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A few weeks ago we had a VW beetle 1.6 petrol come into the workshop. It had a couple of issues, the engine management light was on and so was the traction control light but the ABS light was off.  After scanning with the FCAR F3W we ascertained the fault with the traction control was with the ,lateral acceleration sensor, and the engine fault was due to a secondary air system malfunction.

We quickly sorted the engine fault, it was just the vacuum pipe going to the valve on the manifold, a quick and easy fix. The traction fault was next,

we had looked at the live data from the sensor and decided the problem was either the unit itself or the wiring, the values were way off what they were supposed to be, according to Ross Tech the correct settings should be +- 1.5 ms , this one was reading +7.8

Now this is where things got strange, after removing the plug to the sensor (the acceleration sensor is easy enough to get to, it is mounted to the steering column, you need to remove the panel above the pedals to access the sensor) and checking and cleaning the wiring, once it was all assembled again once we switched on the ignition, the ABS was on with the stability light, we rescanned the module but now the module coding had disappeared!

Of course as we were not interested in coding or doing any other tests than reading the faults and viewing the live data, this was a bomb from out of the blue. We did not have the original soft coding and as this was a MK 20 system so there was no info to figure out what the coding was. After a lot of searching I finally found a site that had soft coding for the MK20 module. After entering 40168 to allow the login we then matched the ECU type and  information with the list below and we were able to successfully recode the module. Here is a list of the modules and their coding:
A very useful piece of information.

Controller coding
STG 03 (brake electronics) select
STG coding – > function 07

03604 ABS (1J0907379 D/G – MKB: AHW/AKQ/APE/AGP/AXP)

03504 ABS (1J0907379 P – MKB: AHW/AKQ/APE7AGP/AXP)

03504 ABS (MKB: AEH/AKL/APF/AGN/AGU/AQA/ARZ/APK/AQY/AGZ/ATN/AUS)

03304 ABS (MKB: AQM/AGR/ALH/AHF/ASV/AJM/ATD/AUY/ARL)

03304 ABS (MKB: Mexico ALH/AHF)

03604 ABS/EDS (1J0907379 E/H – MKB: AHW/AKQ/APE/AGP/AXP)

03504 ABS/EDS (1J0907379 Q – MKB: AHW/AKQ/APE/AGP/AXP)

13504 ABS/EDS (MKB: AEH/AKL/APF/AGN/AGU/AQA/ARZ/APK/AQY/AGZ/AQP/ATN/AUS/AUE)

03304 ABS/EDS (MKB: AQM)

13304 ABS/EDS (MKB: AGR/ALH/AHF/ASV/AJM/ATD/AUY/ARL)

13504 ABS/EDS (MKB: Mexico ALH/AHF)

13504 ABS/EDS (Haldex – 1J0907379 L/AA/AG – MKB:AGN/AGZ/AQP/AGR/AJM/ARL/AUE/ATD/AUY)

13404 ABS/EDS/ASR (1J0907379 R/J/AF -MKB:AGN/AGU/AQA/ARZ/AQP/AGR/ALH/AHF/ASV/AJM/ARL/AUE/AUY)

00214 ABS/EDS/ASR/ESP (Haldex)

00241 ABS/EDS/ASR/ESP (electrical gas manipulation/1J0907379)

00209 ABS/EDS/ASR/ESP (mechanical. Gas manipulation/1J0907379)

10753 ABS/EDS/ASR/ESP (1C0907379 – MKB: AHW/AKQ/APE/AGN/AXP)

10241 ABS/EDS/ASR/ESP (1C0907379 – MKB: AEH/AKL/APF/ATN/AUS/AWH)

18945 ABS/EDS/ASR/ESP (1C0907379 – MKB: AGU/AQA/ARZ/AQP/AGP/AQM/AGR/ALH/AHF/ASV/AJM/ARL/AUE/ATD/AUY)

18433 ABS/EDS/ASR/ESP (1C0907379 – MKB: APK/AQY/AGZ)

If you have a problem with your Fiat or Alfa Romeo car or Fiat Van, then you really should look at the Multiecuscan software for Windows. It is an affordable way for the home mechanic, small garage or even a large garage branching out into multi marque service and repair to access near dealer level coverage on Fiat and Alfa Romeo vehicles

Multiecuscan diagnostic software for Italian vehicles is also ideal for the  garages that specialise in servicing and repair of Fiat and Alfa Romeo vehicles

Using the free version of the software and a kkl cable with built in pin switching, you can access a lot more than basic reading and clearing engine faults. It works on older cars too  by using the 3 pin to 16 pin OBD2 adaptor, it can go back as far as the early nineties.

New era Fiat and Alfa Romeo

If you have or maintain the new Fiat or Alfa Romeo vehicles, then the registered kit is for you. With it you can read and clear codes, perform proxy alignments, reset service indicator lights, match injectors, in fact pretty much all the garage would be able to do without paying through the nose. Examples of the coverage include. Fiat 500 airbag reset, oil service light reset on all late model Fiat and Alfa Romeo vehicles including the Fiat commercials. Also as manufacturers are pooling their resources and using engines or whole vehicles rebadged ( the new Opel combo springs to mind) this kit will work equally as well on these rebadged Fiat vehicles

Scantool-Direct are an appointed distributor for the Multiecuscan software and have a full compliment of suitable tools to use with the software, from a basic kkl cable to the all in one multiplexed professional system, we can supply a kit that is suited to your needs whether it be home based occasional use or specialist professional use.

you can see our range of Multiecuscan Fiat and Alfa Romeo tools and software here:

Scantool Direct Multiecuscan Fiat and Alfa Romeo diagnostics

Any questions or if you need help deciding which kit is right for you email us on support@scantool-direct.co.uk

 

i980 Mercedes Benz Multi System Diagnostic Scanner.

The i980 Mercedes Benz Multi system scanner is the latest addition to the range of manufacturer specific tools available from iCarsoft.

Never has it been so affordable to look after your own vehicle. With trouble shooting coverage to near dealer level on all control systems in the Mercedes range, the owner can now affordably access the control systems and read/clear fault codes and turn off the malfunction indicator lamp

Features:

Reads and clears fault codes in almost all control systems on Mercedes Benz passenger vehicles fitted with the 16 pin OBD2 diagnostic socket (European market vehicles from approx 2001 – 2013, 1996 – 2013 for US market Petrol and Diesel variants are both covered in depth.

Sample screenshots of i980

i980-1 i980-4

Covers Assyst and Aysst Plus service systems

i980 Sample coverage screen shot

i980-7

Systems covered include the following:

– Engines (All Petrol & Diesel Systems)
– Transmissions and Electronic Selector Modules
– Airmatic and Active Body Control Suspension Systems
– Traction Systems: ESP / ASR / ETS / ABS / BAS / SBC braking systems
– Supplementary Restraint Systems (SRS) / Airbag, All body modules OCP / UCP / LCP /  SCM / SKF / KFB / RCM / DCM’s
– Drive Authorization System
– Sam (Signal Acquisition) Modules
– Electronic Ignition System (EIS)
– Pneumatic System Equipment and ATA functions
– Air Conditioning / climate control Systems
– Instrument Cluster – Tire Pressure Control – Parktronic System – Keyless entry Go
– D2b Command & Audio Gateway (D2B and MOST networks) – TV Tuner – Headlamp Range Adjustment – Seat Electronics – Rvc, RST & Vario Roof modules – Automatic Clutch System ACS – M-Class Body Modules (AAM / EAM / DAS / SEM / VG Transfer Case) – Assyst & ASSYST + systems

Includes the following:

i980 diagnostic tool with intergrated OBDii diagnostic socket and approx 1 metre cable
User manual
Update program on CD
Nylon case
Read more and Purchase this tool HERE


Request more info here

Icarsoft i910-II BMW MINI handheld diagnostic system.

Available to buy HERE

Now available to buy as an option with the 20 pin OBD1 adapter

The all new i910-II is the second BMW MINI specific diagnostic system from icarsoft.
Where the i910-II differs from the basic i910 is the upgraded user interface and the added service interval reset function which is not available on the previous i910 model
The service reset function is available on the following models:

1′ E81/E82/E87/E88
3′ E90/E91/E92/E93
5′ E60/E61
6′ E63/E64
7′ E65/E66
X’ E70, E71, E84
mini R55/R56‏

Easy to use diagnostics for both novice and pro.

The i910-II is an easy to operate tool that will access the diagnostic systems, displaying any trouble codes stored and allowing the user to erase them without any need for external power sources as the tool is powered from the diagnostic socket in the car.
The module coverage installed on the i910-II is excellent on all BMW and Mini models to approx 2012 with all major modules covered (engine, ABS, SRS, instruments etc )

The i910 -II will also clear learnt values, which allows the ECU to relearn new components. essential when replacing egr and throttle bodies etc.

i910-II front view

i910-II user interface and screen view showing the new, upgraded panel

Features:
Handheld, stand alone tool, no computer needed to diagnose the vehicle.
Built in OBD2 cable and connector, no other cables or adapters are required (pre 2001 models will need the 20 pin adapter)
Free software updates directly from icarsoft website.
Full colour screen and easy to navigate user interface.
One year warranty and free tech support.

i910-II diagnostic tool

i910-II front and rear view

Functions:
Reads and clears fault codes on supported modules.
Turns off fault lights.
Displays live data stream.
Displays ECU information.
Resets service interval on supported models
High speed USB2.0 update

Scantool Direct are authorised distributors for icarsoft tools and we can supply any icarsoft tool.
Scantool-Direct will also provide full back up and support for any product purchased from us.

i910-II complete kit

i910-II complete Set contents

Click the link below to buy the i910-II

www.scantool-direct.co.uk

Icarsoft i930 Land Rover Diagnostic tool, review coming soon.
The iCarsoft for Land Rover is the latest tool from icarsoft range of vehicle specific tools.

The i930 is compatible with Land Rover vehicles from approx 1998 including Discovery 2 and 3 , Range Rover including Sport, and Freelander 1 and II
Systems covered are: engine including Diesels, Air bags, and ABS.
Features:
Handheld, stand alone tool, no computer needed to diagnose the vehicle.
Built in OBD2 cable and connector, no other cables or adapters are required.
Free software updates directly from icarsoft website.
Full colour screen and easy to navigate user interface.
One year warranty and free tech support.

Functions:
Reads and clears fault codes on supported modules.
Turns off fault lights.
Displays live data stream.
Displays ECU information.
High speed USB2.0 update

Scantool Direct are authorised distributors for icarsoft tools and we can supply any icarsoft tool.
Scantool-Direct will also provide full back up and support for any product purchased from us.
http://www.scantool-direct.co.uk

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Any queries on purchasing this tool contact us with the form below or visit our website http://www.scantool-direct.co.uk

 

Smart
Service Light Reset – For Two
• Turn On ignition.
• Adjust instrument display to show ‘Maintenance’.
• Turn Off the ignition within 10 seconds (‘Maintenance’ should remain in display).
• Press and hold the service button which is located on the top left of the instrument
‘Pod’ while switching the ignition on.
• Hold the service button for a further 10 seconds to reset the Oil interval.
• Check instrument display for remaining distance until service.

Ford
Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) Manual release/Service mode – S-Max/
Galaxy
The following procedures should be followed before service work is carried out on the
electronic parking brake system fitted to the Ford S-max/Galaxy models 2006-2008.
The following pre-requisites should be met before commencing:
• Vehicle on level ground
• Ensure vehicle battery is fully charged
Service mode activation (EPB off)
• Release the parking brake
• Switch ignition On (position 2)
• Press and hold down throttle pedal
• Press and hold down the parking brake switch
• Switch ignition Off (position 0)
• Switch ignition On (position 2) within 5 seconds
• When the parking brake has fully actuated (off) switch ignition OFF (position 0)
• Release throttle pedal
• Release parking brake switch
Service mode de-activation (EPB on)
• Switch ignition On (position 2)
• Press and hold down throttle pedal
• Lift and hold the parking brake switch
• Switch ignition Off (position 0)
• Switch ignition On (position 2) within 5 seconds
• When the parking brake has fully actuated (on), switch ignition off (position 0)
• Release throttle pedal
• Release parking brake switch

Well it has been a while now since I have been on wordpress, and we have had a chance to try quite a few diagnostic tools since I was last here. Today I am looking at the Autel Maxidiag range of tools. The Maxidiag range consists of 4 Hand held tools, three of which are identical except for the screen which shows the model type eg FR704 JP701 EU702 and US703 The Maxidiag Pro MD801 is different in appearance with a rubberised protective cover around the outer edge, the software for all 4 tools is interchangeable, meaning you can load any of the tools with any of the software, the only drawback is all but the MD801 does not have enough memory to install all the software at once.

The first we will look at is the FR704

The FR704 is used for reading and clearing codes in Renault, Citroen and Peugeot cars and light commercial vehicles, to approx 2008 , It works well on most systems, with good coverage on both petrol and Diesel engines from approx 1998 or basically all early models fitted with the 16 pin OBD2 plug. ABS and Airbag coverage is good also with most cars covered. We found that some Diesel Peugeot engines fitted with the fuel additive system would log faults that the FR704 could not clear as the problem is with the Fuel additive ECU which is not accessible with the tool. The FR704 also covers Automatic transmissions, but to date we have not had an automatic car to test this system on. The other features on the device are common to all the tools and will be covered later.

Maxidiag EU702

The EU702 has the greatest coverage of the 3 separate tools, covering, Audi, BMW, Mercedes Benz, Vauxhall, Volvo, Seat, Skoda and VW to approx 2008.Systems covered include engine, ABS, SRS Automatic transmission and instrument cluster It also allows service reset on VAG, Conditional based service on BMW and it will also reset the BMW based Rover 75 service interval vehicles. There are some issues with the EU702, namely, Mercredes and Vauxhall vehicles that use different pins in the diagnostic plug for various ABS and airbag  systems, the EU702 cannot access these as it is not a multiplexer type tool which is required to scan these systems. The BMW cars fitted with both the 16 pin OBD2 and the 20 pin underbonnet plug are compatible, provided the tool is used with the 20 pin adapter, to access the ABS and airbag controllers on these cars you must use the 20 pin plug as the 16 pin OBD2 plug is only used for engine diagnostics.

The Autel range is available on our new website: www.scantooldirect.co.uk

OK, So you have got your first EOBD scan tool, You have read the manual, and are ready to go tackle the dreaded engine light on your car. You plug the scanner into the port in your car and do the first scan, the tool comes up with 3 trouble codes, one is a problemwith coolant temp circuit, one is MAF related and one is O2 sensor heater circuit, are there three problems with the car?

This is where most first time users go wrong, chances are there are not 3 problems with the car but only one which is causing the management light to come on, many inexperienced users automatically think if the scanner shows a MAF fault  “it must be the Airflow meter” which is not necessarily the case, it might have been disconnected in the past or the wiring / plug could be corroded which would all show a MAF fault. Many airflow meters have been bought and fitted with the problem not cured and the DIYer has given up and sent the car to a garage to be repaired where they have paid for the car to be repaired and the price of the airflow meter on top, could come to a hefty bill,  hardly a way to save money is it?

Any of these codes could have been logged in the past and stored in the ECU memory. Usually the best procedure is to note the codes, (write them down, you wont remember them!) or if the Scantool supports it store the diagnostic session for future reference, and then delete the codes stored in the ECU memory, then take the car for a drive or monitor the ECU for a day or two if the problem does not occur immediately. Most scanners will have an option to look for “pending codes” , what are pending codes I hear you say, Pending codes are trouble codes that have not materialised into full-blown codes and the engine malfunction light might not be illuminated yet, but the ECU has noted that there may be a problem and is monitoring the situation closely, this is a good way of catching any faults before they cause any problems with the engine management.

So the first rule is don’t assume the scanner has all the answers, maybe in the past someone has disconnected a sensor and this would have stored a trouble code. It is always best to clear any codes found first time and see which codes return and concentrate on these problems. Another useful feature is the Freeze Frame function which we will cover next time.

An ideal first time scantool is the Launch Creader Vi as it has the oprion to save up to 29 scans in the tool memory, these can be bought here www.scantool-direct.co.uk