Ford IDS Training - FCDIM Malfunction and Module Configuration
Ford Integrated Diagnostic System (IDS) platform is the OEM software used for diagnostics, programming and other vehicle service needs. Robby Schrimsher and I created several video demonstrations utilizing IDS and have included the session file created during the filming of this video. Within this video, you'll see where we discover the faults within the Front Controls Display Interface Module (FCDIM) involving the steering wheel controls for the radio on the rental car we secured for our demonstration. Join us as we use IDS in analyzing the fault and use the programming power within the tool to correct the condition.
IDS Session File
IDS Log File
Wow I like this files are available in the post that can be downloaded which will make it much easier to assist others with questions if they should happen to have them. Thanks Scott and team for the upgrades you have made.
This video is Excellent! I use IDS daily and learned a few things I never knew.
One thing it took me a while to learn on the IDS was how to utilize the information ( i ) icon. I would love to see, as a follow up to this, an airbag component diagnostic video. By clicking on the information icon a description of the data pid will be shown in a window. Airbag code diagnostics create a perfect example of how important it is to take advantage of the information icon as the data pids themselves are coded. The definitions are not listed in the SI so knowing how to identify them using the IDS is crucial.
Being able to load videos and other files is a great addition as well!
The production quality of this video is the best I've ever seen in our industry, Scott. Wow! I'm sure you guys only scratched a fraction of a percent of what can be taught/learned about using IDS. The video format is comfortable and informative, so I can't help but imagine an entire series of these, teaching the usage of any number of platforms. OEM diag software, aftermarket diag software, reflashing, etc. You could create a whole chapter of the website dedicated to this. I say that as though you don't already have enough on your plate... The point is, I believe it would be VERY well received.
I (we) appreciate the feedback. The style we used here was unscripted with a realistic workflow. The radio control issue was found as you saw it and was addressed all at the same time. I thought that was going to be pretty cool. I was really hoping that we "got all that" after solving the problem.
We're pushing hard to bring forth content that makes a difference and helps our members further our mission. It's feedback from the membership that helps steer us in the right direction.
Thanks for taking the time to chime in.
The video feature is great. I like that I can make it full screen however, with the video full screen the images become herky jerky. If I exit full screen mode the video goes back to normal. The audio is unaffected.
The log file scrolling window is a nice feature and I like that you can download the document into a pdf or just print it directly.
I think the video along with the appropriate IDS links makes this a very useful resource. Good job.
Hi Bob, thanks for the feedback.
I believe the fullscreen issue you're reporting is likely due to the dependencies on your machine's ability to handle the data. Memory, machine memory, processor speed and internet connection all are suspect. Can you duplicate this on another device? I just played it back on my desktop and my iPhone and didn't experience any of the symptoms you mentioned.
Can you provide me with some info on the machine you're using?