007 PCM/ECM core i purchased to get reworked for my 2006. Some say this wont work but I don't see why it would not work....Seems like they changed the design for the PCM without changing the rest of the car..... and I'm guessing it was due to all the trouble they were experiencing since the car was not redesigned until 2008.

From what I have read I think Solo in FL might be a good place to try for a refurb.

Solo PCMS PCM ECM ECU Engine Auto Computers
Solo PCMS is a provider of PCM, ECM, ECU, and Engine Auto Computers

Unless I learn something else that's where I plan to go with mine next week after the holiday.

Any advice on if Solo is the right reburbish place? Also wondering if there is any way for we to configure this my self or go to an independent shop to have that done. Seems like a real scam that these are locked to the vin with no way to do it your self on a car that is more than 15 years old with an active hobby community,

If there is a good definitive thread on stalling / cutting out while driving on the highway etc please point me there. I have an OBD2 code reader and its pointing to lost communications so I think this is the proper next step...
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We had a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan which developed similar, seemingly random communication issues. After a lot of troubleshooting, they would always come back to one of the 22GA communication wires breaking near a point where the cable would flex. I fixed two such issues, one in the driver's door flex area (replaced the door harness with new) and one at the ABS computer (patched it up with a new piece of wire.) The car had about 100,000 miles and lived in Michigan. What was happening was the wiring harnesses were getting brittle and conductors were starting to fail in different places around the car.

I have to admit that this spelled the end of the car for us. Replacing all of the wiring harnesses in a modern car is not a feasible project for most people, and it certainly looked like that's what this vehicle would eventually need. I couldn't consider the car to be reliable anymore with electrical issues likely to pop up at any given time. So we sold it. It seemed like the only reasonable thing to do.

Hope your luck with your Magnum is better.
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If you are in Michigan, that may be considered 'salt' belt. Corrosion can be an issue after a few years.
There's no doubt about it, Michigan is definitely part of the "salt belt", better known as the "rust belt." Lately we've gotten more salt than snow on the roads.
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