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I was also under the impression of an electronic overhaul, but I never thought it was just outright non-modifiable for the BCM. Oh well. I updated the BCM page so it reflects just the 13-19 years.

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2010-12 might have been using SJBs still, not BCMs. Even then I believe they had as-built configurations, just much less of it.
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@AdmiralSparklez thanks for taking the time to put this guide together.

I got my OBD to PC cable and downloaded Forscan yesterday following the instructions.
Was able to connect my laptop, read and cleared a handful of codes related to one of my mirrors not memory-working and two other things that I wasn't aware of. Then started looking at the stuff that can be modded when my car started beeping and acting weird... I s&@t my pants thinking that I had screwed up something, luckily I discovered that the battery had died. Didn't think it will drain so fast but it could be related to my passenger seat backrest auto-inflating all the time, something I haven't addressed.
I jump started it and immediately after the brake and ABS lights came on, cold sweat started... I let the car running for a while to charge the battery and then both lights went away after re-starting it.

Question, can Forscan read codes with the engine running? Tried that while the battery was charging and got a bunch of communication errors.

I have a cheap bluetooth OBD reader and continuously monitor for codes. There were none a week ago. After this incident I am seeing code B1596 which according to the web is related to the ABS, but ABS light is not on. Not want to discuss this on this thread but could it related? What could have caused the ABS light to turn on after the battery died?
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@AdmiralSparklez thanks for taking the time to put this guide together.

I got my OBD to PC cable and downloaded Forscan yesterday following the instructions.
Was able to connect my laptop, read and cleared a handful of codes related to one of my mirrors not memory-working and two other things that I wasn't aware of. Then started looking at the stuff that can be modded when my car started beeping and acting weird... I s&@t my pants thinking that I had screwed up something, luckily I discovered that the battery had died. Didn't think it will drain so fast but it could be related to my passenger seat backrest auto-inflating all the time, something I haven't addressed.
I jump started it and immediately after the brake and ABS lights came on, cold sweat started... I let the car running for a while to charge the battery and then both lights went away after re-starting it.

Question, can Forscan read codes with the engine running? Tried that while the battery was charging and got a bunch of communication errors.

I have a cheap bluetooth OBD reader and continuously monitor for codes. There were none a week ago. After this incident I am seeing code B1596 which according to the web is related to the ABS, but ABS light is not on. Not want to discuss this on this thread but could it related? What could have caused the ABS light to turn on after the battery died?



No worries! Yeah you absolutely do not want the car to die at all during any FORScan procedures. It's best to either install an AGM battery which has an immensely longer lifespan between charges, or use a battery charger/maintainer when using FORScan.


You don't want to read any codes with the engine running. When the ECU is alive and active, it allows very limited external communication with the car's module network. The car needs to be put in "Run" mode, which is essentially key on ignition off, for any diagnostic procedures.


I'd recommend always using a wired adapter rather than bluetooth, but try clearing all your codes in the vehicle and see if the ABS DTC you have goes away and stays away. If it comes back, post everything about it here and we'll figure out what the issue is.

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