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Old 12-11-2013, 04:37 PM   #1
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The last time I was here I got the start error code. I ran all the 12 volt tests and everything was A ok
Now I did email Andy and he said you have no choice: Send the Skreem/keys and ECM to
SOS Diagnostics. So I boxed it up and sent it to SOS.....cause it was an SOS !

Now they wont tell you a thing about the repair........so dont ask.

I got it back promptly with a 300 dollar charge attached.

The Skreem was sealed with their tape and so was the ECM....with a note that there was a lifetime warranty if I did not tamper with the box and left it sealed.

re-installed and after several tries...something like it was learning ......would not start

but after several tries with both keys it finally started and NO MORE ERROR CODE

Started right up every time since then with no issues.........fixed!

So here is my take...........for along time I would disconnect my negative side of the battery and re install to get it to start.........what ever goes bad with these trucks take place over a certain time period,

I think it was all related and finally it just quit. So if your experiencing no start issues in time it just wont start anymore and you will need to do what I did.

Having said that I do not know or heard of anybody else that can perform that service. They have a cottage industry built around this trouble shoot. I am thankful and grateful we have a company like them...........cause I do not know the next step to fix this mess.

Thanks you SOS Diagnostics...........this trouble shoot would have cost a small fortune at a dealer or foreign car shop. http://www.sosdiagnostics.com/sprinter.html

This forum can save you money if you pay attention and can do some things yourself.

I was able to check the 12volt issues first with a meter and then I knew it was not some fuse or other issue.........and was not real sure when I got it back it would start.

Evidently SOS knew when they checked the ecm and skreem there was an issue, otherwise I would have gotten a phone call saying there was no problem

Anyway I want to report this so in case others are having this issue......it can be fixed.

I only have 75 on my Sprinter so its not a mileage deal....

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Old 12-11-2013, 04:39 PM   #2
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75 K on the sprinter means to me its more of an age related deal...mine is a 2004 and still like new
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Old 12-11-2013, 04:51 PM   #3
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I had a cold weather problem with my SKREEM at 30K, in 2005, that required replacement. I think the failures are more or less random.
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Old 12-11-2013, 06:30 PM   #4
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And it looks like all these SKREEM issues might become moot soon. Here's a video that shows bad guys effortlessly entering vehicles with an electronic black box.

If they can break into the car this easily, they can probably disable the immobilizers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=l7OadDz3Ums

Time for a hidden, simple start-inhibit switch somewhere in the vehicle?
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Old 12-11-2013, 07:01 PM   #5
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After each of the three times i have sent my stuff to SOS it started first try.
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That's awesome it's fixed. My start error was a bad ground strap from motor to frame. My no crank no start was loose nuts on fuse box 1. The mechanic said it had some corrosion and those bolts are what gives it it's ground path.
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After each of the three times i have sent my stuff to SOS it started first try.
Are you saying it failed 3 times with the same truck?
Or there different trucks.....

If its the same truck how much time elapsed between failures...that way I will know what to look forward too!
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And it looks like all these SKREEM issues might become moot soon. Here's a video that shows bad guys effortlessly entering vehicles with an electronic black box.

If they can break into the car this easily, they can probably disable the immobilizers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=l7OadDz3Ums

Time for a hidden, simple start-inhibit switch somewhere in the vehicle?
I agree that the cars are so complicated now and people are more brazen now especially with a bad economy that the only protection you have is to now keep valuables in your car and if you must you then buy a safe for your car.

No alarms either because we now rely on the factory alarm...

All I want to do is drive my truck and not worry if its going to start every time!
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I had a cold weather problem with my SKREEM at 30K, in 2005, that required replacement. I think the failures are more or less random.
Well then its random.............the question is!!!!!

What goes bad?
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So i sent my ecm and skreem back to SOS. Get new skreem box and reprogramming. Go on 400+ mile trip over several days with no problems. Stop half mile from home on the way back...start error. Get new battery, no change, get towed home.

Buy loaner set from SOS and send mine back. Go on 400+ mile trip over several days with no problems. Stop for fuel a few miles from home on way back...start error. Luckily my original had arrived back at home, so wify brings it and i get home.

Chad at SOS says my problem is "interesting" He says a few customers carry a spare ecm and skreem. That would really suck! I asked him about a new ecm...

"A new ECM is not going to help or at least it is very unlikely. That is an expensive gamble to take. The ECM we sent has run several other vans with no faults.
Could be an open or short in the wiring, a bad ignition switch, the fuse box in the column, etc. When these vans get this intermittent “start error” it can be fun to track it down since it only happens briefly after multiple successful starts. Sometimes they will run for months before reappearing.
Send back the other set ASAP so we can get it programmed and ready to go until the fault is found."

It is weird, it used to be more intermittent. It could come and go. Now it seems to work until it doesnt. I also dont get how problems else ware could cause the units to go bad. Is it an amazing coincidence that every time i swap them out it works, until it doesnt. I am in Sprinter Hell
http://www.sprinter-source.com/forum...t=26867&page=2

Currently, i have over 40 starts and carry a spare ecm & skreem. I wish i knew what goes bad. Hopefully you will not have this problem again!
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