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Old 07-12-2011, 06:28 PM
 
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Hello All,

Does anyone know if a rebuilt computer can cause problems shortly after being installed? By shortly, I mean 3 months. Seems to me if the computer was defective, it would show up real soon after being installed.

Thanks for your comments.
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Old 07-12-2011, 06:55 PM
 
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Not so. Computers of any type can be greatly affected by heat and vibration, in cars they are more subject to that. With all the very delicate solder and wire connections, it can take some time to go bad. Unfortunately most parts are not warranted very long so you end up having to buy a new one. On the other hand, with car, a new computer can seem bad when it's actually some unrelated sensor. Best to pay a good mechanic with quality equipment to do
some diagnostics.
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Old 07-12-2011, 08:45 PM
 
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Hello All,

Does anyone know if a rebuilt computer can cause problems shortly after being installed? By shortly, I mean 3 months. Seems to me if the computer was defective, it would show up real soon after being installed.

Thanks for your comments.
A lot depends upon how your used computer supplier "rebuilt" the product.

I've seen a lot of rebuilt automotive computers in the aftermarket that weren't actually rebuilt to an ISO standard, but merely repaired for the obvious failed portions of the unit and returned to service. Many were not completely tested for functionality after the repairs, either.

Additiionally, many repair outfits don't go through a unit and replace known weak areas with upgraded/new components if they haven't shown signs of a failure at the time of repair. So you can purchase a rebuilt computer that has a short term life before that area fails.

As mentioned above, it is essential that related components such as sensors be verified as performing properly before condemning a computer. Related items includes the wiring harness, connectors, grounds, power supply, and mounting security for the computer. You'd be surprised how many times these items are at fault causing all kinds of crazy computer related problems; sometimes, just pulling the connector out of a computer and plugging it into another one (or back into the original computer) will cure a problem due to a poor connection.
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Old 07-12-2011, 09:32 PM
 
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I really appreciate the above comments from both of you. Thank you, and I will have my mechanic, who has the car now, check for some of these potential problems you both have mentioned.
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Old 07-12-2011, 10:29 PM
 
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A computer is a computer, capable of crapping out at any time.......
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