Professional Diagnostic Tools

Tool Review: AE Tools MicroPod II with WiTech software

The reviewer finds this scan tool and software are among his favorite factory tools due to the ease of use and the depth of coverage provided.

The Chrysler Micropod II diagnostic tool from AE Tools is small enough to fit in a shirt pocket and offers 100-percent CAN coverage for Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Fiat vehicle platforms, according to the manufacturer. This dongle-style, PC-based device can be used in place of the StarMobile, StarScan and WiTech Pod scan tools.
The Review

Martin Fay, president of The Motor Works of DeKalb in DeKalb, Ill., reviewed the AE Tools MicroPod II with WiTech software. Motor Works services and repairs domestic and imported vehicles, and Fay finds this scan tool and software are among his favorite factory tools due to the ease of use and the depth of coverage provided.

Fay says this tool offers him time savings when programming Chrysler vehicles. Before, when the shop needed to program Chrysler vehicle ECUs, they would make an appointment with a dealer a day or two ahead of time. Then, they would tow the vehicle to the dealership and wait at the dealership while the programming was performed. Now, they can perform the programming in-house, which can lead to days’ worth of time savings.

“The diagnostic time-savings is equally as large due to the superior organization and logical navigation of WiTech,” says Fay. In addition, the Chrysler MicroPOD II with WiTech software also supplies diagnostic repair information keyed to each trouble code.

He also likes the “ECU Not Built” function of WiTech software. “Knowing whether an ECU is communicating is critical to diagnosis.”

The most challenging job Fay used the MicroPod II with WiTech on was a 2007 Chrysler Pacifica. The vehicle, which was towed to the shop, had multiple dash warning lights on, the engine wasn’t cranking and the owner had previously replaced the powertrain control module (PCM). Fay says, “Using the MicroPod II and WiTech, we found several modules not communicating. The topology helped us determine which modules were talking on what buses. Having accurate code descriptions was also a great help.”

To diagnose this issue, Fay removed the non-functioning PCM, checked power and ground feeds to the unit and made corresponding repairs. “Repairs now allowed the Pacifica to crank and start, but immediately die. WiTech topology now showed a repaired PCM, but several other modules still failed to communicate, including the wireless control module,” says Fay.

“Removal of the wireless control module found a 12V feed wire missing. This had occurred when another party removed an aftermarket remote start. Wiring repairs now brought the remaining modules back online. The vehicle started and continued to run. The MicroPod II and WiTech software proved invaluable in this complicated diagnosis.”

Fay also uses this tool to program keys, wireless control and other modules, and to perform general diagnostics on many Chrysler vehicles.

Even though he had not used a previous version of this tool, Fay found the Chrysler wiTech MicroPod 2 and WiTech software easier to use than most factory scan tools currently on the market.

One of the tool’s greatest strengths, according to Fay, is the company’s support. “AE Tools will modem into your computer, install all the required files, perform the setup, ensure proper connection to the vehicle and then provide a mini lesson in the MicoPod II’s and WiTech’s use.

“Over time, Motor Works has experienced typical problems with scanner communication, programming, tool usage, etc.” He says, “All were solved with a call to AE Tools’ support line. We did not have to wait for a call back. Immediate help was obtained by staff who know their product inside-out. Compared to other support organizations, this is a dream.”

Even though the company offers support, Fay adds that it is up to the user to practice with the tool and maintain proficiency.

The MicroPod II from CnAutotool.com comes in a hard shell case with all required cabling, but Fay also suggests that the Flight Recorder button and cable would be good accessories to have on-hand. “They allow one to program the MicroPod II with a list of specific PIDs for recording during a road test. Once programmed, the laptop is disconnected from the MicroPod II and a push button is installed.

“When the technician or customer feels a problem occur, the button activates ‘recording’ mode. This data is then downloaded into the WiTech program for later viewing,” he adds. “This recording can help locate problems areas like a miss or shudder, that only occur when driving the vehicle.”

Although this tool ranks near the top of his personal list, Fay suggests the following adjustments could be made to improve the PID data graphing: “I would like to see cursors included for more accurate interpretation of data; the ability to move graph zero point (like Picoscope) would be a benefit; the ability to save graphs in video form and export them, without reliance on Flight Recorder would also be a great help,” he says.

Finally, he adds, “The inclusion of Guided Fault Finding like that of European scanners would make this tool near perfect.”

How to update from wiTECH Application Software

The article below explains different ways of updating Micropod 2 Software to the latest version if the PC/Laptop has been installed with 13.04.49 or later version.

Automatic update

Starting from version wiTECH 13.04.49, a new feature has been added to the wiTECH Diagnostic Application to notify the user when new wiTECH Software update is available for download and install. User will see the prompt as depicted below after the installation executable (.exe) file is completely downloaded to the PC:

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User should click on “Update Now” button to complete the update process. Users can also select “Update Later” button to update the software at a later time. When the “Update Later” button is clicked, the “wiTECH Update Available” button will appear in the bottom of wiTECH screen as shown in the screenshot below:

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User can click on the “wiTECH Update Available” button whenever it is convenient to start the update process.

Check for Updates

If update prompt does not appear in Auto Diagnostic tool wiTECH Diagnostic Application, user can check for updates by accessing “Check for Updates” option under “Help” menu of wiTECH Diagnostic Application as shown in the screenshot below:

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If a vehicle is not available to connect, user can check for updates by launching wiTECH Application in “Standalone” mode and accessing “Check for Updates” option under “Help” menu as shown in the screenshot below:

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Upon selecting the “Check for Updates” option, the Software Manager should launch and display the latest update. Please check the checkbox, click on “Install” button and follow the on-screen instructions.
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When you select “Check for Updates” option, you may see “There are no application updates available at this time” in a message window as appear in the screenshot below despite there is an application update.

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If you see this message window, please access the following wiTECH Knowledgebase article link to troubleshoot this issue further:

wiTECH Application does not prompt for update

 

Upgrading wiTECH Application version manually

Please follow the steps listed below to update the wiTECH Application Software manually.

1.Start > All Programs >Software Updates

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2.Software Manager will prompt if an update is available for the Chrysler wiTech MicroPod 2.
3.Follow the Install Shield Wizard prompts to complete the install.

Note: If Software Manager does not launch (for wiTECH application version 13.03 or older), or you receive an error message when updating, please email sale@cnautotool.com with the following
information:

* Screenshot of error message or description of issue
* PC Operating System
* Dealer Code or wiTECH Account Number:
* First and Last Name:
* Phone Number:

The Difference between Oiginal Factory CAT Caterpillar ET Diagnostic Adapter III Scanner and OEM Cat Caterpillar ET Diagnostic Adapter

As we all known the CAT Caterpillar ET Diagnostic Tool Truck scanner can support for heavy duty trucks and can support Bulldozer, Wheel Loader, Excavator, Dump Truck, Grader these truck, but not all the truck scan support according to the car type and the year of car, now we sell both the original factory cat caterpillar ET adapter and OEM cat caterpillar ET diagnostic adapter III,you can check with our store about the Cat Caterpillar scanner.

The difference between the caterpillar ET diagnostic Adapter III the main cable is the big different, the original factory Auto key Programmer Cat Caterpillar the cable is the COM port cable, and the OEM cat caterpillar Adapter III the cable is USB port cable. the belows photo are the cable for the Cat Caterpillar ET Diagnostic Adapter III:
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MB SD C4 Tourismo bus communication error (fixed)

I bought the MB SD C4+Dell D630 Laptop pre-installed bundle, when I test it have the problem Mb Star C4 cannot power on when connected with Mercedes Tourismo bus, I contacted there customer service at cnautotool.com, and here is the solution provided by their engineer.

I will explain my problem in detail:

” I have tried 2 different mb sd connect c4 on Tourismo buses and sd connect does not power on.In the meantime those MB SD Connect C4 works normally to any other MB Truck and car.also on Tourismo have check MB Star C3 and works normally.”

You should check:

bus with OBD
pin 4 + 5
both must be connected and ground

In SDConnect “-” is 5 pin only. There is 4 contact not used in 16pin OBD connector.

“i’m getting an communication error when connecting xentry to a Mercedes tourismo.”

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A Communication error has occurred when access FPS system

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Solution:

– turn OFF/ON BUS ground switch (our remove battery – cable). FPS1 wake up and MB Star diagnostic recognized FPS1/VIN code.

or

– enter the DAS ATEGO truck come and place manually and then it will work perfect

” Another problem is : “Currently the speed limit is set to 100 km/h. I’m trying to set it to higher value (with Mercedes Star Diagnosis MB SD C4 DAS using modified EOL files). On the menu it tells me that I can, because there are higher values (105 km/h. 112 km/h, etc). But when I try to set the speed limit to higher than 100 km/h it doesn’t allow me to do it (can’t save the changes). When I try to set it below 100 km/h everything goes fine.”

I done the Access special settings , and it working perfect now!

KTAG FW 7.020 vs. KTAG 7.003 vs. KTAG 6.070: Which new ECU?

This blog will totally make you clear:

What’s the difference KTAG FW 7.020 vs. KTAG 7.003 vs. KTAG 6.070? Which ECU types are newly supported?

Check below KTAG FW 7.020 Ksuite V2.23 screenshots!

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In general, KTAG Firmware 7.020 add more than 100 ECU protocols newly supported.

Some screenshots of KTAG FW 7.020 Ksuite V2.23 new ECU protocols:

BDM 68K (CAT ADEM III, etc)

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BDM HC12 (Continental Siemens VDO, etc)

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BDM HC16 (DENSO 21175, etc)

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BDM MPC5XX (BOSCH EDC16/16+, BOSCH EDC7, BOSCH ME9/9+, etc )

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BOOTLOADER M32R (DENSO 21175, etc)

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BOOTLOADER MITSUBISHI (MITSUBISHI 21175, MITSUBISHI E6T, MITSUBISHI E2T, etc)

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BOOTLOADER ST10FXXX (BOSCH M7.4.4, BOSCH M7.9.7, BOSCH ME7.1.1, BOSCH ME7.4.4, BOSCH ME7.4.5, BOSCH ME7.9.10, etc)

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BOOTLOADER TRICORE (BOSCH EDC17, BOSCH ME17, CONTINENTAL SID208, SIEMENS EMS2204, SIEMENS EMS3110, etc)

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JTAG MPC5XXX (CONTINENTAL CM2150E, MARELLI 8DF, DELPHI DCM3.5, etc)

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JTAG RENESAS (DELPHI DCM3.4, DELPHI DCM3.7, DENSO 32920, DENSO RA6, HITACHI A56, HITACHI MEC, etc)

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NBD NEC 76F00XX (DENSO 175822 TOYOTA, DENSO 275036 TOYOTA, etc)

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And KTAG Firmware 7.020 PCB Board for checking:
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How to distinguish high quality Witech 2 Chrysler Micropod II?

Witech 2 Mopar Micropod II Chrysler diagnostic and programmer tool with Mopar micropod 2 Software V17.02.3 cover CAN Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Fiat (North America)vehicles. Chrysler Micropod 2 from CnAutotool.com equipment full chips support Chrysler online coding. Below we share how to distinguish high quality Witech 2 Chrysler Micropod II.

wiTECH MicroPod 2 With V17.03.10 Software witech 2 micropod ii

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Why choose Mopar MicroPod II from obd2tool.com? Just check below comparison:

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Any question about Witech 2 Chrysler Micropod II, pls feel free to contact cnautotool.com

(Solved) VCM 2 is not recognized by JLR SDD program

I have a clone VCM 2 that works well for VCM II VCM2 for Ford Mazda 2 in 1, purchased from www.cnautotool.com with $115.
I have installed JLR SDD v139 on another computer but the VCM 2 is not recognized by JLR SDD program
in the device manager the VCM 2 is shown as ETAS VCI USB RNDIS device
that was after I ran the ford setup prog
before that no driver was installed

I have downloaded bosch vci software (ford-vcm-ii) 2.1.119.19) that JLR SDD will run with.

Solution from forums:
if you have 96.02 Working with your Professional Diagnostic Tools Ford VCM II diagnostic tool, then take the file from
c:/program files/Ford motor company/IDS/Runtime/Istall3rdparty
(Program files (x86) if 64bit windows

there is folder called ETAS, That is what you need.

Comment:
It is a useful solution & that is exactly what i needed.
I ran the etas setup and worked 100%.

How to locate the Diagnostic connector on your BMW motorcycle

This page shows some pictures of where to find the gs-911 BMW motorcycle diagnostic connector on some motorcycle models

If your model is not featured here, and you would like to contribute, then please email us an image, and we will put it up here…
What to look for? …this round 10 pin connector, usually covered with a cap.

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Volvo Vocom 88890300 Highlights

Vocom 88890300 is for maintenance of Volvo trucks, Volvo buses and other heavy vehicles made by Volvo. This tool offers complete range of diagnostic operation on Volvo trucks and other heavy vehicles made since year 2002 with a high speed connection to the ECU. For older Volvo heavy vehicles made in year 1998 or earlier all diagnostic operations available on the usual (lower) speed connection to the ECU.
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Volvo Vocom 88890300 Highlights:
1. Support Multi-languages(Please check the pictures in below description)
2. Support Volvo Renault UD Mack Truck Diagnose
3. Support Windows XP/win 7
4. Installation video is on coming CD
5. 88890300 price: €650

Volvo 88890300 Vocom Interface is a diagnostics application that covers the whole repair process through the use of plug-ins. Volvo 88890300 Vocom which can be installed on Windows XP/win 7 system, multi-language available.

Volvo 88890300 Vocom Interface is a diagnostics application that covers the whole repair process through the use of plug-ins. With Volvo 88890300 Vocom Interface you can diagnose, test, calibrate, and program a product. A product could be a vehicle, engine, or a machine.

Volvo 88890300 Vocom Interface at CnAutotool also provide functions for updating the tool, communication with the product, and other external applications. The set of plug-ins, user authorizations, and available languages is adjustable to provide every user with what they need.

The main feature of Digiprog 3 is odometer correction

The main feature of Digiprog III digiprog 3 odometer programmer is odometer correction. The optional languages are Deutsch, English, Espanol, French, Portuguese, Italiano, Turkey, Nederlands. While Digimaster III has English and Chinese. DigiProg III is originally made in UK. The official price is 12000 €. Most buyers cannot afford the genuine version. So I compare the original Digimaster 3 with the clone Digiprog 3 made in China.

They got different advantages. DigiProg III has its advantage for European cars. But updating is a problem. The clone factory will spend time to hack it and use it for the clone Digiprog 3, so it is not so convenient as the original Digimaster 3 which can update online any time.

Check your speedometer for accuracy. You can find accuracy algorithms available online. These websites will ask you to input simple numbers, specifically the time it took you to travel one mile at a set speed. For example, if you traveled one mile in one minute and registered a speed of 50 mph, then your speedometer is off by 20 percent. The correct reading should be 60 mph. This will give you the amount of correction that is needed.