How to update Ford VCM II software to V101

This is the step-by-step instruction on how to update Ford VCM 2 and Ford IDS software to  the newest version IDS 101.

Device to use:

Ford VCM II china clone;

Laptop

What’s your FORD IDS version?

For users with FORD IDS V81/V91, please install the Ford IDS V96 first, then install IDS V97.

For users with FORD IDS V96, just install IDS V97 and the VCM 2 firmware to do diagnosis or programming on your Ford vehicles.

Edit: now the newest  is Ford VCM2 IDS v101

How to update Ford IDS software to the newest version:

How to install Ford IDS V98 in Windows XP

IMPORTANT NOTE:

Every time IDS software complete, please go to update vcm2 firmware.

How to update to VCM2 firmware?

1.Find this button in the VCM 2 main unit, and then press on it.

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2.Press the button until the power is connected and all the lights are lighted.

Then connect the VCM II to the laptop via USB port.

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3.Open the software, Ford IDS, then it will prompt update information on your VCM II.

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Update success.

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4.Restart your laptop after update. Then re-connect to the VCM II for diagnosis or programming.

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5.The case is based on the installed FORD IDS V96. Just install V97 to do a test.

Open the software “Thunder”, and put the link below to the URL line.
The link to free download Ford IDS v97.01:

http://www.fordservicecontent.com/Ford_Content/IDS/IDS-97.01_Full.exe

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6.Please install V97.01 FORD IDS in your laptop.

How to use Nexiq with John Deere Service Advisor software

Hi, I have two scanner, John Deere EDL v2 and NEXIQ USB Link. EDL connection with service advisor is perfect. But with usb link, it doesn’t work. The only way where i have connection with usb link is in GetEcuId.

But finally I got Nexiq usb link to work with Service Advisor software

Here is how to operate…

First, you must reflash your Nexiq with John Deere EDL firmware. When you do that, you\ll got EDL as connected device in device manager.

Find original firmware and save it (backup)
C:\NEXIQ\RP1210A\usblink.bin
In John Deere Service Advisor find EDL.bin
I do not remember where it location …
Copy and rename EDL.bin to usblink.bin
replace original C:\NEXIQ\RP1210A\usblink.bin
Go to C:\NEXIQ\Test
open binload.exe
check checkbox – Enable automatic USB-Link firmware update
open CommCheck.exe
firmware will be update
and Nexiq name will be changed – now EDL-Link

Please take a note, that firmware reflash is possible only with original nexiq or HQ nexiq clone, LQ clones can’t be reflashed, even with newer nexiq firmware

It depends on what clone you have, my clone get all updates,works with OBD volvo,and have no issue.

Second, you must modify standard Heavy Duty Scanner Nexiq 9 pin deutsch cable. just simply revert positions of CAN lines. There is two pairs of CAN lines. Here is instruction and picture how to do that here

Standard Nexiq 9 pin Deutsch cable

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microPod II Configuration

1. On a PC with the wiTECH Application installed, connect the Micropod II with a USB cable and enter
IP “172.22.22.22” into the address bar of an Internet browser.
2. Select Wireless Settings in the menu on the left

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3. Select New and enter the name of your profile that you are creating and select Add

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4. In the Security Settings field enter the Automotive Scan Tool wiTECH Access Gateway wireless profile credentials
* SSID,
* Security: WPA PSK,
* Enter Key:
* Confirm Key:

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5. Select Save at the top of page

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6. Select Close on the next page

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7. Select Manage Networks in the menu on the left

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8. Select radio button for the wireless interface

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9. Next to the profile that was just created select the Select & Start button

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10. Select Close on the next page

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11. Once the connection is complete you will see an IP address populate for the wireless interface
? In some cases you may need to select the refresh button

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12. If you have tried selecting the refresh button and the tool is still not obtaining an IP address
? Select the radio button next to the wireless interface

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13. Select the Disable button in the Wireless Adapter area

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14. Select OK on the warning pop up

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15. Select Close

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16. Select the radio button for the wireless interface

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17. Select the Enable button in the Wireless Adapter area

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18. Select Close

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19. You will now see an IP address for the wireless interface

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20. If you are still unable to acquire an IP, make sure you are within range of the wiTECH wireless network try moving closer to the OBD II Scanner wiTECH Access Gateway

A lot useful features of MS906

I am more than impressed with what this little tool can do for the price. I was able to do variant coding on a W212 Mercedes, Airmatic calibration and it still had a lot of other useful features( it was able to access all of the 46 modules installed on the Merc).

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I also used it on a BMW, Toyota Sienna and a Ford Ranger truck and it was able to access all of the modules there as well, perform live tests, actuations, adaptations ( I saw the option to perform shift adaptations on the Mercedes but I haven’t tried it yet) and resetting to default values where applicable.
One cool thing I like about it is the ability to perform graphing ( to a limited extent – not oscilloscope detail but still on par with equivalent but more expensive Autel Scan Tool on the market like SnapOn or Matco).

The not so great parts would be the other, non diagnostic related functions like:
1) Email sharing of the diagnostic files ( they have an embedded app but it doesn’t work with yahoo or gmail servers – I got around it by downloading the yahoo app and using that one to send files to my computer)
2)The tutorial section ( it’s pretty much non existent and for the most part doesn’t even connect to the Autel servers)
3) The complete lack of wiring diagrams and any sort of schematics.

Overall this MaxiSYS MS906 is a great tool to have around for working on your car, pre purchase inspections and helping out friends. It’s biggest plus in my opinion is it’s price, none of the competitors can even get close to it price wise.

Keep in mind that you have to update frequently to be able to work with modules in newer vehicles. Out of the box it has a 1 year free subscription included, after that if you want to update it you have to pay around 600$ per year at Obd2tool.com.