Great and wondrous news! I just got off the phone with my buddy and first I have to correct my story about the Neon. That one simply needed the four-digit PIN number re-entered and he used my Chrysler DRB3 scanner to do that. No different computers were needed and that one did not teach anything to the Body Computer.
The dealer can't tell if an Engine Computer has the anti-theft programming just by looking at the part number. They all start out without that programming and there's nothing visual to tell if it got stuck into a vehicle with the anti-theft system.
He said the 2002 Durango does not self-program to the anti-theft programming and you can use any used computer. There's "gazzillions" of them in the salvage yards. Just pop one in and it will work, however, one from a 4.7L will not work. I'm pretty sure once the engine stalls, if you do not turn the ignition switch back off and on, and you just crank the engine again, you will still have spark but no fuel pressure. I could be wrong about the spark but the fuel pump always runs for one second after turning on the ignition switch. That's where the pressure comes from to let the engine run for two seconds. After that the fuel pump is supposed to turn back on when the engine is rotating, (cranking or running). That is what does not happen when it's in theft mode. The fuel pump relay will be listed on the scanner as "denied", "off", "no", "theft", or something like that.
It depends too on the model. On some the anti-theft system turns off just the fuel pump relay so with those you'll still have spark during cranking. On some they turn off the automatic shutdown (ASD) relay. That removes power to the ignition coil(s), injectors, a few other things, and the fuel pump relay. Those will have no spark during cranking.
Which way your truck works is irrelevant because we know the ignition system is working and the computer has control over it. We know the fuel pump is working because the engine will run for two seconds until the pressure runs out. Based on that we know the pump is not continuing to run beyond that one-second burst.
I installed a lot of real-world electrical "bugs" for my kids to diagnose and one of them was an open voltage regulator inside the Engine Computer on that '94 Intrepid. As a former tv repairman I'm very accustomed to working on circuit boards that have copper traces on both sides. To install the wires to run to a switch that allows me to insert and remove the defects, I drilled a hole through the circuit board where there was no copper on either side, then ended up with one injector not firing. Come to find out there is a third layer of copper and maybe a fourth sandwiched in the middle of the board, ... And I drilled right through the circuit for one injector. Your mechanic may have run into the same thing. He may have soldered the loose pin on both sides of the board but it didn't catch the inner layer. You would have to remove any protective jelly from the area, then hold the board up to the light to try to see the outline of another circuit, then follow it to a component that is accessible that you can attach a jumper wire to. Car radio service manuals have drawings of the circuits on both sides of the boards so you can figure out where to hook jumpers, but no one makes service manuals available for computers.
At any rate, it sounds like you just need the right computer. For what its' worth, the pins on computers are really tough. I would sooner suspect a stretched terminal in the connector. My school also had a '97 Dakota donated by Chrysler after one of their trainers got done with it, and I pulled the Engine Computer connectors apart a few times. If you have three separate plugs like mine did, those can be real frustrating to get back together. I probably did something wrong but I had to cut about two dozen short pieces of mechanic's wire and insert one into each terminal to guide them into the connector housing. If your new computer acts the same way, with intermittent operation, suspect a terminal in the connector.
As a final point of interest, if you're anywhere between Ohio and southern Georgia, do a search for "Pull-A-Part" and see if they have a yard near you. You pay your buck, throw your tool box in one of their wheel barrows, and you can spend all day there. They are all very clean and well-organized. Employees and customers are real friendly, and parts are inexpensive. My list is a few years old but a computer is listed at $31.89 with a warranty. A 2002 model might be a little new for them but it's worth looking. You can check on their web site which yards have trucks like yours but they can't tell you engine sizes, optional equipment, or what has already been removed or damaged.
Sunday, March 24th, 2013 AT 11:23 PM