Ok. Thanks. No idea how involved the pcm/ecu was to the rest of the modules.
I don't get why the jeep corporations is having such a hard time with this. Couldn't they fly a properly programmed ecu over from the UK?
No, that won't work, the PCM has to be in the vehicle to program, the connector is the OBDII port in the vehicle, the tools do NOT connect to the modules individually.
Can a UK dealer put a PCM into another Commander in the UK and write the VIN# for the O.P's Commander in Canada, take it out and ship it to him in Canada? Well, I don't know.....
*The idiot proofing of Dealer tools might prevent this, the tool might recognize what the VIN# should be for the vehicle since the VIN# is written in other modules, and thus refuse to write an incorrect VIN# to the new PCM installed.
*Since Commanders are out of production, a UK dealer is unlikely to have one on his lot to use as a host to attempt this work around.
Yes, I am frustrated with the OEM's, how they can't imagine there would ever be any exception and thus NOT plan for it. They set everything up that the only way service can be performed is if you bring the vehicle to the Dealership and have them perform the service. And even then they don't respond to legitimate exceptions. They should have the ability to enable and write data to the modules with them out of the vehicle. Knowing that importing cars over national lines on an individual basis is legal, they should be prepared to support vehicles in this case, despite it being rare.
The governments are the same way, the heavy interference and regulation of the industry, the regs and laws are all written with no exceptions in mind. And thus the exception gets left out in the cold. But even the national regulators and legislatures are flexible enough they allow personal importation of vehicles. So its ridiculous the OEM would NOT be able to support it and say, you have to ship the vehicle back to the UK every time it needs service.