I have struggled with a Fuel Fail 89 (purge valve) for quite some time (years). I have gone through the testing procedure as outlined in the Engine Management System Diagnostic Guide multiple times as well confirming that most other emission controls items are working correctly. All grounds have been thoroughly cleaned. And the bottom line: the ECM does not seem to be switching the ground for the purge valve.
The diagnostic guide says to replace the ECM under such conditions but I am hesitant to do so given the cost along with the possibility that something else may be causing the ECM to not switch the purge valve correctly.
And so my question: Has anyone actually solved a problem by replacing the ECM? Are they prone to failure? Is it safe to assume that a 1990 AJ6 being pre-OBD1 doesn’t need to be programmed by the dealer if the numbers match the original ECM?