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Old 06-26-12, 06:06 AM
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rtek 2.1 problem

i just got and installed my 2.1 rtek about 2 weeks ago on my 88 turbo ae and it was working great! last night after i pulled in my drive way after making a couple butt dyno pulls and watching my afr's i noticed i needed to add a little fuel up top. i went into the fuel map and made adjustments accordingly.....then shut the vehicle off and went on with my evening. i then installed my uppper front strut bar and lowered the vehicle back on the ground and went to start the car. i turned the key to the on position and noticed a "clicking" noise coming from behind the passenger headlight.
seems to be coming from the factory resistor box? after wondering wth i decided to plug in my palm pilot and see if there was anything odd? The palm would connect and the disconnect and so on... when it would connect the clicking would stop and now the palm will not connect at all. any ideas where to start?? im assuming the palm pilot or cable it self?
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also when it was connecting and then disconnecting it was showing the nvram error message
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Nothing the Palm (or cable) can do will make the car make clicking noises. Resistors don't click.

Sounds like a power problem to me. Check your grounds. Check your battery. Make sure the ECU is bolted down.

If the NVRam message is displaying you should click ok and make sure you wait until the reset is complete before you shut the car down. If by some chance you get an error, LEAVE THE CAR ON for at least 3 minutes before shutting it down.
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Are you powering the Palm from the car in any way?
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i did click ok and the reset completed twice and then it kept popping up and i did shut the car off..... no the palm is just being plugged into the cable no other source for power
the car runs fine off the factory ecu
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so would you not suggest that the palm or the cable is the problem?
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Not if the car still doesn't run when the Palm is unplugged. My guess is something happened when you installed the strut bar. Did you disconnect any bolts that had wires on it? Did you disconnect any connectors that may have not gone back together or may be back together but not making contact? Did you disconnect the battery? Did you put the car on a charger?
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i checked all connectors and everything looks fine. i didnt have to disconnect anything to do the front upper strut bar and none of the strut bolts had any wires or grounds going to them. Any connectors you can think of checking? remember the palm will not sync at all and the car
will not run off the rtek ecu currently
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so i can get the palm to sync with the computer fine but still cannot get any connection to the ecu. still getting the clicking noise nonstop as soon as the ignition is switched to the on posistion with the rtek ecu plugged in.....
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Have you identified the exact source of the clicking?
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I bet its the duty solenoid... my car started doing that too after I put in the 2.1 or 2.0 or whatever it is.

Bottom line is it isnt needed. Check the solenoid that is basically bolted to the oil fill pipe. You can feel it clicking.
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no i will try to find out exactly what it is. its right behind the cover that covers the factory fuel injector resistor box behind the passenger headlight. seems to be the actual ecu itself. after hours of diag and trials and errors yesterday still no connection after totally wiping everything on the palm and reinstalling which sucks because now all my maps are gone and im stuck with the ecu that wont work hah. thank god i still have my factory ecu
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Ahhh... I didnt see the passenger side part. I also meant to say if you have a boost controller it isn't needed.

The clicking on my car was really pissing me off... the solenoid sounded like a fuel injector. I haven't gotten to removing it yet, which I'll do when I remove the emmissions crap probably next week. Good luck with this!
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Looks like I'll be sending the ecu back to pocket loggers for them to see what's wrong. Sucks but I'm just ready to get it back up and going
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did you ever figure out what the issue was? ive been having the same issue with mine and this most recent time the palm had been dead for so long that it lost all my pocketlogger software as well as my tune
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