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Foxwell NT530 Audi A4 Q3P Oil Service Reset Reviews

April 1, 2020 by 3635OBD2  

Car model and year: Audi A4 / Q3


Purpose: to do a service reset


Foxwell tool to use: Foxwell NT530 Audi scanner


Test reports: Foxwell NT530 Audi A4 oil service reset

I have one foxwell NT530 scanner for Audi that foxwelltool.com is selling.

My allroad has 2 service resets. One for the oil change and one for the engine service.

I know the mileage for the intervals has to be converted from miles to kilometers, but it’ll do both oil change and (engine) service resets.
Given what it costs, and what it does, it’s a really good scanner. My only gripe is the numbers on the display are small, and I have a hard time seeing them, cause I’m old and blind….
I have the VCDS program and cable as well. Its good, but I hate having to carry around a bulky computer (mine is set up on a snap-on zeus scan tool). To me it all depends on what you like, but I use my foxwell scanner almost every day. It does a lot for the money, and unlike a laptop, or a cell phone based scanner, it’s self powered, and you can take it anywhere.
Bang for the buck, its my #1 scanner for VW/Audi.


Definitely register it on the foxwelltech.us website and update the software. It didn’t come with the module versions available at that time.

I wonder what the extra $40 spent on the Schwaben branded version got you.

This is how you reset both oil, and service maintenance reminders.

From the main screen –
VAG – “enter”
2 (Audi) – “enter”
3 (common special functions) – “enter”
1 (oil service) – “enter”
1 – (small maintenance) is for “next oil change”
2 – (high maintenance) is for “next inspection”

In the following screen you can set services for the pre-programmed 5km, 7.5km and 15km settings, or type in the days and mileage you want. Very useful because i dont believe in 10000 mile oil changes….

It is a very “different” scantool, mostly geared towards mechanics. Most will hate it because it has so many options, they cant find anything in it. Or like most people they only want to do coding adaptations, data logging, or check for DTC’s, which VCDS is great for.
Foxwell does not word their commands, how VCDS does on their program (which is the same as vw/audi).
It drove me nuts when i first got it. Between playing around with it, looking online for info. and looking at the owners manual it came with (i know….. Who the hell reads those), I learned it quickly.
It does a TON of stuff. It also does coding, albeit a lot differently (and more annoyingly) than VCDS, but it does it…..


Test reports: Foxwell NT530 Audi Q3 oil service reset

I just hit 15K on the odometer, and got the “Inspection Due” light. I changed the oil myself and reset the oil service indicator, but as we know, the inspection light cannot be reset by the user. I called the dealer and they wanted $500 to do the inspection, and this car was a CPO with 6K on the odometer when I got it, so it seemed odd that after that 300 point inspection they’d need to do it all over again. Just a dealer thing I’m sure.

So I decided to order a Foxwell NT530 OBD scan tool for Audi. I figured this out. With the Foxwell tool and VAG software installed, it was a snap. Now I’m going to see what else can be done, looks like lots of coding can be done fairly simply.




Trust me when I tell you, the more you experiment with it, the more comfortable you will get with it. Other than coding and channel adaptations (be careful – this can damage modules with any scan tool), you wont screw up anything if you play around with different functions. Plus if you wanted to throw it in your trunk for emergencies, you’ve got a scanner that doesn’t need a laptop, an internet connection, or a yearly subscription to keep it working. Oh, and if you want to use it to read engine DTC’s on any car in the world, it has a generic OBD II function.

Is VCDS better? For coding and adaptation – there is nothing better or easier to use. Can you use Carista and a cell phone – yup works great! But it’s all dependent upon having a computer or cell phone to keep it going.



Volvo S60 XC60 S80 Mileage Adjustment with CG100 III

April 1, 2020 by 3635OBD2  

How to use CG100 III to adjust mileage for Volvo S60 / XC60 / S80 - 9S12XHZ384.


  1. Dismantle the Volvo car meter.

This is the host and adapter for CG100.

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Look at the Volvo car's meter which is removed from the car.

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The sticker on the back will show the relevant information of this meter.

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12p welding wire for data transmission.

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Now we start to dismantle the meter.

Need to remove multiple screws and remove multiple parts.

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  1. How to weld the 12p welding wire to Volvo meter and connect to CG100 III.

Click on "Instrument -> European car series -> Volvo".

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You need to weld 4 wires according to the diagram.

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Connect the 12p welding wire to the BDM+4 adapter, and then to CG100 III hardware.

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  1. Volvo models perform mileage adjustment, both eeprom and flash need to be processed.

1). Firstly process the EEPROM data.

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Please enter the target kilometers (KM).

The software will automatically calculate the original mileage, we can enter the required mileage.

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2) Back to process the FLASH data next.

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No need to enter any numbers, the software operates automatically.

It will take several minutes, please wait patiently.

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4.Flash data is also processed, and the welding line can be removed.

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  1. The wiring is removed, we need to install the previously removed parts and screws.

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CG100 PROG III adjust mileage for Volvo S60 XC60 S80 successfully.





2014 Benz 906.155 ABS ESP Light Reset With Autel MD808 Pro

March 31, 2020 by 3635OBD2  

Car model: 2014 Benz 906.155


Symptom: Dash lit up with ABS, ESP, and traction warnings

Showing intermittent inability to get wheel speed from right rear wheel speed sensor. Looks like DTC is D40C.


Code scanner to use: Autel Maxidiag MD808 PRO


Test reports:

So far the MD808P has been very helpful.


Some specific notes:

  1. Creating an account on Autel, registering the scanner, and downloading scan updates were all incredibly easy.


  1. The unit uses a standard micro-sd, which can be removed and updated seperate from the unit


  1. Alternately, the unit can be updated via a USB cable.


  1. Power is supplied via either the USB or OBD cable, there are not batteries.


  1. Feel is generally good. Lighter than I expected, but quite reasonable.


  1. The screen is non-touch, but is clear, and easy to read.


  1. Currently only covers pre 2016 sprinters.


Warning ABS:


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Warning ESP:

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Warning Misc:

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get wheel speed from right rear wheel speed sensor, DTC is D40C:

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Autel MD808 Pro Sprinter Coverage:

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Newest Sprinter coverage + the other coverage:

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How Audi A4 Battery Replacement And Coding

March 30, 2020 by 3635OBD2  

Car model: Audi A4


Symptom: left my car in covered storage for 3 months, was in a rush and forgot to disconnect the battery before flying home. The car was running perfectly fine before leaving, when I got back, the battery was completely dead. It took two jumper boxes (battery and under the hood) to get the car running. Now, I need to jump it every time I drive.



Option 1: Called Audi to inquire about replacing the battery, they quoted me a ridiculous $600 (apparently it takes them 2.5 hours of labor to replace and code a battery).


Option 2: AutoZone charges $150, but can’t code it. Sears said they could replace and “register” the battery for $280.


Option 3: I ditched my OEM (Varta) battery a month ago, installed an Odyssey PC-1350 and never looked back.
You can run different batteries in these vehicles. Don’t let the dealers b/s you.
If you really need to code the battery buy a foxwell NT530 scanner. Bang for the buck you can’t beat it for $200. It does battery coding, channel adaptation (used it for green menu access), and rear brake caliper functions (for pad changes)
As a mechanic, i have VCDS, a Snap-On Zeus, and the foxwell scanner. I wear the heck out of the foxwell scanner. It’s just cheap, and it works great.
My only caveat, some of the letters on the screen are a bit tiny. Hitting middle age, and going blind…. Ha!


Option 4:

Replaced my battery in my 2014 b8.5 last night. Had a 15% off coupon for battery and installation from the Audi dealer so I got the battery for $180 and I took it home and popped it in. Wasn’t sure I was gonna code it but it was actually really simple.


Everything you need is on the battery it’s self. The the part number is on the top and the serial number is visible if you use your smartphone camera to look at the square qr code on the back. I did the coding in my obdeleven app with my smart phone. I have yet to find a single think that my obdeleven can’t do compared to vag-com.


Before and after screen shots below:

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2020 Best ABS Brake Bleed Scan Tool For Toyota 4Runner

March 27, 2020 by 3635OBD2  

To Fixin to replace ABS/Master Cylinder Unit & need bleeding, Foxwell NT630 Plus is a good choice, it has brake bleeding function for cars equipped with ABS brakes

Test here:

Car model and year: Toyota 4Runner 02 Sport


Symptoms: Prolonged motor cycling-whirring sound upon startup. Squishy brake pedal and rig lurches forward when almost at a stop, while making motor cycling-whirring sounds.


What I tried to do:

Physically inspected all connection harnesses at the ABS unit as well as speed sensors at each wheel and they seem to be fine. No breaks etc.

Picked up a complete ABS/Master Cylinder unit from a local guy for $150 so why not swap it out to see if it’ll help.

While researching bleeding procedures I stumbled upon the 4th Gen site and they seem to be split into two camps: normal bleeding procedure and those saying the ABS actuators had to be tripped via some sort of Toyota software and a special connector. Apparently if you leave the ABS unit alone you can bleed old school but if you replace the ABS unit, like I’m going to do, you need the software? Others say to just drive the car hard, brake like a lunatic to trip the ABS and then bleed.


My question:

If ABS actuators are not tripped and opened, air may accumulate inside the ABS unit itself?

What is the most effective way to bleed an 02 when replacing the ABS/Master Cylinder Unit?



I was checking out this scanner, not a bad price, when I noticed in the fine print that it works with Toyotas...2003 and up... search continues.


Found it! Same price as the dealer to bleed and I won’t get sucked into other “needed” repairs.




Looks good. Pages #26 & #27 of interest in the user's manual.
Special Functions - Foxwell NT630 Pro Manual [Page 26]

Might be worth calling Foxwell tech support to see if it will hook up with an 2002 Toyota brake system. Same as 2003.

Worth the call as these will usually get a *lot* of vehicles but will skip weird ones.

Want to sure on what you exactly need for your vehicle.

I. E. Doubt it does 100% ABS function bi-directional for all the vehicles listed in the advertisement.

Will do most. That's the problem with these lower end cost units. Truth in advertising.

Then there are other units (next price increment up) which simply clone the auto factory software and bundle it up. (software license infringement?)

This is where the fun begins.


Test reports:

Yes, NT630 Plus  ABS & Airbag Reset Tool work well on Toyota 4Runner 02 Sport!


Hope it helps.


Autel MD808 Pro for Sprinter test reports + compare AP200 scanner

March 26, 2020 by 3635OBD2  

Starts with 3 actual user reports of Autel MD808 Pro for Sprinter, then Autel MD808 Pro compares AP200 scanner for Sprinter.


Review 1: Autel MD808 Pro for 2007 Sprinter worth the money

Got an Autel MD808 Pro for my 2007 Winnebago View with a 2006 Sprinter chassis. It didn't communicate with the chassis out of the box.
Had to download the updates from Autel. Then, No Communication error when using USA-->Chrysler-->2006-->VA Sprinter, same as before updates. Works using European-->Sprinter-->Transporter or V-class-->Sprinter--> then both selection numbers 2 or 3 communicated successfully.

ZUH Heater Booster and ZHE Auxiliary Heater do not appear on the list of scanned functions.

Reset a number of old codes from before I purchased the rig. No codes after all resets.

Definitely worth the money to me.


Review 2: Autel MD808 Pro for 05 3500 Sprinter

I also have the Autel md808 pro. used it on an 05 3500. it seems to be able to access all of the modules and give a lot of freeze frame info and live data. also can record and graph live data with multiple things on one graph at the same time. for example you could watch intake air temp and MAF on one graph together. it resets my oil service light with no problem.

A great scanner that gives you a lot of info for the money. bonus is it can be used on all cars and gives you a lot more info than generic obd II only code readers.


Review 3: Autel MD808 Pro for 08 Sprinter

Got my MaxiDiag 808 Pro in, connected to my 08 Sprinter and it seemed to read every module with no problems. Here's a picture reading the TPMS system.

It would read the generic OBD codes on my 1997 Toyota Tacoma but I couldn't find any Tacoma listings in the Toyota section.

I connected it to my 2006 GMC Envoy and it picked up the ECM, transmission and I think ABS but I didn't see the airbag module.

I think it's a really decent diagnostic tool for the money but my initial impression is that it's better for the European market than the Asian or USA market.


Autel Md808 Pro For Sprinter

This is the MD802 all-module model.


It does cost more but I guarantee this will be the least you ever spend on a Sprinter. I believe that this is the pretty much the lowest cost turnkey all-module MB scanner available and is a very reasonable deal for the money. Also you can usually find them used in the $100-$150 range.

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Autel MD808 Pro Vs. Autel AP200 for 2007 Sprinter

I can say that the Autel MD802 supports the 2007 NCV3 on both the Chrysler and MB/Sprinter menus, in fact as I remember the Chrysler menu has a module a two that the MB didn't. But the MD808 and Autel AP200 may be different, as perhaps the T1N models.


The Autel AP200 theoretically mimics the Autel 808 in its model identifications.
For many of us, neither the Freightliner nor Dodge T1N VINs that it fetches from the ECM are recognized. We have to tell the AP200 it's a "model 904" and it's then happy to perform diagnoses.

This shows the model selection screen that BENZ_Sprinter presents:

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The "906" is the NCV3.


For the AP200 you need to have downloaded 'BENZ-Sprinter' as your 'free' option. Then you select the option for 903, 904, etc.




Read ISN Code By Yanhua Single Probe Connector No Soldering!

March 25, 2020 by 3635OBD2  

Yanhua New arrival! Single Probe Solderless Connector.

No soldering, No risk!

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What it can do:

  1. Provide solderless connecting during in-circuit programming (ICP) testing.
  2. Connect the Boot point when opening DME shell to read ISN code.


Compatible devices:

Yanhua Mini ACDP: tested

The other devices: Yes

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(Image: How connecting with manhua ACDP)


3 Pros of single probe solderless connector:

  1. Excellent versatility: compared with the traditional ECU worktable, it is compact in size, easy to carry, has multiple fixing modes, more suitable for outdoor or indoor work.


  1. Simple and high efficiency operation: the connection can be simply completed by pulling and pressing.


  1. Modular design: free switch among single point connection, multi-point connection and combination connection.


How connect Single Probe Solderless Connector with the ECU?

1.video demo:


Step 1. Fix the chip.

How To Connect Singe Probe Soldering With ECU 1


Step 2. Fix and straighten the flexible arm.

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Step 3. Align and prick the probe at the test point.

Use the PCB probe board to align the through -hole test point or solder pad test point.

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Step 4. Press the PCB probe board with flexible arm.

Note that the angle between the flexible arm and the PCB probe board should be kept at 90°.

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Step 5. Check the contact point and the probe compression.

Adjust the inclination of flexible arm according to the length of the probe compression.

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Yanhua Single Probe Solderless Connector  best price offers here:


How to Retrofit Cruise Control of Porsche 996 2002 – 2005?

March 23, 2020 by 3635OBD2  

Car model and year:

2002 - 2005 Porsche 996 that had the OBC but not cruise control.

Pre 2002 the wiring is very different t…it needs to be fed to the DME in the rear of the car rather than the instrument cluster (It’s MY2001 onwards I believe).


Time to use:

From start to finish it took me around 3 hours.

This included reading my instructions, re-reading my instructions, taking pictures and taking my time. I also haven’t factored in the time for coding the DME once the work has been completed.


The list below is a high level grouping of what I did, and the order I did it.


- Find and buy all the parts…know exactly what you’re doing with each

- Remove the instrument cluster

- Remove the steering wheel

- Remove the old stalk unit

- Clean the now-visible parts of the dashboard (you find a lot of dust and dirt)

- Put together the wiring

- Fit the new stalk unit

- Wire up the new stalk unit to the instrument cluster

- Re-fit the steering wheel

- Re-fit the instrument cluster

- Connecting the new stalk unit to the fuse-box

- Coding the DME


Step 1 – What you’ll need to buy

All parts and prices were correct as of September 2016 and were purchased from OPC Bournemouth and Breeze VW Poole.


Part Name: 4-Stalk cluster (Indicators, Wipers, OBC, Cruise)

Part Number: 996-613-219-10 EWC

Quantity: 1

Price: £202 (£168.97 + VAT)


Part Name: Cruise control cap for stalk cluster

Part Number: 9

Quantity: 1

Price: £4.70


Part Name: Wiper/Cruise stalk cluster grommet

Part Number: 9

Quantity: 1

Price: £9.97


Part Name: Cruise stalk cluster wiring connector

Part Number: 999-650-512-40

Quantity: 1

Price: £0.07p


Part Name: VW repair wires (Yup from VW)

Part Number: 000-979-009 EA

Quantity: 4

Price: £20.16 (£5.04 each)


Part Name: 22-gauge wire

Quantity: 1m


Part Name: Snap-Lock connectors

Quantity: 2

Price: £2.39 for 10 from Maplin


DME coding by OPC: £66


Total price for the project: £305.29 (£239.29 if you can do the coding yourself)


You’ll need to have the following tools:

- 24mm socket

- T30 torx

- T20 torx

- T10 torx

- Philips screwdriver

- Blunt knife

- Wire cutters


[So here’s the picture of all the part’s (excluding the 1m wire)

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And here’s a close up of each part:


The 4-Stalk cluster (Indicators, Wipers, OBC, Cruise). You’ll notice it doesn’t come with the cruise cap or the wiper cap so you can transfer the wiper crap from your old stalk cluster.

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Cruise control cap for stalk cluster.

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Wiper/Cruise stalk cluster grommet. If you don’t want to buy the grommet, when you take the old one out you’ll see there is a square mark you can cut along…saves a few quid.

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Cruise stalk cluster wiring connector.

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VW repair wires – They will generally have these in stock as they’re a fairly common part.

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Snap-Lock connectors from Maplin.

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Step 2 – Removal of the Instrument Cluster


Before you begin make sure you disconnect the battery and leave it at least 15-20 min to ensure the airbag’s have completely disengaged. Put the key in the ignition and turn it all the way but do not start the engine, then disconnect the battery. This will prevent the alarm from sounding. Leave the key in the ignition until you have finished and are ready to re-connect the battery. It’s also worth mentioning and may seem like common sense but leave the frunk open otherwise you lock yourself out of the battery and it’s a faff to get back in.


To remove the instrument cluster there are two torx screws you need to undo. One is behind the microphone on the right and the other is behind the hazard light on the left.


If you use a blunt knife (with a microfiber cloth under so you don’t damage the dash) you should be able to lift the microphone out and you’ll see the screw at the back. Don’t worry if the screw falls, there is enough stuff to stop it disappearing into the cluster. I believe these screws were the T20 torx screws.


Push the hazard light button in so it pops out and you can then pull the button out of its housing. Then you should be able to remove the button surround, there are two clips inside the surround you need to push in when pulling it out.


Once you’ve removed the hazard light and surround you’ll see the torx screw in the bottom left corner:

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Once you’ve undone the two screws just lift the instrument cluster upwards. You may need to use a little force (not too much) and give it a slight wiggle. It’s also at this point you’ll find any missing parking tickets…I found a valet parking ticket for the Lanesborough hotel (from the cars previous owner unfortunately).


Once it’s free you’ll find 3 coloured plugs in the back, green, blue and gray. You’ll also find a connection for the hazard switch and the microphone. You only need to unplug the green, blue and gray connectors as well as the microphone…leave the hazard plug in.


Here you can see the green and blue cables and in-between them the microphone connector.

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These disconnect by pushing in the clip in the middle and then sliding the black bar all the way to the top. Click the bar in place at the top and the connector will pop out.

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Put some cloths or sheets across the dash and swivel the instrument cluster across and out of the way.

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The gray connector is the only one we’ll be working with.

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Step 3 – Removal of the steering wheel


We firstly need to remove the center piece of the steering wheel, the airbag and horn. On the back of the wheel just in front of the stalks you’ll find two holes with spring-loaded screws. These are T30 torx screws and when undone should not come out.

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You should be able to lift the air bag out carefully. At this point I rested it on my knee and with the blunt knife carefully lifted the yellow connector out. Place the airbag unit to one side with the Porsche crest facing upwards.

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Disconnect the two spade connectors you’ll see on the next picture.


Draw a line with a marker pen down the center nut to mark its position. This is to make sure when you put it back together it goes back in the same place.

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Using a 24mm socket undo the wheel nut. You will find the steering wheel wants to turn so carefully hold it in place with one hand whilst you undo it (You’ll notice at this point I hadn’t undone the two spade connectors).

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This should be the current state of your dash.

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Tape the clock-spring connector unit to stop it moving around. Be careful of the two plastic prongs, if you snap these it’s an expensive part to replace. Undo the 4 screws and remove the faceplate. You can also undo the two screws securing the clock-spring connector unit at this point or wait until after removing the steering column panels.

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Here’s a helpful video for removal of the steering wheel to make some of that a bit clearer (it’s not my video).



Step 4 – Removing the stalk cluster

Remove the two small T10 torx screws on either side of the steering column.

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Lift the top away first and put it to one side.

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Now start to remove the rubber grommets that the indicator and wiper stalks feed through. You’ll more than likely need to move the indicator down and the OBC (if you have it) up to pull it off.

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Once both grommets are off you can remove the lower panel.

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Measure the position of your current stalk cluster to the end of the steering shaft. It should be 55mm. Mark this position on the shaft as we’ll need to put the new stalk cluster at the same point. Now loosen the bolt you can see in the image below, don’t undo it fully.

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Disconnect the two large connectors either side of the stalk cluster and then remove the stalk cluster from the steering shaft.


This is one of the large connectors.

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If you have the OBC you’ll find a smaller additional connector you need to undo. It may be housed in the small black clips you can see in the background of the image below.Piwis Retrofit Porsche 996 Cruise Control 27


I found this clip a real pain to undo. Use your blunt knife to stick in and undo the latch (for reference in the image I pushed the knife down into this connector from the top and lifted it up slightly to free that tiny bit of plastic in the hole.


It was at this point I stopped for some tea and also gave the dash a good wipe down as it was very dusty.

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Step 5 – Wire up and fit the new stalk cluster


Take the 4 yellow VW repair wires and plug them all into the small 4 pin connector you bought. You’ll find the numbers 1 and 4 on one side of the connector indicating which is pin 1 and which is pin 4.


Using the snap-lock connectors, attach the yellow wire from pin 2 to the piece of 1m wire. This will need to be routed down to the fuse box which we’ll cover off in the last section.


Pins 1, 3 and 4 will be plugged into the gray instrument cluster connector.


On the gray connector you’ll see a sort of door which is protecting the cables and keeping them tidy, undo this. On the side of the connector you’ll see a small latch that will allow the black bar the cables are plugged into to slide out. Remember which way you took it out as it must go back in that way.

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Like before you’ll find numbers at either end of this connector indicating the pin slots. This is a double decker so pins 1-16 are on the top and 17-32 are on the bottom.

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Feed the wire from pin 2 of the stalk cluster down the right side of the steering shaft and into the drivers footwell. You should be able to poke your hand up from underneath to help pull it through.


One at a time, feed the other remaining yellow wires from the stalk cluster through the left side of the steering shaft and up through the top slot of the dash (it should follow the same path as the gray connector). Connect the wires to the following slots on the gray connector:


Stalk cluster pin 1 > instrument cluster pin 17

Stalk cluster pin 3 > instrument cluster pin 4

Stalk cluster pin 4 > instrument cluster pin 1


So it should look like this:

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Doing it one at a time means you should connect the correct cable to the correct slot.


Push the connector bar back in and close the wire door keeping the wires tidy.

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Plug the cruise connector we’ve just wired up into the stalk cluster and also plug in the OBC 5 pin connector. Using some small cable ties, tie the wires together and tidy it up.

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Place the two connectors in these slots to keep them secure. The OBC, if you have it, should have been in one of these already.Piwis Retrofit Porsche 996 Cruise Control 34


Step 6 – Fit the new stalk cluster


These steps are now basically the reverse of what we’ve done to get to this point. Slide the new stalk cluster onto the steering shaft and back to the same position as the old one (55mm from the end of the shaft). Tighten up the bolt from underneath when it is in position and straight.


Reconnect the large connectors at the back of the stalk cluster.


You can now slide on the rubber grommets. The left side is easier than the right as both the indicator and OBC stalks move to the center. Be careful with the cruise stalk as it doesn’t feel like it wants to move up for you to get the grommet on.

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Reattach the clock-spring connector unit, the steering column panels and faceplate. You can now remove the tape holding the clock-spring connector unit.


Push on the steering wheel. The two plastic prongs on the clock-spring connector unit feed into two slots on the steering wheel.

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This is the back of the steering wheel – the two slots top and bottom is what I referenced above.

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Tighten up the nut to attach the steering wheel and tighten it so your marker pen is back in line. Plug in the two spade connectors and re-attach the airbag.


Now to re-attach the instrument cluster. Swivel it back around into position and re-attach the 3 coloured plugs plus the microphone cable. Push the plugs in and pull the black bar down to secure it in place. The cluster should slot back in without too much trouble, remember to tighten your screws and push your hazard button and trim back into place.


Everything should now be done and your 996 should be drivable…apart from the last wire we need to connect to the fuse box.


Step 7 – Connecting the stalk cluster to the fuse box


Take off the fuse box cover and undo the 4 screws holding it in place. This should allow you to remove the carpet surround.


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There are 4 clips on the side of the fuse box holding it in place, using your blunt knife press it into each clip to release it.


The fuse we need to connect to is B7. This is the second row from the top and the 4th fuse in from the right (as indicated by the number sequence).


Run the cable along the bulk of cables to the fuse box so you know what length you need and trim the cable down.


Find the black wire and using a snap-lock connector, attach your cable.


My 1m wire was black as well and you can see that running off to the right of the picture.

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You can see the black cable just under the white and black one I’m holding. It crosses over a brown and black cable.

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Tidy the cables up and push the fuse box back into its holder. Using some cable ties attach the new wire to the bulk of wires to keep it tidy. Put the carpet surround back and you’re done.


Now take a drive to your local OPC and get them to enable the cruise control coding in the DME (or anyone with a PST2 or PIWIS Tester in engineering Mode).


Project “Fix my broken indicators and retro-fit cruise control”.…completed it mate!

Credits to @ Leon1davies.


Source of PIWIS Tester 3 with engineering Mode that can enable the cruise control coding.




What AVDI Can Do And VVDI Cannot?

March 18, 2020 by 3635OBD2  

Question is to the users with both tools. What AVDI can do and VVDI cannot? In terms of key coding, read the following reviews from DK Veterans.


DK Veteran review 1:

I bought the VVDI2 to spare a lot of money. Much more cheaper Than the AVDI, but almost the same knowledge. And a bonus Beemer & PSA tool too.


DK Veteran review 2:

Vvdi2 have missing edc17 read, immo5 module adaptation and Fujitsu clusters from a3. That cover well smok uhds. PSA tool isn't anything serious on vvdi2 too.


DK Veteran review 3:

Edc17 is one of them. Virtual Cockpit and JC is another. I know there is no perfect tool at all. I have Smok as well and it does job as well. Specially on PSA.


DK Veteran review 4:

avdi is an excellent tool, it is not cheap but its work makes it very fast and allows you to earn money quickly, of course you have to be a good professional when collecting your work


DK Veteran review 5:

2017 Renault Captur spare key: if AKL only AVDI or theft car tool can do the job by OBD2 ( you need pre-code the virgin key ! ) : 4000 - 4500€
For ADD an key R. E. T ( if AKL VVDI Prog + R.E.T : 1200€ )

Remember ! : if you program key by 100% OBD2 you delete anti theft protection 2015+ , AFTER that , any cheap too can program AKL ( Renolink 50€ including ! )


To be upgrading...



How to use iprog+ clone / xprog without welding the points?

March 17, 2020 by 3635OBD2  

Look at the 5 probe adapters:

5 Probe Adapters 01


Testable ECU programmers:

iprog+ clone: yes

xprog: yes

More are testing.



With the above probe adapters, you can use iprog+ clone or xprog without welding the lines, for example, when you use Iprog to program the dashboard of 584321, just put the probes adapter at the contact points without welding, the job will be easier.

5 Probe Adapters 02

5 Probe Adapters 03



5 probe adapters price: 46EURO


Iprog+ Pro Key Programmer Odometer Correction Tool & Airbag Reset Tool With 6 Adapters plus Probes Adapters 130EURO

 Iprog+ Iprog Pro With 7 Adapters Plus Probes Adapters:139EURO


xprog + 5 probe adapters price: 214EURO