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Old 31 Oct 2007, 02:36 pm
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Default my 97 honda accord needs a new computer.?

i have a 97 honda accord and the computer is bad in it. the dealer wants 815 dollars to fix it. is there a cheaper way to do this and is it worth fixing?is there differnt computers in the car or is there just one? i was looking on the for some and some of them say tcm or ecm.my car is automatic so does that mean i would need both computers or do i need to find out which one is not working.ok so i need a pcm computer for. i have an after market alarm for my car does that matter?once i get the new computer in my car will the check engine light go off or will i have to take it to the dealer and have it reset.
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Old 31 Oct 2007, 02:40 pm
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I have the same year. If you want to try and beat this cost, you have to do some research.First find all the scrapyards within 200 kms/miles of your location. Find out if any of them have a 94 - 97 Accord in the yard that didn't take a frond end collision (or ask the yard if they have the computer from it).Find out how much it would cost to get the computer from them. Also, ask your mechanic how long it would take to switch out the comp in your car and how much labor would he charge?If you can get the comp cheaper, then you've saved some money. Otherwise you will have to get another car, and how much will that cost you and what problems will you have to deal with then?
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Old 31 Oct 2007, 02:57 pm
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There is no way it should be that much, and this is something you can do yourself.First off, the dealer may be quoting you on a brand new OEM computer sealed in the box, you don't need that, but then again, a dealer won't go scrounging around a junkyard for you either.First, find out if your car is a manual or an automatic (duh)If it is a manual, you'll only have one computer, automatic, two, in both instances it'll be under the carpet on your passenger's floorboard, pop a few screw tabs and pull it back...Go to Ebay or to the junkyard and find you a computer from either a 96 or 97 (you'll have to match up the trim levels too, don't put a 97' V6 computer with a 97' LX 4 cylinder, you'll have problems haha)When you either get it in the mail or find it in another car, you'll go to the floorboard of your car, unscrew the protective bar that is over top of the current computer, take a flathead screwdriver and very carefully remove the wiring harness from the computer, unscrew the computer from the floor, screw in the new one, and clip the wiring harness back into it. I see no reason why this should be tuned or otherwise, because your accord's "computer" is just a series of fuel maps, cruise control settings and oxygen sensor information that is all the same in every car that was the same as yours. No problem, eh? Just put the carpet back, crank 'er up and drive around for a while and see if everything is cool
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Old 31 Oct 2007, 03:00 pm
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On 97 Accord,there is no separate TCM (transmission computer),there is only 1 PCM to control the powertrain (engine and transmission).Cheaper way?Buy from junkyard,make sure the part number is exact to the letter,but if your car has a factory alarm,picture of a key in the dashboard,you got to pay a locksmith or a dealer to program the immobilization part,or the car won't start.Worth fixing or not,it is your call.HTH
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Old 31 Oct 2007, 03:03 pm
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Your Accord will work for another 10-15 years, so it's worth putting in the money. I know it sounds expensive but if you want Honda Quality, you must pay Honda Prices!!! Actually, it's not a lot of money if you think about how much work is involved! Those computers aren't built cheap to break. I'm surprised the computer is bad in the first place!!! I fix all kinds of cars domestic and imports and I have never seen a bad computer. Anyway, this is definitely something you want done right, so I would give this business to Honda.
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