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.

Free Download GM Tech2 Software for PC

GM Tech2 TIS2000 Tech2Win full software for PC/laptop:

Tested version:

TIS200 software and USB key:

http://www.obd2tool.com/goods-150-Best+Quality+GM+Tech2+GM+Diagnostic+Scanner+For+GM+SAAB+OPEL+SUZUKI+ISUZU+Holden.html

Tech 2 32mb card full software:

http://www.obd2tool.com/goods-1568-GM+Tech2+GM+Scanner+-CANdi++TIS+(Works+for+GMSAABOPELSUZUKIISUZUHolden).html

Software included:

GM
GM-English         V33.004 1991-2013
GM-Germany      32.002 1991-2013
GM-Spanish       31.006

OPEL
OPEL-English     2010 V180  1997-2014
OPEL-Italian       133.001 1997-2012
OPEL-Germany  85.001 1997-2008
OPEL-Spanish   91.001 1997-2009

SUZUKI
SUZUKI-English   01.210.020

SAAB
SAAB-English     148.000

ISUZU
ISUZU-English  107.021 2006-2010

Holden
HOLDEN-English  149.000 1999-2013

NOTE: software above from obd2tool.com is tested 100% and confirmed to work perfect with all kinds Tech 2 scan tools from China:

GM TECH2 program DDM, enable comfort opening closing and learn pinch

Device to use:

GM TECH2
Security via TIS2000! Without this you won’t be able to add anything!!!

I bought GM Tech 2 $358 (shipping not included), details:

TIS2000 $18 free shipping, from OBD2TOOL

Step –by – Step Procedure

1.Go to “Main Menu”, select “Diagnostics”

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2.Select one of the following model year(s), I.E 2004
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3.Select one of the following vehicle type(s), I.E Saab 9-3 Sports (9440)

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4.Select “Add/ Remove”

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5.Select “Control Module”

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6.Select “DC04”

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7.Select “Add”

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8.Select “Checking Security Access” –Working

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9.Select “Adding Unit”

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10.Select body type – Convertible

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11.Select “Comfort Movement” – Both comfort opening and closing

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12.Press “Yes” to continue with your selection.

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13.Select “With Anti-Pinch”

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14.Press “Yes” to continue with your selection.

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15.Select “Manual” as foldable mirrors.

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16.Select “Body type”

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17.Press <Enter> to Continue

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Thanks for reminding me Tech2! I will do this down below!

18.pdating “Bus Config”

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19.Looks like Car Scanner Tech2 caught an error! Passenger door’s anti-pinch was disabled somehow… It fixes it automatically.

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20.Add / Remove ECU finished

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So that was pretty straight-forward right? Now hit Exit and go back. We have to setup pinch protection under the service tab…

21.Select “Service”

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22.Select “Learn Anti-Pinch”

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23.Press <Enter> to Continue

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24.Press <Enter> to Continue

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25.Holy Cow! My fingers almost were chopped off!!!

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26.Press <Exit> to quit

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Customer real experience with GM Tech 2 Scanner (Review)

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Here is the my real experience on gm tech 2 Scanner from obd2tool.com

Bought the highest quality version as i didn’t want to risk any issues with the device, and it all works fine and i do not regret my purchase.

It arrived pretty fast, but i got a £17 customs charge which i didn’t realise i’d get.

First impression: the carry case is not the one shown in the photo’s, which is annoying as the one in the photo’s looks really good, With the cables and candi module stored underneath 2 flaps, the main unit and adaptors clipping in the top of the case etc.

What i got was a basic plastic case (with sharp metal catches) where everything is squashed in on one level in foam, it does the job i guess, but i’d really have prefered the better case i thought i was paying the extra £30 for.

I’d bought a genuine Ugreen rs232 to usb cable in advance, £10 off amazon, this is one of the few cables listed as working with the tech2, and it did, connects at highest speed with no issues at all.

The house power supply has an american plug on it (psu has a universal voltage of 100 to 250 volts)
i got worried when the tech ii scanner wouldn’t even turn on, then i noticed the plug had slightly pulled out of the adaptor i had to use, something we are not used to in england as our plugs fit the sockets very securely and are hard to accidentally pull out, so changing the plug is one of the first things to do…
The house psu runs pretty warm btw.

I did all the self tests and it passed them all with flying colours (except the usual HBCC test that gets ignored (used on some ford vehicles i believe) and the RS485 that has no loopback adaptor so will always fail)

I took it out to my car (a 2011 vauxhall meriva B) and plugged it in, it connected straight away and i asked it to give me a list of DTC’s, i had been using an op-com before i got the Tech2 and the tech2 listed some old DTC’s the op-com had never picked up, I cleared the DTC’s, then tried the rest of the diagnostics available, i had no problems so far, i was able to move engine actuators (op-com can’t do that on the meriva B) operate things remotely, saw the DPF was at 108% full, so went for a little drive and the tech2 showed the DPF regen in progress, got an exhaust temp of 650 degrees C during it)

However that test drive showed up the universal weakness of the clone tech2’s, the internal power supply cuts out when you start the engine so the tech2 re-boots, this means there are a few diagnostic tests you can never do that involve starting the engine whilst the tech2 monitors things (unless you use external power to the tech2, which is advised against in all service manuals)

There is a solution, replace the internal power supply module with a better quality unit!!

There is also a highly recommended modification of removing the RS232 chip and putting a usb module in it’s place so you have a direct USB connection to the tech2, rather than the 4 connections that are just begging to be caught and pulled apart whilst uploading software to the car.
These mods are on the tech2 wiki (google it)

I then tried to SPS to my car to add a new IPC… one of the reasons i bought the Tech2.

That’s when discovered my car is not in the list of cars you use the tech2 to service program directly (the: connect tech2 to car, download data, take tech2 to computer, upload data, download software update, take tech2 back to car and upload the software method)

But i figured i could SPS using the tech2 in the J2534 pass thru mode… only my computer couldn’t connect to the tech2 in that mode… remote view of the unit worked but not SPS… i figured the issue out tho…
The rs232 to usb adapter had been assigned to com port 7 when i plugged it in, i changed the com port to COM1
~windows / computer / device manager / ports (COM & LPT) and find the relevant port your rs232 adapter is on (it wont be listed as ‘Tech2’) and change it to port 1~

Now SPS in pass thru mode works perfectly, i updated the software in a few of the modules (i use GlobalTis 32b, the last offline version with full SPS capability, was released in 2012 i believe, and it had newer software than my 2011 car had in it)

Then i did an update of the BCM and IPC to allow the rain sensor i’d just wired in to be seen by the systems, I tried to add a new immobilizer key, but it refused the accept the new key, most likely the key is at fault.. as part of learning new keys is to delete the old ones from the system, and the tech2 added them back no problem.

I’ve also used the tech2 to connect to ford vehicles using some software called ‘ForScan’ it has the Tech2 listed as a J2534 pass thru devise and works fine with it, The pcmcia card that came with the Tech2 allowed it’s self to be re-written (some people buying from other places find the card is locked and can’t be re-written)
i used GlobalTis’s card writer feature, it takes 40 minutes to write the card, but it works fine.

I’m very pleased with my Tech2 so far, the only thing that would make it perfect would be the carry case that’s shown in the photo’s, but that dosent affect how the actual devise works.

I’d recommend anyone buy their gm tech 2 scan tool from this shop, and i have pointed a few people who were interested in buying one here.

The Tech 2 hardware initial installation steps

1.  Remove the RS-232 loopback adapter (P/N 02001606) from the storage case (P/N 02002971). Plug it into the RS-232 port.

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2.  Attach the Tech 2 DLC cable (P/N 02002952) to the VCI connector.

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3.  Locate the DLC loopback adapter (P/N 02002953) in the storage case. Attach it to the DLC cable.

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4.  Locate the NAO (P/N 02002972) power supply and appropriate power cord in the storage case. Insert the power jack into the Tech 2 DLC cable or into the bottom of the Tech 2 next to DLC cable connector.

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5.  Turn on power by pressing the PWR button located on the GM Tech 2 key pad.

6.  Car diagnostic scanner Tech 2 hardware is verified automatically by the POST Test.

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7.  Disconnect the RS-232 loopback adapter, the power supply, and the DLC loopback adapter and return to the Tech 2 storage case.

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Is it OK to get a clone GM Tech2

Is it OK to get a clone GM Tech2 from Obd2tool.com? Work as a real Tech 2?

I hope this review can help someone with the same puzzles as me.

Here, i wanna firstshare what i found about the genuine and clone Tech2 with you all…
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Read info there and talked to the customer service staff… Decided to take a risk.. YES! I ordered it there.

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So far, i have used it for a few data. The cheap one still works great. I don’t know how the genuine works but i am satisfied with the clone one.

My friend who has ever used a GM Tech2, says the clone’s screen is much brighter and buttons feel kind of different- buttons on the original have a distinct “click” feel to them while the clones are mushy

The only thing I’m disappointed by that I didn’t get the case. The other forum member stated that the price would be much more if you got the case. I wish I had done some more research because I found several sellers selling the same thing with the case for around the same price. However, I did feel more comfortable buying that from the same source as the other member.

It will work on any GM OBD2, meaning 1996+; now it’s updated to 2013.

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Under the 2012 models it lists Chevrolet, Cadillac and Holden

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I have used the tech 2 scanner to reset IMMO for my OPEL Corsa-C 2005
Plug GM Tech2 cable into OPEL Corsa-C socket;
Boot up GM Tech2 diagnostic tool;

Enter into Main Menu;
Click Diagnostics to select car model and year;
Click Body >> Immobilizer >> Partnumber >> Additional Functions >> Reset Immobilizer, next you need to enter security code.

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Step3:
Operate according to the tips, until it appears message reading “Reset Immobilize. Reset completed successfully!” It is Okay.

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SAAB can’t start after Heat Engine Flameout

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Fault: A SAAB car has run about 50 thousand km. After the heat engine flameout the car couldn’t start again.

Check: After testing, the starting motor can work as usual. The engine seemed start the car when it just rolled. After diagnosed with GM Tech2, there was no fault code in Engine control unit. Checking the spark plug, electrodes filled with petrol. The spark plug “drowned”. Although dried out the petrol and tried to start the engine, the fault still appeared. According to these situations, it can be certain that car ECU had no problem. Then checked the engine from many aspects including gas circuit, oil passages,igniting circuit,cylinder pressure,gas distribution and ignition timing. Referring to the previous checking results, gas circuit, oil passages and ignition were all ok except ignition timing cylinder pressure. Many components should be taken out when proofread timing, so checked the cylinder pressure first. After connected to cylinder compression gauge, started the engine. At the first time, the reading was about 1MPa. When the engine hadn’t stopped running, the maximum reading reached 1.2 Mpa after the second compression stroke. At that time, the car deviations seemed larger than ordinary cars. Let the starting motor crank up the engine for a longer time. The maximum reading of cylinder compression gauge can reach 1.6 Mpa. But according to the standard, the OBD2 Scanner pressure of this car should be between 0.9 MPa to 1.2 MPa. Based on my repairing experience, it seemed that the silencer would be plugged by something. Run the engine again, I checked the exhausting situation. Oh, there was no air-out. Took out the 2 lambda sensor at the front and run the engine, the engine rolled and started the car successfully. Everything was ok. Took out the silencer and checked it, I found that the back of it was so heavy. I used endoscope and found that it was plugged by ices.

The owner just drives the car during the quotidian commute. The Professional Diagnostic Tool runs about 20km everyday and it hasn’t run at a high speed for a long time. That caused the back of the silencer can’t discharge the water, it’s colder in these days, the water became ices and the silencer was plugged.
Troubleshoot: Clean out the water and ices in the silencer, meanwhile let the car run at a high speed at irregular intervals.

(Review) How do I use GM TECH2 to replace Opel Corsa C ECU

This article is just sharing real experience when use GM Tech2. Hope this helps someone.

I decided to invest in some tools to diagnose my Opel. After a couple weeks of searching all over ebay, aliexpress and other online store, I finally found the cheapest one on OBD2TOOL, they were very fast to respond and answer all of my questions. I exchanged emails with Customer service for about 3 days before I finally decided to purchase a tech 2 clone here. I ordered it on Tuesday and I picked it up at Friday (I missed the fed ex guy and you have to sign for it). Yes, it only took 3 days delivery!

I paid $349 for it. The quality of this is amazing. I would never be able to tell it was a clone. I hooked it up to my car and was able to replaces Opel Corsa-C ECU.

So here it is….

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Below is the procedure, I search and learn from forum members:

Obtain all ECU pin codes especially second hand ECUs (immobilizer or engine). Scan old ECU to obtain VIN code and then obtain car passes to match.
Obtain all keys they will be required at end of procedure. SPS program new engine ECU with vehicle engine code and VIN number.
3. Configure engine ECU CAN configuration (Engine/ programming/ program CAN configuration)
Configure engine ECU variant configuration (Engine/ programming/ program variant configuration)
4. Reset engine ECU if second hand ECU use pin code from car pass (body/ immobilizer / additional functions/ reset engine ECU)
Reset immobilizer (body/ immobilizer/ additional functions/ reset immobilizer)
Reset BCM (body/ BCM/ additional functions /reset BCM)
Reset instrument cluster (body/ instrument/ additional functions/ reset instrument)
5. Program immobilizer function (engine and immobilizer): this will program everything together includes new keys. Have all keys programmed (body/ immobilizer/ programming/ program immobilizer function).
Check and clear all fault codes Engine immobilizer dash BCM ABS and gearbox. Road test and recheck it.

Great! I can see Professional Diagnostic Tool GM Tech 2 replace a new engine ECU for Opel Corsa C successfully!

China GM TECH 2 does everything a real Tech 2 does, how?

China GM TECH 2 does everything a real Tech 2 does, how?

10-06-2014 Update:
I just placed my order GM TECH2 which is the complete package with the 32 MB card from obd2tool.com…

10-10-2014 Update:
It still hasn’t shipped according to their website. I contacted them asking why it hasn’t shipped yet. They are quick to respond, GM TECH2 from obd2tool.com is out of stock now and hope I would be patient to wait another 3 days, they will try their best to arrange. She even informed me that she declared a $69.00 value to help keep my customs fees low. Since uobdii.com own good reputation, then I choose wait.

10-13-2014 Update:
I received a notice from the vendor that my GM TECH2  Scan tool  item  has  finally  shipped….. today!!!  I  got  a  DHL track number.

10-20-2014 Update:
I received my Tech 2 today. It was a longer than expected shipping time but am quite happy with it so far. I have not yet used it and my first task will be to perform a CKP relearn. I’ll let you know how it goes in the following parts.

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Package: I did receive the TIS2000 software disc. It was in the bag along with the product stickers. So yeah, I got the full package.

What GM Tech 2 does?
I just performed a CKP sensor relearn and it went perfectly. No problems reported. I also performed a complete diagnostic of my ABS including the motor and EBCM. No problems reported. I also went for a drive for some real time data logging. All looked good. It was amazing to note all of the misfires that were being reported prior to the CKP relearn process. No misfires after the procedure.

Well gentlemen, this unit appears to do everything a real GM Tech2 does. It works perfectly so far. The general quality of the unit also appears to be quite good with a robust case and very bright and clear screen. I am very satisfied so far. I know that I haven’t even begun to scratch the surface of what it can do and I guess I will discover its various functions as time goes on. If anyone has any questions, please let me know.

What Windows Operation Tech2 is compatible?
I keep an old Windows XP laptop in the garage which has my service manuals for all my cars including the Mercedes BENZ C5. At first I’m not sure what I can do with the TIS2000 software, then after I check find it’s working. Someone said VMWare works, and someone suggest Windows compatibility mode works sometimes. Try setting it for windows 7 compatibility and see if it works then, or try another mode like XP. I haven’t try this, and your options?