Micropod 2 wiTechDRB3 Tests on 1997-2018 Chrysler Dodge Jeep Fiat

Look here: clone Chrysler wiTech MicroPod 2 test reports
Software to test with: wiTech and DRB3 software
Cars to test: 1997-2018 Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Fiat
Functions to test: basic diagnostics, key programming, reflash programming, module flashing, ABS bleeding

Test reports from users: (thanks for all the input)

2018 Jeep Wrangler:
FOBIK key programming done!
Car: 2018 JEEP WRANGLER 3.5L V6 24V WT ENGINE UPG I W/ESS

2016 Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Fiat:
100% CAN – equipped coverage to 2016 for Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Fiat vehicle
Provide basic OBDII diagnosis
Have access to module for Re-Flash Programming, TSBs, wiring diagrams, and repair information.
Btw, wiTech ii supports chrysler and Fiat online programming, but the package from the vendor comes without  fiat software; i have my own micro pod 2 fiat software so that i can installation and programming. )

2015 Grand Cherokee:
Grand Cherokee 2015 RFHUB modify CRC and VIN
It’s really simple with micropod in offline mode . Just replace it …. and restor vehicle config.

2015 Chrysler 200:
The 2015 Chrysler 200, along with other Fiat-based models like the Jeep Renegade, Jeep Cherokee, and Ram Promaster, are all equipped with a rolling PIN Code.

Managed to program fobik with wiTECH app, when the 200 lost all keys

2015 RAM:
I traded in my 2015 RAM for a 2017 and confirmed that the wmicropod clone works with wiTech 17.04 patch level 11 works on my 2017 RAM.

I’ve heard rumblings that they changed things for the 2018 MY – doubt they will work.

2015 WK 3.6L and 2015 DS 5.7L:
I connected it to my 2015 DS and my wife’s 2015 WK with no issues. I disabled the side view mirror tilt in reverse on her WK (only thing she didn’t like about it) and she was thrilled. There are functions to bleed ABS, program tire sizes, etc. There are literally hundreds of sensor readings, dozens of tests, actuators and misc functions that you can perform that seem to be very vehicle specific – which you would expect. Every switch/gadget in the vehicle seems to have a corresponding sensor reading of some kind in the software. The only odd behavior I saw was when I connected to the ABS computer of my DS… the EVIC freaked out and started screaming to service the ABS. Maybe that is a safety feature of some kind so folks don’t go driving while messing with the ABS computer? Powering the vehicle off and on again made the ABS warning go away. I could not find any “PROXI alignment” functions – maybe they don’t apply to my vehicles?

2014 dodge avenger:
One vehicle i tested with: a 2014 dodge avenger …. just fine.
was able to flash a module update and program a new key with the unit.
try the emulator on: DRB III emulator confirmed working.

2010 Charger:
I tested it on a 2010 Charger under witech and works flawlessly

2006 Jeep Liberty:
2006 Jeep Liberty CRD Limited 4X4
I ordered a witech micropod 2 clone with drb3 functionality.
MicroPod II comes with version 17.04.27 software, drb3 support is not installed automatically but can still be found after install. Says it’s good for offline use only, but that should be enough to mess with the TPMS.
All modules except the BCM and ABS computer are still compatible with the DRBIII on the 06’s.

This is a working offline Witech. I just got it connected successfully. Software V17.04.27 was installed on a Windows 7 laptop no problem. It did successfully populate the VIN and can read the ECU.

2004 Dodge:
got a 2004 Dodge pickup and under the emulator worked perfectly.

2003 PT Cruiser:
Basically no other modules other than the Engine, work. I cannot connect to the transmission, ABS, VTSS, SKIM, radio, cluster, etc. But everything in the engine module can be tested, actuated, etc.
Luckily for me, I really only needed the DRBIII to write the Pinion factor for manual transmissions, which is conveniently in the ‘engine’ part which works.
Maybe I really need to invest in an older VCI pod so that everything else works.

Chrysler after 2003:
Micropod 2 with wiTECH only works for Chrysler made after the year 2003

old Chysler 1997 – 2004 (2005):
Micropod 2 work well with DRBIII emulator for old Chysler the year 1997 – 2004 (2005)

Good to know: When to use DRB3 & when to use wiTech?
The DRB3 emulator is part of Chrysler’s Witech software. The Witech software supports two different pass-through devices, The VCI pod which is sold with the Witech system and the Chrysler Starmobile. The DRB3 emulator is a convenience item for dealerships to allow the use of their current witech scan-tool on older non CAN bus vehicles. It is not by any means a cost saving option.

Attachment: Micropod 2 DRB 3 Emulator Car List:
DRB 3 supports Chrysler, Jeep, and Dodge dealerships to service non-CAN based vehicles from 1998-2007

Images: cloned Micropod 2 full kit

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GM tech2 test on 1991 Corvette systems

what is in the menu for a 1991 Corvette systems and a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix SE 3.1L for the same. There are the 2 cars I own. Also what software version as I have seen 33.004 and 33.007 for GM english language. I am assuming I only need the dongle for the PC software if I want to reflash the ECU rather than just maintain the 2 cars. One of the things I don’t see mentioned even in the Bosch manual is the relearn crank sensor on the Pontiac or much about the 91 that the software claims to cover but no mention of bi-directional on the 91 Corvette.

OK, I will have to spend some time to write down all of the menu items just for the 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix. I did capture a screen for that car for what the GM Tech2 calls a Crank Position Variation Relearn.
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Relearn for 2002 Pontiac Gran Prix.

The only vehicles listed under 91 is Saturn, however I have 33.004, so not sure if there is a 33.007 and it covers 91 better. If I enter 92 I have the option of doing diagnostics on a Y body with L98, which is certainly not for a 92.

Perhaps for the 91 Corvette you need a different memory card, like this one.

I wonder if with the CD and dongle it is possible to download the older disc? The ABS and usual emissions stuff is the mot important for me right now on the Pontiac and ABS on the 91 Corvette

With the version of TIS2000 I have the versions supported are 27.010 and 27.012. I have no way see what is on those versions without downgrading my memory card, but would have no way to go back to 33.004.

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The way to use Tech 2 and Tis 2000 for Service ASR

OK, got some more testing done with the Tech 2 and TIS 2000 program:

Tech 2 View:

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Computer representation of Tech 2 Screen.

You can control Tech 2 with computer keyboard.

Service Programming System:
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If you forget to put security key in PC.

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With security key connected.

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Not actually connected to car.

Software Download:

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Selected Tech 2.

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Do not load as version will be downgraded from the English GM 33.004 I am running.

Snapshot Upload Display:

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Select Upload from Handheld.

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Select Tech 2.

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Upload started.

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Data screen from snapshot.

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Selected parameters for 6 line graph.

Tech 2 limited to 3 parameters for graphing.

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Tech 2 graph from www.obd2tool.com.

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Service ASR on during snapshot capture, went out next time car started.

How to setup Nissan consult 3 plus v75.20?

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First read tips:

1.Uninstall the firewall, antivirus software.

anti-virus software can flag up Nissan Consult 3 Plus software as having a virus. This is a false positive and is due to the software containing the application file like .exe. So Before setup the device software, please disable/uninstall anti-virus software or install a more reliable virus scanner!

2.Setup the Consult 3 plus V75.20 to the C drive in the “NTFS” format.

Here several pieces of simple guide to follow:
1.  Open IE exploer browser to run “Start.html” .
2.  Open folder “C30 License” to run “C3PCheckLicense.exe”.
3.  Run “V80003T_20101215_x32.exe” to enable Bluetooth.
4.  Open folder “ReprogramData” to run “pus_v65.1F.exe”.

Then, Nissan consult 3 plus v75.20 software will work greatly.

2. Fly Nissan consult 3 plus feedback:
1). Nissan consult 3 plus software car list:
Cover cars up to 2016 year.
Nissan,Infiniti,GTR: diagnostic OK, Immo & smart key OK
Nissan GRT: diagnostic OK, Immo OK
Electromobiles car: diagnostic OK, Immo OK (Require additonal Nissan consult 3 plus security card, Otherwise button “Immobilizer key” will be gray color and is unavailable to use.)

2). Nissan consult 3 plus software feedback:
– 2010 Infiniti FX35…OK
– For ECU programming, you do not need to buy other card.
– Program tcm and bcm OK with the programming file found out by yourself.
– Done lots of programming. He’s done several blank trans modules. I installed a used ecm in a 2012 Altima with smart key.
– able to program a blank pathfinder tcm.2009, I do not have any cards, using version 51.11.
– Got my Car Diagnostic Tool Nissan VII and its working as expected.
To be continued…

What if MDI is unable to connect on Wireless interface

1.What if MDI is unable to connect on Wireless interface ?
* Check the wireless card is properly seated in the MDI.
* Confirm LEDs on the wireless card are lighted when the MDI is powered.
* Verify the GM MDI and PC are within range of the Access Point or Router.
* Verify that the PC is connected to the Access Point or Router.
* Verify signal strength of the wireless network from the PC.
* Check Firewall Settings on your PC
* USB connection takes precedence, unplug USB cable.
* Wired Ethernet connection takes precedence, unplug Ethernet cable.
* Connect to MDI using USB and run MDI Manager to verify the Wireless Settings are configured correctly. ( Refer to: How do I configure the Wireless interface* )
oWireless interface is enabled.
oAP settings configured for proper security (authentication, encryption).
oSignal Quality (fair, good, excellent) indicates connected to AP.
oThe MDI, PC and AP are on the same subnet
oIf using static IP, verify the IP Address and Subnet mask are correct (supplied by network administrator.

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2.What if MDI is unable to connect on USB interface?
* Check USB cable connections.
* Check Firewall Settings on your PC.
* Verify a USB Hub is not being used (MDI has a fixed USB address).
* Verify that only one MDI is connected to your PC using USB.
* Verify the USB driver has been installed on the PC (look for device name ‘ETAS USB Remote NDIS Network Device’ under Network Connections).
* Try connecting to other USB ports on the PC.

3.What if MDI is unable to connect on Wired Ethernet ?
* Check Ethernet cable connections.
* Check Firewall Settings on your PC.
* Verify the MDI and the PC are cabled into separate LAN connections on the same network.
* Verify that the PC is properly configured and can communicate on the network.
* USB connection takes precedence, unplug USB cable.
* Connect to car diagnostic scanner MDI using USB and run MDI Manager to verify the Wired Ethernet Settings are configured correctly. ( Refer to: How do I configure the Wired Ethernet interface* )
oWired Ethernet interface is enabled.
oIf using static IP, verify the IP Address and Subnet mask are correct (supplied by your network administrator).

GM Tech2 testing HVAC actuator motors

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I was looking for an example like Testing GM HVAC with GM Tech2. I have an 08 CTS that has the intermittent ticking mode door actuator. After an accidental battery drain, the passenger side stopped blowing cold air although for the past few months I noticed at times it lagged behind the driver side, temp wise. The driver side had always been fine until after the battery drain. It normally starts out fine with vent temps as low as 37 deg but has begun to fade mainly when the car is started up after cabin temps are already high where it hovers around 70 deg. I plugged in the Tech 2 which I’m still fairly new to and checked the blend doors cautiously as I didn’t want to create more trouble by initiating a test that I did not fully understand.

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There were no stored codes and the mode door and recirculation door appeared to have functioned normally as the values and air sound in the vents changed when they were commanded. The blend door motors however, both stayed fixed at 51 counts which I believe corresponds to the lowest temp setting of 60 deg they were set at. When I increased the console temp it also increased on the Tech 2 display but the counts did not change and the vent temps seemed to maintain the same bias with the passenger side blowing hot. The counts did not change when the temps were raised for each actuator using the Auto Scan Tool Tech 2 either.

I did not perform the “On/Off” button test that you did here because I was not sure what it would do at the time, but intend to give that a try. I have also read that there is a calibration procedure that can be performed that I need to investigate further. I believe my situation is a combination of both calibration and actuator deterioration being brought to the surface by the recent battery drain.

I appreciate the post: Testing GM HVAC with Tech2
, this is good information that is hard to come by in such a straightforward presentation.?

 

I recommend that you buy gm tech2 on OBD2 website. They are cheap, logistics is fast, and after-sales service is also very good. I have been using it for a year and there is no problem with the quality of the product.

What is the OBD ON-BOARD DIAGNOSTIC SYSTEMS

OBD stands for “On-Board Diagnostics.” It is actually a computer-based method originally developed to minimize emissions by monitoring the efficiency of big engine components.

On-Board Diagnostic Systems is began to be used to diagnose vehicle’s engine failures by 1970s.

Following 1970s, the OBD which frequently supplied emission control, had come to be extra complicated in the 1990s and began to diagnose and made the connection on vehicles in motor manage, chassis, physique and electronic systems.

WHICH YEAR WAS OBD Developed IN?

After the establishment from the environmental protection Agency (EPA) in 1970, fresh air law came into force inside the Congress

Together with the introduction on the law, ECU (electronic control unit) and sensors have been introduced in order to lessen emissions and environmental pollution in vehicles.

OBD-I could be the first generation OBD systems which have been developed all through the 1980s. These early systems use proprietary connectors, hardware interfaces, and protocols.

OBD-I scan tools that assistance numerous protocols are supplied with an array of different adapter cables.

The Association of Automotive engineers held a congress following OBD started to become applied and in accordance using the choices taken in the Congress, the choice is that as a common socket ought to be made use of inside the vehicles, the signal sent via this common socket, car diagnostic tool were utilised in vehicles created right after 1996.

Onboard Diagnostics II (OBD-II) is a standardized method that onboard computers in cars and trucks use for self-diagnostics and reporting.

This method grew out of Californa Air Resources Board (CARB) regulations, and it was implemented with specifications that have been developed by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).

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WHICH Location On the Vehicle OBD2 SOCKET Positioned?

OBD2 Socket need to be located about the driver seat and passenger cabin

What’s the Objective Of your ‘MALFUNCTION INDICATOR LAMP'(MIL)?

During every day operation, the MIL light illuminates for a handful of seconds when the vehicle is 1st began and extinguish when the engine is running.

When the MIL light remains on for the duration of typical vehicle operation, it indicates that the OBD method has detected a problem(s) together with the automobile?ˉs engine, transmission or emission control program.

Usually do not ignore this warning!

WHY MY VEHICLE’s MIL REMAINS ON?

The OBD technique has indicated that it detected an emission trouble on your by illuminating the MIL light and has stored a Diagnostic Difficulty Code (DTC) in the automobile?ˉs ECU memory.

At times, the OBD system will automatically turn off the MIL light if the situations that triggered the problem are no longer present. This will likely come about when the OBD program evaluates a element or system three consecutive occasions and no longer detects the initial difficulty.

For instance, if a gas cap is not properly tightened immediately after refueling, the autel scanner may detect vapor leakage and turn on the MIL light. In the event the gas cap is tightened, the OBD technique will recognize this plus the MIL light will probably be turned off just after several days of driving.

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WHAT Should be Completed WHEN THE MIL REMAINS ON?

The OBD system is alerting you that the automobile really should be looked at soon by a Certified Emission Repair Technician. Timely diagnosis may well save you income in two approaches:
Compact issues are identified just before they grow to be significant costs
A faulty element could be covered by the automobile?ˉs emission warrant

What does it imply when my vehicle’S MIL is flashing?

A flashing MIL light indicates that your vehicle?ˉs engine is seriously misfiring. Since this situation may well trigger the catalytic converter to overheat and result in a fire, you should cease driving the car and have it attended to by a Certified Emission Repair Technician as soon as possible.

If this challenge is not addressed immediately, the resulting repairs can be extremely high-priced.

How to DIAGNOSE ON Automobiles?

You could simply execute diagnostic operations through OBD2 socket.
The diagnostic operation is transferred to your computer system by OBD via signals.
Just after connection with the device for the OBD socket, you’ll be able to perform supported diagnostic operations on the modules for example engine, abs, airbag, comfort systems etc.

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What is the DIAGNOSTIC?

Diagnostic implies detecting and acquiring errors.
Systems utilized in autos consist of electronic circuit systems. By indicates of this electrical circuit technique, steady operation and control of systems get less difficult.
Diagnostic tools deliver the opportunity to examine, detect and repair the malfunctions around the automobiles expeditiously.
Final system technologies that made use of to create the last create vehicles, make impossible to examine the malfunction manually.
Automotive engineers use microprocessors to produce the diagnostic uncomplicated.
Usage of microprocessors, sensors, and actuators make the systems extra sensitive.
Usage of cables, interconnect components have decreased given that all technical data and failures are recorded on microcomputers/microprocessors, failures have turn out to be a lot easier to detect.

Benefits OF DEFECTIVE DIAGNOSIS

To be able to take away the failures around the vehicle, malfunction needs to be detected effectively. ?f diagnostic is performed defectively, furthermore to the time and money to become spent on unique parts, the failure will not be resolved.
To be able to carry out right diagnostic, it is essential to buy a diagnostic tool that compatible together with the car and understand how to use the key programmer fully.

Motives Of the DEFECTIVE DIAGNOSTIC
there is two type of defectiveness, user base, and device base. The computer software may possibly not be compatible together with the Cars.
Though every single vehicle is specialized individually, it can be essential to have adequate information within the diesel and gasoline models of your exact same model.

USAGE OF DIAGNOSTIC SCANNER
In accordance with all the car user’s complaints, the program is determined by testing the car around the road and resulting within the failure.
The automobile ECU ( electronic control unit) connection socket is connected to the input (OBD socket) in the diagnostic device.
In the menu in the diagnostic program, the method which the fault originated is chosen.(Engine, gearbox, brake systems, etc. )
Error search command is offered and also the electronic control unit of the device is connected.
Devices give the error as code, together with all the description. Some devices deliver you together with the resolution to resolve the error.
After the fault detection, it is asked to get rid of the fault in the ECU. The device deletes the error attributable to communication errors or incorrect transmission of information and shows no error.
In the event the error will not be displayed when the error is searched again, the operation is completed.
If the device is displaying the same error again, the operator or sensor from which the error originated is determined and replaced with all the new a single.
The replacement element is introduced for the vehicle manage unit and adapted if necessary. (Typically, fuel program components require adaptation. Specifically in the case of changing injectors, coding is needed.
Mainly because each device cannot encode, it really is significant to note that this function isn’t offered when purchasing the device.)

ERROR-FREE USAGE OF DIAGNOSTIC(OBD2 Scanner)
You need to possess a diagnostic device that compatible with your automobile, including the software belonging to the vehicle.
There will have to be a suitable adapter cable to connect for the vehicle’s ECU.
The individual who will make use of the diagnostic device need to know essential data in regards to the vehicle as well as the device.
Right after the fault has been removed, the car should be checked with all the road test then delivered towards the user.
DUTIES AND Kinds of THE DIAGNOSTIC DEVICES
Diagnostic Devices are produced for different brand models or only for all models of a brand.
The software may be the most important issue about diagnostic. After the diagnostic tool detect the failure fastly and also smoothly,
the software program plan should show the ways to adhere to as well as the installation stages in the components within the image, contain the technical information from the car and update for the newly released autos.

DEVICES In line with The amount of Autos ADAPTED:
Devices that adapt to all automobile models
Devices that adapt to some group models
Devices that are compatible using a model only
DEVICES As outlined by The kind of Vehicle ADAPTING:

Devices that only fit automobiles
Devices that adapt to bus, truck, and lorries in conjunction with the automobile
Devices that adapt to heavy-duty vehicle
DEVICES As outlined by USAGE Traits:

Workshop type stationary devices
Transportable MOBILE DEVICES
Devices that will be utilized with portable computer systems
Some devices are utilised in line with fuel form.(For LPG, diesel and gasoline cars.)

DUTIES OF DIAGNOSTIC TOOL:
Reading the error code
DELETING ERROR CODE
Reading the Parameter ( Measurement of working values of components through the Handle Panel)
Operating and testing moving components like fan motor and throttle valve,
Coding of parts for instance injector
Adaptation
Usage as multimeter
Usage as oscilloscope
Connecting among Diagnostic Device and Car
For connecting towards the car, the cable suitable for the ECU input socket must 1st be connected towards the laptop after which for the transport.
Since the socket input of some autos is various, specific socket connection cables are expected.
New devices also can be connected straight towards the automobile like wireless and Bluetooth.
In order to connect to various vehicles with all the diagnostic tool, the cable set will have to be bought separately.

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SOCKETS;
Connections expected for the socket that plugs into the pc are USB, PS/2, CAN/BUS OBD socket or universal adaptor.
The portion that plugs in to the automobile might be unique for a number of the vehicles.
Just before the selecting the socket, it needs to be looked in the type of the socket housing.
Then the amount of Pins (the protrusions inside the socket) is checked plus the proper cable is selected.
IDENTIFICATION Of your Automobile TO DIAGNOSTIC DEVICE(DIAGNOSTIC SCANNER)
Immediately after making sure the cable connection amongst the diagnostic device and also the vehicle, the computer software is tested then the brand, model, and sort of the vehicle is selected.
In some devices, facts including vehicle engine quantity and chassis number, model year are also requested.

ERROR CODE READING

Error Varieties;
Errors inside the diagnostic occur as transient, persistent, and undefined errors. Undefined error circumstance is unusual, this circumstance is because of communication challenges in the vehicle’s ECU.
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Transient Error

When service light is on firstly, the error code is deleted with the diagnostic device. Soon after the deleting, Diagnostic is performed with diagnostic tool again. ?f the error code delete. It’s a Transient error.

Persistent Error
The persistent malfunction occurs in the occasion of failure of any sensor or actuator operating in the technique.
Within the meantime, following altering the faulty element and adapting it, the error might be erased.
Otherwise, the brief circuit is investigated within the wiring and also the socket ends are checked.
On the other hand, inside the handle from the malfunctioning part or sensor, the device will guide us.
In some cases, the program may perhaps not delete the fault as a consequence of a malfunctioning or communication fault in the microcomputer.
In such situations, even if the defective element changes, the history error log is written to ROM memory and will not be deleted.

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ERROR CODES
Even though error codes differ based on device software applications, we can list popular codes as follows:
Examination
TROUBLESHOOTING
TEST OF SENSORS
Primary settings
Delete error memory
Exiting in the program
Coding the handle unit
Reading the information as block
Learn individual information
Adjustment
Start off command
When we get started to handle any system with the help from the mileage correction tool, we’ll encounter code errors inside the system.

Locating ERROR
The above codes permit the device to investigate the error on the vehicle. Priority is entering in to the technique from which the error originated.
Right after performing diagnostic, sensors are checked. You are able to take a aid in the device. However, we are able to handle sensor connections with the Avometer.
In these controls, if the sensor is detected to become defective, it really is replaced and also the device is asked to delete the fault memory.

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.