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Old 03-28-2003, 04:51 PM   #1
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Default How difficult is it to remove the ECU?

This is kind of a newbie question, so I'll post it here. I need to send my ECU to Vishnu for a reflash and was wondering how hard it is to remove. What, exactly, needs to be taken out to be sent in for a reflash? Is it the entire ECU? I've heard the term "core" before as well. Once the kickpanel is up, are there any other bolts or screws holding the ECU in place? Is it one big piece that's obvious to see and remove? Thanks
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Old 03-28-2003, 06:12 PM   #2
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pull up carpet (pass side front)

remove alum. cover

remove a few more (i think it's 3-4)
nuts/bolts.... plastic shield...
disconnect ECU... that's it...

you can see the shield/cover for the ECU
on the Right hand front in this photo....



that's about it really
hope this helps.
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Old 03-28-2003, 07:19 PM   #3
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And for god's sake ship it insured for replacement value!
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Old 03-28-2003, 09:34 PM   #4
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Jamie, the meltmobile looks like it's coming along -- when will it be ready to rally?
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pull up carpet (pass side front)

remove alum. cover

remove a few more (i think it's 3-4)
nuts/bolts.... plastic shield...
disconnect ECU... that's it...

you can see the shield/cover for the ECU
on the Right hand front in this photo....

that's about it really
hope this helps.
It helps a lot, thanks. And I will definitely ship it insured (what is it's replacement value?) and with any luck only be without it for one day if Vishnu keeps their promises.
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Old 03-28-2003, 11:17 PM   #6
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It helps a lot, thanks. And I will definitely ship it insured (what is it's replacement value?) and with any luck only be without it for one day if Vishnu keeps their promises.
One more thing to add..... when removing the wires from the actual ecu ( think of glorified telephone wires) Don't pull on the wires themselves. They can be a little difficult but they do come out.
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Old 04-01-2003, 10:12 PM   #7
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And for god's sake ship it insured for replacement value!
What is it's replacement value? I'm shipping it out tomorrow so I'd like to know. Thanks
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Old 04-01-2003, 11:06 PM   #8
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I don't really know, but I think it's probably $700-1000 or more. Call a dealership parts department and ask before you ship.



Armand1 - the car has already competed in a couple of rallies, where have you been?
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Old 04-02-2003, 08:13 AM   #9
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i got quoted at around 500 dollars for a new ecu at a dealership. thats for my02 rs.
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Old 04-02-2003, 01:58 PM   #10
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i got quoted at around 500 dollars for a new ecu at a dealership. thats for my02 rs.
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That's not as bad as I thought, but I'd still want to have it insured. You wouldn't seal 5 crisp Franklins in an envelope and leave it in your mailbox, would you?
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Old 04-02-2003, 04:06 PM   #11
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Just removed it. Piece of cake. One nut on the aluminum cover was a little tough to get at, but nothing an extension couldn't handle. Sent it out FedEx next day air for $31.87 to Vishnu, and would believe I FORGOT TO INSURE IT! Man I really hope it doesn't get lost. I also hope it comes with at least some insurance. Oh well. Keep your fingers crossed. By the way, my dealer quoted me somewhere in the neighborhood of just over $500 as well
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