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The ICM does not require programming. It is a plug and play. Did you connect the ground under the module?
Is there a click at the starter when you try to start?
ok, it may be that the crank sensor has failed. It is more common for failing than the module. Take the connector off at the harmonic balancer and clean it out.
See if the car will start then.
OK, if the car runs on the old ICM, then you have a faulty ICM. Take it back.
Also, to avoid confusion, cranking is when the engine is turning with the starter, and yours is cranking, but it will not start.
Lets see with the old ICM. Let me know, I will be on for a time yet tonight.
Old ICM in... crank and start, yet rough, just like the beginning. So, I think I really need a new ICM, cause still not getting spark through the 3/6 whether or not I use the old one or the new one I bought. But I agree with you that the new ICM is the bigger problem as I can't get any start at all. I did notice that the 3 inch connector seems a little bit loose on the new ICM as opposed to the old. So make the contacts aren't manufactured quite right. hmmmm
Do you think trying your other crank sensor trick could possibly correct the 3/6 coil problem, or were you thinking that as a way to get the engine to start at all?
For now, correct the ICM issue and forget the sensor. If the sensor runs the old ICM then it is ok.
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