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Complexities of Replacing Components on Your Car

Complexities of Replacing Components on Your Car

Tech Notes from Tony Callas & Tom Prine A customer recently came in slightly perplexed at some work he performed on his own 2006 997 Carrera S. The initial problem was that the passenger side electric window began to slow and strain when closing the window. Finally the motor stopped working completely. The customer purchased a new factory window motor, installed it and, to his surprise, discovered that the motor would not operate at all. By the time he came to see us he was more than a little frustrated. His demeanor changed when he found out that there was nothing wrong with the new motor, or even the way it was installed — it just had to be coded to the car. In today’s world of increasingly complex automotive electronic systems, one of the realities is that components on the car must be recognized by its intended control system in order to communicate and function normally. This is simply known as a “handshake” between controllers. Another interes ... read more


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