Coding, programming & security. How do I know what I can and Can't do

Phillip Diagnostician Anchorage, Alaska Posted   Latest  

So I’m a fairly new business owner of a mobile diagnostics and programming. And lately I been getting a lot of calls for vehicles I have never done any kind of programming before. (which is how it always goes right?) Such as Mercedes, Jaguar & BMW. So far I been lucky were the clients have been super patient with me and have let me come out to the location to test if I could do the job or not. But that will not last forever. So my question is how do I know, what I can and can’t do other then going out their and trying. Or what does everyone do to figure out what they can do especially if the vehicle is not in front of them. Example I got a call from a shop and was asked if I was able to program a Mercedes ABS module. I told them I’m not sure. I never done one yet. They wanted to know cause they were going to send the vehicle away if I couldn’t do it. Well after some convincing and talking to the dealer. I talked them into trying to selling the job and letting me have a shot at it. Worst case vehicle would need to be towed to the dealer. Now I know I can’t be everything to everyone. Especially starting out. But I do want to have the option to do the euro vehicles instead of IDK if I can. I know that the best way of knowing is buying OE hardware & software. But unfortunately I just can’t afford all the OEM stuff at once right now. So I got to try and make due with what I have for now. Currently I have and snap on, autel, launch, and a drew tech j-box. I also know NASTF and the OEM site give info. But there is a lot of euro info that isn’t just available, unless you know someone or a group of people. Sorry for the long rant, but any guidance would be helpful. Also I do subscribe to people like Keith Perkings, Scanner Danner and such.

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Julio Owner/Technician
Laurel, Maryland
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Unfortunately the easy answer is OE tooling, with that you know you will be able to get the job done. I know that’s not what you want to hear but it’s the truth especially with euro. Autologic is very powerful with Euro, doesn’t do everything but an awesome tool with great support! Through remote access with Bluelink they can do a lot on Mercedes. If you are seeing a lot of BMWs, go OE and…

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Allan Owner
Sterling, Virginia
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Well it stinks but you will need the OE stuff if you want to be “the man”. I would suggest plopping down the $ to get GM, Ford, Mopar covered first. You will make money off all those. Get the LSID if you don’t already have it. Reinvest as much as you can and add more popular stuff such as Honda, Toyota and Nissan. Unless you have done the Euro stuff in the past stay away from it until you are…

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Phillip Diagnostician
Anchorage, Alaska
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The US & Asian stuff hasn't really been a problem for me. If anything the OEM info and support is decent that I can get what I need done. Immobilizer isn't too much of an issue for me at this moment either as far as having the tooling to do what I need to do. It is just the Euro stuff. I do not do any Jbox programming with BMW cause I don't have the ICOM, but have done some of coding with…

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Edwin Mobile Technician
Charleston, South Carolina
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Hi Allen..what is the software that you use the cardaq with on honda? Thanks

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Allan Owner
Sterling, Virginia
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Whatever I downloaded from Honda which I think they call I-HDS now? I don't look anymore I just click the icon. It works with all Cardaq's I think but I mainly use the 3+

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Paul Technical Support Specialist
Lafayette, Colorado
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With every new Autoland Scientech tool is a feature called SOD. Support On Demand. With that, and a supprt session with us, you can be 100% on Mercedes and BMW. Land Rover, 98%, the DoIP vehicles we cannot do yet through SOD. If you buy the right connector you can be 100+ on that brand as well. NP.

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Allan Owner
Sterling, Virginia
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I am curious and not picking a fight. IF while programming a BMW, Benz or JLR with the IScan and it fails in the middle of programming does Autoland Scientech pick up the tab for the new module if it cannot be recovered? I do not know the answer and have considered the tool. So I want to know who would be paying? I had remote programming done on a Volvo years ago and it failed. I was told it was…

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Paul Technical Support Specialist
Lafayette, Colorado
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Autoland is not going to pay. They will help you get it straightened out if it is at all possible. I try to avoid absolute statements, but I have never heard of any scan tool company saying that they will cover a failed module while programming or coding. Have you? We have a job from Autoland Scientec on our "to do" list today that is a great example. On a Mercedes-Benz ESP coding that was…

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Allan Owner
Sterling, Virginia
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Hey I understand. But to me one of the greatest selling points for calling me and waiting for me to get there instead of getting somebody to remote in was IF something failed while I was doing it I covered the part if I couldn't save it. Out of 25,000 jobs before I sold the company I bought a few PCM's, 2 used GM, 1 used Toyota PCM, 1 used Saab, 1 new Hyundai, 1 new BMW and offered to pay for a…

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Paul Technical Support Specialist
Lafayette, Colorado
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Well kudos for offering such an over the top guaranty! Too many variables out of our control for us to offer any guaranty like that for sure. We have watched customers do some spectacularly stupid things. During an Autologic demo many years ago a programming was started on a Cayenne and the customer absolutely reached out and shut off the bluebox in the middle! We have had technicians insist on…

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