FAQs BMW diagnosticcodingprogramming with ICOM A2+ISTA

Look here: questions and answers of BMW diagnostic/coding/programming by ICOM emulators

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1. Is it safe to update software with ISTA on all BMW’s that come through my shop ? What problems can I run into ? (assuming i have a good power supply for car and laptop)

– Depends on many factors, but as long as you use an BMW ICOM and a good power supply, you should be OK. Uobdii.com is a good site that’s reliable

2. Can updates on comfort mode, brick an ECU (or more) ?

– As long as you stick to the proposed measures plan in Comfort Mode and your setup (laptop, software etc.) is solid, there shouldn’t be any opportunity to brick an ECU.

3. If updates are safe, on what series can i do them ? F, G for sure..can i do E ?

F, G and I series and for Motorrad models with vehicle electrical system 2020 (BN2020). E Series programming is not supported in ISTA+, use ISTA/P or WinKFP for individual modules.

4. Updates for Navi maps, can I do them in ISTA also ? Again, is it safe ? Do you recommend E-Sys more for this job ?

– I have not attempted this with ISTA+, but would assume process is similar to ISTA/P. I’d stick with ESYS strictly for ease of use.

5. What aftermarket power supply do you recommend for programming, coding(to use with car) ? From what i read, for E-series without Efficient Dynamics must be around 40A, and must not go over 14.2v, while for E-series/F-series with Efficient Dynamics must be around 80A, and must not go over 14.8v. Is this correct ? If so, is there a power supply that can fit both situations ? I did some research about this, but i think it is an important issue and must be correctly addressed, so I would trust more an answer from you guys. Is Mean Well SE-1000-15 ok for both situations ?

– Schumacher 700A should fit all requirements. While there are many recommendations, unless you’re 100% comfortable modifying a Power Supply to use with the cars, I wouldn’t do it. If you do, Google”Server Power Supply Conversion” and you’ll get a lot of information.

6. I have an BMW ICOM A2 with ISTA. I understand that E-Sys is more complex than ISTA, regarding coding and programming for F-Series, as NCSExpert and WINkfp are for E-Series. You can do codingin ISTA also right ? for all series ? Or ISTA does less ?

– You need to differentiate between coding and “encoding”. ISTA+ will do “encoding” depending on the programming required. That is not the same as coding (features). I don’t think I’d say ESYS is more complicated than ISTA+, each are different in the way they approach coding/programming.

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.

CGDI MB and VVDI MB can Program FBS4 keys

What users think of CGDI Prog programmer and VVDI MB tool regarding Mercedes FBS4 key programming.

Real opinions from users:

User 1:
the difference between CGDI and VVDI in FBS4 is as follows:
On one hand,
CGDI MB can read FBS4 keys and knows if its in a working status or key is damaged;
CGDI can read EIS FBS4 and knows if it working or not working; however, VVDI can not Detect FBS4 .

On the other hand,
CGDI never claimed that it can make calculation for FBS4 . Only Read to know the status. Out of the subject No one was Born knowing everything at one point we all asked for questions to know.

User 2:
Both CGDI and Vvdi MB are a great comprehensive solution comparing to what else is available out there.
In my opoinion they’re the two best for keys maybe along with Diagspeed but much far ahead than AVDI (for keys).

User 3:
with 655$ i earned 11000€ with cgdi !!! Well with vvdi always must to pay extra to make akl and one more thing ,, the server is very old on vvdi and sometimes have problems like cgdi !!!
So conclusion is only one !!! 655$ comparing with 2000$ its very big difference !!!

User 4:
Both tools are good ,but people don’t know how to use it at full capacity!

User 5:
i read somewhere that cgdi mb tool can make it and it is much cheaper tool from xhorse vvdi mb tool !!
Fbs4 it can read eis ID via obd and read key via IR but that’s it, can’t make a new key or calculate anything.

User 6:
The main difference between cgdi mb and vvdi mb is that, on old Mercedes, cgdi mb is able to OBD program a new key while you have to disassemble EIS to add a new key with vvdi mb tool. That is why you should have a cgdi programmer for mb.

With VVDI MB Tool, you should buy Vvdi prog too, because the are some eis and ecu’s that you cant do with MB Tool independently. For example some w210 eis or Sprinter 906. You should have both, VVDI MB Tool and VVDI prog. Or, if you have to buy some tool again, Simon Touch is the best, but its more expensive.

But if you have a CGDI MB, you have a chance to program a new key through OBD. All done with a tool. That’s the reason why I bought it.

Look here: CGDI MB key programmer read FBS4 key data successfully!

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So there is no tool can do FBS4 key?
No.  With genuine xentry and daimler fbs server.  Makes FBS4 every day via OBD very fast and easy.

Diagspeed announced the dates of FBS4 solution. But not confirmed yet. The Diagspeed has the reputation of being the best in the Mercedes world to make keys, Reset ECU’s and trouble shoot problems that a normal scan tool can not.  It is worth to take a gamble.

How to activate the MB Star C3 software

Q: How to activate the Benz star c3 software?

A: After the installation in the VMware. There will be a file on the desktop named “How to setup your Star C3″.
Please read the file carefully. And provide us your ID for us to calculate the password. You can activate the software with this password.

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Q: How to change language of MB Star Diagnosis MB Star C3?

A: First choose the left side down button to setup (which mark red arrow on the pic),then click lanuage to change the one you want.

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How to update Piwis III V37.250.020

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The package comes with Lenovo T440P computer, 240G Solid Hard Disk, Authorization etc. If you want to update, you need to ship back the computer to the dealer, usually the software updates 1-2 times per year.

Can Porsche Piwis III V37.250.020 perform all the functions of Porsche Piwis II?
Yes, Porsche Piwis III is compatible Porsche Piwis II, that means III includes all the functions of Piwis II.

Can Piwis II update to Porsche Piwis III V37.250.020?
No, they have the different hardware, the Piwis III has the higher demand to the computer resolution.

Can I use my personal computer?
No, the computer and the device is bound together. Because The Piwis III V37.250.020 is bound with the encrypted chip. If you unplug the hard disk and insert into the other computer, then the software will has no nonsense.

Why need Piwis III V37.250.020?
Because Piwis II can’t work with the Porsche after 2017 year. Only Piwis III V37.250.020 can .

It program IMMO & Key online?
Yes.

Does it support Wifi?
Usually, the device is offline version and WIFI is disabled so that you don’t need to active every 15 days.
If you have the online account and want to use our Vxdiag Piwis III, then we can enable the Wifi and you will active the software every 15 days.

Can Piwis III connect to the internet?
Yes. It is allowed.

 

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Tech2 Tool Remote Mode ECU TIS2000 Calibration Update

Here is the step-by-step instruction on programming GM (General Motors) ECUs with Tech2 scanner and SPS (Service Programming System) application in TIS2000.

This article is an overview on how to use the GM Tech 2 Scan Tool to perform GM SPS Programming of calibration file updates for the ECU or any programmable module firmware on the vehicle such as the EBCM, TCM, or Radio that you may want to reflash. Of the different reflash programming approaches, this first video covers Remote Mode between the Tech2 and the Techline terminal PC running TIS 2000. This procedure applies equally to the genuine Tech2 manufactured by Vetronix, HP, or Bosch as it does to any clone or knock-off model from China.

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Warning: Pay very close attention to the instructions around power cabling and battery readiness as a power fluctuation during an SPS programming procedure can permanently damage a controller module.

TIS2000 was deprecated by GM in early 2008, but was once the primary Techline Information System approach delivered to dealers via DVD media on a quarterly basis. Today we would use the subscription based TIS2Web as part of the ACDelco TDS server based offering to accomplish many of the same tasks, although Tech2 Remote Mode is no longer supported or offerred by TDS for newer vehicles.

Note: be sure your USB to serial adapter device driver is configured for 115200 speed on Windows using Device Manager and that you set the COM port it is assigned to within TIS2000 for communication to be successful between the PC and the Tech2.

Applicable to OBD2 model years 1996 thru early 2008 only, and for all makes under General Motors such as Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Hummer, Saturn, Opel, Vauxhall, and Saab.

Autel Maxisys Elite Diagnostic Tool

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1. ADVANCED ECU CODING & PROGRAMMING;Exceptional OE-Level functionality diagnostic tool from comprehensive OBD2 Scanner diagnostics & services to advanced ECU coding and programming working 2. with a SAE J2534-1 & -2 compliant vehicle programming pass-thru interface
EXTENSIVE VEHICLE COVERAGE;The most extensive diagnostic scanner code reader with complete system coverage for more than 80 US domestic, Asian and European makes and models
3. AUTOMATIC SYSTEM & SOFTWARE UPDATE;Automatic automotive obd2 scanner system and software updates with real-time push message notifications via internet with instant remote control tech support anytime, anywhere and interactive Data Logging sessions enable direct contact with Autel
4. ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS & ANALYSIS;The code scanner supports for first-hand troubleshooting of diagnostic bugs and errors,and one-stop multitasking designed for ideal management of workshop operations to keep all data files, customer info, and vehicle records well organized
UNIQUE ERGONOMIC DESIGN;The scan tool is with rubberized outer protection and a rugged internal housing

Get Autel Maxisys Elite Now for 4 Reasons:

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1. FAST: Autel MaxiSys Elite is equipped with the NVIDIA Tegra”4 Quad-Core Processor 1.8HGz that provides you with a fast operation speed and a quick diagnosis, the boot up time is within 20 seconds, all these give you a wonderful diagnostic experience
2. SMART: This diagnostic tool has some excellent functions such as automatically read VIN and One-Click Upgrade, Autel Cloud Technology (MaxiFix Platform, Data Management, Data Feedback) gives you support anytime, anywhere
3. MOBILE: This diagnostic scanner is with exceptional OE-Level functionality that works on most OBD1/OBD2 protocols, the enhanced wireless connectivity between the tablet and VCI device allows greater mobility and ease at work
4. POWERFUL: This diagnostic scanner can complete online ECU programming on Benz and BMW vehicles, ALL system diagnoses, and other various advanced functions and common functions

Advanced functions:

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*   ECU matching on Ford enables you match the new ECU with your vehicle after replacing the old one
*   Coding function helps you do programming and coding on some specified control modules
*   Leading function for VW&Audi offers you a step-by-step guidance as how to fix the problem when you diagnosed the problem of the vehicle
*   Anti-theft matching can disable the lost key and add the new key’s information to program to ensure the security of your vehicle
*   SAS reset will calibrate the steering angle sensor after the replacement to make sure the ECU issued the correct steering instructions and memorize the max angle’s position
*   Tire pressure reset is to make up or replace the tire, tell the ECU that the tire pressure returned to normal and keep all the information in record
*   Injector programming will write the new code to the ECU after replacement of injector, so that the injector works
*   DPF reset is to retrieve/erase DPF-related codes, reset the DPF light after the filter has been replaced
*   Throttle matching is to do ECU matching after throttle cleaning or replacement…

Online Programming

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This diagnostic tool is able to process online ECU programming on Benz and BMW vehicles, which is the most advanced and valuable function for many mechanics and professional DIYers. Just do it as instructed, you will find it is easy to fix the complex problem with the guidance

Hardware Configuration

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Powered by NVIDIA’s Tegra”4(the world’s fastest mobile processor), equipped with visually stunning 9.7” Retina display (2048×1536 dpi), designed with Android system, this diagnostic tool is bound to work fast and effectively. It also supports MaxiVideo and MaxiScope connection

MaxiFix Platform

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The MaxiFix Platform enables you to network with other professional technicians and access a huge database of repair, diagnostic tips and procedures, you can have data feedback and management through this platform and get many repair work done

How to Change John Deere Speed Limit with PLD File Editor

John Deere PayLoad (PLD) File Editor – this is Developer level tool, that allows you to change factory parameters in the PLD files using John Deere Service Advisor.

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With John Deere Service Advisor PLD File Encryptor/Decryptor you can:

-Decrypt PayLoad (PLD) file to txt/ini format
-Modify PLD file expiration
-Modify PLD factory options such as speed limit (for example change 40 km/h to 50 km/h)
-Adjust PLD file to different product serial
-Encrypt PLD file
-Program controller with modified PLD using Service Advisor
-Support Windows XP

Example: How to change speed limit with  pld files?

Q1:

Question about payload files:

I have pld files of my tractor (6330P) 11 in total.

I see in bottom of each files info about my tractor (option, serial number etc)

Question: My goal is up the speed limit from 40km to 50 km. I think I have to change OPTION=3 to OPTION=5, but do I have to edit each 11 pld file?

A1:
You were right about the speed limit:
you can change OPTION=3 to OPTION=4 or any other you need.
Speed_30kmh = 1;
Speed_35kmh = 2;
Speed_40kmh = 3;
Speed_50kmh = 4;
Speed_ECO = 5;
Speed_NoiseRed_OOS = 6;

For R models the line is different. ROADSPEEDLIMIT=3 change to ROADSPEEDLIMIT=5 or any other you need.

var RoadSpeedLimit_30 = “1”;
var RoadSpeedLimit_35 = “2”;
var RoadSpeedLimit_3840 = “3”;
var RoadSpeedLimit_40E = “4”;
var RoadSpeedLimit_50 = “5”;
var RoadSpeedLimit_50E = “6”;
var RoadSpeedLimit_55 = “7”;
var RoadSpeedLimit_60 = “8”;
var RoadSpeedLimit_60E = “9”;

After you change it, sometimes you still need to lift the speed manually through the display (depending on the tractor model)

You only need to reprogram transmission controller for that.
If you reprogrammed all of them, some settings might have went to default so you might get up to 5 fault codes that you need to configure with SA.

Q2:
Does it work with SA 4.2?
A2:

Service Advisor is just a tool to use pld. Pld editor works without SA.

Q3:
I have a question about trying to up the power of a 6330 to a 6430. If I compare the engine pld of both tractor they are identical (just the info in the bottom is different) So I don’t know how it could up the power if all the code is the same??

A3:
most pld files are made for various models, the info at the bottom determines which part of the pld file will be used for programming. For example:
PRODUCT_MODEL_NO=6115
PERFORMANCE_OPTION_PART_NO=R546973
FACTORY_OPTIONS=RE570443

Q4: Do you have John Deere PLD file editor for sale?

A4: Sorry, we don’t have PLD files. You can search or download from google.