how to reset pcm on ford f150

How to Reset PCM on Ford F150? (2 Methods Included!)

When a car’s PCM malfunctions, it can lead to transmission problems. To resolve this issue, a quick PCM reset can help. So exactly how to reset PCM on Ford F150 cars?

To reset PCM in f150 by either disconnecting and reconnecting the battery cable after a 30-minute wait or using a scan tool.

In this guide, I’ll explain both methods in detail to help you easily reset the PCM. Let’s get started!

Resetting PCM on Ford F150 Cars!

Reprogramming the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) on your Ford F150 cars, you can do it via the battery cable or scan tool. Here are the details on each method:

Method #1: Via Battery Cable

You can easily reset PCM Ford F150 by using the battery cable. Let me share the steps how you can do it:

Use battery cable to reset pcm on ford f150
Image 1: Reset PCM By Using Car’s Battery Cable
  • To start with, grab an 8mm wrench to loosen up the negative battery terminal.
  • Then, detach the negative battery cable.
  • Next, go inside the car and turn on the headlights by twisting the lamp switch. This way you can ensure the complete discharge of any remaining power. Then, wait for 30 minutes.
  • Afterward, reconnect the negative battery cable securely. To do that, use the same 8mm wrench and ensure the negative battery cable is tight.
  • Then, turn on the ignition to the ON position without starting the engine. After doing this, leave it like that for 10 seconds. During this time, the PCM will learn the powertrain stock value.
  • Once it’s done, start the engine and let the engine idle.
  • After 10 seconds, turn off the radio. Be sure the air conditioning and wipers are also turned off.
  • Then, let the engine idle for 10 minutes, and then take the truck for a test drive (around 10 miles). Be sure to use light acceleration during the test drive and avoid driving aggressively.

Note: Based on Edlin, you’ll need to put your car to a complete stop and shift gearshift to Park (P) before starting the process.

Method #2: Via a Scan Tool

You can perform the F150 PCM reset by using a scan tool like the VCM-II tool. To do that, here’s what you need to do:

Use scan tool to reset pcm on ford f150
Image 2: Reset PCM By Using VCM-II Tool
  • Firstly, connect the scan tool to the laptop and the car. Keep in mind some scan tools may only require connecting to the vehicle.
  • Then, click twice on the file to open the app on your laptop.
  • After that, single out an option under Select a vehicle communication device and hit on Connect bar.
  • Next, click on OK when the screen shows Set ignition to Key ON Engine OFF (KOEO).
  • Afterward, follow the on-screen command and the app will go close.
  • Once it’s done, run the FDRS tool and additional diagnostics to clear out the error codes.
  • Finally, disconnect the scan tool from the car and laptop.

Wrap Up

That’s how to reset PCM Ford F150 cars! Just be sure to follow the process to reprogram the system properly.

And if you are not confident, seek help from a Ford dealer that may charge around $300. I hope this guide helps you to understand the way to reset the PCM. See You!

Now, check this guide if you want to know the right way to reset the BCM on the Ford F150 car. Start Reading Here!

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