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Top 5 Porsche OBDII diagnostic scanner & programming tool

January 17, 2020 by 3635OBD2  

Porsche OBDII diagnostic scanner & programming tool we review in this article range from €119 up to €2,129, they are able to diagnose multiple Porsche systems including Engine, Anti-lock Brake System, transmission, airbag and more. Moreover, Piwis 3 and Durametric supports coding and programming.


Tools to be recommended:

  1. Porsche Piwis 3 tester (OEM)
  2. Durametric diagnostic tool
  3. Autel MaxiDAS
  4. iCarsoft POR II
  5. Launch Creader VII+


Top 1: Porsche Piwis 3

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  • New DoIP Ethernet diagnostic technology, support for models with DoIP diagnostics after 2017.
  • Multi Languages available for diagnosis: English, US English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Portuguese
  • Software version: V38.400.000
  • New operating system and more intuitive software interface
  • Maintenance, repair, control unit replacement, programming code.
  • Login online anti-theft matching programming.
  • Guided fault finding.
  • Maintenance circuit diagram view.
  • Engineer mode (development version) can support special functions such as installing, modify, Flash.
  • Process malfunction navigation, showing all interior circuit diagram. Specially if Porsche were produced after 2005. The PIWIS III has original oscillometer and multi-meter Function.


Piwis 3 diagnostic functions:

Read trouble code

Clear trouble code

Show ECU information

Test live data

Display actual values


New Car Models Available :

Panamera (971) 2018

Cayenne (92A) 2018

Macan (95B) 2018

991 (991) 2018

Also support All Other Old car models

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How does piwis tester 3 work?

It is a hardware and software tool that plugs into your Windows PC's USB port. Once plugged into the car the software is capable of reading and resetting the different modules in the car.


Target user:

PIWIS 3 tester is too expensive and not easy to use. You most likely won't be able to get a hold of Porsche Piwis unless you are an auto repair shop.


Top 2: Durametric diagnostic tool for Porsche

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  • Provides in-depth troubleshooting and has great model coverage.

1989-1995 Porsche 928

1990-1992 Porsche 944

1992-1995 Porsche 968

2004-2006 Porsche Carrera GT (980)

1990-1994 Porsche 911 (964)

1994-1998 Porsche 911 (993)

1998-2004 Porsche 911 (996)

2005-2012 Porsche 911 (997)

2012-2015 Porsche 911 (991)

1997-2004 Porsche Boxster (986)

2005-2012 Porsche Boxster (987)

2013-2015 Porsche Boxster (981)

2003-2007 Porsche Cayenne (955)

2008-2010 Porsche Cayenne (957)

2011-2015 Porsche Cayenne (958)

2010-2015 Porsche Panamera (970)

2005-2013 Porsche Cayman (987)

2014-2015 Porsche Cayman (981)

  • It can work with all of the systems in the car: DME, Airbag, ABS, Tiptronic, Alarm, Seat Memory, Heating & A/C and more...



The Durametric costs several hundred dollars. It also requires a laptop to run.


Target user:

The Durametric is a great tool for Porsche mechanics. Durametric Diagnostic Software is an alternative to the Porsche dealer scanner.


Top 3. AUTEL MaxiDAS DS808 for Porsche and other cars

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  • Autel MaxiDAS can not only access all Porsche systems and modules, but it can also carry out sensor activations, programming and display live sensor data from all the modules. 


  • Covers almost all makes and makes and is not just for diagnostic Porsche vehicles.

Check Porsche coverage on the official site:


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Refer to AUTEL MaxiDAS DS808 reviews here:



Target user:

Autel MaxiDAS is a professional level diagnostic scanner for Porsche and other makes. it is also the cheapest scanner that you can get that will offer similar functionality to a dealer level scanner.


Top 4. iCarsoft POR II for Porsche

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  • Multi-system coverage
  • Price: under 200eur
  • Capable of reading and clearing codes from modules that typically only the dealer can access such as:

DME - Engine

Airbag - SRS




Seat Memory

Heating & A/C

and more

  • A few features include ABS Bleeding, Injector coding, ABS Brake relearn function when ABS is replaced.



Multi-system diagnostics only works on Porsche vehicles. It can be used on any vehicle for engine diagnostics but not to diagnose other modules.


While the iCarsoft can read and clear codes from most modules on your Porsche, it has limited codding and sensor activation functionality, not like Porsche PIWIS 3 tester.


Target user:

iCarsoft POR II if for owners who are looking for a powerful OBD-II scanner for Porsche vehicles.


Top 5. Launch Creader VII+ for Porsche and other cars

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Porsche: confirmed

Any other car makes: confirmed

Multilingual: Chinese, English, French, Spanish, Germany, Italian, Russian.



Only cover 4 system: Engine, automatic transmission, anti-lock braking system and airbag

For example, if your climate control module has fault codes, you can't read and clear those codes with Launch Creader.


To sum up:

If you are a professional technician working in a auto repair shop, you will get one Porsche Piwis Tester 3which can perform in-depth diagnostics, as well as programming, coding and engineering mode programming etc.


If you are Porsche owner looking for a dealer level scanner you will get similar functionality with Autel MaxiDAS.

MaxiDAS provides the in-depth diagnostics and also works on 20+ vehicle makes including Europen, Asian and Domestic vehicles.


Those on a tight budget looking for a good Porsche OBD2 scanner that offers multi-system diagnostic iCarsoft POR II is a great choice.


Before you purchase a Porsche OBD2 scanner, you should always check system coverage for your particular Porsche model and year.



Vident iAuto702 Pro Mazda DPF Regen Vehicle List

January 16, 2020 by 3635OBD2  

Q: Possible to force the 2008 Mazda 5 DPF regen with the vident iauto702 pro scan tool?

A: Yes.  It will do.


iauto 702 pro Mazda DPF Regen (Diesel Particulate Filter Regeneration) vehicle list:






Up to 2016



Up to 2016



Up to 2016

CX-7 (Europe / General Specs.)



CX-9 (North America / General Specs.)






DEMIO / 121 DEMIO / 121


Up to 2000



Up to 2003



Up to 2000

MAZDA3 (EURO STG3/4/5 and General Specs.)






MAZDA5 (EURO STG3/4/5 and General Specs.) / i-MAX



MAZDA6 (EURO STG3/4 and General)

Experience with best OBD2 code reader for Honda Civic & Ford

January 16, 2020 by 3635OBD2  

Car models: couple of Honda Civics and a Ford and they all have OBD II ports.


User: the first-time user


Code readers to recommend:

  1. Bluetooth dongles and the torque app running with mobile phone.
  2. Hondas HDS scanner software
  3. Mastertech scanner
  4. NGS scanner


Reviews one-by-one:


  1. Bluetooth dongles and the torque app running with mobile phone.

I bought a cheap one, well, cheap back then ($60 in 2007) and it's been plenty useful. With the aid of mobile Google machines, you can easily and quickly begin to troubleshoot CELs. The only I bought only shows you the code and allows you to delete them. Fancier ones actually give readouts and stuff. There's also cheap ones you can plug into the OBD2 port and get readings on your phone via Bluetooth, so there's that.


  1. scangauge

You can get dongles that you plug into the port and it bluetooth all the data to your cell phone. and clears codes as well.

I prefer scangauge or similar so i can check many more things iat the dash instead of a hidden phone in my pocket. better temp gauge, MPG, etc.

I have a code reader that reads SRS and Honda specific codes as well.


  1. Hondas HDS scanner software, Mastertech scanner, NGS scanner etc

A code reader is a tool just like anything else in a tool box. Its effectiveness is up to you.

Some codes are easy, read code and throw a part at it....other codes aren't so simple and some people can waste a lot of money by not doing their homework first.

Sometimes people post with codes that can't exist in their car, that means some code readers aren't 100% accurate at reading the codes.

80% of my entire career has revolved around your pesky warning lights LOL

I have:

Hondas HDS scanner software (on two of my personal laptops)

Mastertech scanner (mine, pretty much obsolete now)

NGS scanner (mine, obsolete now)

Still considering getting a $20 engine code reader/eraser just for speed

Our shop has a scanner from Matco that gets a lot of use too.

My car has an Ultragauge on the dash, displays quite a bit of live data and can read/erase codes if needed


Advices and experience sharing:

Advice 1.

the reader gets obsolete with new cars

as long as you own an old car, does not matter much.

select it more for if it reads Honda specific codes (fords were not that fickly, most readers should do the job)

I chose mine for Honda codes, got a newer one for the SRS Honda codes)


Advice 2.

I have an older version of that $70 reader, I got it for $20 on clearance. You can check and clear codes, look up the vin (on newer cars), and check the readiness monitors.

The $180 one will also do freeze frame and live operating data which is handy for diagnostic purposes. And it will apparently do abs codes but iy might not work on all cars.

Or you can save $150 and get a $20 dongle and $5 app. You just won't be able to do abs codes, which with the multiple different vehicles I've owned (2 Fords and 5 Hondas) I have never needed abs scanning. You can always get partsource (or another parts store) to scan it for you if you do have the abs light come on.

You do what you want I'm just trying to save you money.

Honda HIM Picture share from the customer

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2016 GM Yukon XL Denali odometer correction with obdstar odo master

January 10, 2020 by 3635OBD2  

Confirmed: obdstar odo master is able to do cluster calibration for 2016 GM Yukon XL Denali.


Look at obdstar odo master GM Yukon car list:




Type 1

Type 2





And images:

Tap "Cluster calibration", then "GM"


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GM V31.00 (Newest version).

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GMC model.

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2014- ( as you can see, it can cover Yukon after 2017, after 2014, after 2007, 2003-2006 year).

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Enter Type 1.

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Mileage calibration.

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Next procedure will be easy to complete, please follow the obdstar odo master on-screen prompt to do.





CGDI MB update: add 2015 -2017 Benz FBS4 mileage adjustment via OBD

January 9, 2020 by 3635OBD2  


CGDI MB update in January 2020: adds 2015 -2017 Benz FBS4 mileage adjustment via OBD.


Nice features:

  1. via OBD
  2. Without can filter
  3. Safe and stable
  4. Without dismantling


Supported car models:

W205   2015-2017

W222   2015-2017

C190    2015-2017

C217    2015-2017

C253    2015-2017

X253    2015-2017

W447   2015-2017

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Now, get one CGDI MB programmer to update Benz FBS4 mileage adjustment via OBD.






2020 Xhorse VVDI Key Tool Max + VVDI Mini OBD Tool

January 8, 2020 by 3635OBD2  

VVDI Key Tool Max with Mini OBD tool Bluetooth adapter is the update version of VVDI Mini Key tool. This new Xhorse tool makes up for the lack of a display screen, will be used by more locksmiths.


What can VVDI Key Max do:

- Support smart card remote, super remote, super chip XT27A66

-Generate remote and smart key

-Generate transponder

-Transponder Clone

-Generate Remote

-Remote Clone

-OBD matching transponder/remote/smart card.

- Be connected to the dolphin XP-005 key cutting machine via Bluetooth to cut the key

-Enter the car directly using KEY MAX+ MINI OBD for matching. The entire process can be seamlessly connected without switching devices.

-Match the chip remote control for a wide range of car models

-Toyota H chip will be released first


Note: The port which is used to connect the programmer is reserved. After the expansion, the chip can be written start data, and the operation of the IC reading data is equivalent to the function of the tango.


Xhorse key tool Max display:

Xhorse Vvdi Key Tool Max 1

Xhorse Vvdi Key Tool Max 2

Xhorse Vvdi Key Tool Max 3

Xhorse Vvdi Key Tool Max 4


What can VVDI Mini OBD Tool do:

-Battery Programming

-Odometer Correction

-Steering Angle Calibration

-Key Code Learning

-EABS Programming

-Remote Manual Programming

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What’s the advantage of VVDI Key Tool Max:

1.Its color display screen can be used as an external display of the numerical control machine to complete the operation of cutting between finger touch, so as to avoid the embarrassment of calling in during the operation of mobile phone.

2.All kinds of resources of the Key tool Max that are connected to the Internet can be shared and interacted, so you can learn how to open the video before you start it and have more confidence.

3.KEY TOOL MAX will also make it more convenient for manufacturers to intervene and support. Problems in use or in need of help can be solved more quickly.

4.The VVDI Mini OBD Tool works with key tool max, will make people feel more convenient.

Once you get the customer key, identify and generate the KEY -- cut the KEY -- get into the car and match again with the KEY TOOL MAX. The whole process is seamless, and there is no need to switch devices back and forth. Even the whole process will have operation guidance.


5.The KEY TOOL MAX makes up for the lack of a display screen in the VVDI mini key tool, and upgrades the old display on the phone to support a new generation of android display. VVDI mini key tool is positioned as the use of low-end users, that is, a small number of customers with XHORSE products are the most practical, while KEY TOO MAX can be a good link to CNC machines and other devices, which are more suitable for customers with more XHORSE products. Of course, its OBD function is required by all levels of customers, so it is aimed at a broader group.


Maybe someone will say there are many functions of VVDI key tool max are same as vvdi mini key tool, is it necessary to buy?


In my opinion, just like the continuous development of mobile phones, mobile phones will be constantly updated and we will buy them according to our own needs. The old machines can be used but the new ones will have more functions. Besides that, it’s a cost-effective tool in the market.


To sum up, XHORSE KEY TOOL MAX is a new product of Xhorse positioned as a mid-end machine. It's not a replacement for the VVDI KEY TOOL and Mini key tool.




GM Tech 2 Cheap Alternative: Vident iLink400 GM OBD2 scanner

January 8, 2020 by 3635OBD2  

Vident iLink400 GM OBD2 code scanner (139usd) is one cheap alternative of GM Tech 2 scan tool (the best 349usd). Go on reading the following parts, you will agree.


-> Plug-and-play

-> Covers GM cars from 1996 to 2019 year (Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Daewoo, Holden, Pontiac, Saturn, Oldsmobile, GMC Truck, Isuzu etc.)

-> Diagnostic functions (ECU Info, read code, erase code, live data, active test etc)

-> Special functions (Not all GM models have the same special functions, it varies from one to another one.)

-> Suitable for DIY user

-> 139usd


GM Tech 2 scan tool wins in:

-> Tested working like a charm by an increasing number of users.

-> Coverage: 1992 to 2013, if running with Tis2000 Software, it can do programming for GM cars before 2017 year. (GM, Saab, Opel, Holden, Suzuki, Isuzu etc)

-> Diagnosis: yes

-> SPS programming: yes

-> key programming: yes

-> Suitable for professionals

-> Price: the best quality is 349usd


In details.

Part 1: Vident iLink400 GM scanner



Vident iLink400 GM scanner obd2 diagnostic functions:

ECU Info

Read Codes

Erase Codes

Live Data

Active Test


Vident iLink400 GM scanner special function:

Oil Service

Electronic Parking Brake (EPB)

Calibration of Steering Angle Sensor G85

Adapt Battery After Replacing

Throttle Body Alignment (TBA)

Special function of Diesel Engine

Read Anti-theft Code

Reset Airbag

Program Key Fob

Invalidate All Fobs

Key Fob Button Test



Read: Vident iLink400 GM scanner function list

Youtube video:

Chevrolet 1996-2019

Cadillac 1996-2016

Buick 1996-2016

GMC 1996-2016

Pontiac 1996-2013

Saturn 1996-2013

Hummer 1996-2013


Vident iLink400 GM scanner language:

English, French, German, Russian, Spanish Portuguese, Dutch, Swedish and more.


Vident iLink400 GM scanner update:

TF memory card for data backup and software update.

3 years free software update online www.videnttech.com


How to use Vident iLink400 GM scanner?

Vident iLink400 has no car diagnostic software as default, when you receive the device, you need to register one vident ID on www.videnttech.com, register the machine, download GM software to test.


Vident ilink400 GM Code Scanner Review:

Vident iLink400 review 1 

Cheap and does do what it says it does. Will allow you to control all the sensors and lights on the vehicle if you have the add on for that manufacturer.

Vident iLink400 review 2: 

For what I need to use it for it works well. tool is easy to update. I dumped the software for GM into the tool. was easy to do. the sard reader that comes with the tool is a piece of crap I have my own micro sd to USB adaptor that is much better than the one in the kit with the scanner. I have used it a few times. I wish it had a broader reach of abs/sir trans and ecm data it’s hit or miss whet it will read and not the same on every vehicle.

Vident iLink400 GM review 3:

Used Vident iLink400 to perform an automated brake bleed on GM and exhaust system diagnostic. Creating an account and product registration are a chore.

Vident iLink400 GM review 4:

I recently replaced my Throttle Body in a 2011 GMC Sierra and had gone through the entire relearn process with no success. Drove for days with extremely high idle and acceleration issues. Finally took a gamble and ordered Vident iLink400, hooked it up and it was fixed in 2 seconds.














Part 2: GM Tech 2 Scan Tool details




  1. GM Tech 2 Scan Tool car list

How to use Mercedes_OBD mileage programmer

January 7, 2020 by 3635OBD2  


Look at the 2015-2017 Mercedes dashboard adjustment cable via OB (In the following article, we refer to it as Mercedes_OBD).

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Car model list:

W222: 2015 -2017

W205: 2015-2017

C217: 2015-2017

C190: 2015-2017

C253: 2015-2017

X253: 2015-2017

W447: 2015-2017

W213: 2015-2017 (will update)

-2015: need can filter


How to use Mercedes_OBD:

Open the Mercedes-Benz dashboard adjustment assistant software;

The dashboard adjustment will take 30 to 60 minutes, so the vehicle must be fully charged!

Inside "Information display" , there are instructions for the entire procedure.

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Click on "OBD read configuration information".

If it can work with the car, it will display the message "It will take about 15-30 minutes, please ensure the Mercedes is fully charged.", then click on "Yes".

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If the dashboard type is not supported, it will prompt: The current dashboard is detected not 2015 - 2017 year, if it is before 2015 year, please add can filter, then click on "4. OBD read odometer value" and then "5. OBD write odometer value". If the dashboard is after 2017 year, Mercedes_OBD software can't support is yet.

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Next is to use Mercedes _OBD assistant software for 2016 W205 dashboard adjustment.

Step 1: OBD read configuration information.

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Configuration data must be saved after successful reading!

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Step 2: Edit the MCU data, you need to remove the back cover of the meter, select the meter type, and select the wiring method according to the type. Directly open the wiring diagram. The meter is available with 8 drives and 11 drives, please select the correct one, there are 5 wires in total.

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After connecting the wires according to the wiring diagram, perform the operation

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After the MCU data is edited successfully, the wiring can be removed.

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Step 3: Write the configuration information that is read out in the first step, and you can select the saved data at this time.

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Configuration information is wrote successfully.


At this time, you can adjust the odometer, you can read the odometer value first, and then write.

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Here we have written the odometer value of 12,345

Then read it out is 12345km

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Then look at the meter, the odometer value is correct! The steps are complete!

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Job is done

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Far much cheap than DP4, you worth this Benz Mercedes OBD Mileage programmer



Solved! GM GDS2 "No Valid Lease Found"

January 7, 2020 by 3635OBD2  

Obdexpress.co.uk engineer offer the working solution to GM GDS2 software error "No valid lease found" .

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Images: GM MDI (SP163-D) GDS2 software "No valid lease found".


What reason and how to do:

Please reset the computer time to the current time, if failed, please try to install GDS2 software on another computer.


However, if you used vxdiag vcx nano GM cable, you may start GDS2 software from VX Manager, please run GDS2 from patch directly.

We made one video and uploaded it on youtube, it's on how to install GDS2 Software 02.2019 on win7:


Good luck!


How to reset Honda Civic Gen 7 SRS light on?

January 4, 2020 by 3635OBD2  

If Honda Civic Gen 7 SRS light has been on for a while, Pull the code to be sure. Here's how to do it.

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All credit goes to user R3dline on ClubRSX).

How it do: (READ THE ENTIRE THING BEFORE PERFORMING. It'll help. I promise)

1) With the engine/car off and key out of ignition, jump pins 4 & 9 on the OBD connector with a paperclip, length of wire with the ends stripped, etc.


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2) Turn your key to the "on" position. Don't start it, but just turn it on.

3) Your SRS light is gonna blink. Pay attention to the pattern! Luckily, the SRS light illuminates for 6s (bulb check), shuts off for 3s, then it starts the main code. After the main code, you get a 2s break to relax your eyes, then the sub-code. I'm not 100% sure on what happens after the 3s pause after the sub code, but it likely goes straight into the main code again.

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The first set of blinks (after the bulb check) is gonna be the main code. Could either be slow blinks (1.2s between blinks) or super fast blinks (0.1s between blinks)

Count each slow blink as 1

Count each set of 4 super fast blinks as 10

Add them all together, and you get the main code

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Second set of blinks is gonna be the main code. Remember, you get a 2s break to compose yourself. lol.

These are gonna be about 4x as fast as the slow blinks from the main code (0.3s between blinks)

Count each blink as 1

Add them together for the sub-code.

After you do all that, you should end up with a [main code]-[sub code] pairing. Match it to the list below, fix whatever issue instead of spray and pray with the parts cannon.

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Hope this helps your troubleshooting.

However, if you can't troubleshoot in the above method.

The easier way is to have one HDS HIM Diagnostic Tool

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