FLASH: Spark Knock Improvements And Noise Vibration Harshness (NVH) Improvements - 2009 Dodge & Jeep

NUMBER: 18-041-08
GROUP: Vehicle Performance
DATE: December 16, 2008

 

SUBJECT:

FLASH: Spark Knock Improvements And Noise Vibration Harshness (NVH) Improvements

 

OVERVIEW:

This bulletin involves selectively erasing and reprogramming the Powertrain Control Module (PCM).

 

MODELS:

2009 (DS) Ram Truck 1500
2009 (WK) Grand Cherokee
2009 (WH) Grand Cherokee (International Markets)
2009 (XK) Commander
2009 (XH) Commander (International Markets)

NOTE: This bulletin applies to vehicles built with a 5.7L engine (sales code EZD) on WK/WH/XK/XH built before October 28, 2008 (1028XX MDH) or DS vehicles built before October 3,2008 (1003XX MDH).

 

SYMPTOM/CONDITION:

Some customers may experience:

  • NVH issues while the vehicle is operating in the MDS mode.
  • Spark Knock between 1800 to 2500 RPM.

 

DIAGNOSIS:

Using a Scan Tool (StarSCAN) with the appropriate Diagnostic Procedures available in TechCONNECT, verify all engine systems are functioning as designed. If DTC's are present other then the one listed above record them on the repair order and repair as necessary before proceeding further with this bulletin.

If no DTC's are present, perform the Repair Procedure.

 

PARTS REQUIRED:

Qty. Part No. Description
1 04275086AB Label, Authorized Modification

 

SPECIAL TOOLS / EQUIPMENT REQUIRED:

NPN Battery Charger
CH9401 StarSCAN Tool
CH9404D StarSCAN Vehicle Cable
CH9409 StarSCAN Documentation Kit
CH9410 StarSCAN Ethernet Cable, 12 ft.
CH9412 StarSCAN Software Update Device Kit
TechCONNECT PC or equivalent

 

REPAIR PROCEDURE:

  1. Reprogram the PCM with the latest software. Follow the detailed service procedures available in DealerCONNECT/TECHCONNECT, Refer To 8 - Electrical/Electronic Control Modules/Powertrain Control Module - Standard Procedure PCM/ECM Programming - Gas.
  2. Type the necessary information on the “Authorized Modification Label” p/n 04275086AB and attach it near the VECI label.

 

POLICY:

Reimbursable within the provisions of the warranty.

 

TIME ALLOWANCE:

Labor Operation No: Description Amount
18-19-06-E8 Module, Powertrain Control (PCM) - Reprogram (B) 0.4 Hrs.

 

FAILURE CODE:

ZZ Service Action

 

THE StarSCAN FLASH FILES FOR THIS BULLETIN MUST BE RETRIEVED FROM THE INTERNET.

StarSCAN SOFTWARE LEVEL MUST BE AT RELEASE 9.03 OR HIGHER FOR THIS BULLETIN.

StarMOBILE STANDALONE MODE OR StarMOBILE DESKTOP CLIENT MAY ALSO BE USED TO PERFORM THIS PROCEDURE.

 

Download (PDF, 113KB)

 


 

Chrysler J2534 Application Overview

The Chrysler J2534 System is a combination of the J2534 Application (2010 and newer Model Year Support) and the Chrysler J2534 Flash Application (2009-1996 Model Year Support). J2534 aftermarket users are required and responsible for installing the J2534 device driver provided by the device manufacturer. If you need support installing the device driver software contact the device manufacturer. See the related article "Chrysler J2534 Manual" for additional information. Chrysler J2534 application provides below capabilities:

 

New J2534 Application:
New J2534 Application Application Usage and Support
  • Provides support for 2010 and newer model years.
  • New J2534 Application requires users to work online. An active internet connection and bandwidth (1.5 Mbps) is required to use J2534 application.
  • ECU reprogramming files are automatically downloaded via the application.
  • J2534 Applicable ECUs can be reprogrammed, if a flash is available.
The Chrysler J2534 Flash Application:
The Chrysler J2534 Flash Application Application Usage and Support
  • Provides support for 2009 - 1996 model years.
  • ECU reprogramming support for emission control modules only (ECM, PCM, TCM and CTV).

 

Chrysler Recommended J2534 Devices

For Chrysler recommended J2534 device, see below table.

J2534 Device Firmware Version
CTC Vehicle Box * 1.9
UCAN 2 1.0
Blue Streak -2534 Global Programmer 2.10
Actia I+ME Passthru 2.07

* Chrysler recommends the CTC Vehicle Box Device for Chrysler SCI ECU reprogramming. SCI reprogramming is used on most PCMs and TCMs prior to the introduction of CAN bus vehicles which began in 2004 (Durango).

 

Chrysler J2534 System Support:

Support for Chrysler J2534 System is available on-line. For more information, please refer to Chrysler J2534 Manual and knowledge base website.

 

Chrysler J2534 System

PC Requirements for Chrysler J2434 System:

The Chrysler J2534 Application has been verified to work with the following operating systems using open platform PCs or laptops:
• Windows 7 (32-Bit & 64-Bit)
• Windows XP (32-Bit only)


Chrysler J2434 System Release Notes:

Please click here to view the Application Release Notes. 


Chrysler J2434 System Download:

For Chrysler J2534 System support, please refer to "Chrysler J2534 Manual". Get the J2534 system.


Chrysler ECU Flash Availability matrix:

Click Flash Availability–J2534 Application and Flash Availability–Chrysler Diagnostic Application.


Adaptor Requirements:

A harness adaptor is required to update certain vehicles. The following tables list which vehicles / modules require which adaptor. Adaptors can be purchased through the SPX Miller Special Tools program.  See SPX Miller Special Tools program for details.

MLR-J2534-MMC required on:

SBEC III 1996 – 1997 SEBRING / AVENGER (FJ)
ETAX III 1996 – 1997 SEBRING / AVENGER (FJ)
SBEC IIIA 1997 – 1998 SEBRING / AVENGER (FJ)
ETAX IIIA 1997 – 1998 SEBRING / AVENGER (FJ)
Powertrain 2001 – 2201 SEBRING / STRATUS COUPE (ST)

MLR-J2534-TCM required on:

ETAX IIIB 2003 – 2004 SEBRING / STRATUS SEDAN (JR)
ETAX IVA 2005 – 2006 LIBERTY (DIESEL) JEEP (KJ)


Additional Information and Known Issues / Concerns:

If you are reprogramming the 5.9L diesel engine controller on the 1996-2008 Dodge RAM vehicle, it is necessary to also reprogram the VIN after the ECU has been flashed.  To write the VIN to the ECU, you may use aftermarket software support, or use an OEM FCA US LLC scan tool (DRBIII or StarSCAN). For more information, see the FCA US LLC Scan Tool Lease Options section.

  • 1996-2009 ALL PCMs

If you are REPLACING a PCM or ECM and the vehicle is equipped with a theft deterrent system (Sentry Key), it must be initialized to properly function with the Anti Theft module. You also need to reprogram the VIN when replacing a PCM or ECM.  To write the VIN to the ECU and initialize the PCM to work with the theft deterrent system, you may use aftermarket software support, or use an OEM FCA US LLC scan tool (DRBIII or StarSCAN). For more information, see the FCA US LLC Scan Tool Lease Options section.


FCA US LLC Scan Tool Lease Options:

  • For 2009 model year vehicles and prior, it may be necessary to use either a DRBIII or a StarSCAN to perform function required after ECU replacement.  To lease the DRBIII call 1-586-532-8400 or click here.
  • Beginning with 2010 MY, function required to replace an ECU will be supported via the J2534 application.

 

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