Manufacturers of Automobile Engine Computers

Since their inception, car engine computers — also commonly referred to as a car’s PCM, ECM, or TCM — have developed into ever more critical components for proper engine and vehicle function. Taking in information from a host of sensors including the oxygen sensor, air pressure sensor, air temperature sensor, throttle position sensor, and the…

How Does the Engine Computer in a Car or Truck Work?

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Modern cars are highly advanced and complex pieces of technology. To the uninitiated, they might even sound like something out of a sci-fi movie. And just like some futuristic vehicle, the majority of your car’s functions are controlled by its engine computer, also known as its Engine Control Unit (ECU), Engine Control Module (ECM), or…

Where is My Vehicle’s Engine Computer (ECM / PCM) Located?

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If you have a failing or malfunctioning engine computer — also commonly referred to as an ECM, PCM, or TCM — it’s in your (and your car’s) best interest to get it taken care of as quickly as possible. The module itself is a complex piece of technology—basically your car’s central computer—that involves software and…

When is it Time to Repair or Replace My Vehicle’s Engine Computer?

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A malfunctioning or failing powertrain control module (PCM), transmission control module (TCM), or engine control module (ECM) is not something you want to experience.  The name or configuration of these components may differ depending on what make your car is (for example, some makes combine the TCM and ECM into a PCM, while some keep…

How Do I Know I’m Buying the Right PCM?

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How do I know this is the right PCM for my vehicle?  When replacing your PCM, it’s vital that you are choosing the right PCM for your vehicle. That’s because when there’s a problem with your vehicle’s powertrain control module (PCM), it’s a big deal.  This is your car’s internal computer and controls and monitors…

California is the Most Popular State for Car Computers in 2018

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We’ve shipped more auto computers — powertrain control modules (PCMs), engine control modules (ECMs), and transmission control modules (TCMs) to California than any other state in the country! If you’re from California, or have ever driven around the L.A., San Diego, or Bay Area in times of heavy traffic (which is pretty much all the…

Car Computer (ECM, PCM, and TCM) Error Codes & Definitions

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Modern vehicles have extremely smart engines.  Your car or truck’s central computer (depending on your vehicle) can be called an Engine Control Unit (ECU), Engine Control Module (ECM),  Powertrain Control Module (PCM), or Transmission Control Module (TCM).  This computer module is constantly monitoring your vehicle and its engine for any signs of trouble.  Issues that your…

How Much Does an Electronic or Engine Control Module Cost?

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The costs of your car or truck’s engine control module — also known as the Electronic Control Module or ECU (Engine / Electronic Control Unit) can vary wildly.   If you’re in the market and need to purchase a new ECM for your car or truck, this article will give you a ball-park estimate of how much…

Does Your Ford Need a Replacement Engine Control Module (ECM)?

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Do you need a replacement car computer (ECM) for your Ford? If your daily driver is a Ford, you already know how tough those engines are. With the proper maintenance, they seem to run forever! It doesn’t matter how strong they’re built, though — eventually you’re going to need to make some repairs. While most…