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Is it possible to 'plug and play' ECUs in a 2011 Suzuki Alto?

Asked by Thandeka

Is it possible for a plug and play ECU set from another 2011 Suzuki Alto to work? The plug and play consist of ignition with keys, speedometer, ECU and ABS sensor.

Answered by CarsGuide

17 Sep 2020 David Morley

The description `plug and play’ is used to describe a replacement ECU which is designed to simply plug into the car and immediately offer full functionality without requiring additional coding or set-up. That’s why they include things such as ignition keys and sensors; it’s to avoid having to code your existing components to the new ECU. You simply replace the lot and – hopefully – turn the key and enjoy.

So, yes, it’s possible, but you need to make sure you’re getting every component necessary for the swap and that the unit is correct for your car in every detail. The are detail differences between the ECU for a car with an automatic transmission and the same car with a manual, for instance. And always buy from a known source so you can get tech support if it doesn’t all go exactly to plan. Buying from an online clearing house is unlikely to provide the same level of after-sales service.

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