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Old 03-20-2010, 07:01 AM
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Did the Dealer LIE TO ME??!!!!

Took my truck in for some warranty work yesterday and they said my FICM was going bad and only putting out 21 volts. Wanted $1000 bucks to replace. I just checked it while ago and whenever my wife would turn the key over it showed 45 volts. I did notice that it was dropping slowly but how long should I keep the meter on to get a good reading? I would like to know if it's good or bad and if I need to tell the dealer to shove it. FYI I was using the guide in the Tech section for a four pin 6.0L
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Old 03-20-2010, 07:08 AM
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Keep the meter on it until it stops dropping.

How many volts are you seeing key on, no start?

How many volts cranking?

If the FICM is bad, $1k at the dealer is about the right price for the FICM plus labor.

But there's a bunch of other options out there:

1) Repair it yourself (solder)
2) Buy a used FICM ($200 - $300) and send it to PHP or IDP for FICM programming (PHP has a much faster turnaround time and is about half the price of IDP)
3) Send your FICM to Swamps for their repair/upgrade
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Old 03-20-2010, 07:14 AM
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Yeah, I finished reading some more and starting out at 45 volts is boarderline anyways. I actually ordered the 58 volt FICM from Swamp's yesterday afternoon but being a red-blooded American male I had to see it with my own to eyes! Well, while I got it apart I might do the ZOO-DAD and acetone my FORD emblem.
Bye the way, thanks for the quick reply! I literally just walked out to the shop when I got the reply on the Blackberry! Awesome site!!!
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Old 03-20-2010, 08:46 AM
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That Swamps 58 volt unit should treat you right. Let us know how it works out for you.
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were you checking it hot or cold? a bad ficm can read ok when the truck is hot.
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Old 03-20-2010, 08:55 AM
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cold. first thing this morning
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