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Ford Escape: Module Configuration / General Procedures - Module Programming


NOTE: Perform the following pre-checks to make sure module programming completes without errors.

  1. Start the programming session in Key OFF, Engine OFF and prior to initiating programming, turn to KOEO .
  1. Make sure the vehicle battery is fully charged or is connected to a battery charger. The battery state of charge should be 12.6 - 13.6 volts during vehicle programming.
  1. NOTE: A good internet connection is necessary.

    Inspect the VCM II, VCMM or later later level device and cables for damage. Make sure cables remain connected throughout the programming procedure.
  1. Turn off all unnecessary accessories, such as radio, A/C , climate controlled seats, headlamps, interior and demand lamps.
  1. Disconnect any aftermarket accessories, such as remote start, security alarm and power inverter.
  1. For Plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles, disconnect the external charge cord from the charge port.
  1. Disable Microsoft Windows sleep mode, screensaver and hibernation modes.
  1. NOTE: If the diagnostic software does not load or if the vehicle cannot be identified properly.

    Make sure there is a good internet connection and the VCM II, VCMM or later later level is properly connected to the DLC .


  1. NOTE: If a new module is being installed, install the new module before carrying out the following procedure.

    • If replacing the module do not connect the new module to a Wi-Fi network before completing the scan tool module replacement programming as it may cause programming concerns.
    • This programming procedure deletes any phones that are paired with the SYNC system when programming the APIM .
    • To prevent time-out errors and minimize programming time, a wired internet connection is strongly recommended when programming.
    • Make sure the FDRS version and patch software levels are up to date.
    Connect a battery charger to the vehicle and select the low charge setting. The negative battery charger lead must be connected to a clean chassis ground, not the negative battery post.
  1. Connect the diagnostic scan tool to a power supply. The length of time required for programming may extend past the duration of the diagnostic scan tool.
  1. Connect the diagnostic scan tool to the DLC .
  1. Log into FDRS .
  1. Identify/enter the vehicle being programmed on FDRS .
  1. NOTE: Vehicle information is automatically retrieved by the diagnostic software and a Network Test is run. Vehicle identification data appears on the screen when this is complete.

    Click 'Read VIN from Vehicle' or manually enter the VIN .
  1. NOTE: Available modules are shown on the LH side of the screen, and available procedures are listed on the RH side of the screen. Modules that are communicating are highlighted in green.

    Select Toolbox tab.
  1. NOTE: If a module is integrated within another module, both modules will automatically program during this process. For example, if the ACM is selected, the DACMC (if integrated with the ACM ) is also programmed.

    From the list on the LH side of the screen, select the module that requires a programming procedure to be completed.
  1. There are 3 types of module programming available:
    • Programmable Module Installation (PMI)—When the module is replaced, this type of programming carries out the required provisioning (restores software for newly installed hardware).
    • Module configuration — Downloads configuration data to the module. The module may also be programmed, depending on current software level, when this option is selected.
    • Software Update— Updates the module and any currently installed applications to the latest software levels. This option is not available if the module is already at the latest level.
  1. From the list on the RH side of the screen, select PMI or Module Configuration.
  1. NOTE: Do not disconnect the VCM from the DLC during the module programming process unless directed by the diagnostic scan tool on-screen prompts.

    Follow all on-screen instructions carefully.
  1. After programming is complete, "Programming has been successfully completed" displays.


NOTE: Perform the following steps when programming has resulted in a blank module.

  1. Disconnect the VCM II, VCMM or later later level from the DLC and PC.
  1. Launch FDRS and log in.
  1. In the Device Manager window that populates, select CANCEL.
  1. Select the appropriate VIN from the Vehicle Identification menu or use Manual VIN Entry and select GO.
  1. In the Vehicle Communication Device Not Detected window that populates, select CONTINUE. If a Device Explorer window populates, select CANCEL.
  1. After the session has started, reconnect the VCM II/ VCMM to the DLC and the PC. The VCM II/ VCMM icon should turn green in the bottom right corner of the screen. If it does not, troubleshoot the FDRS to VCM II or VCMM connection.
  1. In the Toolbox menu, navigate to the failed module and Download/Run PMI . Follow the on-screen prompts. When asked if the original module is installed, select NO and continue through the installation application.
  1. Once programming has completed, a screen may list additional steps required to complete the programming process. Make sure all applicable steps are followed in order.

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