Need Help with Ecm (Chevy S-10)
I've been having car troubles for months now, and they were fixing the fire by changing out my plugs and the cap wasn't fitted properly etc. Well they did everything they thought of and when my family friend brought the car back to me, he specifically said the Ecm was probably the last thing that it needed replaced soon. I've not been using the vehicle much and didn't know where to turn but finally came here. He's now telling me to take it back to the mechanic ( who is also a family friend, not some stickler) just to get everything 100%, make sure I get the right ecm, etc. Well I don't want to put more stress on my starter than I already have. Could anyone tell me with certainty which one to get here without me having to go back in? When I look online, it gets very confusing and I find no match to the "BARL". I appreciate any and all help, thank you.
I used the ECM number to search an it appears you have a 1992 S-10. That prom can be removed from your computer and simply plugged into the next one, provided it doesn't have any problems itself.
Now the real question is "Why do they think you need a new ECM?" What exactly is the truck doing?
What testing has been done to prove that the ECM is faulty?
I am not a car person so its harder for me to commit these stories to memory not being knowledgeable of every single part, and I may swap a few events. The engine sustained some damage with an overheat, so I took it to the shop to get it to a better place. They replaced the starter at this point, which I think is the main bit of work. After it had been back home for a bit my family friend came by to check out some issues. There were aftermarket lines for the windshield sprayer, which were a pull on the system because those out make it run a bit smoother. My family friend also tried spraying under the hood when i revved to see if it was fire or fuel:didn't start. It did start by holding the pedal long enough but the system was obviously weak, but it drove. A few days affter this, I believe, I was leaving a light and it started to shut down (sputtering kind of "I want to go but I'm not going to live" feelings) I get out go get a charger from the gas station and come back. When I try it it works, this time with barely a gas pedal hold, but it still needed soemthing. (I hadnt had to flood the engine like when we were messing with it in the driveway yet, but I don't think I had even driven it much then anyways.) Once I get it back on I just go home instead of my errands, not trusting it. I believe I used it a few more times after that, no issue, and then one day on the interstate I break down and it won't do anything this time. Thankfully I was close to my mechanic and the tow wasn't hateful, and I got my family friend to pick me up. That day he replaced the cap I believe, and I think 2 more items. I started up much better, but then I shut it off a block away to make sure my directions were OK, and it had trouble again. Wheeled it back to his shop once it sputtered on and let him have it for a few days and just got a ride back. When I got it back from the mechanic he himself didn't say anything, but i later got a call from my friend who said they were in concurrence that it was the ecm, since everything else that would be an issue was replaced or fixed up. It was about 3 times to get it started before, and now its 5 to 6. I've obviously kept it at a minimum but it is definite that it is getting worse. He says now I should just take it back in to get help with the ecm and anything else, but I just want to go with the first opinion which to me even as a novice seems pretty likely and seems like something I can just order online and pop in.
You say the id is retrieved with a scan tool but that's not required, if im reading your message correctly? So if I put in make model and the 161 service code, that will get me an analogous computer? I was under the impression that these computers could get very specific from markers that were not immediately notable, so i didn't want to just put in one number and get the wrong computer entirely. Thank you for your help
Yes I assumed thats what you meant but you know what they say about assuming! Thank you very much, I appreciate it.