Thanks but No Thanks,Just saw this. Did you get it out?
If not, it's on the driver's side way in front and accessed from underneath. Run the car up on ramps or jack it up. Remove the little pushpin fasteners on the access panel covering the area below the radiator rearward of the front bumper by prying the plunger pin thing out about a half inch then extracting the entire fastener. (You only have to do this on the driver's half of the panel.) The PCM is held in by a rectangular shaped cover. I believe you need a 10 mm socket to remove the bolt, then the cover can be removed. The PCM can now be slid down and out. To remove the two rather large connectors, I believe you need a 7 mm socket. Be a bit cautious as you pop these off so as not to booger up any pins. The PCM is now in your lap. Put a piece of masking tape on it with your name and phone number printed on it so your tuner doesn't get it mixed up with somebody else's.
Hey, I thought this was already pretty well explained in the FAQ!!?
WIth PCM installed it would be the side of the PCM closest to the headlight.So the black housing comes off too?
The ECM is supposed to come out of the housing.
When you say left side of the ECM, do you mean Foreward, like towards the nose, or top.
Did you see any clips that would release the ECM from the housing, that's what the LS6 guys have, the don't take out the entire housing.
Thank you so much for figuring this out.
Have you put it back in??? I bet those nuts are a PITA putting back in with limited space and visibility. There has to be some way of getting the ECM out of that housing. I'll give it a shot tomorrow morning after I get up.
The little red clips were actually pretty easy to move by hand, I didn't use a screw driver. I wouldn't try to remove the connectors while it's in the car the connectors are much easier to remove once it's out.On the way out of the job, I took a peek at the ECM on the Malibu and it was sitting easily where our CAI is located at. It doesn't require screws to remove, there is a clip on the back that releases it from the housing. The plug seems to be a PITA to remove.
Which makes me want to wait.
Rob did you get the Red Clip to move by hand or did you use a screwdriver.
Going to bed, will deal with this in the morning