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Old 06-04-2014, 06:33 PM
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Cool, thanks. Now I need to go find one used. I'm poor (cheap) and hate to buy a new one.
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Well I added the controller today and went to the dealer(s) to see about getting it flashed. One dealer quoted me $60.00 and said it would take them two hours and the other dealer, where I originally bought the truck said $120.00 because they would also have to see if it would work on the truck. The instructions that I got with this from an Ohio Ford dealer shows the steps and it's nothing. If you have the programer the dealer has. I don't get any error messages and I'm wondering if mine was supposed to have the module with the display. I haven't hooked it to a trailer either so maybe it'll show something then. Maybe I got lucky and it's already enabled. Probably not.

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I installed the OEM ford trailer brake in my 2010. It's a 5 minute job for the dealership to activate it. Don't let them tell you otherwise. I gave them the instructions that came with it. I didn't even get my coffee and it was done. Cost $20. Don't pay $60. There is no need.
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I installed the OEM ford trailer brake in my 2010. It's a 5 minute job for the dealership to activate it. Don't let them tell you otherwise. I gave them the instructions that came with it. I didn't even get my coffee and it was done. Cost $20. Don't pay $60. There is no need.
I am going to install an OEM controller for a good friend & 3 dealerships in the area are consistent with charging $95.00! (they state that they have to charge the minimum hourly rate).
I need to find a local (non Ford dealer) with the proper computer program to see if they can do it cheaper...but so far, it looks like my friend will have no choice to pay it. ???? Still checking around & I'm hoping I can find someone to do it cheaper.
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I am going to install an OEM controller for a good friend & 3 dealerships in the area are consistent with charging $95.00! (they state that they have to charge the minimum hourly rate). I need to find a local (non Ford dealer) with the proper computer program to see if they can do it cheaper...but so far, it looks like my friend will have no choice to pay it. ???? Still checking around & I'm hoping I can find someone to do it cheaper.
$95 is robbery!! Luckily here in southeastern Michigan we have dozens of ford dealers. Not many are familiar with it because most trucks already come with it factory installed. If you give them the instruction book it tells them exactly what buttons to push on their computer. I hope you can find someone cheap. It is literally 5 minutes. Hook to their computer. Hit a button and done. They are ripping you off if they take longer and charge more than $20-30. Good luck.
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$95 is robbery!! Luckily here in southeastern Michigan we have dozens of ford dealers. Not many are familiar with it because most trucks already come with it factory installed. If you give them the instruction book it tells them exactly what buttons to push on their computer. I hope you can find someone cheap. It is literally 5 minutes. Hook to their computer. Hit a button and done. They are ripping you off if they take longer and charge more than $20-30. Good luck.
Yea! Tell me about it! All of my local dealers are very knowledgeable about the flashing procedure when an OEM TBC is installed..... but yea.... I'm backed in a corner here! My service advisor is good & I kinda know him BUT he says there is no way of getting "around it". (He don't agree either). But when they pull a vehicle in & a service write up is processed, it's an hour charge right off the bat!. He even said the same thing... It only takes a few minutes to complete!

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I wonder if it would make a difference if I emailed you a copy of the service receipt from my dealer. I do not know if each one sets their own prices or not.
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I wonder if it would make a difference if I emailed you a copy of the service receipt from my dealer. I do not know if each one sets their own prices or not.
I appreciate the idea. Not sure if they would price match other dealers???
Thanks Marrs! if you don't mind and at your convenience, just PM me the pic of the invoice if you don't mind.... wait can we email each other pics on here?...if not, let me know and I could PM you my email address. That actually may not be a bad idea.
I already have the OEM TBC in my truck, But I'm just helping a friend who does not have an OEM TBC, and this is definitely better than going with an aftermarket one. Again, I'm just helping them to do it right & still try to help them save a little extra $$
Thanks & get a hold of me when your free!
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