2017 Ford Escape New RCM Module Programming with VCM2 IDS

Background:

If your Ford has code 19 from the airbag light that came on, which indicated the RCM (Restraints Control Module) went off and has to be replaced.  A new RCM and sensors must be installed whether or not the airbags have deployed. The new RCM has to be programmed with the vin and whatever else they do or the airbag system wont work properly.

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How-to:

Use as-built method of programming since the body shop had already installed the new module. You can install new RCM by yourself as well.  (Refer to the service manual)

Model tested: Ford Escape yr2017. 2.5L Gasoline Automatic

Device to use: VCM2 with Ford IDS software (here use V111.04)

 

 

Procedure:

Setup IDS software on laptop

Run IDS software

Establish communication

Turn ignition to ON position

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Read and confirm vehicle information, incl. engine type odometer, VIN

Go to Self-Test->Module->RCM

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There are some fault codes stored in RCM

Go to Module Programming->Programmable Module Installation->RCM

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Confirm VIN

Turn ignition OFF

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Install a new module in vehicle

Turn ignition to ON position

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Select Automatic option for enterring as built data into module

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Module programming in progress

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Module installation completed.

Turn ignition OFF

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Go to Sefl-test, clear all DTCs

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There is still a occupant classification system fault code exists.  We need to perform OCS reset procedure with Ford VCM II.

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Select Body->Restraints->Passenger System Reset/OCS Reset

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Read the passenger reset guide before operation

The seat must be empty during the rezero procedure to make sure proper function of the seat weight sensor.
Make sure nothing is under the seat and remove any items from the seat that were not factory installed.

Battery within normal operating voltage (10-16 Volts)
Unbuckle the passenger bunckle switch and verify no OCS sensors faults are present.

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This car does not have MCS multi-contour seats, we select No.

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If Ford IDS gives error “The operation failed”, do following:

Go to Module->OCSM (Occupant Classification System Module)

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Performing tests

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There are 2 fault codes stored in OSCM, clear DTCs

Now go back to Body->Restraints->Passenger System Reset/OCS Reset

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Calibration successfully completed.

Upon completion, perform self-test and make sure all DTC related concerns have been resolved and cleared.

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All DTCs are cleared.

Select Module->RCM

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No DTC exists.

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Select Chassis->Braking->IVD Initialization Sequence

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Sensor Initialization
Before performing this procedure, make sure the following
operation are completed.
Don’t shake or bounce the vehicle.
Ensure that you are not pressing the brake pedal.
Park the vehicle on level ground.
Do not depress the accelerator pedal during this test.
Bring the steering wheel to the straight ahead position.
Do not move steering wheel during the routine.

Turn on ignition switch

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Select sensor you need to initialize.

Here we need to calibrate lateral and longitudinal acceleration sensor

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Procedure successful. Turn ignition OFF

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Then calibrate longitudinal acceleration sensor

Procedure successful. Turn ignition OFF

Perform self-test and clear any codes.

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Full procedure completed.

Done.

 

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