CVTs usually will require a reset to the basic factory programming after repairing a major component. You can typically use a scan tool to help complete this. Watch the latest video from Transtar, above, for more. Was this content valuable? Submit Cancel Thanks for your feedback!
Programming modules have been an essential aspect of the complete repair and service experience (Figure 1) within the automotive industry for quite some time now. Not providing this service shortchanges both the shop and the customer; yes, the repair has been performed, but the vehicle is still not working as well as it could be.
(Re)programming and tuning do share some similarities but are very different and shouldn’t be mixed up. As told in the previous chapter, the program contains a lot of info including the mapping. This mapping is basically the way the car drives “transmission-wise.” This mapping contains stuff like shift speeds, TCC strategy and speeds, shift firmness and pressures.
To answer the question in the headline, we need to look at the programming of modules. Not the actual program, but the foundation on which it is based on.
At this point, everyone is familiar with the fact that most 1996 and later GM vehicles are equipped with computers that must be programmed (flashed) in order for the vehicle to operate properly.
What some technicians may not be familiar with is the fact that earlier GM vehicles were equipped with PCMs that are also flashable. As a matter of fact, you could have a GM vehicle as early as the 1993 model year that is equipped with a flashable PCM. This is mostly because GM was the pioneer in developing the EEPROM and the programmable process.