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:
Top 1: Porsche Piwis 3
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
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.
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
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)
The Durametric costs several hundred dollars. It also requires a laptop to run.
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
Check Porsche coverage on the official site:
Refer to AUTEL MaxiDAS DS808 reviews here:
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
DME - Engine
Airbag - SRS
Heating & A/C
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.
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
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 3, which 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.
January 16, 2020 by 3635OBD2
Up to 2016
Up to 2016
Up to 2016
CX-7 (Europe / General Specs.)
CX-9 (North America / General Specs.)
DEMIO (JPN) / VERISA (JPN) / MAZDA2 (General)
DEMIO / 121 DEMIO / 121
Up to 2000
FAMILIA / LASER
Up to 2003
MAZDA2 / DEMIO
Up to 2000
MAZDA3 (EURO STG3/4/5 and General Specs.)
MAZDA3 / AXELA
MAZDA5 (EURO STG3/4/5 and General Specs.) / i-MAX
MAZDA6 (EURO STG3/4 and General)
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:
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.
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.
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
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:
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)
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
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:
Tap "Cluster calibration", then "GM"
GM V31.00 (Newest version).
2014- ( as you can see, it can cover Yukon after 2017, after 2014, after 2007, 2003-2006 year).
Enter Type 1.
Next procedure will be easy to complete, please follow the obdstar odo master on-screen prompt to do.
January 9, 2020 by 3635OBD2
CGDI MB update in January 2020: adds 2015 -2017 Benz FBS4 mileage adjustment via OBD.
Supported car models:
Now, get one CGDI MB programmer to update Benz FBS4 mileage adjustment via OBD.
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
-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:
What can VVDI Mini OBD Tool do:
-Steering Angle Calibration
-Key Code Learning
-Remote Manual Programming
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.
January 8, 2020 by 3635OBD2
January 7, 2020 by 3635OBD2
Obdexpress.co.uk engineer offer the working solution to GM GDS2 software error "No valid lease found" .
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:
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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