I'm gonna send my grandma down to that shop to give those boys a talkin' to.Wellllllllllllllll yesterday didn't go as amazing as I had hoped.
I dropped the car off and revisited the conversation with the service rep as they jotted notes down into the computer. The service manager walked over and confirmed that I was there to have my ECU/Immobilizer/Keys matched to the car. Awesome!
The service rep pulled up my info and said "there's a recall on your passenger airbag." I was aware of that, and mentioned that they had already previously replaced the driver airbag. I asked the service manager if after they do the ECU work they could flush/bleed the clutch. I replaced the entire system (master, slave, and line) and just couldn't get the pedal to feel good. He said sure they'd get it done, and I left.
About six hours later I get a call from the service manager. He informed me that they unfortunately weren't able to get the VIN/Immobilizer rewritten and that their system wouldn't even connect to the ECU. He was paraphrasing a lot, but said it didn't happen. He then mentioned that they REPLACED THE PASSENGER SIDE AIRBAG and now the SRS light was on and he couldn't clear it, and the car was coding for seat sensors (ODS). I don't remember authorizing the airbag recall to be done. I get that it's important, but I went there for a specific reason and wasn't ready for anything other than the DLC port to be messed with in addition to the clutch being flushed bled.
So after the airbag story, he suggested I try and clear the lights myself. I get it, the car is in between two systems, and they were extremely considerate even allowing me to bring the car in. Then he said I can come get the car. I asked if he had bled the clutch and he said he forgot while trying to get all the other things done. DOH
So they kept it for the night and are going to sort the clutch out today. Hope I get a call today saying the clutch is firm again and everything is good to go. In the mean time I need to buy an HDS/HIM system so I can really accommodate this swap.
I went down a rabbit hole last night traversing the acura/honda forums looking for information and man did I learn a lot.
In a nutshell, the 04-06 Acura TL and the 07-11 Element had the critical systems communicating over a combination of multiplex (which used wires to illuminate trouble lights on the cluster) and F-Can that sends messages over the network to illuminate trouble lights. When the TL moved to 08+ they changed a lot of those systems to use F-Can, but the rest of the system remained the same with regard to the sensors connected (impact, rollover, Occupancy Detection System, etc). These critical systems are isolated, relying only on themselves to function, but use specific methods to communicate their status. So they can work 100%, but not be able to communicate their status as such so the car thinks they aren't working (even though they will function when needed).
I also learned that the SRS module and ODS system (the weight sensors in the seat that enable/disable airbags) are all sync'd to the ECU's VIN. The HDS/HIM system needs to sync the system together to clear the error codes. My system was complete and happy until the airbag was replaced. Since the Element's SRS communicates with the ECU/Cluster over multiplex, their HDS/HIM wasn't able to sync it - which I have to inform him of when he calls me back.
Again, i'm not mad, or upset with them, i'm just disappointed that I was so ready for this to be done and move forward with locking/flashing the ECU to the manual program, and nothing even close happened. Even ended up with a new airbag lol.
So now I wait for them to call back, and i'm going to buy a Honda HDS/HIM system so I can fully program/reprogram/sync systems and do the VIN service myself.