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Front Electronic Module

Discussion in '2002 - 2005 Ford Thunderbird' started by Elsie, May 16, 2018.

  1. After being on this website the last few months I've seen a lot of problems being attributed to the "Front Electronic Module" and the scarcity of the part - now discontinued. I've had a lot of problems with my "Bird" and figure sooner or later with my luck this will go out. I thought I might buy the part to have on hand when mine goes out.

    I've been playing around on the web and found a few places that say they have the part for a 2002 Tbird, but say it doesn't fit a 2003 like mine.

    Can't believe the part wouldn't work on an 03. I thought the only difference between an 02 - 03 was the variable timing on the 03, and the Selective shift. Front Electronic Module "SHOULDN'T" have anything to do with that would it?
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  2. Red Tail

    Red Tail Active Member Lifetime Donor

    Really no help here. Mine is an 05' I replaced mine at 17,000 K. Expensive but it works. My suggestion is call one of these places and order by VIN#
    I purchased mine from Flagship One in East Rockaway, NY.
    Good luck,
    Larry Scott
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  3. tbird

    tbird Forum Moderator Staff Member Lifetime Donor

  4. Thanks!
  5. Check out this site, they repair FEM's and other modules and provide a 4 year warranty. AutomotiveModules.com
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  6. By the way it is located behind the left kick panel on the drivers side.
  7. tbird

    tbird Forum Moderator Staff Member Lifetime Donor

  8. CherokeeMarty

    CherokeeMarty Well-Known Member Lifetime Donor

    My 2002 developed the problem with the dash instruments and shifter indicator light problem. I had my FEM pulled by the local dealer (Reynolds Ford of Norman, OK) and shipped to ecmtogo.com. Once they got the module, they ran a diagnostic test and determined that the #1 pin was the problem. They also told me that they could not fix it. The part number for my original FEM is 1W6T 13B525 AH. The dealer told me that they could get another, but that it did not have the same part number, as that part was no longer available. I authorized the installation of the new module, and it worked perfectly. The new part is numbered 1W6Z 14B205 AA. The dealer had to flash the module with the original FEM program (S154), but it worked. The cost was $900 total, and I was glad to pay it as my car is fixed. ECM To Go was a complete bust.

    Happy days!
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  9. Bark624

    Bark624 Active Member Gold Donor

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  10. tbird

    tbird Forum Moderator Staff Member Lifetime Donor

    Read the post right before the photos.
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  11. The instruments cluster controlled by the FEM is different in the 2003-5 . Ford calls the FEM " Lighting Module"

    A search for a 2002 or 2001 Lincoln LS should come up with the same FEM module.
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  12. This is a sourced unit by Ford part is no longer available from them [OBSOLETE] No longer supplied by Ford so you need to supply a Vin # and the number off the module in your car, if the core needs replacing! You are taking a chance not supplying original [because of multiple sourcing on this particular part
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  14. where is the shift indicator light locaked
  15. Gus Gutz

    Gus Gutz Well-Known Member Lifetime Donor

    I had mine replaced at the dealer last year. I was able to keep the core. I am thinking of having mine rebuilt just to have a spare. It took the dealer just a day to get a replacement from their parts warehouse
  16. where did you find the 2002 part?
  17. Yellowbird - that was back in May when I originally posted that note. I've only looked around a few minutes but I can't find that piece of paper I wrote the info down on. I'll look some more and if I find it - I'll post it. It was from a Ford Dealer's website.
  18. Hello
    Send me the part number I most likely
    Have one
  19. After reading through multiple quotes on this site, I am somewhat relieved. My 2002 has been in the shop for more than 2 weeks. Ford believes they have isolated the problem to be the FEM and have had no luck locating another one. They believe this part, FEM, from a Jacquar may be my solution. Waiting on it to be shipped from NY; will not know until they try to install. Had no idea I wiuld be in this pickle.
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  20. tbird

    tbird Forum Moderator Staff Member Lifetime Donor

    You can get yours rebuilt.

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