The 5 Top Reasons You Need an OBD Scanner On Board

Many things that can go wrong with your car, even if it’s brand new. Sometimes an engine component will malfunction, and you’ll need to understand what’s happened to get it fixed. That’s where an OBD scan tool comes in.

An Best obd2 scanner is a tool that mechanics, auto parts stores, and vehicle manufacturers use to test the mechanics and computer functions in a vehicle. The tool is plugged into your car or truck, then it scans the system for errors.

After that, the scanner provides detailed information so you know how to repair the problem. Sometimes, it’s as simple as ignoring the error message because it was triggered by mistake; other times, it indicates a serious issue with your engine.

Whatever the result of the scan, your OBD tool will give you valuable peace of mind as you drive. With winter in full swing and uncertain road conditions, the last thing you want is to be stranded in the cold.

In many situations, you’ll be very happy you invested in a handy scanner. Here are five of the biggest.

1. Check Engine Light Turns On

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If you paid attention during driver’s education, you’ll recall there’s a variety of lights and indicators on the dashboard, but the scariest is the check engine light. When that indicator blinks on, you were told to pull over as soon as possible and get the problem diagnosed.

Typically, you need to head to the nearest mechanic shop or auto parts store to check the error code and plan for repair. There are a couple of problems with this approach, however.

The first is that you may be in a remote location without a store nearby. It could also be a weekend or the middle of the night, when none of these facilities are open.
You run a risk of damaging your vehicle if you continue to drive it with the check engine light on. In some cases, it could be a non-immediate problem such as a loose gas cap, but in others, it could be your spark plugs, which can lead to more serious damage the longer you drive.

When you have an OBD scanner, you can diagnose the problem wherever you are, whether a freeway shoulder in the middle of nowhere or your driveway. You can read the error code and learn whether it’s safe to drive the car to a mechanic, or you should call a tow to prevent further damage.

The check engine light is not something to trifle with, and your OBD scanner will give you quick and accurate answers.

2. Cold Weather Concerns

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When the temperatures drop below freezing, several things can happen to your vehicle. The battery can die, gas caps can loosen, and your tire pressure can go haywire.

These conditions can cause all sorts of warning indicators to light up your dashboard, including the check engine light. Obviously, that’s cause for concern.

You can make sure your vehicle is in tip-top condition for driving with an OBD scan tool. Any time a warning light flickers on, you’ll have the tool stored in your glove compartment for easy diagnostics.

It will check for key indicators like warning lights, fuel system pressure, engine temperature, exhaust emission levels, throttle response, idle speed, and other key metrics that can show problems in colder temperatures.

Then you’ll know what to have repaired and whether the vehicle’s safe to drive.

3. Your Car or Truck Dies in the Middle of Nowhere

Usually, if your vehicle dies during a long drive, you won’t know the exact reason. By popping the hood, you’ll only see problems that are on the surface. Usually, you need diagnostics to see something deeper.

An OBD scanner can help. Although it might not render specifics about the cause of a malfunction, it can clue you into such things as fuel system pressure and battery levels. It will give you information that can be useful for determining your next step … and in some cases, you may be able to fix it on the spot.

4. You’re Strapped for Cash

The average American spends around 1.5 percent of annual income on auto repairs. That averages to about $600 per car in the U.S., but the number is just an average.

Many people end up spending thousands for vehicle repairs in a year because their vehicle is older and needs more care. The sad thing? Many of the most expensive vehicle repairs can be fixed at home if the owner has the right tools and a decent YouTube tutorial.

An Key Programmer is one of those essential tools, and you can get a decent one for as little as $20. If owning such a tool saves you $600 on car repairs because you were able to diagnose the problem and fix it yourself, you’ll be more than grateful you made the initial investment for a scanner.

5. Manufacturer Recalls

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It’s always a little unnerving when you receive a letter or phone call from your vehicle manufacturer that reports a mass recall of your vehicle’s make and model. Usually, the recalls involve a small and harmless malfunction, but occasional outliers could inflict serious harm on you and the car’s occupants.

Your OBD scanner test for the problem. You can determine whether you should be concerned about your vehicle right away or it can wait a while for the repair. Some factory recalls can take months to address, and you don’t want to drive a car or truck that could “blow up” at any moment.

An Auto Scanner Tool is not only a practical investment, but it buys you peace of mind. For less than $100, you’ll have a car repair tool in your arsenal that will save you money and clue you in on potentially serious issues.

Best OBD2 Scanner Tools – Reviews

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At a basic level, a car can be a rather simple machine. An internal combustion engine turns a shaft to provide power to the wheels, a steering system lets you point it in the right way and a braking system helps you to stop. As we can more and more technological, we add more into our cars.

Modern cars have any number of computers that control various aspects that most of the time you don’t even think about. That is until that annoying check engine light pops on. Then all of a sudden you are reminded that your car has been giving a lot of thought to other systems and one isn’t running right. You could drive it to a mechanic but why not at least get an idea of the problem with the best OBD2 Scanner available.

These tools can read the error file that caused your warning light to pop on. Some may give you a code, others may display what the issue is. From there you can decide if it is something that you’d like to try fixing or if you would rather let someone else handle it. Either way, armed with the Professional Diagnostic Tool you should have some idea of what is going on under the hood.

The more high-end the OBD2 scanner that you get, the better scanning options it provides. While most basic OBD2 scanners offer an engine scan, the more advanced ones offer some useful insights on things like ABS brakes and airbags.

Those things can be really helpful and are definitely worth the upgrade simply as you need those more often, which means more value for money. In addition to giving you an overall better value, it can contribute to your overall safety by making sure the braking system and the airbags are in top-notch condition.

Now that you’re familiar with Auto Scanner Tool and know what makes a good one, it’s time to take a look at some of the best available OBD2 scanners that you can get for your car.

How to Troubleshoot a 1995 Mercedes C-280 Engine

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When the engine of your 1995 Mercedes C280 is experiencing difficulties, it tells you of a problem or problems that need to be fixed. Although every problematic scenario is different, there are common troubleshooting tricks concluded by predecessors to handle known issues of the C280 engines. With some specialized tools, for example, an OBD scanner and being aware of the basic diagnostic methods can save you both time and money.

Things You’ll Need
Car ramps
Flashlight
Screwdriver
Socket wrench
Torx screw set
Rubber gloves
Safety glasses
Throttle-body cleaner
OBD II scanner
Mulitmeter
MAF cleaner
Computer with internet access

Instructions
1. Drive your Mercedes up on a set of car ramps and use a flashlight to inspect as much of the electrical harness wiring as possible. Most Mercedes-Benz vehicles manufactured between 1993 and 1997 have been known for having a faulty electrical harness that have caused fires or stalling out and loss of power while driving. If the wiring harness begins to disintegrate or degrade, have the entire harness replaced, as the problem will only continue to worsen, increasing the risk of driving the vehicle.
2. Disconnect the negative cable from your Mercedes C280 car battery and remove the throttle body hose clamp with a screwdriver. The throttle body is located between the intake manifold and the air filter cabin. Wearing rubber gloves and safety glasses spray throttle-body cleaner into the air duct and use gentle brushing to dislodge any grime present in the component. If you hear cracking sounds coming from the throttle body when cold-starting the C280, you may need to replace the entire throttle body if the cleaner does not improve its performance.
3. Use an OBD II scanner to check the Mercedes-Benz engine troubleshoot codes. Locate the C280’s OBD II terminal, which is located at the bottom left part of the steering column and plug in the OBD2 Scanner. Turn on the OBD II scanner and turn the ignition to the accessories position. Record the codes from the OBD II scanner and look them up on websites such as AutoZone or OBD II Codes.
4. Test electrical connections leading to any sensors that come up on the OBD II scanner before replacing the sensors themselves. Turn the ignition key to the “On” position without cranking the engine and apply the probes of a multimeter, set to voltage, to the electrical harness connection. If the connection reads between 4.0 and 5.0 volts, then the sensor needs replacement.
5. Clean your MAF (mass air flow) sensor if you are experiencing rough idling or stalling out. Disconnect the MAF sensor, which is located between the air filter cabin and the throttle body, by using a Torx screwdriver. Unplug the connector and clean it with MAF cleaner. Allow the MAF sensor to air dry before reinserting it into the MAF housing. Replace the MAF with a new sensor if the engine continues to run poorly.
6. Use a computer with internet access to look for potential problems through TSBs (technical service bulletins) or recalls. Currently, as of 2011, there are no recalls on the Professional Diagnostic Tool 1995 C280. However, there are 56 TSB summaries, which could help point out areas to troubleshoot when experiencing problems with your Mercedes.

BMW E90 New Battery Coding & Register FAQ and Guide

Check information below to read if you’d like to know why coding/register BMW Diagnostic Tool ss important and how you can get it done yourself!

Credit to bNks334 from bmw e90post forum. You are at your risk.

Q: I have an older E90, does this apply to me?
A: This guide only applies to vehicles equipped with IBS (intelligent battery sensor). Registration and coding will not be successful on older vehicles that are equipped with basic power management systems.

Q: I replaced my battery and it works just fine, why all the fuss?
A: Disregarding the need to register and code for a new battery may result in improper charging. Over time, improper charging may have detrimental effects on the lifespan of your cars battery and the operation of the vehicles electronics.

Q: Why do I need to register a new battery?
A: The short answer is that BMW designed the charging system with an algorithm that varies the rate of charge by the age and type of the battery installed. Registering a new battery resets the algorithm back to optimal charging voltage for the specified battery.

Q: Why do I need to “code” for a new battery?
A: The answer to this varies. You may not have to! That is, so long as you replace your old battery with an exact replacement. However, if you switch from a wet-cell type battery to an AGM type battery, or vice versa, you must code for the change.

AGM and wet-cell batteries require a different rate of charge output from the alternator. Moving between these two types without coding can lead to over-charging or under-charging.
Also, batteries have a discharge rating called amp hours (ah). You must specify to the DME what the “ah” rating of your battery is so the car can run the proper charging algorithm.

Q: I bought a lightweight battery, but the “ah” rating for my new battery is less than the lowest setting available in the CAS/NFRM module. Is this ok?
A: While not ideal, you can certainly use your new battery. Code your car for the setting that best matches your new battery. Most important is ensuring you’ve changed the settings from wet-cell to AGM type, if necessary. Consequently, you may negatively impact the life expectancy of the new battery by coding say an 80ah AGM charging map when your lightweight battery has a discharge capacity of only 18ah…

Personally, I am running a Deka/East Penn Sports Power ETX-30L Battery ($103.99). I used XS Power 586 Tall Brass Post Adaptors (M6 Thread). The Deka ETX-30L is rated 400CCA @ 28.6Ah(20HR) and is a 21lb AGM type battery. EDIT: I now run a PC925. Both these batteries crank the car strong, but I would not recommend ever using anything weaker!

My 2011 E82 did not have a charging map listed in the CAS module for anything less than 80ah AGM. Therefore, this is what I chose when I coded my car (initially). There are people that have reported seeing options in the CAS module for as low as 40ah AGM. I believe updating to a newer CAS ZB software may provide more options. Or, maybe the additional options are only available in the CAS module for higher end models like 335is E92’s? I can only speculate as to why some people have more settings available than others.

I ended up using Carly to code my battery again. Even though the lowest setting I found in the CAS module was 80ah AGM, Carly provided a 36ah AGM option. After using Carly to code my new battery, INPA does indeed confirm (see appendix D) the charging system is using a 36ah AGM charging map, or at least INPA recognizes that’s what Carly set it to

Q: What cable do I need to connect to use BMWtools on my laptop/device?
A: I use a generic OBDII to USB (K+DCAN) cable I got off amazon, and it works fine:

http://www.obdii365.com/wholesale/bmw-inpa-k-can-with-ft232rq-chip.html

Q: Can I use Bluetooth?
A: I bought a generic ELM327 OBDII to Bluetooth adapter for use with apps like Carly, Torque, Trackaddict, and Harry’s lap time to name a few, and it works fine:

http://www.obdii365.com/wholesale/elm327-bluetooth-software-obd2-eobd-can-bus-scanner-tool.html

Q: I installed a battery with exact replacement specs (e.g. 80ah wet cell with 80ah wet cell). How can I register my new battery?
A: There are several methods that can be used to register a new battery. See options 1, 2, and 3 below:

Q: I installed a battery of a different type and/or capacity (e.g. 80ah wet-cell with a 90ah wet-cell, or, 90ah wet-cell with a 40ah AGM). How can I code for the changes I made to the battery?
A: There are several methods that can be used to code for battery changes. See options 1, 2, 4, and 5, below:

Option 1:

Overview:
Carly is an Android/iOS app that can be used to painlessly register and code a new battery. Just purchase the app, and the in-app purchase for the battery module, and it walks you through the process.

Steps:
1) Download the Carly app on your device ($44.99 + $9.99 for battery module):
2) Verify your OBDII to USB cable is working properly or that your OBDII to Bluetooth adapter is properly paired to your device and communicating with Carly.
3) Purchase the in-app battery module. From here, Carly walks you through the steps of both registering the battery and coding for any changes. It’s that simple.

Option 2:

Overview:
Use Rheingold (ISTA-D) to REGISTER and/or CODE a new battery. The virtual machine, mentioned above, comes pre-loaded with this dealer level software. An BMW ICOM emulator is all setup for you to use this program with the aforementioned K+DCAN cable.
Rheingold is an amazing tool. It will automatically diagnose issues with your vehicle and provide a corrective action plan to fix them. It will even tell you the steps you need to take to re-program things with a separate program called ISTA-P.

Steps:
1) Turn ignition to the “on” position. INPA can be used to verify the car is communicating properly. INPA shows when the ignition is in the on/off position.
2) Load Rheingold
3) Click the “Identification” tab
4) Click “Read out” tab and then “start” in the bottom right (takes a long time to gather cars info)
5) Once vehicle info has loaded (verify your vin is accurately displaying) click the “Vehicle management” tab
6) Navigate to: Service function>body>voltage supply>battery>register and then click “start search”
7) Select result “ABL register battery replacement ”
8) Rheingold then walks you through your options! You can simply register a new like-for-like battery, or you can change the battery capacity. Rheingold will prompt you to perform coding using ISTA-P!

Option 3:

Overview:
Use Ediabas Toolset32, a software packaged with the BMWtools suite, to REGISTER a new battery

Steps:
1) Run Tool32.exe
2) Navigate: File>Load SGB>C:/EDIABAS/ECU/[choose the appropriate .prg file for your DME – see appendix A]
3) Look up steuern_batterietausch_registri (near bottom of job list)
4) Go to Jobs menu
5) Select Run Job (German: Job Einmal Ausfuhren [run job once])
6) Verify operation reports “Okay”

Option 4:

Overview:
This method is a bit incomplete in regard to coding. It uses NCSexpert to edit the settings in the CAS and NFRM modules. Essentially, you are manually changing the settings in the CAS/NFRM module to reflect the new battery.

*****While this method seems like a straightforward way to code for battery changes, it fails to address the issue of vehicle order (VO). This could have implications for future coding and ZB updates. See option 5.

*****After completing this coding, you must still perform “Option 3″ to register the new battery using Tool32. Or, you can use ISTA-D to do the registering, but then you might as well also use ISTA to do the programming at that point…

Steps:
1) Load NCSExper.exe
2) Select a profile that has manipulation enabled: File>load profile> “CNCcoding”
3) Select: F1>F3>select your chassis>select “CAS”
4) Press F6 for back
5) Press F4 to select a specific module “Process ecu” then you get a list of all modules available for your car
6) Select “CAS” then select “READ ECU” this is going to read all the values from the specific module and create an FSW_PSW.TRC file with the values
8) Leave NCSExper.exe open and navigate to the “work” folder ([X]:\NCSEXPER_64\WORK)

The FSW_PSW.TRC file we generated when we “read” the CAS module is where we are going to change the battery settings. After making our changes, we will then change the file extension to the file type NCS uses to write to the selected module (.MAN).

At this point, you can also use a program called NCSDummy to make things easier. You can use NCSDummy to import the .TRC file. NCSDummy will provide translations and descriptions for all the settings in the CAS module. I will not cover the details on how to use NCSDummy, it is very easy if you search. The following steps continue with how you can just simply edit the .TRC file in notepad to achieve our goal of coding a new battery:

9) Open the generated FSW_PSW.TRC file with notepad
10) Select: File>save as>FSW_PSW.MAN (be sure to select “save as type” to all files so that it will accept the “.MAN” extension. If you fail to do so it will just save it as a text file .TXT)
11) Search for the option “KLASSE_BATTERIE” and change the value from its current setting to a setting that most closely matches the rating of your new battery (e.g. “90ah” to “70ah” or if using an AGM battery “70ah_agm”) (see Appendix E)
12) Select: File >Save
13) Back to NCS now hit F5 for basic functions
14) Select “coapiReadSgGetFswPsw” and then “ok.” You are basically telling NCS to read all the values from your .MAN file. You will see a screen… just press ok. Then press ok again.

Ok now take a look where it says “JOBNAME = CODIERDATEN_LESEN” We need to change that to a coding function because we want to write the changes to the module, not READ as we did earlier.

15) Select F2 “job”
16) Select SG_CODIEREN and press ok
17) Then press F3 to execute the job. After a pause you will see the “coding ended” message!

I am not sure if these steps are 100% what you’ll see. It’s been a while since I coded my battery, but I’ll update the steps as needed.

Instead of clicking “Process ECU”, you can click “Process car” (F3), and then “Code Car” (F1). This will code every module in the car (might take longer like 5minutes) for the changes you made in the .MAN folder for the CAS module we read. There are changes that may need to be made in NFRM that this will take care of.

The battery rating should now be updated in the system. You can verify the coding was successful by performing the steps outlined in Appendix D.

Option 5:

Overview:
This is the proper method to manually code for changes to the battery. Your vehicle order (VO) stores all the information regarding the various hardware your car came with from the factory. For example, if your car came with a wet-cell 70ah battery, your VO will read out with attribute -B070 (see Appendix B). Now, lets say you used option 4, above, to manually change the CAS module to reflect a new 70ah AGM battery. Your VO will still reflect the old battery of –B070. You want your VO to be updated to read -A070 (see Appendix B).!

If you go to the dealer, their software (Rheingold/ISTA-D and ISTA-P) will read your VO and recommend diagnostic/programming changes as if you still have that old battery installed. Basically, their software would overwrite the changes you made in option 4 and set all the coding back to the settings that reflect the old battery!

This is also how people lose their DEALER flashed PPK tune. The dealer fails to perform the proper programming portion of the PPK flash and the VO is never updated to reflect the PPK tune is installed on the vehicle. Return visits to the dealer then results in the dealers software to recommends DME updates that overwrite the PPK dme software! If you properly update the VO then only software, and settings, that matches your cars hardware will be recommended!

Steps: Changing VO
1. Open NCSEXPER.exe
2. Select: File > Load profile > Select a profile that has manipulation enabled (“CNCoding”) > Click OK
3. Press F1 (VIN/ZCS/FA)
4. Press F3 (CS/FA f. EC) > Select E89 (chassis family for E9x and E8x vehicles) > Click OK > Select CAS > Click OK
5. Press F6 (Back)
6. Press F1 (VIN/ZCS/FA)
7. Press F2 (Enter FA) > Select E89 > Click OK
8. A window labeled “Enter VIN” appears with your vehicles VIN number filled in > Click OK
9. A window labeled Enter FA appears > scroll to find VO for old battery (-B090) > highlight –B090 and press delete on keyboard
10. Enter –A080 (see Appendix B) in the “Attribute” box > Click Add > Click OK
11. Press F6 (Back)
12. Press F4 (Process ECU) > Select CAS > Click OK
13. Press F2 (Change Job) > Select FA Write > Click OK
14. Press F3 (Execute Job)
15. Verify that the write is complete “Job Ended”
16. Press F1 (Change ECU) > Select FRM/NFRM > Click OK
17. Verify lines: get coded, FRM, JOBNAME = FA_Write
18. Press F3 (Execute Job)
19. Verify that the write is complete “Job Ended”
20. Press F6 (Back) > Exit NCSEXPERT

The CAS and NFRM/FRM modules will now always default back to the new attributes you assigned to the VO!

It is important to now use NCSExpert to code the car to the new VO settings. If you properly changed the VO, NCSExpert will automatically write the battery capacity and type settings to the various modules. This is what we did manually in option #4!

1. Open NCSEXPERT
2. File > Load profile > Select a profile that has manipulation enabled (“CNCoding”) > Click OK
3. Press F1 (VIN/ZCS/FA)
4. Press F3 (CS/FA f. EC) > Select E89 > Click OK > Select CAS > Click OK
5. Press F6 (Back)
6. Press F3 (Process Car)
7. Press F1 (Code Car)

Appendix A:
MSV70,MSV 70.0 for N52 (NG6),
MSV80,MSV 80.0 for N52KP (NG6),
MSD80,MSD 80.0 for N43 N53 & N54 with EWS4/CAS,
Mevd172KW, Mevd 172 for N55 (Older N55’s up to late 2011 production)
Mevd176k, Mevd 176k for N55 (late 2011 production date or newer)
MSS60,MSS60 for S65 (M3),

Appendix B:
“B” represents wet-cell, while “A” represents AGM in the VO.
E B046 BATT_46AH //46 Ah-Batterie
E B055 BATT_55AH //55 Ah-Batterie
E B070 BATT_70AH //70 Ah-Batterie
E B080 BATT_80AH //80 Ah-Batterie
E B090 BATT_90AH //90 Ah-Batterie
E A070 BATT_AGM_70AH //70 Ah-AGM Batterie
E A080 BATT_AGM_80AH //80 Ah-AGM Batterie
E A090 BATT_AGM_90AH //90 Ah-AGM Batterie

Appendix C:
ISTA/D (aka Rheingold) is the current dealership diagnostic software for all Exx and Fxx cars.
ISTA/D is the replacement for older dealership “DIS” diagnostic software.
ISTA/P is the current dealership programming software for all Exx and Fxx cars.
ISTA/P is the replacement for the older dealership programming software “SSS.”
ISTA/P & ISTA/D are designed to be used with an ICOM Interface, and with full ICOM-A-B-C, you can connect to older cars. The ICOM “C” Connection is for the older BMW ADS 20-pin round “Pacman” connector in the Engine Bay. You can find versions of ISTA/D with an ICOM Emulator built-in that allows you to use it with an ENET Interface for Fxx cars and a DCAN Interface for Exx cars.
INPA (interpreter for test procedures) is an older factory floor diagnostic software, designed to run test procedures. While INPA can be set to an English User Interface, most of the Test Procedures (scripts), which can be difficult to find, are in German.
WinKFP is for flashing/reprogramming modules
NCSexpert is for coding, it can be used to set up options and enable things
Tool32 is like a DOS cmd box for the modules, it’s text based and can it’s able to ask the ECUs various questions and show the answers (like status, programming data etc)

Appendix D:

Verify changes:
To see the current rate your battery is charging at, open the INPA program>> E90>>ENGINE>>MSD80>> Status(F5)>>PM-IBS>>PM FIELD 2 . Under the PM Field option look at the ah reading registered, to see what it’s set at to charge your battery at present. If it’s incorrect, you need to re-try the options outlined above. Once you have done this, re-register your battery using the Tool32 program. Then go back into INPA and check the PM Field 2 again to see if the new ah reading has been registered.

Appendix E:
KLASSE_BATTERIE BATTERY TYPE
wert_00 value 00
80ah 80 ampere-hours
90ah 90 ampere-hours
110ah 110 ampere-hours
70ah 70 ampere-hours
55ah 55 ampere-hours
46ah 46 ampere-hours
70ah_agm 70 ampere-hours (agm)
90ah_agm 90 ampere-hours (agm)
60ah_agm 60 ampere-hours (agm)
80ah_agm 80 ampere-hours (agm)
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How to install VCM 2 Ford IDS 109 software

 How to install Ford IDS 109:
1- Install the ids 86 before changing the date to 1 07 2015
(hold the date 1/7/2015 , until you finish step 5
every time you restart your computer, check the date, if it is  on 1/7/2015)
2- install patch ( choice option 2 )
3- Make a backup of your windows system (I recommend, this is optional)
4- Open the program with the interface connected ,,( choose NON DEALER,when open program for first time ) , keep vcm turn on,on the computer.
5 – create a restore point,,,then turn off vcm of the computer
6 – Okay, now install the new version, v109.01, before installing, changing the date of your computer, to the current day
7- After installing, go back to the restore point, which you created in step 5, activate this restore point, and then open the program
8- Finally, install FordExtendProgram  (click right mouse button click on, run as administrator)

Done, will work in the new version

Ps. here’s solution of “VCM II-IDS software version mismatch (update IDS) ”

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Click green Tick box to update firmware.
If it does nothing, <=Perform VCMii reset . Unplug USB cable from end Ford VCM II take off black rubber end boot plug back in USB restart IDS hold BUTTON middle end VCM plug in to PC all lights flash and and when VCM beeps release button IDS will prompt VCM update to IDS level press Tick

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.

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

How to use GM MDI interface for programming

GM has had its newest programming/J2534 Pass Thru device on the market for some years now. A lot has been said about it and I am here to tell you that I have finally taken the plunge into GM MDI in, pretty much, all of its aspects. I decided after taking it into the field for a while, it was time to report what I experienced and how I feel about MDI and its companion programs. It is a formidable diagnostic/programming system that has really benefited me more than it has impeded me. With just a few exceptions, this system has my stamp of approval. let me say right out of the gate that my intent is not to do anything but provide you with information that can be found on any of the literature that GM has provided for Auto Scanner Tool MDI, Tech II WIN and GDS II users. What I am offering you is a slightly more comprehensive report of these facts as I understand them, have experienced. Additionally, I am NOT an engineer before I am a vehicle technician and automotive trainer, thus my approach is view of a technician and trainer. Please feel free to email me with any information you think I may have missed or questions or comments you may have. This is how I continue to have guides like this evolve to help others.

First off, let’s talk about what GM MDI itself. The GM MDI which is an acronym for Multiple Diagnostic Interface. It is a very basic, yet very effective J2534 Pass-Thru unit that General Motors adopted several years ago. This was in lieu of the introduction of the Global Diagnostic System (GDS) and GDS II. This diagnostic software package is needed to be able to diagnose GM’s global A platform vehicles like Camaro, Equinox, Regal, Terrain, Cruze, and even the Volt. These vehicles will not communicate with the Tech II of yesteryear, thus they can neither be diagnosed, nor programmed with a GM Tech II. MDI provides the user with several well marked status lights for connectivity, and functionality. The MDI is also capable of operating wireless and as a network device as it comes from the factory with a removable wireless card. The MDI package also includes a network cable, DLC cable that looks similar to the Tech II DLC but is NOT the same. It comes with a very nice, long USB wire and a nifty connector protector device that prevents wear and damage to the end of the USB wire that connects to MDI. Included in the package is also an AC adapter with plug converters that allow for use worldwide as well as a quick-start CD with instructions and a “birth certificate.” The unit comes to you brand new in a “brain dead” state. This means that you need to start from scratch and download 100% of the software and drivers you need to operate the unit and its attributes. This means that you will need access to TIS to WEB to get this software, or a good reliable source outside of AC Delco. You can go out on places like GarageForum and down load software, but keep in mind that there are BAD people on the internet who sneak malicious software into downloads to steal your information off of your computer.

The MDI allows the user to operate his/her diagnostic programming on PC and use the MDI as its pass thru device and with the GDS II software, do pretty much anything on a Global A platform vehicle. One can, furthermore, program any controller on a Global A GM vehicle with the MDI, with the support of TIS to WEB. You can also program OBD II and all other CAN equipped GM vehicles through any mode you wish. Although there is currently no software flash programming on disc for Global A vehicles, all the flashes must be accessed on the World wide Web, just like all of Chrysler’s flashes, and in just a couple months, Ford will be doing this as well. As you will read, MDI will allow its user to interface with the antiquated, but very useful, TIS2000 program for GM pre-08 applications.

GDS 2 – At first blush, needs more work!

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The software that allows MDI to interface your PC to Global A cars is called GDS II. This program needs A LOT of work! It is not a very user friendly program that does not appear to have the technician in mind. It was clearly designed by engineers who seem to think cars are worked on by other engineers, not technicians. I have always found that the major disconnect between GM’s team that wrote this software and the end user will inevitably be the biggest criticism of this software diagnosing system. The program does not flow well and has a lot of disjointed functionality. Things are often difficult to find within the system and not always in the same places for all applications. Like a bad relationship with a spouse, you eventually settle into the program with experience, but I have not yet reached that point. I will provide more information and examples as I spend more time with GDS II.

Where does this leave Tech II? Lets talk about Tech II WIN

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MDI pretty much leaves the Tech II user in the same boat as the TIS2000 user. Although its still useful, it’s time has passed. For some years, it was necessary to have a Tech II in your stable for the older GM’s with simple CAN and OBD II but this too has clearly passed! Tech II is still useful for GM OBD I cars. For OBD II and newer cars, with the introduction of Tech II WIN, the MDI and your PC can be used to emulate a Tech II WITH CANDi right on your PC at about 100x faster than the old Tech II stand alone. Thus far, I have been able to do just about everything with the Tech II WIN program that I could do with my actual Tech II, but I have to honestly say, I have not yet done every single function on every model. Now you can do pretty much anything with your MDI you could do with your Tech II WIN program on GM NAO and a few other software packages. Tech2WIN will NOT, however, work with ALL the same applications as GM Tech2. Saab, for instance, will NOT work with Tech2Win. With that said….here comes the BAD news.

Tech2WIN is a great service to have, but consider that you dont own it! You just lease it from AC Delco. Once you get Tech2WIN downloaded, unpack the program and install it, there is a lot of stuff you have to do to make it useable. You need to obtain a security license off of TIS on WEB, than download the software package you want to use. It’s a huge hassle at first because the instructions are very poorly written and leave out a few key procedures on how to do this efficiently. You have to, furthermore, update the software every 30 days to keep it functional. Tech2WIN will work stand alone (with no connection to the internet) for only 30 days at a time. After that, you have to go through the update procedure again and download current software. Unlike how you do it with Tech 2 and your 32 Mb memory card, once you download, oh lets say, GM NAO software for Tech2WIN, you will see a counter in the lower right hand side of the screen on the program when you open it. It will begin at 30 and once it runs to 0, you need to get on line and download your software again as it will no longer work. If you are reading this and are thinking “OK so whats the big deal”? The big deal is that the software access package from AC DELCO on TIS to WEB that you need to get this updated software will cost you a minimum of $1400 bucks! You cant subscribe weekly or monthly, or even yearly unless you choose one of their more inclusive packages and get this service. With your old Tech2, you could download a version of Tech2 software and once a new version came out, you just got an annoying screen reminding you that there MIGHT be an update to your software. You can still use 100% of the software despite there being a slightly newer version. You can’t do this with Tech2WIN. Although the program itself is a great product, the cost of keeping it working makes it VERY hard for me to say that it will cause technicians who use Tech2 to flood onto Ebay or Craig’s list to sell off their Tech2’s. The unfortunate thing that will likely occur in time is that GM will begin to only offer updates that will work with Tech2WIN. This may occur simply because the 32 Mb card will soon not be able to hold all the information required to update Tech2. Once this happens, GM is not likely going to spend the money required to put out an updated card for an antiquated scan tool. This is all speculation, however, look to see a lot of good deals on Tech2’s on Ebay once this happens. One little tip I have gotten from my dealership buddies turned out to make a lot of sense. When I bought a used Tech2 on Craig’s list a few years ago, it had a software package from back to 2006 on the 10 Mb Card. I took it and threw it into my box of 10 Mb cards and OBD I cords and forgot about it. When I went to do some work on an 88 suburban, I couldn’t find some of the functions on my Tech2 that had current updating on it. I asked my buddy at the dealership who is pretty tech savvy and he told me that as GM puts out newer software for the latest models that are not Global A platform vehicles, they start pruning off software from the earlier models in the GM NAO software package. If you have access to an older version of NAO or know someone who has an old memory card with outdated software from pre-07, get a cheap 10Mb card, and use the utility on Tech2 and get yourself a copy to keep just in case you have to work on one of those old crusty GM’s. Its because of stuff like this that the 10Mb card is still a useful item as is the good old Tech 2 scan tool.

I can, however, say with some confidence…………………

Tech II is on life support!

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When GM went to the world wide web back in 08 and away from TIS2000, the Tech II’s days became numbered. They have been very nice about making it possible to use Tech II well into the current day, but with the growing number of Global A cars on the road, Tech II is about to find itself on the shelf along with TECH I. The good news for us veterans that In addition to Tech II WIN allowing us to have the comfort of Tech II on our PC, for those of us who still use TIS2000 software, it is about as easy as pie to configure TIS2000 to work as a pass thru unit with TIS2000 directly. What this means is that you can simply put MDI on your menu of units that you are programming with using TIS2000 and program all of the old school GM’s all the way back to OBD II with MDI and TIS2000. Sure, you wont be able to get the most current programing that you can get on line, but when you don’t have access to the internet, and doing an older pre-08 GM family car, you wont be left in a lurch if you have TIS2000 loaded on your PC. Lots of people say “why in the hell would anyone want to use flashes that are over 4 years old on TIS2000? My response is almost always “because not everyone has access to the internet in the front seat of a car on a car lot,” or “some people simply cant afford to buy access to TIS on WEB for the few times they need to replace a late model GM controller.” There are lots of reasons why people need to have flash programing resident to their PC, as opposed to having to go out on line to get it. Than there is the economic reality of the situation folks. Up here in the lawless badlands of Detroit where at least 90% of the cars finding themselves in repair shops are non Global A vehicles, and pre 08 GM’s, TIS2000 is still an extremely useful entity.

The fact that you are reading this means that you are likely looking to invest in such a unit, or already have one and need more background. Keep in mind that for every piece of new technology that comes down the pike, there is gong to be some clown trying to copy it and for less money and sell it to you. This would be just great if they were more up-front about it, but instead, they act like they are selling you an authentic unit, or a BETTER than authentic unit for far less money than an authentic unit. Sure, I have read about lots of folks on GarageForum who use clone FORD VCM units and seem to have great luck with them. For every one of those stories, I hear and see hundreds of others who got a piece of complete garbage from some Ebay rip off artist who sold them on the idea that somehow anything that comes out of China or Korea is something other than crap! Keep in mind that all of those folks who spent money on VCM units out of Asia thinking that they would cheat the system and be able to operate with impunity and for free are now coughing up even more now than they would have before (at least until someone figures out how to rip off the IDS software and un-lock it without paying). It is people like this who cost everyone more money in the long run because Motorcraft, like AC Delco and Witech, will spend millions to protect their software from piracy, and the rest of us will pay for it in higher prices for it. I am the last person in the world that will preach about software piracy as I encourage others to share software, however, with hardware, we are in a completely different boat. Clone hardware is RARELY well worth the investment and 95% of the time, ends up a total loss. Good luck finding the 5% that actually works well and has longevity. The only people who think Chinese or Eastern European Clone tools work well are the people who were stupid enough to buy them and almost always regret it as the solder melts away with nominal use or future program upgrades wont work on them and renders their clone crap useless! I have a clone VCM on my bench right now that actually has mold growing on one of the circuit boards from the acid core solder they used to build it in China. It ate through the laminate on the board and caused a major malfunction after only 6 weeks of use.

Software Sharing, a cheap way out, BUT………………………..

Regarding the download of information from the World Wide Web instead of the reliable source like AC Delco, keep a few things in mind. You can jump onto some of the sites dedicated to diagnostic tools and download software from, what you think are, trusted sources. The fact is that many people end up downloading malicious software that gives others on the web access to your computer. They steal your financial information, software, passwords and personal information right out from under your nose. Consider the piece of diagnostic software that a friend of mine downloaded (Witech) on a forum a couple weeks ago. The software came from a trusted poster, but what he didn’t know was that the poster got it from a questionable source, posted it on the forum, hundreds of people downloaded it, and within a couple weeks, it was on thousands of computers world wide. A quick virus scan found a TON of spywhere on that download that was NOT there from WiTech. It included data mining software, and malware placed within it by dozens of sources. Long story short, there are BAD people doing BAD things on line! Even good people end up spreading some very damaging viruses and software to good people. You need to practice thorough vetting of all software and software sources before introducing these into your PC.

Regrets! I have a few

So, do you really think that there was not going to be any downside to GM MDI and these software packages? Well…..THINK AGAIN! Here we go with the downside for MDI:

As we stated earlier in this article, the biggest detractor to the MDI package, in my opinion, is GDS software! It is not very user frinedly as GM really needed to get some technicians in on the structure of this program before dumping it on us. I know a lot of GM dealership folks who still struggle with thie program.

To fully appreciate the benefits of GM MDI,you MUST have access to TIS to WEB. That means big bucks for this level of access! A year of middle of the road access will cost you about $1600 bucks if you work with GMs regularly. If you’re a daily flyer, better be prepared to spend a little over fifty bucks a week for weekly access.

As stated earlier, to be able to use the Tech II Emulator (Tech II WIN), you must be able to download software updates onto your PC just like you used to do with your Tech II 32 MB memory card. You will need to update your Tech II WIN program using TIS to WEB, and not only will you need to update it, but you will need to update it every month! Once that month times out, you will need to, once again, download the Tech II software you were using to keep Tech II WIN operational. A weekly or monthly TIS on WEB subscription does NOT give you access to Software Download (SWDL) privileges. This will cost you a minimum of $1600 bucks or a buddy who will give you access to TIS on WEB.

In conclusion, I am very happy with my MDI interface, as I have access to TIS on WEB as well as TIS2000 and have become comfortable with the use of Professional Diagnostic Tool Tech II WIN. I program cars for a living, so the cost benefit is in my favor. If you’re a novice, you may want to think twice about trashing or selling your Tech II. The GREAT news for the novice GM person is that I think Tech II will soon be flooding the market at very reasonable rates, now that it is very quickly becoming antiquated. The bad news to us technicians is that MDI clones are already all over the place on EBay so watch your step! Like so many other clone diagnostic tools, the crap coming out of Korea and some out of China are just that…CRAP!

Good Luck and again, if you find that any of my information is not 100% accurate, or have something to add, or just have a question or two, please feel free to Email me. I don’t get paid for posting these guides folks, I do it so I can teach others and also to learn from those who may know more about this than I do. Please consider sharing your knowledge with others as well. Remember that in the end, it’s them vs. us in this business. Companies like GM who take our hard earned tax dollars, rip off their pensioners and cheat their suppliers who they owed money to by declaring bankruptcy un-necessarily, wont bat an eye when it comes to squeezing us independent repair technicians out of the picture. Consider that here on the internet, we have the ability to join forces and support each other in the effort to thwart greedy companies like General Motors. We can only do it if we band together, spread the word and share our resources. Knowledge is the most valuable resource we have so share it with others. You never know what you may get in return!

How to use Tech 2 for Service Programming System (SPS)

GM Service Programming System manual:

The GM Service Programming System (SPS) is a personal computer (PC) application used to reprogram vehicle electronic control modules (ECMs). The SPS application programs General Motors programmable control modules by using the GM Tech 2 Flash scan tool or the Next Generation scan tool as a “pass-thru” device to communicate program data to the vehicle control module. All programming steps are activated and finalized through the PC Service Programming System software CDs

GM Service Programming System kit contains two compact discs (CD):

1.An Application CD which loads the SPS application
2.A Data CD which loads SPS data

System Requirements

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SPS application install

Step 1: Determine if TCP/IP protocol is installed

– If you have a network card installed then you only need to verify that TCP/IP protocol has been configured.
– If your PC is already set up with TCP/IP protocol, go to “Install the SPS Software”

Step 2: Install the SPS Application CD software

To install the SPS software, follow these steps:

1 Insert the Application CD into the PC’s CD drive.

The TIS 2000 Installation Welcome window appears automatically

Note: If the Car Scanner TIS2000 software was previous installed and removed from the PC, a message may appear asking to reuse old settings. If so, click the NO button to NOT reuse old settings.

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2 Click the Next button to continue. This displays the Language Selection window.

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3 Select a language for the application and then click the Next button. This displays the Choose Destination Location window.

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4 Click the Next button. This displays the Choose Serial Port window

Note: Clicking the Next button on the Destination Location window places the SPS application in the destination directory C:\Program Files\cosids. You can optionally click the Browse button to select a different destination directory for the files.

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5 Select the serial port to use for the scan tool connection. This must be an open COM port where no external devices are connected. Then click the Next button. This displays the TIS2000 Installation Mode window.

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6 Select Standalone and then click the Next button. This displays the Set DEALERSHIP window.

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7 Select NAO (North American Operations) and then click the Next button. This configures settings, starts the Decurity Device Installation module, and displays the TIS2000 Security Device Add / Remove window.

Note: This installation of TIS2000 supports reflash of Saturn vehicles. Other dealership installations are not supported.

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Note: The Security Device Installation module configures the USB security key, which is a component of the SPS Kit. The installation of the USB security key requires strict attention or TIS2000 will not perform as expected.

8 Click the checkbox above USB Security Key to place a checkmark in the box (Figure 1.14). Then click the Continue button. This displays an Information window (Figure 1.15).

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9 Follow the instructions on the Information window and then click the OK button. This displays a Hardware Installation message box.

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10 Click the Continue Anyway button. This displays the Program Completed window.

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11 Install the purple USB security key as instructed on the window and then click the OK button.

Note: Make sure the security key installs securely into the PC’s USB port. After installing the software, do not remove the security key from the USB port; it must remain in the port for the TIS2000 SPS application to work.

12 This begins the TIS2000 software installation and displays a progress indicator message. Wait for the installation to complete and for the completion message to appear (Figure 1.19).

13 Click the OK button.

14 Remove the Application CD from the PC’s CD drive.

15 Go to Update the SPS Data

Step 3: Update the data with the SPS Data CD

Note: During the update, the TIS2000 software skips the initial language, dealership, etc. steps and uses current TIS2000 settings. TIS2000 also skips over SecDevIns (Security Device Installer) and uses the current TIS2000 settings.

1 Insert the Data CD into the PC’s CD drive and wait approximately 20 seconds for the TIS2000 Update message to appear.

Note: On Windows XP systems, a browser window may open displaying the contents of the CD. If so, close the window and double-click the TIS2000 icon on the Window’s desktop. Because TIS2000 looks for new updates each time you start the application, the Update message appears.

2 Click the OK button to continue. This begins the update and displays a progress indicator message. When the update completes, a completion message appears

3 Click the OK button. The application is ready to use.

4 Begin using the SPS application by double-clicking the TIS 2000 icon located on the Window’s desktop.

Tech 2 Flash Setup

What You Will Need for Tech 2 Flash Setup:

1 The GM SPS application installed onto your PC (with the USB security key). Also see “System Requirements”

2 32 MB PCMCIA card recommended (May, 2005). Call OTC Technical Services at 800-533-6127 to determine the current minimum requirements.

3 SPS Kit Components:

RS-232 DB9 Serial Port Adapter (P/N 3000111)
RS-232 Communications Cable (P/N 3000110)
USB Security Key (already installed during software installation)
RS-232 Loop-back Adapter (P/N 3000112)
User’s Guide (P/N 526933)

4 T2F Kit Components (from Tech 2 Flash Kit):

Tech 2 Flash Scan Tool Cigarette Lighter Power Cable (P/N 3000096) or Battery Power Cable (P/N 3000097)
SAE 16/19 Pin Adapter (if the vehicle is OBD II compliant)
NAO 12/19 Pin Adapter (if the vehicle is not OBD II compliant)
(Optional) AC to DC Power Supply (P/N 3000113)
DLC Cable (P/N 3000095)
DLC Loop-back Adapter (P/N 3000110)

Step 1: Verify the Tech 2 on obd2tool Flash and DLC Cable (Power On Self Test – POST)

1 Make the loop-back connections as follows:
a Plug the RS-232 loop-back adapter (item 1) into the Tech 2 Flash RS-232 port. See Figure 2.1.
b Connect the DLC cable (item 2) to the Tech 2 Flash VCI connector.
c Connect the DLC loop-back adapter (item 3) to the DLC cable.

2 To make the power connection, connect one of the following to the power jack on the DLC cable battery power cable (item 1), or cigarette lighter power cable (item 2), or the optional AC to DC power supply

3 Supply power to the Tech 2 Flash.

4 Perform the Power On Self Test (POST) as detailed in the Tech 2 Flash User’s Guide.

5 The POST automatically verifies the hardware and detects any Tech 2 Flash malfunctions. Do one of the following:
If any errors are detected, refer to the POST Troubleshooting Chart located in the Tech 2 Flash User’s Guide.
If no errors are detected, go to the next step.

6.Disconnect the RS-232 loop-back adapter, the power supply, and the DLC loop-back adapter.

7 Go to the steps

Step 2: Connect the Tech 2 Flash Scan Tool to the PC and to the Vehicle DLC

1 Connect the RS-232 DB9 serial port adapter (Item 1) to the open COM port on your PC that you selected when you installed the SPS application.

2 Connect the RS-232 communications cable (Item 2) to the DB9 serial port adapter (Item 1) and to the Tech 2 RS-232 port (Item 4).

3 If the vehicle is OBD II equipped (Figure 2.3), connect the SAE 16/19 pin adapter (Item 6) to the DLC cable (Item 5).(If the vehicle is non-OBD II equipped, skip this step.)

4 If the vehicle is non-OBD II equipped (Figure 2.4), make the following connections. (If the vehicle is OBD II equipped, skip this step.)

a Connect the NAO 12/19 pin adapter (Item 6) to the DLC cable (Item 5).
b Connect a power supply (Item 7) to the DLC cable.
c Connect the power supply to the appropriate power source (cigarette lighter, battery, or outlet).

5 Connect the DLC cable (Item 5) to the Tech 2 VCI cable connection (Item 3).

Service Programming Cautions
CAUTION: There are a number of programming preparations that must be followed exactly or permanent
damage to a reprogrammable control module

could result:Battery voltage– The battery must be between 12.6 and 14 volts. The battery must be completely charged before programming.

Important: Do not program while charging the battery. Connecting a second battery in parallel to the vehicle battery helps prevent drawing the battery charge low enough to cause a fatal error to the vehicle ECM while programming.

Ignition key on, engine not running – One of the PC message screens requests that the ignition key be turned on, engine not running. Important: Do not turn the key to any other position until the programming is complete.Once programming is complete, turn the ignition key off, wait about 30 seconds, and then disconnect the tools. This allows time for the vehicle computer to power down properly.

Power interruption– Important: During programming,do not interrupt power or DLC connections in any way. This could cause permanent damage to the reprogrammable control module. Before programming, check all connectors and cords for wear, and check all connections to be sure they are secure. All cords must be properly routed and secure to prevent any entanglement with feet or hands.

Tampering– A new control module is not preprogrammed.The memory of an in-use reprogrammable control module contains the vehicle identification number (VIN) as well as calibration data. In the course of reprogramming an in-use control module, the VIN and the calibration date are replaced. The VIN entered into the scan tool must match the VIN on the vehicle’s VIN plate. It is important that the correct VIN be installed in the control module for future service and in the event of a recall campaign that requires reprogramming the module. Other information entered into the program must also be correct. Programming improper calibration data could adversely affect vehicle exhaust emissions resulting in violation of emission control laws and regulations.

Self-starting computer applications – ALL personal
computer applications must be turned off before you use the SPS application. A screen saver, virus detection application,network connections, or any other applications that can activate without user prompting must also be turned off to prevent any disruption in communication. Any disruption during the reprogramming function can cause a programming failure and damage the vehicle computer.

Current drain – Headlights and fans may be activated during the reprogramming steps. This can cause enough current drain to the battery to bring the battery voltage below an acceptable level for programming, or low enough to damage the vehicle computer. Set the parking brake to disable “automatic on” headlights. Remove the fuses for high current body electronic circuits, but do not remove the fuse for the vehicle computer circuit.

Doors may lock– During programming, leave a window open to enable access into the vehicle.

Piwis II Tester piwis 2 With CF19 Laptop

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