Why Are Cpc4 Modules Being Stolen From Freightliner Trucks?

The Freightliner Cascadia truck contains a small computer known as the CPC4 module (Common Powertrain Controller). This small unobtrusive part monitors and controls more than 100 different important functions within the truck. The CPC Freightliner module relies on information that comes from sensors around the truck and makes decisions based on this information.

The Freightliner Cascadia is controlled by a small computer known as the CPC4 (Common Powertrain Controller) module. It is an essential component of the truck, which the truck can’t drive without. Due to the global on-going shortage of microchips, new CPC4 modules are in short supply and are extremely difficult to get hold of. The scarcity and subsequent high demand for these parts have put dollar signs in the eyes of thieves and they are targeting Freightliner CPC modules. Many thefts of CPC Freightliner modules have been reported over the past year. The thieves are able to steal the module from a parked truck in minutes and they often cause more misery by doing damage to the truck’s windows, dashboard and wire harnesses. 

Freightliners are inoperable without the CPC4 module, so trucks that have been robbed are useless, because of the difficulties in obtaining new ones. The stolen, used CPC4 modules are in high demand on the black market and currently range from $4,000 to $8,000 to buy. The modules can be reprogrammed and then used in other trucks.

Many thefts have been reported to have occurred at truck dealerships and customer terminals. Some insurance companies have put together some tips to help truck drivers reduce the chance of CPC4 theft. A proactive approach is the best deterrent for theft of any kind.

  • Lock the doors
  • Plan your route
  • Seek safe parking
  • Select a secure password for your CPC4
  • Report stole CPCs

CPC theft is a major disruption to fleet operations. In addition to replacement and repair costs, stolen CPC units can result in missed delivery deadlines for the fleet and disruptions for the businesses waiting for the delivery.

Freightliner Cascadia CPC4 modules are very difficult to get hold of, their reduced availability means that if there is an issue, it is important to be able to get the CPC4 repaired. Not only is it difficult to get hold of new modules, but used modules are also being stolen from parked trucks and being sold on the black market for a premium price.


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