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FICM life expectancy?

Just got my OASIS report tonite ( thanks to FORDDIESEL DOCTOR!!) Got to reading it over and I notice a couple things...
1-first FICM died at 77,000 miles. 2nd ficm was near death with me at 105,000. What is a goold long life for a FICM ( under ideal conditions)
2. I also noticed that the new tranny I just had put in wasnt on the report. Is a oasis report something that FORD is supposed to keep current when possible or something for the original owner only?

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Re: FICM life expectancy?

Not sure what everyone else is seeing. Maybe I got lucky that mine is over 170k and on the original OEM one. Voltages still never drop below 48.

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Re: FICM life expectancy?

About the tranny, if a Ford dealer installed it, it should be in the report from my understanding.

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if you let your batteries go weak you hurt the FICM

so it's a per user variable .. Mine went at 75k but always had great batteries

however I also monitor My FICM and it was just dropping to 42 volts ,, it May have lasted for a long time if you weren't watching

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162k and voltage stays between 46.5 under a load and 48.5 at idle.

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if you let your batteries go weak you hurt the FICM

so it's a per user variable .. Mine went at 75k but always had great batteries

however I also monitor My FICM and it was just dropping to 42 volts ,, it May have lasted for a long time if you weren't watching
Ive started to do everything needed (as far as I know) for a long healthy FICM life. I was just suprised to see that I was now on FICM #3 for the truck. Makes the BPD ficm easier to pay for.

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also some strategies were known as "FICM" killers

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I went through a couple as well and even the "spare" that I bought and had fixed started dropping voltage. It was loaned out to several of the staff here at the ORG and despite being "fixed", it still went bad. It's one of those parts that until you replace it with a more reliable part (like the BPD), you will always have to monitor and wonder... I don't even watch FICM voltage any more.

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Mine worked past 170k miles, I just replaced it with the Bullet Proof Diesel FICM.

It was still starting strong and maintained 48.5 volts contantly when it was pulled.

Now it sits as a back-up.

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