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Dodge Ram 1500 Power Programmer

Troubleshooting a Dodge 1500 Power Programmer

Your Dodge Ram 1500 Power Programmer makes it easy for you to change up your engine's settings according to your needs. All you need to do is to plug it into the On-Board Diagnostics II (OBD-II) port located in along the dashboard, press a few buttons, and drive on. While it may be easy to use, there are rare cases in which it encounters some problems. When any of the following issues happen, there are steps you can take to do some basic troubleshooting:

Seeing a blank screen on the programmer

If your programmer doesn't turn on, then it could be a simple matter of fully inserting one end of its cable into your Dodge's OBD-II port and the other into its body. Disconnect the cable and fasten it more securely before trying again. However, if that doesn't work, you could have a blown fuse somewhere on your Dodge Ram that you need to replace. If replacing the fuse still results in a blank screen, call the power programmer manufacturer and report that the unit that you purchased is faulty.

Being unable to use another car's programmer on your Dodge

If your programmer has already been used on a vehicle other than your Dodge Ram, you might not be able to use it immediately. Apart from any incompatibility issues, a lot of programmers lock their information and settings for only one vehicle identification number (VIN) at a time. You'll need to wipe that VIN form the programmer to use it on your Dodge. First, you'll need to plug it into the vehicle that you first used it on. Then, turn the key into the on position without starting your engine so that the programmer turns on. Afterwards, restore the factory settings on the programmer by selecting the "return to stock" option.

Reading error messages and codes on the programmer

Your programmer might occasionally show error messages on its screen. If you see a "loss of communication" message, then you need to make sure that your car key is in the "run" position and that your programmer's cable is attached securely. If you need to restart the programming process, wait for five minutes before turning on the device again. If you see a "programming was interrupted" message, then you need to ensure that the cable is not being pinched or obstructed from being fully attached to your Dodge's dashboard and the programmer. If you see an error code corresponding to your programmer being incompatible with your Dodge, it could be due to someone reprogramming your vehicle's computer or an unrecognizable program already installed.

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  • How to Get the Most Out of Your Dodge Ram 1500 Power Programmer 04 March 2014

    You don't want to burn yourself out too soon by working all day and never playing. Indulging yourself on a joy ride can be a great stress reliever, especially after you modify your pickup for optimum engine performance. Apart from getting a new exhaust or intake system, you can also get a Dodge Ram 1500 power programmer than can override the factory-set limitations on your baby's computer with a few simple steps. While you don't need to have the programmer permanently installed into you Ram, you do need to maintain it so that you can keep on enjoying your joy rides. Here are some tips on how to do so:

    • Update the software

      Your power programmer needs to have its software updated for the same reasons why manufacturers release newer versions of their car models. Your programmer needs to have the latest innovations, improvements, customer-requested changes, and the glitch repairs an updates can give. The good news is that you don't have to get your programmer into a service center just to get the latest software, you can update it yourself at home. First, you need to download the updating program from the manufacturer's website before installing it to your computer. Afterwards, plug the programmer into your computer using the USB cord that came with it. Launch the updating program and follow the instructions that it gives you before finally disconnecting the power programmer.

    • Follow up on the trouble codes

      When your check engine light flashes on and your OnBoard Diagnostics (OBD) scanner starts showing you trouble codes, don't use your programmer just yet. Find out what issues correspond to these codes and fix them before using the programmer.

    • Adjust your programmer's settings regularly

      If you also relieve your stress by modifying your Ram's parts, then you'll need to update the settings of your power programmer with every change. The added performance parts and other customizations that you do will need new calculations from the programmer to make your Ram run better. Don't forget to adjust the programmer's settings according to your needs as well. When it's time for you to stop cruising around so you can start driving to work or towing heavy loads, then you need to change your settings again. The good news is that you can save these settings as presets so you don't have to go through a lot of options each time. You can even adjust the settings while you're on the road. Bring the programmer along so that when you encounter a steep hill or a muddy ride, you can just press a few buttons to get the performance you deserve.