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Old 07-23-2014, 09:13 PM   #1
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New to RVing tach reprogram?

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New to RVing. Have a lot of things to learn. Hope to find support here. Haven't picked up our used 2003 Winnebago Adventurer with Ford V10 motor yet. The dealer is servicing the unit to make sure it will be ok for our maiden voyage in a few weeks. There was a lot of little things they had to order and install. One thing they told me was a little strange... They said they had to send the dash board out to FORD to get the RPM gage re-programmed. I had service done on cars but I never heard of having to send out the entire dash to get a RPM gage reprogrammed. I thought it was controlled by a wire to the distributor or a sensor in the transmission. That's how I remember it on a car. Anyone ever heard of a RV tach being fixed by reprogramming? I hope we are not over our head with this thing.
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Glad you're aboard. Most newer vehicles use an electronic dash that receives it's information from the computer/PCM, Best of luck with your new digs. Enjoy your adventures and be safe.
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Old 07-23-2014, 09:25 PM   #3
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Glad to be here. Thank you so much for your reply.
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Old 07-23-2014, 10:00 PM   #4
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Good luck with a resolution with to this.
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Old 07-23-2014, 10:50 PM   #5
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That's odd.. Did you ask why it needed to be "reprogrammed"? The details are important. The code that runs the dash is pretty solid, I've never heard of a dash reprogram.

ECU reprogram yes... Sure it was the dash?
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Old 07-24-2014, 08:23 AM   #6
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It's more likely the tachometer needed to be repaired or replaced for some other reason, but the service tech didn't know exactly what was wrong with it. We found out many years ago that Ford dealers don't repair, replace, or stock many replacement parts for instrument clusters. If the dealer technician can't fix the problem the instrument cluster has to either be replaced as a unit, or sent to the factory for repair.

The easiest and least complicated option is to send the cluster in for repair. It usually only takes a few days. It also eliminates all the documentation and possible legal problems of just replacing the cluster with a new one. If you were to just replace it the factory would either have to match the mileage on your original unit, or provide documentation as to why the actual mileage on the vehicle and the mileage on the odometer don't match
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It's more likely the tachometer needed to be repaired or replaced for some other reason, but the service tech didn't know exactly what was wrong with it.
I question repairs when I didn't know that something was actually wrong. I agree, some electronics can be repaired, but it's more like Ford to replace it with OEM - more margin for the Ford dealer too.

If OEM wasn't available, I'd understand...
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When I bought my coach in 2010 the speedometer was not reading correct. Dealer sent the coach to a Ford dealer, they sent the instrument cluster to to the factory for repair. Took about a week turn around.

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