New LPO Accessory Labor Operations Cover Calibration Programming

GM has announced that new labor codes have been developed for installing PDI Dealer-Installed Factory Invoiced Options (LPO) that require calibration programming. (Fig. 1) Technicians should refer to the appropriate accessory installation instructions in Service Information to determine when programming is needed. When installing LPO Accessories that require calibration programming, technicians must document the SPS warranty claim code on the job card (repair order). The claim for the installation of LPO Accessories cannot be submitted without the proper warranty claim code.


Fig. 1


TIP: Published labor time allowances remain unchanged and continue to include labor time to complete the calibration programming event as part of the installation of the LPO Accessory.


Applicable Accessories

The new labor codes, effective April 1, 2022, will be published separately in the applicable Labor Time Guide under General Information > Pre-Delivery Inspection (PDI). The new labor codes apply to the following LPO Accessories:

  • Fog Lamps
  • Front Grille
  • Wireless Charging
  • Remote Start
  • Illuminated Interior Trim
  • Rear Vision Camera
  • Trailering Hook-up
  • Keyless Entry


A notation has been added to the Labor Time Guide, 0590032 PDI – Dealer Installed – Factory Invoiced Options, to identify the LPO Accessories that involve a calibration.


Always Check the Installation Instructions

Before installing LPO Accessories, always refer to the installation instructions in the appropriate Service Information. Check the insert in the accessory packaging as well for additional information, including programming requirements.

In Service Information, build the appropriate vehicle, or enter the VIN, and select the Accessories Manual publication to view the installation instructions. (Fig. 2) Be sure to select the correct category and document for the specific LPO Accessory being installed.


Fig. 2


Accessing the instructions every time an accessory is installed ensures that the most up-to-date procedures for a specific accessory are being used. Some similar accessories have different installation instructions. (Fig. 3) There are several front grille variations, for example, that require calibration programming, while other variations do not require programming. To help in finding the correct instructions, most GM Accessories come with a single-page sheet that includes the Instruction ID Part Number, which is searchable in the Service Information Accessories Manual. Other accessories, such as IBP, may come with instructions included.


Fig. 3


Contact TCSC Before Programming

For the appropriate accessory calibration for the specific VIN, the Techline Customer Support Center (TCSC) must be contacted before attempting to perform programming via SPS. The VIN as well as the Authorization Code, which is included in the accessory packaging, are required by TCSC in order to provide the accessory calibration.

Attempting to program before contacting TCSC will result in SPS not delivering the correct calibration to the vehicle. A “Same Calibration” warning may appear on the SPS summary screen.


Warranty Claim Code

After programming, document the warranty claim code on the job card, which must be included with the claim submission. The new unique labor codes help ensure the necessary calibrations have been programmed for the applicable LPO Accessories.

It’s critical for proper safety, emissions, and/or system performance of the LPO Accessories that the correct calibrations are programmed. For example, Front Accessory Grilles may require calibration programming for proper functionality and safety compliance. While other accessories may require ECM reprogramming for compliance with federal and state/provincial emissions laws. Failure to complete the required programming at the time of accessory installation could result in regulatory enforcement and fines.

For additional information, refer to Bulletin #22-NA-053 and GlobalConnect message GCUS-9-12718 (in Canada, GCCA-9-4394).


– Thanks to Patti Marino and Scott Lewiston


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