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This isn't a blow to superchips. I'd just like to tell my story, and hear if anyone else has had something like this happen to them.
Last year I bought the flashpaq tuned my ride with superchips until the winter. I untuned it and mostly keep it stored during that time.
When it was time to shake the dust off I re-tuned it. Car started fine, went for about 20 seconds then died. Tried boosting it and a few other things.... nothing! I had to get it towed to the dealer. Turns out it destroyed my pcm. Luckily my acting skills paid off and Chrysler covered the costs.
So I got a hold of superchips and they told me how to reprogram the flashpaq back to normal. They said I didn't upgrade the flashpaq properly before and that's why it flashed errors. But did it kill my car???

Yesterday with my newly completely upgraded flashpaq I decided to give it another go.
Guess what happened????
It programmed fine.............. at first.......... idled for 20 seconds and died.
This time after I towed it back to Chrysler they weren't so nice. $1000.00 for labour, new pcm, battery,
and also I have to survive for a week without a car because they have to order it in from some far distant planet.
I don't think I'll be bothering to re-tune the car again.
Has anyone experienced anything like this before??
And does anyone want to buy my flashpaq?? lol





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That sucks, sorry to hear that.

Definately not interested in buying it.

I had the plug in superchip. At first I didn't plug it in all the way and the car wouldn't run.

I called them to complain and they told me that I hadn't installed it properly.

I reinstalled it til it "clicked" and then it worked fine for the next few years. I even removed it when it required dealer service and then reinstalled it and had no problems.

Again, Sorry to hear that.

Whatever you do, when you get your car back, DO NOT TRY TO FLASH IT AGAIN.:twak:

But you already know this.
 

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Oh I won't be flashing it again that's for sure.
I will miss the improved shift points though, and the better response times.
 

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Superchips fried someone else's car over a year and half ago but I can't find the thread. I think the thread was deleted when Superchips stopped being a site vendor. The guy said Superchips was going to reimburse him for his out of pocket expenses. But the guy never posted any follow-ups.
 

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Get a predator and be done with the superchip!! You will get the shifts back and more power!!!
 

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my battery shorted out as well because of all this. i have air ride, a after market stereo, and a viper alarm system all coming off the battery. chrysler said i might have overloaded the + side of the battery. i know tuning it was what caused the short because it happen twice, but does anyone know what i should do to balance the load off the battery? can you run things off the negative side?
i did write a letter to superchips. we'll see what they say. my 1 year warranty ended last month though.
 

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"chrysler said i might have overloaded the + side of the battery" = B. S.

What comes out of the + side goes into the - side (or vice versa).
 

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Hey G, Desiree is right, loads can only be drawn from the positive side of the battery. What the Chrysler guy may have meant is that you need to balance your loads across a couple of batteries. I'm not sure what your air ride system pulls and stereo loads can be all over the map. The superchips module may have needed a higher voltage level during programming than what your battery was capable of giving. I don't blame you for not wanting to mess with it again but if you decide to try another brand in the future I would suggest one of two options:

1. disconnect your air ride and shut down your stereo during programming

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2. Put a second battery in the car in parallel (+ connected to + and - connected to -) with the original so that these added loads have more battery to draw from and thus the voltage level will remain acceptable levels for the programmer to do its job.


The chrysler guy should have showed you his training manual for the starscan. I'm pretty sure it cautions them to assure adequate battery voltage before programming.

Just my two cents..............:biggrin:
 

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i doubt i'll be chipping it again. but that makes sense. i don't have my car back yet so i can't check what he was talking about he only told me over the phone. maybe what he meant was is there are things coming off the + side and not coming back to the - and only going straight to ground. i don't know if that would be the issue.
and superchips hasn't replied back to my email yet.
funny how all last year i had it tuned and untuned with no problems. i haven't changed anything since then.
for my next mod i think i'm going to pull out the resonator. but no computer stuff!!!
 

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I didn't realize that you had tuned and detuned it several time. That makes me feel even stronger that its a battery voltage problem during the programming sequence. I understand your hesitance though........hang in there and go with a Corsa Cat Back rather than pull the resonator............you won't like the resonance issues that will crop up. :fing02:
 

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I didn't realize that you had tuned and detuned it several time. That makes me feel even stronger that its a battery voltage problem during the programming sequence. I understand your hesitance though........hang in there and go with a Corsa Cat Back rather than pull the resonator............you won't like the resonance issues that will crop up. :fing02:
You're probably right. It's weird how the battery didn't short the first time though. And if it's a voltage problem then why does the PCM blow every time?
And I am thinking about the Corsa or Borla. I'm afraid of the drone. I know there is lots of info on here about that so I'll be doing some research.

P.S. Still haven't got my ride back! And no response from superchips either.
 

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No no no... the superchip is very good tuner and i have used it for long time in my previous 300C. I had an experience of having cut-off (sometimes)...
I had changed the throttle part and then the cut-oof reduced.

If you want the full power, you have to pay the cost.
 

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I've never had a problem with mine. I have de-programmed and re-programmed it quite a few times before it went to the shop as well. My bet would be the voltage issue.

And go for the CORSA cat-back exhaust. It sounds highly exotic at the back instead of just throaty. If it's not loud enough for you get some headers and hi-flo cats and it will be. I thought I had headers and cats so mine would be louder. Unfortunately I got jacked instead. Thanks HALO2.:thumbsdow
 
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