Here is an easy way— factory reset, for you to fix your Ford VCM II when it becomes inoperable. For example, VCM II will not boot-up properly, Ford VCM II LED’s not functioning properly, etc.
1. Shut down the IDS application if it is running.
2. Disconnect the VCM II DLC cable from the vehicle.
3. Disconnect the VCM II USB cable from the VCM II and PC.
4. Remove the rubber boot on the VCM II that is opposite the DLC connector to expose the Recovery Mode Switch.
5. Start the IDS application.
6. Press and hold the plastic tab. Do not release the tab until Step 9.
7. Connect the VCM II to the PC using the USB cable.
8. Wait for the VCM II’s Power LED to remain on and for the unit to beep.
9. Release the plastic tab – the VCM II will be in Recovery Mode.
10. The IDS pop-up window below will appear notifying the user that a new version of VCM II software is available. Select the Tick button to update the FORD VCM software.
11. Follow the IDS on-screen instructions to complete the software installation.
Hope it help you guy out.
Why do you need have VCM II firmware recovery?
You Chinese clone that after flashing says beep every second …
or firmware in the clone for IDS84 program , and you want the software to IDS86 …
or you have violated the data on the memory card or memory card is broken …
Is it safe to do Ford VCM II recovery?
How to do VCM II recovery?
Install a clean copy of the operating system, this system must not be connected VCM2
2. Install the drivers for all devices and update system
3. Download files from the links below
4. Disable updates Disable Firewall, Disable Web
5. Set the date on your computer September 1, 2013, and disable time synchronization via the Internet.
6. Set IDSv86 on your system.
8. kill the following processes if they are running:
9. This item is optional.
unzip the boot.zip and put it in the folder “C: \ Program Files \ ford motor company \ IDS \ system”
that is, the full name of the folder should be “C: \ Program Files \ ford motor company \ IDS \ system \ boot”10. Apply the patch from attachments. Up to this point NOT connect device VCM2. 2nd item when using the patch (for VCM 2).
12. WARNING! your device VCM2 must not connected wires.
13. Remove the side cover from VCM2 with the side where drawn Wifi, install the card 4 or 8GB depending on what was installed in your device. Commonly usedclass 4 cards
14. Press the plastic button (to the quiet click) but not much, because the Chinese are very fond of buttons to break.
15. connect the +12 v supply through connector. (Continue to hold the button)
16. Wait a few seconds, the red light, but you must continue to hold the button. When a beep sounds immediately release the button.17. Wait about two minutes (visually nothing will happen), connect the USB cord from VCM2 to computer.
18. Start Bosh VCI MANAGER. Once connected, you will see your VCM2 in recovery mode.
19. click on “Restore” button and go to drink coffee, it takes about 40 minutes.
20. after flashing VCM2 automatically reboot. (If, after repeated firmware situation BEEP 1 second, you can try to do firmware lower software version number,
eg 84 or 85)
21. Wait 2 minutes.
22. unplug all cables from VCM2
23. Restart the computer, wait for the full load and run the IDS86 (VCM2 not connected). on offer data entry, enter the dealer Ford / Mercury / Lincoln,
dealer code UR097, country Russia
24. Wait until the start IDS86 and connect the device.
25. system will install the drivers and communication protocols VCM2
Everything should work!
p.s. If you broke the paragraph 14 of the button to close the tweezers solder contacts or temporarily remote button on the wires.
If this does not help, follow instructions at the end of all the action as follows:
27. Press the reset button, plug in the +12v to VCM 2, wait for beep, release the reset button
28. Start IDS86 and wait until the boot
29. Connect VCM2 USB cable to the computer program IDSv86 should offer to update the firmware of the device.
30. Update the device.
31. after flashing VCM2 automatically reboot. (If, after repeated firmware situation BEEP 1 second, you can try to do firmware lower software version number,
eg 84 or 85)
32. Wait 2 minutes.
33. unplug all cables from Professional Diagnostic Tool VCM2
Now exactly Everything should work!
Have search info for a few days ago because I want to learn about how to set myself up with Truck Diagnostic Tool/programming software and the proper tools to do my own work.
Topic: Looking for a good truck performance programmer
I want to be able to read codes on our trucks, address check engine lights, abd lights and whatever else.
Changing parameters would also be nice to do.
We have 5 trucks. 3 of mine all have series 60. From ddec 2 up to ddec 4. He has an isx and an Acert. Our trucks are kenworth, Peterbilt and a intl 9200. Would also like cab side on those.
I think a $4-500 one should fit the bill.
(Am I able to find everything I need rather than paying some company $4-5k for a tough book and some programming?)
Diagnostic tools looking for trucks:
I have seen a nexiq also the new NEXIQ USB Link 2 and a drewlinq. I think they all serve the same purpose?
Recommendation for hookup: (credits to Samsquantch84)
Laptop: You can pick up a used Lenovo T410 on the web for like $200. They are durable laptops not the best battery life. but get one that has an i5 processor. They are more than fast enough. If you get a laptop that is a little under powered it makes the programs run slow which is really annoying for doing diagnostics. They are pretty rugged laptops.
Equipment: Definitely the best solution is to buy an authentic Nexiq usb link one or two. But if within your budget, a good Nexiq clone of high quality (now called VXTRUCK) should be OK. It’s $200 around. I have to tell you, you need have luck with Chine clone coz you may have nothing but issues with the clone. Go to a good man of his word to trust.
The only real difference between the old one and the new one is the two is that the usb link two supports newer vehicles like ghg17. You probably won’t need it.
Also be careful buying one online unless it is a reputable source. There are some really good looking clones available that are deceiving. obd2tool.com is a supplier of the HQ NEXIQ USB Link and has great support so that is the only source I recommend. I have used it to program a new chip. Success.
Software: As far as software goes. Find Detroit DDDL, Cat ET 2017, Cummins insite 8.1 and you should be good to go. All are easy to get for free from forums or other place. Also, have a try with crack versions tested by professionals. If you start getting into new Pete’s or kenworth’s like 2012’s(my date’s might be alittle off) and up paccar esa might be handy as well. It connects to the body controller side and allows you to control things like if you install led headlights in a truck that had incandescent you have to change a setting in the cecu for it to work. Also keep learning. There is so much help and information available on this forum from some of the right people. you will learn who they are. Congrats on trying to better your self. and if you have any questions just ask. International uses diamond logic build for the cab side. It’s not the most user friendly software, just like their trucks, who in their right minds uses straight thread o-ring to push to connect air fittings…errrrrr. Also you can go on
quickserve.cummins.com and register for a free limited owners plan which gives you access to parts and service manuals for up to 5 engine serial numbers for free. and dependent on your peterbilt and kenworth dealers you can register with them your vin numbers to a fleet e-cat. It gives you access to look up your vin numbers and view wiring diagrams. It can come in handy.
Good things come in small packages, like Chrysler’s latest and greatest diagnostic interface. This dongle-style device is the same diagnostic and programming tool the dealerships are using. It offers 100 percent CAN coverage for Chrysler, Dodge,Jeep and Fiat vehicle platforms. It replaces your StarMobile, StarScan, and witech Micropod 2.
MicroPod II, USB MicroPod II connector
cable, wi-TECH Application Software and carrying case.
MOPAR MicroPod II Features:
* Supports all the latest technologies and vehicle platforms including the latest Chrysler/Fiat vehicles.
* Works as a direct replacement for the wiTECH VCI pod.
* No Smart cables required.
MicroPod II + Tablet
wiTECH 2 introduces fully wireless usage of your MicroPOD II with iOS or Android tablets and phones! wiTECH 2.0 allows wireless connectivity through any device with a web browser!
MicroPOD II Remote Trigger
The MicroPod II Trigger allows the technician to use the MicroPod’s Flight Recorder capabilities. This trigger is used to start and stop recording of a customized template which is set up using the wiTECH Diagnostic Application.
wiTECH 2.0 diagnostic software is the state of the art diagnostic system for Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep and North American Fiat vehicles. Professional Diagnostic Tool wiTECH 2.0 allows fully wireless connectivity to perform diagnostics, reprogramming and security functions.
Any mobile device with a browser will run the software, including Android and iOS phones and tablets. A Mopar Tech Authority account is required, as well as a secured MicroPod II.
This tool is used for a variety of model years but is required for all vehicles utilizing CAN operations.
The list to the right shows some of the many functions of OBD2 Scanner wiTECH 2.0.
*Enhanced wireless security
*Full wireless operation
*No cables required
*Enables mobile devices
*Rapid device recovery
*No PC required
*More reliable ECU reprogramming
*Automatic WiFi reconnection
*Automated Flash recovery
I wanted to write this review to hopefully help some others out there. One thing that I really wanted the ability to do is program keys. I could not find any good hard information that this was supposed to program keys. Because of this, I was leaning towards the older DS-708. I decided to give Autel US a call and gather some information.
They told me that the Autel MaxiSYS MS906 was the replacement for the DS-708, but the DS-708 was end of life. They said if you buy a used one, and something happens to the card, then it will essentially be a brick if you don’t have a backup. They also told me that the MS-906 would not program keys and that I had to get the pro version that was quite a bit more expensive. This did not make sense to me because if the MS-906 replaced the DS-708, it should do everything that the DS-708 does.
I ended up messaging the seller on OBD2TOOL. and he told me that it would not as well. I figured I would order it and I could always return it. Turns out, the MS-906 DOES program keys! I’m very impressed with the scanner. Comparing it to an older Snap-On Solus, it blows it out of the water! The graphing is nice, has a TON of features!
I am very happy with my purchase. Your 1 year worth of updates starts from the time that you register the Autel Scanner. The problem is, you HAVE to register it before you can use it all. Therefore if your plan was like mine and to use it for 2 years or so, then register it to get the free year worth of updates, then that will NOT work.
Caterpillar SIS (CAT SIS) 2018 is illustrated a guide to the maintenance and repair of the full range of CAT vehicles, contains guidance on repair equipment and machinery Caterpillar, program help diagnose production Caterpillar, operating instructions spare parts and equipment Caterpillar.
Repair manual Caterpillar SIS 2018 is intended for engineers and will be useful to all interested in the given direction.
E-program CAT SIS Web allows the owner of specialized equipment to quickly and easily find the required information about the machine because it contains a search function references; helps professionals to calibrate equipment Caterpillar, diagnose it and troubleshoot equipment to solve any problems.
We’re getting a lot of questions about how to work with the CAT SIS
It’s simple and convenient for use. All you need to know is your model name, or serial number, or prefix. Also, you can use Parts search function.
Caterpillar Service Information System is a completely offline product, no matter it works using Internet Explorer Browser (You connected to the local web server, which is being installed on your own PC/Laptop). The technical database for all CAT machinery stored on 19 DVD-DL discs or (iso images or these DVDs). The total file size of CAT SIS setup + Database files is around 100 Gb.
Download / Setup / Activation of CAT SIS 2018
1. Please check that your HDD have enough of free space. We recommend at least 150 Gb for Download and 50 Gb if you prefer get CAT SIS on USB HDD or as a set of DVDs
2. The CAT SIS works only under Windows 7/8.1/10 operation systems. Mac OS, Linux, etc are not supported.
3. Internet Explorer 9-11 is the only Supported browser, because application using WinDjView image plugin, which works with IE only.
4. Setup process estimated time is 1.5 hours if the download and extraction of the setup files have been finished.
5. We recommend to use our Free remote Assistance with Download, Setup and activation. However, if you want to set up the app by yourself, we can send you details instruction guide.
6. If you need to install Heavy Duty Truck diagnostic Scanner CAT SIS on more then 1 PC/Laptop, please contact us, we have some good news for you!
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ARTICULATED DUMP TRUCK
ENGINE – GENERATOR SET
ENGINE – INDUSTRIAL
ENGINE – MACHINE
ENGINE – MARINE
ENGINEER SUPPORT TRACTOR
EXPANDED MINING PRODUCTS
LOAD, HAUL, DUMP
MACHINE CONTROL AND GUIDANCE PRODUCTS
ON HIGHWAY TRUCK
SKID STEER LOADER
UNDERGROUND ARTICULATED TRUCK
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When you are shopping for Caterpillar CAT ET SIS diagnostic system you will need 3 things:
1) A laptop, we prefer the PANASONIC TOUGHBOOK CF-29 because its the TOUGHEST LAPTOP on this planet ! Go on YOUTUBE and search TOUGHBOOK CF-29 and you will see why ! Can drive your car over them, they have touchscreen, waterproof and greaseproof keyboard which makes it perfect perfect for a shop.
2) CAT ET SIS software installed
3) CAT 3 iii bluetooth wireless diagnostics adapter # 317-7485 replaces the CAT II # 317-7484 AT II adapter
CATERPILLAR CAT ET SIS FEATURES :
Allows communication between service tools and engine controls using various data links such as J1939/11, DeviceNet (future release), Caterpillar DataLink, and J1708 (ATA) vehicle networks;
Flash program allows adapter firmware upgrades as additional features become available;
Uses J1939/11, high-speed data link (part of ADEM III controls), substantially reducing flash times;
Automatically selects J1939/11 when flashing the engine (reduces the flash time approximately 80%, from 14 minutes to 3 minutes).
The PC-based service tools from ca ter provide the capability to access Electronic Control Modules (ECMs) from a personal computer. Many job-critical tasks can be performed with an electronic service tool. The user can display the status of a group of parameters (temperatures, pressures, etc.) simultaneously, view active and clear logged diagnostics, display the current configuration of an ECM and much more. The OBD2 Scanner works with a communication adapter to allow connection to an ECM. A graphical interface makes this software quick to learn and easy to use. A separate pull-down menu for each function enhances the a??ease of use.a?? The version and identification of the ECM is automatically retrieved and is displayed on a summary screen when the program is started. Diagnostic tests and calibrations can also be performed.
PC-based tools enable service technicians to reprogram ECMs, reconfigure control system parameters, fine tune performance or diagnose the root cause of a failure the first time. These powerful Heavy Duty Scanner allow service personnel to display and analyze vital performance and health information from any system quickly and accurately. The service tool communicates with any system using ATA (J1708), J1939 or the Caterpillar proprietary data link networks. The service tools provide information and features needed to help a technician diagnose problems and perform repairs and to customize and personalize the operation of a product. By allowing customers to design flexibility and configurability into a product, ca ter service tools stretch beyond the capabilities of preprogrammed ECMs or onboard display systems.
Display graph and log status parameters.
Retrieve prognostic data including histograms, engine totals for fuel used and miles traveled.
View active diagnostics and clear logged diagnostics. View events where irregularities have occurred and have been logged by the ECM.
Perform calibrations to enhance performance of the ECM.
Customize the ECM with application-specific settings.
Over 100 custom Diagnostic, Information and Service features including:
2D and 3D Histogram plotting capability (engine software support required).
Custom Status screen groups
Snapshots (Download and display snapshot data recorded by the ECM)
Configuration Aid that allows upload/download of same configuration to multiple control modules
Customised Service Tool Options
Customized service tool name
Customized graphics for the splash screen and icons
Aftermarket differentiation, the tool for one customer does not work on the product of another customer.
Licensing options for customer management
Flash programming of the ECM(s)
Training demonstration allows familiarity with the toola s primary functions without connecting to ECM(s)
Major operating systems support (Microsoft Windows 95, 98, NT 4.0, 2000, ME, & XP)
Perform customized diagnostic tests to identify harness problems, cylinder or component failures (Automatic Cylinder Cutout with cylinder to cylinder fueling comparison)
Caterpillar SIS = Service Information System
Caterpillar SIS DVD1- TRUCK ENGINES, 330 EXCAVATORS
Caterpillar SIS DVD2- MACHINE ENGINES, INDUSTRIAL ENGINES, MARINE ENGINES
Caterpillar SIS DVD3- ELECTRICAL POWER GENERATION, TRACK TYPE LOADERS
Caterpillar SIS DVD4- WHEEL TYPE LOADERS, WHEEL TRACTOR SCRAPERS, WHEEL SKIDDERS, TRACK MATERIAL HANDLERS Caterpillar SIS DVD5- EXCAVATORS
Caterpillar SIS DVD6- ARTICULATED DUMP TRUCKS, ASPHALT PAVERS, BACKHOE LOADERS, COLD PLANERS, FORESTRY PRODUCTS, LOAD HAUL DUMP, MOTOR GRADERS, ROAD RECLAIMER/SOIL STABILIZER, SKID STEER LOADERS, UNDERGROUND ARTICULATED TRUCKS, WORK TOOLS Caterpillar SIS DVD7- CHALLENGERS, COMBINES, INTEGRATED TOOLCARRIERS, PIPELAYERS, TILLAGE, OEM PRODUCTS, OFF HIGHWAY TRUCKS, TRACK SKIDDERS, MINI EXCAVATORS Caterpillar SIS DVD8- COMPACTORS, TRACK TYPE TRACTORS, WHEEL TYPE TRACTORS TRACK TYPE TRACTOR, WHEEL TYPE TRACTOR
GENERATOR SET, C18, CYL – MOTOR GRADER, 140K, JPA – GRAPPLE-ORANGE PEEL, GSH9B, M1E – GENERATOR SET, C15, NKL – ENGINE – MACHINE, 3306, R6J – GENERATOR SET, 3512B, YAM – EXCAVATOR, 320D FM, CYZ – SHEAR-DEMOLITION/SCRAP, S320B, HSB – SHEAR-DEMOLITION/SCRAP, S340B, HSD – TRANSMISSION-ONHIGHWAY, CX28, TBB
GENERATOR SET, 3512B, YAN – GENERATOR SET, C18, NKK – TRACK-TYPE TRACTOR, D6G2 XL, P6G – TRACK-TYPE TRACTOR, D6G2 LGP, P6X – GENERATOR SET, 3512, YAK
TRACTOR, 777F, JXP – GENERATOR SET, 3516, YAS – TREE HARVESTER, HA770, HAB
GAS ENGINE, G3516B, JEF – GRAPPLE-ORANGE PEEL, GSH15B, M1J – GENERATOR SET, 3406C, NKM – GENERATOR SET, 3516B, YAT – GRAPPLE-ORANGE PEEL, GSH15B, M1F – GENERATOR SET, 3516B, YAW – TRANSMISSION-ONHIGHWAY, CX31, EBW – TREE HARVESTER, HA771, HAF
SHEAR-DEMOLITION/SCRAP, S325B, HSC – MOTOR GRADER, 160K, JBP
The Autel Maxisys Pro MS908P has 2 GB DDR-3 RAM, which comfortably handles large numbers of files and supports live streaming without hanging.
1. Its quad-core processor, the Cortex-A9 Samsung Exynos 1.4 GHz, provides high processing speeds.
2. The compatibility of the device with other add-ons makes it possible to install a language pack.
3. The scanned data is presented as texts and/or graphs.
4. The device is compatible with a large number of vehicles.
5. Android Ice Cream 4.0 on which it runs enables multitasking and quick boot up. Almost 5 times faster than other diagnostic devices.
6. It is light, compact and robust. Therefore, you can carry and work with it anywhere without much hassle.
7. You can share data via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi with other people in your team or print for hard copies.
It’s one of the best Professional Autel Scanners!!
This Autel Scanner is mainly for professionals, those with Garage or Auto Repairing Shops. It wouldn’t suit you if you are a single car owner. The design is meant to serve many people. If you are an owner of a garage or car shop Autel Professional OBD2 MS908P, it could be of great help to you in getting things done fast.
Below versions were released in September, including improved performance and bug fixes for MaxiSys series products, MaxiSYS MS906/908/Maxisys MS908P, MaxiSYS CV, MD808/MX808/MaxiService/MaxiDiag Elite.
Fixes an issue that reports generated from auto scanning are not fully displayed.
Fixes bugs that caused failure in replacing PCM/TCM and adding a new key in Immobilizer GEN-III.
Fixes bugs that caused errors in performing BSI function in BSM.
Addes 36 functions for diesel engine and gasoline engine.
Adds diagnostic support for models up to 2017.
Adds diagnostic support for models up to 2017.
MaxiSys pro & 908 & 906
uVW (V10.00) (Maxisys908Pro)
Optimizes on-line coding function for VW, Audi, SH-VW, FAW-VW, FAW-Audi, and adds support for the latest models in 2017.
VW (V10.00) (Maxisys908, 906, 906S:)
Improves on-line coding function for VW, SH-VW and FAW-VW, and adds support for the latest models in 2017.
Updates functions in Engine system, SRS, ABS, EPS and IMMO for Huansu S2/S3, Weiwang 205, 206 and T205.
Adds support for Huansu S3L, S5, S6, H2, H3, H3F, H6, and Weiwang 205, 206 Korean, T205 Korean, covering Engine system, SRS, ABS, EPS and IMMO.
Optimizes Auto Scan that the name of ECU being scanned will be displayed in real time.
Fixes bugs in Key Learn function in PEPS for H6_2013 model.
Optimized DTC library for Engine system for H6-Coupe.
Adds support for basic and special functions for 2017 and some 2018 models, and for 2017/2018 Hyundai Kia American.
Fixes bugs in Program Key Fob function for 2000 GMC Truck Savana.
Fixes bugs that caused communication failure in Chassis for 2002 GMC Truck Astro.
Fixes bugs that caused faiure in performing Program Key Fobs for 2001 Chevrolet Malibu LS/ 2005 Cadillac Escalade.
Fixes bugs that caused display errors in DTCs in Auto Scan function for 2007 Chevrolet Aveo LT.
GM China (V8.10)
Optimizes prompts for adaptive value learning function in Transmission for 2014 Cruze and 2011 GL8
Fixes bugs that caused errors in DTC definitions for 2011 GL8.
Fixes bugs that caused failure in VIN Analysis for 2017 Cruze.
Adds Read ECU Information, Read Codes, Erase Codes and Live Data functions for EcoLife, Iveco-Eurotronic 2, Iveco-Intarder CAN and Iveco-Intarder KWP.
Adds Active Test and Special functions ( including Self Adaption Gearbox System, Self Adaption Clutch, Parameter Setting, and Maintenance Information) for Tronic Lite, eTronic, ZF Ecomat 2/4, ZF EcoLife, AsTronic 1, AsTronic 2, AsTronic Mid, EST-32, EST-42/48, WSK EST41/61-WSK, and WSK EST41/61-WSK Daimler Chrysler, etc.
Adds diagnostic support for models in 2017.
Ford (V1.10) (MX808)
Adds diagnostic support for models in 2017.
Honda (V6.20, MaxiService/MaxiDiagElite OilReset) (V1.10, MD808 Oilreset)
Adds Auto Service Reset, Auto Oil Reset, Manual Reset functions for all models.
Release Notes (October)
Below versions are to be developed in October, including improved performance and bug fixes for MaxiSys series products, MaxiSys 906/908/908 pro, and MaxiSys CV.
Adds support for 2018 models, such as 370Z, ARMADA, VERSA Sedan, INFINITI QX30, INFINITI Q50, and INFINITI Q70.
Adds NATS and Learn Key function for 2015-2017 INFINITI Q30.
Adds support for VIN Analysis for more models.
Adds 150 Hot Functions, such as Steering Wheel Angle Sensor, Cabin Filter Regeneration, Interval Of Oil Change (OCS) Oxidation, and Injector Adaptives.
Fixes bugs that caused display errors in dynamic menu in BSI.
Fixes bugs that caused errors when performing Customize function in MVCS.
Optimizes Radar Calibration and Static Radar Calibration functions.
Adds special functions for some systems such as SRS.
Adds support for 2017 models.
Optimizes special functions for models since 2010.
Adds 250 special functions for models before 2010.
MaxiSys pro & 908 & 906
Optimizes software structure.
Adds diagnostic support for thirty 2017-2018 models, such as Astra, Zafira, Corsa-E, Antara, Adam, Cascade, Commbo-D, Insignia and Mokka, covering basic and special functions.
Fixes bugs for some softwares.
Adds Read Codes, Clear Codes, Live Data, ECU Information, Active Test, Adaptation, On-line Program and On-line SCN for Chassis 205, 222, 204 and 212.
Adds 10 Hot Functions.
Optimizes Auto VIN function.
Improves the speed of accessing Engine and BSI Data.
Version updates. Adds diagnostic support for Baojun 510 and 310.
Fixes bugs for some special functions.
Optimizes the text of some prompting messages.
Updates functions for three 2016 models: EV150, EV160 and EV160.
Adds support for 21 models: Weiwang 306, Weiwang M307 (M30 Economics), Weiwang 307 (2015 model), Weiwang 608EV, Weiwang 308EV, EV150 Economics, EV200, EV200 (2016 model), EX200, EX260, EU260, EU220, EU300, EU400, Saab EV (before 2014.9), Saab ES210 (since 2014.9), EC180, EC200, Polar Star E, EH300, and ARCFOX-1.
GM China (V9.00) (MaxiSysPro)
Adds programming and coding functions for Cruze, lacrosse, Excellegt, and GL8.
Having a working horn is important for rather obvious safety reasons. If your horn is not working, performing some diagnostic tests Honda Key Programming tool could help you find the problem and get you on the road to fixing it.
Step 1: Check the Fuses
Go into the power center or fuse box and check for blown fuses. Your Honda manual will have a diagram of where to find the fuse box or power center. It will also tell you exactly which fuse connects to the horns. A blown fuse will have a broken filament. If there is no sign of a blown fuse, let’s move on to check other parts of the car for signs of a circuit short.
Step 2: Try and Identify Electrical Shorts
The best places to check for circuit shorts and breaks are the horns, the battery, and the relay. Test the continuity between all of these to make sure all parts are working. Any faulty wiring, fuses, and relays should be replaced as needed.
Step 3: Check the Horn Itself
From there, we need to check the functionality of the horn buttons on the steering wheel. To do this, you will need to disassemble the steering wheel column. Be aware that this may cause the air bags to go off automatically. You will find the relay behind the air bag or somewhere in the area surrounding the air bag. Test continuity here to check for wiring communication problems.
Step 4: Direct Test
You can also directly test the horns themselves, though the Key Programming is rarely the problem. Check your car manual for procedures of how to do this. Many cars will allow you to connect two wires from the battery terminal to the horns. However, it is better to follow specific procedures laid out by Honda as every vehicle is different.
If you are still unable to find the source of your horn woes, it is time to take it to a mechanic. Fortunately, these problems are not labor-intensive and can usually be completed within a few hours