Should I buy GM MDI if I have Tech 2 already

I have a Tech 2 Scanner in hand, so is it necessary to buy a new GM MDI interface?

I am using Tech 2 off https://www.obd2tool.com/goods-1568-GM+Tech2+GM+Scanner+-CANdi++TIS+(Works+for+GMSAABOPELSUZUKIISUZUHolden).html

Here you go

The Future of the Tech 2
The Tech 2 remains an essential tool through at least the 2010 model year. The GM MDI will not support past models when its diagnostic capabilities are introduced. And, the Tech2 will continue to be needed to diagnose all vehicles fromprevious model years. Remote programming with the Tech 2 will continue to be supported for use on all 2007 and previous vehicles.Additional information will be supplied in future.

HOW WILL THE G-M MDI BE USED?
The new G-M MDI can be used only in the Pass-Thru method. This means you can use it as your programming tool, while your Tech 2/CANdi remains available for diagnostics and other duties.

This is exact paragraph from a sales pitch document for the MDI. I have issues with it, however:

The GM MDI will not support past models when its diagnostic capabilities are introduced.
I’m not sure what this means. The GM MDI WILL clearly support past model years with the tech2win applications. So I’m not sure what this statement actually means. The only thing I can think of is that GM will remove pass thru support at a later date, but since it’s all been cracked already, this shouldn’t matter.

The new G-M MDI can be used only in the Pass-Thru method. This means you can use it as your programming tool, while your Tech 2/CANdi remains available for diagnostics and other duties.
This statement implies that the pass thru method is a bad thing. Considering the tech2win application works perfectly with EVERY function on all GM vehicles as far back as 1996, I don’t understand what this is really saying. It implies that you can’t do diagnostic troubleshooting using pass-thru, when in fact you can.

As far as I can tell from my testing, this is a basic sales pitch in order to encourage people to keep the tech2 as well as purchase a MDI2 unit – both of which are incredibly expensive if purchased legitimately through GM.

In reality, you don’t need a tech2 and a MDI2. An MDI interface is more than enough especially on our older cars like the C5 corvette which GM will unlikely ever release further PCM upgrades for given the fact they were discontinued over 10 years ago.

Tech 2 programmed key fob to 2006 Chevrolet HHR

Success!

Steps to program key fob to 2006 Chevrolet HHR with Tech 2 clone:

Install the GM Tech 2 Scan Tool
Turn ON the ignition with the engine OFF
Power On the Scan Tool
Hit Enter
Main Menu > F0: DIAGNOSTICS
Vehicle identification – Model Year > (9) 2009
Vehicle identification – Product Type > Passenger Car
Vehicle identification – Product Make > (1) Chevrolet
Vehicle identification – Product Line > A
Diagnostics > F6: Body and Accessories
Vehicle identification – Service Categories > Keyless Entry
Body and Accessories > F5: Module Setup
Module Setup > F0: Body Control
Body Control Module > F0: Program Key Fobs
Program Key Fobs > F0: Invalidate all key fobs

How to get CANdi module to work

I think that is the perfect excuse for me to buy an LT4 equipped Corvette.

Here is what I found tonight.

OBD I only has 1 ground, so 12 pin adapter connects signal and chassis ground to the GM Tech 2 Scanner cable.

OBD II has chassis and signal ground and they are connected in the cars wiring.

How I was trying to get CANdi module to work:

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Nothing on CANdi end of cable.

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Boot screen not showing CANdi present, diagnostics for CANdi says it isn’t seen.

Here I connected OBD I adapter to end of CANdi cable:

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OBD I adapter connected.

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CANdi module shows up at boot screen.

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Green LED flashes about once every second.

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Diagnostic screens for CANdi now present. Hit ENTER, 4, 7 to get to this screen.

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POST Results.

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Self Test Results.

The weird looking screen is because I have not removed the protective plastic yet.

How to get GM TECH2 CANdi module to work

355The Candi Module should not plugged into your GM Tech2 unless you’re working on a later car ..generally 2005 plus. Olders car from 96 should NOT have the Candi Module attached.

OBD I only has 1 ground, so 12 pin adapter connects signal and chassis ground to the Tech 2 cable.

OBD2 has chassis and signal ground and they are connected in the cars wiring.

How I was trying to get GM TECH2 CANdi module to work:
Nothing on CANdi end of cable.

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Boot screen not showing CANdi present, diagnostics for CANdi says it isn’t seen.

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Here I connected OBD I adapter to end of CANdi cable:
OBD I adapter connected.

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CANdi module shows up at boot screen.

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Green LED flashes about once every second.

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Diagnostic screens for CANdi now present. Hit ENTER, 4, 7 to get to this screen.

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POST Results.

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Self Test Results.
The weird looking screen is because I have not removed the protective plastic yet.

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Tech2 Diagnostic Tool for GM SAAB OPEL SUZUKI ISUZU Holden New Car Scanner

Tech 2 Full Set With All the Accessories Without Plastic Box

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Software list:
1.GM:
GM-English        33.004  1991-2013
GM-Spanish       32.007   1991-2013
GM Germany      32.007  1991-2013
GM Franch          32.007 1991-2013
GM Portuguese  32.007  1991-2013
2.OPEL:
OPEL-English    173.00 1997-2013
OPEL-Germany 167.00 1997-2008
OPEL-Spanish   133.001 1997-2012
Opel -Italian         133.001 1997-2012
3.Suzuki:
SUZUKI-English   01.210.02   2001
4.SAAB:
SAAB-English      148.000 1998-2012
5.Holden:
HOLDEN-English   139.000  1999-2012
HOLDEN-Australia 143.000  1999-2012
6.Isuzu:
Isuzu-English          11.620 1998-2011

Product Description:
GM Tech-2 PRO Kit is the same tester GM Technicians use to diagnose GM vehicles. The Car Diagnostic Tool comes with Authentic GM software and provides support for on-board diagnostics on all GM systems 1992 thru 2008——  only do diagnostic function

Gm tech two product Features:
1.Authentic GM software in the Tech  Flash means the most comprehensive diagnostic
software available for late model GM vehicles.
2.Support for on-board diagnostics on all GM systems 1992 thru current year—- means only do diagnostic function
3.Removable hardware modules provide insurance against scan tool obsolescence.
4.Large, easy-to-read backlit screen.
5.RS232 & RS485 ports provide the avenue to connect future devices to your Tech  Flash.
6.Ability to capture stored DTCs, Freeze Frame, and Failure Record for later review.
7.Ability to view the status of vehicle diagnostic tests as they run.
8.Bi-directional The authentic GM 1992-current year software will provide full bi-directional
control when performing power train, chassis, and body diagnosis.

Tech two Product Specifications:
– Vetronix Tech Scanner Specifications
– Dimensions:12x6x2cm
– Microprocessor:32 bit, 16 MH
– Memory:32 MB flash type II PCMCIA. Type III slot available for future expansion
– Communications:Integral RS232 communication port
– Screen:3.8×2.8 backlit monochrome with full graphics
– Capability:320×240 pixels. Displays up to 9 vehicle parameters at once

An industry change in protocol from OBD II to Controller Area Network (CAN) has begun.In order to perform diagnostics on a vehicle that uses the CAN interface;you will need the Tech Flash and a CAN diagnostic interface module. The module connects between the Tech Flash’s diagnostic link cable and the OBD adapter. Once the module is connected, it can be used on all GM vehicle applications, even those vehicles using other platforms such as OBD I and OBD II.
(1) (GM,opel,SAAB,Isuzu,Suzuki,Holden) card for your choose
(2) Full set not include tis2000, if you need , you need buy , please know this
(3) We send you CD it is tis2000 software as a gift
(4) Comes with a vci module and card that we put inside main unit

GM vehicles utilize the CANdi module interface:
05 Buick Allure (3.6L)
05 Buick LaCrosse (3.6L)
05 Buick Rainier (5.3L)
04-05 Buick Rendezvous (3.6L)
04-05 Cadillac CTS (3.6L)
04-05 Cadillac SRX (3.6L / 4.6L)
04-05 Cadillac XLR (4.6L)
05 Cadillac STS (3.6L / 4.6L)
05 Chevrolet Cobalt (2.2L)
05 Chevrolet Corvette (6.0L)
05 Chevrolet Equinox (3.4L)
05 Chevrolet TrailBlazer (5.3L)
05 Chevrolet SSR (6.0L)
04 Chevrolet Malibu (Body/Chassis only)
05 Chevrolet Malibu (3.5L)
05 GMC Envoy (5.3L)
05 Pontiac G6 (3.5L)
05 Pontiac GTO (6.0L)
05 Pontiac Pursuit (2.2L)

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New Car Scanner Tech2 Diagnostic Tool For GM

GM software in the Tech 2 Flash means the most comprehensive diagnostic software available for late model GM vehicles.

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Ability to capture stored DTCs, Freeze Frame, and Failure Record for later review.
Ability to view the status of vehicle diagnostic tests as they run.

Bi-directional The Professional Diagnostic Tool GM 1992-current year software will provide full bi-directional control when performing power train, chassis, and body diagnostics.

Support for on-board diagnostics on all GM systems 1992 thru current year.

Specification:
Microprocessor: 32 bit,16 MHz
Memory: 32 MB flash type II PCMCIA. Type III slot available for future expansion.
Communications: Integral RS232 communication port. Screen: 3.8.8 backlit monochrome with full graphics
capability: 320,40 pixels. Displays up to 9 vehicle parameters at once .
Memory:32 MB flash type II PCMCIA. Type III slot available for future expansion.
Communications:Integral RS232 communication port. Material: Plastic.
Size: Approx.31cm/12.20inch x 16cm/6.29inch x 5cm/1.97inch.
Warm tips:
An industry change in protocol from OBD II to Controller Area Network (CAN) has begun. In order to perform diagnostics on a vehicle that uses the CAN interface;
You will need the Tech 2 Flash and a CAN diagnostic interface module. The module connects between the Tech 2 Flashs diagnostic link cable and the OBD adapter.
Once the module is connected, it can be used on all GM vehicle applications,even those vehicles using other platforms such as OBD I and OBD II.
GM vehicles utilize the CANdi module interface

Package Included:
1 x Obd2 diagnostic tool Tech-2 Flash Tester
1x candi interface
1 x 32 MB PCMCIA Card with OE Applications
1x RS323 self test adapter(We will provide adapter according to delivery country)
1x GM 3000100 HP 5063-3258 MADL IN USA
connector 1x GM 3000101 HP 5063-3290 MADL IN USA connector
1x GM 3000098 VTX 02002955 connector
1x GM 3000099 VTX 02002961 connector
1x GM 3000109 VTX 02002953 connector
1x Light colour connector (pictured)
1x GM 3000097 VTX 02002956 cable
1x GM 3000095 cable
1x Internet cable
1x Ignition cable
1 x RS232 cable and user`s manual
NO Retail Box. Packed Safely in Bubble Bag.

2007 Chevy Silverado 4l80e testing with tech 2 scanner

Topic: 2007 Chevy Silverado 4l80e code P0894 transmission component slippage testing with tech 2 scanner

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So a little bit of feedback on the truck. it’s a 2007 GMC 1500 HD classic and just bought it recently notice halfway home when I was towing something it was shifting a little bit hard I wasn’t getting any coats, so I decided to put in some seafoam trans stuff and shortly after that I started noticing that I wasn’t getting a torque converter lockup. Then I was also throwing the p08 9 for code so I bought a Car Scanner-

I’m just doing a little bit of testing right. now I’m just going to get up to speed here in third gear. I’m gonna see what the duty cycle is on torque converter clutch solenoid you can see we’ve already throw in one slip counter okay there’s 100 kilometres an hour see that solenoids pulsing open 70 rpm slip-on here for my research up to 50s the most you’re allowed it’s obviously that’s no good just gonna step on ithere again and disengage that torque converter clutch you again.

It looks a little better this time ask in here and give 200 and see what happens was slowing down a little bit now okay. I’m gonna drive fourth gear get up to 100 kilometres an hour again okay steady at 100 you can see I’ve got 137 rpm slip.

 

I recommend that you buy gm tech2 on www.obd2tool.com. They are cheap, logistics is fast, and after-sales service is also very good. I have been using it for a year and there is no problem with the quality of the product.

Explain how to set up Tis2000 and Tech2

About: How to setup and install GM Tech2 software TIS2000 on a computer

A lot of info I found over at SaabCentral but it is just a giant thread to read through although a lot of the info is on the first page. And a lot doesn’t apply since it’s geared towards Saab (even the 9-7x doesn’t apply, it’s under GM).

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So you have a Tech2 scan tool but a lot of the things you would like to do is locked out because you don’t have access to the computer software to allow you to do it. Things like updating PCM’s and modules and anything security related are locked out. If you bought one of the Tech2 clones, it probably came with a CD with the Tis2000 software. If you install it and try to use it, it says that it can’t find the USB security dongle or something like that. That’s because only dealers have those or a clone of one wasn’t included.

First of all, this is old software. It was discontinued in 2008 by GM which means that it works only for vehicles up to model year 2007. It will have PCM and module updates included. For example, I was able to update all of the modules and PCM in my 2006 9-7x even though it had only been a year or two since production and issue of this software. It will also allow you to reprogram a module that you are replacing.

The Tech2 communicates with the computer using a serial port on the computer running Windows XP SP3. This can be a problem if you only have newer computers. Best and easiest scenario is to use an older laptop computer that has a serial port running windows XP. In my setup, I used an old IBM T40 laptop, which is fairly decent processor wise, installed a fresh copy of Windows XP SP3 and used a docking station with it that has a serial port. Laptops that have actual serial ports built in are probably so old that they are too slow or have age and reliability issues. Another solution would be to get a USB to serial port adapter and specify the proper COM port number during the install of Tis2000.

Another possible solution would be to use a virtual environment on a host computer. VMWare is free to use and it has been done from what I read but could be a fairly involved process because of the serial port issue, especially when using a USB to serial adapter. The challenge of communicating from the virtual environment through the real computer’s hardware ports can make it difficult but can be done. I’m not going to discuss this type of installation but the basic software installation and use will be the same. If anyone gets a virtual install working, please post it up.

In some detail, this is what I did. Keep in mind that you should have some computer knowledge and know how to install Windows.

1.Installed a fresh copy of Windows XP SP3. I didn’t bother with updating anything else as far as security updates to Windows or install a virus scan because this computer will never be connected to the Internet or used for anything else.

2.Installed ALL the required drivers until there were no more yellow check marks in Device Manager. I failed to do this at first and caused a lot of headaches later, including a BSOD during software installation.

If you’re using a USB to serial adapter, plug it in now and set it up. Go into Device Manager and make note of the COM port used by the adapter.

3.Install the Professional Diagnostic Tool Tis2000 software from the CD included with the Tech2. During the install, it will ask you to specify the COM port. If you have a serial port on the computer, it’s probably COM 1 or use the one from the USB adapter.

4.Before you can use Tis2000 with your Tech2, you have to make it “think” that there is a dongle connected that authorizes it. You can download the crack below. Follow the read me file for instructions on how to use it.

That’s it. More threads will come explaining how to do stuff with it but this will get you going.

And if you need them:TIS2000 Software & USB Key

Warning: In Tis2000, whatever you do, DO NOT USE THE “SOFTWARE DOWNLOAD” BUTTON! This will retrograde the card in your Tech2 to an old version from 2008.

Some more install info, especially for VM’s, is also available in this thread from obd2tool

Where to buy GM Tech2 to replace the BCM on 98 Sonoma

If you are interested in GM Tech2 to replace the BCM on 98 Sonoma and would like to hear anyone’s feedback. Here we go.

Been there, done it. I’m happy with my purchase. I keep mine in an old 1980’s womens makeup case with multiple layers of 1″ foam rubber I got at wallyworld for cheap.

My Tech2 will not give ABS codes if the ABS light is on. Dumb because the ABS light won’t go out until you fix the problem. I bought an Innova 3030f from Obd2tool.com to over come that minor issue. Don’t get a 3030 a-e. They don’t read ABS. Some less honest sellers will tell you they do. And some think they can get $100 for one. Mine was new for $25.

BCM’s are real cheap in junkyards. If they want over $10 go somewhere else. They never sell any. and they work fine. Hint- call it the security module. Most are easy to get out. Just match the part number.

The Dongle thingy is the least of your worries if you intend to do programming, tho. You MUST have windows XP on your laptop. I installed it on my Dell as a second operating system. I tried doing a virtual OS with miserable results. I bought a DVD off ebay for $25 that had every version of XP on it. Since it is no longer supported, I guess it’s OK to sell copies now. My Dell E6400 came out just as XP was ending and Vista came out so all the drivers are available from Dell. Anything newer could be an issue. I’m running 7 and XP on it. Don’t think I’d try it with 10. Don’t trust it to not want to take over the other OS. The E6400 is a fast computer and was one of the most popular business laptops of it’s day. And very expensive new. I paid $200 for it.

The Tech2 is designed to work with a serial port. Remember them? You have to keep in mind the Tech 2 Scanner was introduced about the time Windows 95 and the first GUI and mouse were being added to PC’s, but old PC’s with serial ports are slugs.

Problem is connecting the Tech2 to a USB port on anything fast. It can be done, but ONLY, I repeat ONLY with a Tripp-Lite USA-19HS serial to USB adapter. It is the only one GM ever approved and the only one that will work. Amazon has them for around $27.

Tech 2 $270, Laptop $200, XP dvd $25, usb adapter $27. You’ll be all in for around $525.

Keep in mind this is a high end 2 way scanner. It’s not EFI Live or similar. You can’t do custom tunes or any of that stuff. But you aren’t spending near as much and EFI Live isn’t a scanner . If you want to both, you need both.

One more question, if it’s the first time that you want to buy GM TECH2 from China.

Look on the Saab forum. They have tons of info on Tech2 clones. When GM and told Saab the had to use more GM parts in their cars Saab stopped making cars and concentrated all their effort on their aircraft production. Since GM had sold Saabs in this country all the owners were left stranded because the dealerships didn’t want to service them since they no longer sold them.

A lot of Saab owners then started buying the Tech2 clones so they could do their own maintenance. From what I understand the Saabs we’re very dependent on the Tech2 for all kinds of modules that needed programming. Way more so than GM’s own vehicles.

I read a lot before ordering mine. Once in a while someone does get burned.

In reality when Bosch bought Vetronix they moved the manufacturing to China. They are still made in the same factories. The Chinese just kept making them after Bosch switched to the GM MDI and MDI 2.

Difference is Bosch isn’t getting the extra $2500 markup. I’m sure the Chinese are also now using cheaper components where they can since Bosch isn’t specifying what has to be used. Parts are currently available for them.

Here is what I got. The weird thing is they sent the original Bosche Discs but Burned copies of the Software but Burned copies of the Software. The AC/DC adapter is so generic it doesn’t even have a UPC code on it. I was actually very surprised by it all and DHL delivered a day early.

BTY, I got GM TECH2 from this shop:

http://www.obd2tool.com/goods-1568-GM+Tech2+GM+Scanner+-CANdi++TIS+(Works+for+GMSAABOPELSUZUKIISUZUHolden).html

I ordered one during their Chinese New Year Promotion. $239 not incl. shipping cost.

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The burned Cd is for the thumb drive. It contains TIS 2000. All the factory ECM programs thru 2007. It’s a hack so you don’t have to subscribe to GM’s online service ($55 for 2 days) to simply update to the latest program for a vehicle.

I found the stickers are a tiny bit too big for the recesses in the housing. You need to trim them before installation if you want it to look like a genuine Vetronix Tech 2.

The long grey line (no not West Point) is to connect to a serial port on antique laptops. That’s where the Tripp-Lite USA-19HS adapter comes in. You install the Tripp_Lite on your laptop, connect it to a USB port, connect the serial cable to the TL and the other end to the Tech2. There are 2 ports on the Tech 2 one is for the serial cable and the other is for a self test cable. The real little cable. The 2 ports are not the same even though the look very similar.

Don’t you think you get all info you want to know and enhance your confidence to order it.

How to use GM Tech2 to program GM Vans Cruise Control Unit

Car List:

2007-2009 Chevrolet Equinox and Pontiac Torrent mid-size crossovers
2008-2009 GM full size Vans

Equipment:
GM Tech 2 Scanner /Tech2 OBDⅡdiagnostic scan tool
CANdi module
TIS2000 software CD +soft USB key
A laptop running Win XP home

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NOTE:
CANdi interface and TIS2000 software CD can be purchased separately. There are several Tech2 packages in obd2tool.com, like GM Tech2 with CANdi interface, GM Tech2 with 32 MB card and TIS2000 etc. You need to get the left stuff.

Programming cruise control with Tech 2 instruction:

Ⅰ Cruise Control Installation

Here are some picture instructions:

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Ⅱ BCM programming

1. Turn the ignition to ON position
2. Connect the Tech 2 Scanner with vehicle via OBD port
3. Power up the Tech2 device. Enter the main menu
4. Select F1: Service Programming System
5. Select F0:Request Info
6. Select Continue with USB software key
7. Select vehicle model Chevrolet or Pontiac
8. Select vehicle year, like 2007
9. Select LD TRK, MPV, Incomplete
10. Select detail specific model: Equinox or Torrent
11. Follow the system prompts and select Continue with USB soft key
12. Click Yes to verify the displayed VIN and confirm it is correct
13. Turn the ignition OFF. Unplug the Tech2 scan tool from the vehicle.
14. Connect the Tech 2 to the TIS computer
15. Power up the Tech2 and start running the TIS software program
16. Select Diagnostic Tool: Car Diagnostic Tool Tech 2
17. Select Programming Process: Replace and Reprogram ECU
18. Select ECU location: Vehicle
19. Click Next until the VIN id displayed
20. Verify the VIN by click Yes and then click Next to continue.
21. Select Controller: BCM
22. Select Programming Type: Normal
There are 3 options in the program: System, Interior/Exterior Lighting and Power-train Control.
For System Select Calibration, choose #25828506-Steering Wheel Control UK3
For Interior/Exterior Lighting, choose #25828503(No Fog Lights) or #25828504(With Fog Lights)
For Power-train Control, choose #25828488-Cruise Control K34
23. Verify calibration files are correct, click Next to continue
24. When complete load data to Tech2 scanner, click Close
25. Disconnect TECH2 OBDⅡscanner from TIS2000 and vehicle
26. Turn the ignition ON and power up the Tech2 device.
27. Select F1: Service Programming System
28. Select F0: Program ECU. Verify the VIN is correct.
29. Follow the screen prompts and click Continue with USB soft key
30. Wait about 2 minutes to download the data. Then turn off the ignition for 10 sec.

Ⅲ BPP Sensor Calibration

31. Turn the ignition to ON
32. Click Continue with USB software key
33. Click Exit button to back to the Start menu and select F0-Daignostics
34. Select vehicle year: 2007
35. Select LD, MPV, Incomplete
36. Select vehicle model: Chevrolet Truck or Pontiac MPV
37. Select body: L Body
38. Select F3-Vehicle Control System
39. Select engine: (F)3.4L V6 LNJ
40. Select F2-Module Setup
41. Select Body Control Module
42. Select F0-BPP Sensor Calibration. Do not touch the brake pedal and insure that the vehicle is on park.
43. Click Continue with USB soft key. Press Exit button when all procedures are complete.

Ⅳ Primary Key Configuration

44. Select F1-Set Up SDM Primary Key in BCM, click Enter
45. Then the system will prompts: “Procedure Complete”, click Exit button
46. Turn the ignition OFF for 10sec and then start the engine
47. Back to TECH2 scanner main menu and select Diagnostics
48. Select vehicle year: 2007
49. Select LD, MPV, Incomplete
50. Select vehicle model: Chevrolet Truck or Pontiac MPV
51. Select body: L Body
52. Select F3-Vehicle Control Module
53. Select F0-Vehicle DTC Information
54. Select F0-DTC Display
55. Click View all DTCs with soft key, click Yes to Clear all DTCs.
56. Drive a road test to make sure the cruise control is working