My PCM is not the same as the one in the write up here. Mine has a wrap around cover so it looks like it should slide apart but I do not think that is right. It has 4 torx screws on the front and 3 on the back. All I can see. It does not want to slide so how do you get in the thing to resolder it ?
Mine as NO tabs and the cover wraps around like a U shape.
It is correct. Its a different style pcm. I am not sure it was even made by motorola. I remember reading it was supposed to be a hardier pcm. Looks like this?
There is one like this on the yard I went to saturday. As to getting it apart I don;t know. I've seen this style on WJ's, and seem to remember a guy wasn't too successful trying to get it apart. Might look there abit.
I sacrificed one of those getting it apart to have a look inside. The wrap around cover is glued to the frame, probably for sealing purposes. You'd have to pry and would end up bending the cover. The board inside is actually a large flexible plastic sheet/ribbon with all the surface-mount components, and it's glued to the wrap around cover as well. The board is wrap around too. Should have taken pics at the time.
This is the "typical" 1998 PCM. You carefully straighten the tabs with a screwdriver and pliars, remove the 2 torx screws and use a hair blower to apply heat as you lift the top board out. This is the board that normally needs the fingers re-soldered (fingers 2,3). It comes apart fairly easily, buy go slowly.
From the OP's description, his sounds different. Need a picture of OP's PCM.
By his description, it sounds like the OP has the one in coralman's pic. That's the same one in my '96 5.2. I took out the Torx screws and pried it open like a book. There was no potting, just that grey silicone like sealant around the edges.
It was bad before opening (shorted out through rear O2 sensor harness rubbing on driveshaft). However, I did close it back up and sent it in for my core deposit on the A1 Cardone unit I got from RockAuto.