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    Hi guys,

    The 2003 Dakota R/T I picked up two weeks ago has the infamous P0601 death code that returns every time it's cleared. Running fine but don't want to push my luck very long.
    Where is a good source for a PCM other than the stealership that wants $750 for the PCM and fash?

    Any one dealt with some of these cheap online rebuilt units?
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    Or should I just get some anal lube ready and go to the dealership?

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    How about local junk yards, eBay or hit up Chas and Jim. They have a nack for finding junk yard parts.
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    I've had this on my eBay watch list for a while: http://www.ebay.com/itm/331748260941...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

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    You can also search car-part.com I have had good luck finding some of the items I needed there.
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    OR... Have the current one SCT tuned. That of course will get rid of the "Death flash".
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    Junk yard & used PCM still need to be flashed with mileage and vin correct?
    Those online places claim they will ship them flashed and ready to plug in for $200.00 but their websites look a little shady.
    Local dealer ship is retarded, they want $200.00 just to flash it and I doubt they do it if I bring them a salvage unit. I'll have to call around, maybe I can find an out of town dealership that isn't so crazy.
    We have a huge Pull-A-Part yard in New Orleans, I'll go check them out soon.
    Anyone need something? I'll be glad to look for it while I'm there.

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    wait a minute....... i just realized what 99dart said.
    An SCT will clear the death flash, but it won't clear the P0601 code right?
    That code is normally for an internal short or something in the hardware.

    I plan on getting an SCT anyway. Should i get it first and try it? Anyone have the P0601 go away like that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BIGROB View Post
    Junk yard & used PCM still need to be flashed with mileage and vin correct?
    Those online places claim they will ship them flashed and ready to plug in for $200.00 but their websites look a little shady.
    Local dealer ship is retarded, they want $200.00 just to flash it and I doubt they do it if I bring them a salvage unit. I'll have to call around, maybe I can find an out of town dealership that isn't so crazy.
    We have a huge Pull-A-Part yard in New Orleans, I'll go check them out soon.
    Anyone need something? I'll be glad to look for it while I'm there.
    There's a member here that can flash your VIN. He's nevr2fast01

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    Quote Originally Posted by 99dart View Post
    OR... Have the current one SCT tuned. That of course will get rid of the "Death flash".
    WRONG, Sorry Pat but I have to correct you on this one.

    P0601 as has been implied in the other posts is an internal controller failure, a tune will absolutely not fix this (I've seen this a few times after flashing PCMs, usually it goes away after re-flashing again, go figure) , and in many cases can be a precursor to total PCM failure.

    I have used Solo PCM in the past with good results.
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    What Ryan said. death flash is a power killing band-aid that the factory came out with to cover up the effects of a blown plenum gasket.
    SCT fixes this.

    P0600/0601 etc are internal fault/failures of the PCM
    SCT does not fix this.


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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyinRyan View Post
    WRONG, Sorry Pat but I have to correct you on this one.

    P0601 as has been implied in the other posts is an internal controller failure, a tune will absolutely not fix this (I've seen this a few times after flashing PCMs, usually it goes away after re-flashing again, go figure) , and in many cases can be a precursor to total PCM failure.

    I have used Solo PCM in the past with good results.
    My Bad! I didn't take into acct the 0601 code! DOH
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    Bumping this back up.

    Have been unable to locate anyone that actually have a PCM and been told that with the P0601 code mine probably cannot be rebuilt.

    I also posted in wanted section if anyone has one they are willing to sell.

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    www.car-part.com search for your part. call them or email them, send payment. Done.

    shouldn't cost you more than $100 or so. No need to reflash anything unless you get a security mis-match (security PCM looking for security on the truck but not seeing it)
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    I wish it was that easy. Every place listed on Car-Part doesn't actually have the PCM when I call them.
    They have a listing for it but not the actual PCM for a 2003 model. Or "it's for a V8 engine it should work"
    I know in 03 the 4.7 was the standard and the PCMs are not interchangeable.

    Every place wants to send mine off for repair but I'm reluctant to do so since it's proving difficult to find one.
    At least it still runs, don't want it to get fried or lost without a replacement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BIGROB View Post
    I wish it was that easy. Every place listed on Car-Part doesn't actually have the PCM when I call them.
    They have a listing for it but not the actual PCM for a 2003 model. Or "it's for a V8 engine it should work"
    I know in 03 the 4.7 was the standard and the PCMs are not interchangeable.

    Every place wants to send mine off for repair but I'm reluctant to do so since it's proving difficult to find one.
    At least it still runs, don't want it to get fried or lost without a replacement.
    Verify that the part number matches. 56040481AB

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    Well I found a used PCM (Thanks for the correct part number SynRG, my PCM tag was unreadable so that was a big help).
    Now, I see conflicting information as to flashing the PCM for my VIN number and mileage.
    Some say you have to, some say as long as the PCM has a valid VIN in it your good. Doesn't have to match, and mileage is stored in the cluster.

    Anyone care to comment on that? This thing was tough to track down so I don't want jack around with it but don't want to pay for a flash if it isn't necessary.

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    Well I swapped the PCMs and I get code P1686 so I must have gotten a security PCM and my truck is none security. Am I screwed or can it be reprogrammed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BIGROB View Post
    Well I swapped the PCMs and I get code P1686 so I must have gotten a security PCM and my truck is none security. Am I screwed or can it be reprogrammed?
    So it starts and dies? Never2fast has fixed this for others. Look him up on here! Also sadly my buddy totaled his 03 last night so will likely be having a part out soon


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    Quote Originally Posted by madboy View Post
    So it starts and dies? Never2fast has fixed this for others. Look him up on here! Also sadly my buddy totaled his 03 last night so will likely be having a part out soon
    Don't tell me, Raymond???


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    Quote Originally Posted by X_HAWAII RT View Post
    Don't tell me, Raymond???
    Yup - drunk driver ran him off the road.


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    Quote Originally Posted by madboy View Post
    So it starts and dies? Never2fast has fixed this for others. Look him up on here! Also sadly my buddy totaled his 03 last night so will likely be having a part out soon
    Yea. Starts and dies after a second. I'm waiting on a reply pm from Never2fast. He said he could flash it but I didn't know about the security issue at the time so I pm'd again. I hope he can help.
    Sorry to hear about your buddy. Is he ok?

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    Just to come back and update this.
    I got my PCM security issue resolved by Solo Auto Electronics in Miami. They flashed out the security and had it back to me in two days. (Thanks for mentioning them Flying Ryan, I felt better hearing their name from you)

    Also, thanks to Nevr2fast for offering to help. I understand your a busy guy, no problem brother. I truly do appreciate that you were willing to help a new guy out.

    Thanks everyone!

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    Great news!


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