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How to reprogram PCM for Ford Focus 2008 with VCM2 IDS

Here is the instruction on Ford Focus 2.8L 2008 PCM reprogramming using Ford VCM II IDS diagnostic system clone. 


Main procedure:

Step 1: Install a new PCM

Step 2: Reprogram PCM


Step 1: Install a new PCM

Install VMware and well setup IDS software follow the video/pdf guide (see attachment below)

Run Ford Module Programming



Click on car icon 

Select “Start New Session”

Press “Confirm” 

The SAE J2534 pass-thru device cables must not interfere the safe operation of the vehicle. Secure all cables away from the vehicle pedals. 

Make connection as shown

Turn ignition to ON

Apply the parking brake 

Apply Neutral/Park gear position


Establishing communication to PCM

Verify vehicle information


Press programming icon 

Select “Module programming”

Select “Programmable Module Installation”>> “PCM”


Again verify vehicle information and confirm 

Turn ignition to OFF position (Position 0)

Check if the displayed VIN is correct, if yes, hit Yes to continue


Follow the system prompt to install a new module in vehicle


Step 2: Reprogram PCM with VCM 2 IDS

Please read the following information carefully. 

NOTE: Do not start a reprogramming session with a low battery in the vehicle and/or programming tool. 

The fuel pump and the engine cooling fan(s) may run during the following procedure. 

If you are programming a 6.0L diesel, the FICM replay must be removed before programming. 


Turn ignition to ON position 

Erase procedure in progress

Downloading data and reprogramming PCM in progress


Turn ignition to OFF 

The operation in progress 

Turn ignition to ON

Set ignition switch to OFF 

Calibration has been loaded and checked.


If you programmed a 6.0L diesel please reinstall the FICOM relay.


Start engine. Do not depress the throttle pedal. 

Set ignition to OFF

Set ignition to ON

Clear stored fault codes


Turn ignition to OFF

PCM reprogramming procedure is done. 


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