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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-22-2013
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Bricking scenarios.

It looks like I may be purchasing a SCT tuner in the near future.

I would appreciate if those who've 'bricked' their cars using any hand held tuner would please make a quick posting to see how they bricked their car, what happened, and what fix was made to get the car back running again.

I saw a buddy brick his car at Royal Purple and he had to have it towed to the dealership, so I'm a bit cautious about purchasing the SCT.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-22-2013
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I bricked my car but it was back up and running the same evening. What I learned was that you ALWAYS return your car to stock prior to downloading tunes into your tuner.

post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-22-2013
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always keep the tuner updated, but before applying any updates or putting in new tunes, return the ecm to stock, and to be extra safe, only apply updates or tune changes during regular business hours in case you do get bricked, SCT customer service is great and they will get you back on the road quickly

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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-23-2013
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Don't make changes on weekends.

I tried teturning car to stock one Friday night to download new tunes and add, Something went wrong, everything failed. Nothing would wrk. Had to wait until MMonday morning when SCT had tech support on duty, once they came to work, we got everything right. Had to wipe the device of everything, then re format it. Glad my car was in my garage.

That is the only time i have had any problems, like said above, make sure you update the device and return PCM to stock before putting any tunes on it.

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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-23-2013
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i have installed like 3 different tunes on my car and never had gone back to stock. not an issue yet.

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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-23-2013
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i have installed like 3 different tunes on my car and never had gone back to stock. not an issue yet.
Not an issue until it happens to you lol. I switch tunes every once in awhile and do not follow the return to stock step if I don't need to plug the tuner into the computer as part of the process.
post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-23-2013
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The #1 overlooked thing regarding tuning: Make sure you have proper vehicle battery voltage. If in doubt use a battery charger.
post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-23-2013
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Mine got bricked because the computer code on the box was different than the tune on the car. Anyway I called SCT to get the car back to stock tune, and BAMA for new tunes for the correct code and they had me up and running in no time.

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