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Old 10-07-2012, 08:59 AM
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Originally Posted by robertobaggio20 View Post
Let me suggest another method that takes almost no time and requires no tools and will not get your hands dirty and will not entail you removing your rear seats.

Just unplug the ecu and plug it in back after 5 minutes. Codes gone.

Try it right now. Create a code on your car by disconnecting the maf while it is running. After 3 minutes, turn off the engine, replug the maf back, and do the stomp test, to confirm that there's a code. Then unplug the ecu and plug it back in after 5 minutes. Then repeat the stomp test. There will be no more codes, Please try it and let us know how it works.

If it fails to work somehow, then repeat the test to recreate the code, unplug the ecu, the key2 the car (ignition key in position 2, position 3 is ignition itself) for 5 minutes, then reassemble everything and repeat the stomp test. Can't remember which works better but the 5 minutes is there to bleed capacitance and residual charge from the ecu that might otherwise keep the code there, I've not been able to confirm or deny if this is necessary, its probably just another urban myth but since its effortless and FREE why not.
I'd rather do it at the battery. ECU's have plastic that gets brittle and if you don't pull it out straight, it can lead to cold solder joints. After working at an BMW auto wrecker a few years ago, I learned that unnecessarily fiddling with the ECU CAN lead to issues. Just my $.02.

I choose not to touch my e-box unless absolutely required.
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