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can it be the body control module
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  1. What happens when a body control module goes bad?
  2. Is a body control module?
  3. How do you test your body control module?
  4. Can you reset a body control module?
  5. What problems can a bad BCM cause?
  6. How do I know if my BCM is bad?
  7. Can you drive with a bad BCM?
  8. Can a bad BCM cause transmission problems?
  9. Can you bypass a body control module?
  10. Can BCM keep car from starting?
  11. How much does it cost to replace a body control module?
  12. Will disconnecting battery reset BCM?

What happens when a body control module goes bad?

If your control module bcm malfunctions, it can either actively cause damage to your car by messing up the systems that it controls or passively cause damage to your car by failing to alert you about systems that are malfunctioning. ... Ignoring BCM problems can cause widespread damage to your car.

Is a body control module?

The automotive central body control module (BCM) is a processor-based power distribution center that supervises and controls functions related to the car body such as lights, windows, security, door locks and access control, and various comfort controls. ... The BCM does not control any engine-related functions.

How do you test your body control module?

How to Troubleshoot a Body Control Module

  1. Pay attention to your vehicle. ...
  2. Check to make sure all the electronic devices are working properly. ...
  3. Turn the radio and CD player on. ...
  4. Check the fuse box if you suspect that your vehicle's BCM is on the blink. ...
  5. Take your vehicle to Auto Zone or Checker or another similar auto parts store.

Can you reset a body control module?

The BCM is the central unit of a car just like CPU in your personal computers. ... If the central system is not working properly, a professional will perform a Body Control Module reset to make things perfect again.

What problems can a bad BCM cause?

A malfunctioning BCM will activate dashboard instrumentation cluster error and warning lights. These lights may flash off and on if the BCM is not able to read the sensors correctly. Your vehicle performance may also be affected as the BCM communicates with other control modules in the vehicle.

How do I know if my BCM is bad?

Common Trouble Signs

Examples include flashing dash lights, a stereo system switching from AM to CD in the middle of a broadcast, the horn honking when you put down a specific window or hazard lights activating themselves in the middle of a drive.

Can you drive with a bad BCM?

Yes. Potential causes of a malfunctioning BCM include hard impact collisions, loose wiring harnesses, shorting of wires, excessive heat from the engine, and damaged sensors. These instances can generate multiple problems such as computer miscalculations, which could make your car impossible to drive.

Can a bad BCM cause transmission problems?

It basically controls most of the auxiliary systems in your vehicle, that are not associated with the transmission or engine. If it gets damaged or starts to fail, then it can create a host of symptoms that are sometimes intermittent and can often leave you scratching your head.

Can you bypass a body control module?

The BCM controls other things like power windows and sound system functions. Unless you're stripping the car out to be a full-on race car, it's not a good idea to bypass the BCM. RevGTO is correct... the proper way to eliminate VATS is to install the resistor bypass.

Can BCM keep car from starting?

In a short answer: Yes, the BCM can prevent a car from starting, and doubly so when you introduce a security/antitheft system like Passlock. The reason is that the BCM feeds inputs into the Passlock (or other security system) for it to 'determine' if it is being stolen or hotwired.

How much does it cost to replace a body control module?

The average cost for body control module replacement is between $524 and $545. Labor costs are estimated between $79 and $100 while parts are priced at $445. This range does not include taxes and fees, and does not factor in your specific vehicle or unique location.

Will disconnecting battery reset BCM?

When you disconnect the battery you're accomlishing the same thing as resetting the BCM by pulling the IOD fuse meaning, cutting off power to the BCM.

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