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[–] WiLiV [S] 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Not exactly. Computer reflashes are uncommon at smaller shops, but I spent a little time at a GM dealer and BCM reflashes were almost an everyday thing.

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[–] drstrangegov 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

not true. especially of gm. you cant even replace a heater dash module without the software to flash it on a newer vehicle.

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[–] midnight_rider 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

You're right about the computer, however twin overhead cams with variable valve timing on two banks of a flat six isn't exactly an air cooled 911T. Many cars also need a computer purchase to reset the oil change light.

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[–] Caesarkid1 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Power steering repairs on modern vehicles often involves the reprogramming of the component/computer so that they are in sync/aligned. This is just one issue. Another issue is anti-theft protection. Many vehicles if you simply unhook the battery will "forget" their memory and disassociate from the key. This means the dealer will have to reprogram it for you using a proprietary and/or very expensive tool to do so.

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[–] WiLiV [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

This exactly. At GM, our tool was called MDI (Multiple-Diagnostic Interface) pronounced "middy", and it was a proprietary tool that was very expensive for consumers. But, the plus side was that we could run an emulation of the MDI software on a laptop. And it's no shit that we had to reflash for almost everything- one time, someone had a Korean market SUV WITH aftermarket remote start. You want to talk about a nightmare?

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