My fellow R51 Brothers and Sisters,
My lovely wife was driving our Patty down the road and all of a sudden the power cut out on her. She wasn't able to accelerate but the engine was still on, the speedo and tac needles were bouncing up and down, and the electrical was for the most part dead. Luckily she was able to get off the road and when she turned off the engine, she wasn't able to get it started again, in fact, it wouldn't even engage the starter. When I got to her, I tried to turn on the hazards but got nothing. All electric gonzo! I disconnected and reconnected the battery of only two months old, was able to get some electrical back, turned the hazards on. I tried to start the engine but it killed electrical to the hazards and the guage needles started to bounce again. Even when the key was in the on position, I couldn't move the gear selector. I disconnected and reconnected the battery again and was able to get into neutral to tow to the shop. Completely at a loss with what this could be.
Just heard back from the shop that they think it is a bad ECM module and will cost a couple thousand to replace. This sounds like they weren't able to fully diagnose the issue and going with something that could be a definite fix even though it may not be the root cause...these guys aren't shady but there's still that voice in the back of my head.
- WHen I replaced the battery, the positive terminal was completely caked in corrosion so naturally I cleaned it off when installing the new battery. When I opened the hood to disconnect the battery, the positive terminal was completely caked in corrosion again...weird
- We recently tried to have a bluetooth unit installed but with the lack of a dedicated AUX button, the unit I wanted did not work. Could the wiring they were messing with had a negative impact on the ECM?
Anyone have experience with bad ECMs? similar symptoms? Anything helps. This is my favourite vehicle and it pains me that it is in bad shape.