2000 ranger/mazda THEFT/PCM Issues....
Hi all I am new member to the forums although I have been observing these forums for quite some time. Lately have come across some issues.
I have a 2000 Mazda B3000 5 speed 2wd that is airbagged etc. with the gas tank relocated to the bed. Well one day I had the truck running and I was in the bed of it messing with some leaks in the new airride tank I had installed.... long story... but my hand knocked one of the wires off of the fuel pump while the truck was running, and of course the truck died.
I hook the wire back up and now it wont start and there is the theft light on. I try the key relearn along with disconnecting the battery etc. and nothing works. I finally take it to the dealer and they tell me the PCM is toast and that it'll need reprogrammed and it'll only cost me $1500-1600 bucks.... well before this issue ever happened, I've never been able to hook up a obdII scanner to it even though the port does have power etc. so I do believe the computer has been messed up since before this incident. So i tow it back home and I bought the exact same PCM from Ebay (same year, motor, trans, etc. and the PCM boxcodes are even the same)
I am wanting to send the PCM to get reprogrammed and have the PATS disabled before I install it so this never happens again. Does anyone know who is the best at doing something like this? When I plug in the PCM it should be ready to start, correct? I am trying to avoid the stealership at all costs.