Engine-Codes - Mercury - B1218 MERCURY

B1218 MERCURY Code - Transmitter Identification Code

Repair Importance Level: 3/3
Repair Difficulty Level: 3/3  What is this?
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|B1218 MERCURY code possible causes

  • Reprogram Integrated Key Transponder (IKT)
  • Faulty Integrated Key Transponder (IKT)

|How is the B1218 MERCURY code repair?

Start by checking the "Possible Causes" listed above. Visually inspect the related wiring harness and connectors. Check for damaged components and look for broken, bent, pushed out, or corroded connector's pins.

|B1218 MERCURY code tech notes

B1218:44 Transmitter Identification Code Data Memory Failure
B1218:51 Transmitter Identification Code Not Programmed
B1218:81 Transmitter Identification Code Invalid Serial Data Receive

|What is the cost to diagnose the B1218 MERCURY code

Labor: 1.0

The cost to diagnose the B1218 MERCURY code is 1.0 hour of labor. The auto repair's diagnosis time and labor rates vary by location, vehicle's make and model, and even your engine type. Most auto repair shops charge between $75 and $150 per hour.

|What are B1218 MERCURY code possible symptoms?

  • Engine Light ON (or Service Engine Soon Warning Light)

|What is B1218 MERCURY code meaning?

The Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) feature is controlled by the Tire Pressure Monitor (TPM) module and the Body Control Module (BCM). When a button is pressed on an Integrated Key Transponder (IKT) the Transmitter Identification Code (TIC) and RKE command is received by the internal TPM module antenna. If the TPM module determines that it is a valid and programmed TIC, it sends the RKE command and TIC to the BCM over the MS-CAN. When the BCM receives the RKE command, it carries out the command by controlling the door locks or activating the horn and turn signals for the panic alarm. The RKE transmitters and the BCM also utilize a rolling code to prevent the code from being captured by a code grabber. The system advances the counter in the RKE transmitter and the BCM every time an RKE transmitter button is pressed. A Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC) that sets when the BCM detects an invalid TIC from an IKT.

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