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California Emissions Recall #867

Reprogram PCM - OBD Catalyst Monitor
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Date: April 2001


2000 (BR/BE) Dodge Ram Pickup

NOTE: This recall applies only to the above vehicles equipped with an 8.0L engine ("W" in the 8th VIN position), automatic transmission and a California emission control system (sales code NAE) built through October 28, 1999 (MDH 1028XX).

IMPORTANT: Some of the involved vehicles may be in dealer vehicle inventory. Dealers should complete this repair on these vehicles before retail delivery. Dealers should also perform this repair on vehicles in for service. Involved vehicles can be determined by using the DIAL VIP System.


The On-Board Diagnostic (OBD) system on about 500 of the above vehicles will not detect a catalyst failure as required by California Emissions Regulations.


The Powertrain Control Module (PCM) must be reprogrammed (flashed).


Part Number  Description
04669020       Authorized Software Update Label
04275086       Authorized Modifications Label

Service Procedure:

The MDS2 (Mopar Diagnostic System) with the DRB III,& (Diagnostic Readout Box scan tool) operating at CIS CD2055 or higher is required to perform this repair.

A. Reprogram the PCM:

1. Log onto the MDS2 system.

2. Connect the MDS2 (Mopar Diagnostic System) and DRB III (Scan Tool) to the vehicle and switch the IGNITION KEY TO "ON".

3. 3. Use the arrow keys and select #2 CONNECT TO MDS2 on the DRB III MAIN MENU SCREEN.

4. Use the arrow keys and select #2 RUN MDS2 APPLICATION on the DRB III MAIN MENU SCREEN.

NOTE: Once MDS2, DRB III and vehicle communication have been established, the CANNOT READ VIN FROM DRB III message will be replaced by the VEHICLE VIN. Press the "OK" button to request a MDS2 SESSION FOR THE VEHICLE VIN INDICATED. Press the "OK" button when asked to begin the session.

5. Push the FLASH TAB on the MDS2.

6. Select READ PART NUMBERS FROM VEHICLE and click SHOW UPDATES on the MDS2. Press the "OK" button.

NOTE: If the PCM on the vehicle has already been updated or reprogrammed, a Flash Update Information Box will appear that says "Part number (updated part number is displayed) is up to date and does not require any new updates." Verify that the part number of the PCM (or previously installed authorized software update label) matches the part number displayed on the MDS. Press the "OK" button, then continue with Section C.

7. Select the NEW SOFTWARE PART NUMBER with the light pen and click UPDATE CONTROLLER SOFTWARE.

8. The MDS2 and DRB III will prompt for any operator action needed during the remainder of the reprogramming process.

NOTE: Due to the PCM flash procedure, diagnostic trouble codes (DTC's) may be set in other modules (ETAX, BCM, MIC, SKIM,, ABS) within the vehicle (if so equipped). Some DTC's may cause the Malfunction Indicator Light (MIL) to illuminate. All of the DTC"s relate to a loss of communications with the module that is being flashed. Check all modules, record the trouble codes, and erase the trouble codes prior to returning the vehicle to the customer. Erase any trouble codes in the PCM only after all other modules have had their trouble codes erased.

B. Install Authorized Software Update Label:

Type or print (with a ballpoint pen) the part number, dealer code and date on the Authorized Software Update Label (Figure 1) and attach it to the PCM. Cover the label with the clear plastic portion of the label.

C.  Install Authorized Modifications Label:

Type or print (with a ballpoint pen) the recall number, dealer code and date on the Authorized Modifications Label (Figure 4). Then attach the label near the VECI label. Continue with Section D - Complete Proof of Correction Form for California Residents.

D. Complete Proof of Correction Form for California Residents:

This recall is subject to the State of California Registration Renewal/Emissions Recall Enforcement Program. Complete a Vehicle Emission Recall Proof of Correction Form (Form No. 81-016-1053) and supply it to vehicle owners residing in the state of California for proof that this recall has been performed when they renew the vehicle registration.

Completion Reporting and Reimbursement

Claims for vehicles that have been serviced must be submitted on the DIAL System. Claims submitted will be used by DaimlerChrysler to record recall service completions and provide dealer payments.

Use one of the following labor operation numbers and time allowances:

    Labor Operation  
PCM Update Previously Performed 08867181 0.2 hours
Reprogram the Powertrain Control Module 08867182 0.5 hours

Add the cost of the recall parts plus applicable dealer allowance to your claim.

NOTE: See the Warranty Administration Manual, Recall Claim Processing Section, for complete recall claim processing instructions.

Parts Return

Not Applicable

Thanks to Bob Bergevin and Barry Drodge for supplying this Recall information.

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