No, it is not common for the PCM to go bad. Is your friend connecting the tool to the OBDII connector under the steering wheel (to the right)? If so, the fuse may have blown that powers this connector plus the accessory plug (cigarrette lighter).
Fuse #41 is what I would check first.
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Last edited by Bucko; 12-13-2010 at 04:21 PM.