Programming equipment purchase

Mark Technical Support Specialist Arlington, Washington Posted   Latest   Edited  

30 years of experience programming but almost exclusively with factory equipment. My last 15 years with Ferrari, Maserati and Alf Romeo. I am opening my own shop with mobile diagnostic and programming being offered.

Currently I have an Autell and the Jbox, Snap on Modis and a Pico Scope. Looking for suggestions of other options for programming and coding. Those of you that have been in the independent area of the field probably have some great input.

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Tomi Diagnostician
Chicago, Illinois
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Talk to Isaac Rodell. He builds some of the best laptops for programing and has equipment. Send me a email I can get you his info if your interested. …

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David Technician
Sacramento, California
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Tomi... Can you send me more info on the laptop for programming. Thanks! …

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Phillip Diagnostician
Anchorage, Alaska
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I guess i depends on what all you will be programming. Between your Pico, Launch, Autel (elite level scan tool) & factory tools you are pretty good. But I would recommend a Drewtech Cardaq plus 3. I only have the 2 and it has been very reliable. I know some people been having issues with ford but I hear Forscan is a good replacement for reprogramming. I can't speak for Mercedes since I don't…

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Marlin Technician
Estacada, Oregon
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For "universal" use, Cardaq-M. But if you are going to be serious about capability, you need OE scan tools. Both of the scan tools which you mentioned are extremely limited, with the Modis probably being more so. You can get OE scan tool operation for several OE's by using the Cardaq-M.

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Paul Technical Support Specialist
Lafayette, Colorado
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Mark, Check out some products on the website. www,AutoDiagCart​.​com especially the i Scan III with the SOD.

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Michael Mobile Technician
Clinton, Utah
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Hi Mark, As a mobile guy you are going to find that you will never have all the tools you need. Many start into the business believing that a J-Box will give them what is required. This is true only if you are needing to do updates to engine and transmission modules in years previous to 2018. What you have is a good start. I have listed some recommendations below. The reason for so many factory…

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Justin Mobile Technician
Herriman, Utah
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I would add the issues we have seen with certain GM modules that don’t work with Jbox. later generation than the Tech2. Airbag replacement module on a 2017 Impala that wouldn’t complete without the use of the MDI2 comes to mind.

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Justin Mobile Technician
Herriman, Utah
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I think I might be mistaken on the Impalla job. I think that was ABS module. The airbag one was a 2019 Tahoe.

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Jj Technician
Quincy, Massachusetts
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Do you find that holes like these eventually get filled by the Jbox companies?

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Justin Mobile Technician
Herriman, Utah
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I don’t have any answers for this. The only one I can is to suggest factory equipment.

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Eric Technical Support Specialist
Commack, New York
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JJ, I don't believe that the issue is with the "Jbox" manufacturers. They often offer as much as possible within the structure of the J2534 legislated protocol. Interface issues , from my experience, usually come from the OE client software or module software and what "interface protocol certificate", for lack of a better term, it will allow to perform certain tasks with regard to activation…

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Jj Technician
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This is pretty in line with what I was thinking. I would think Drew Tech et al can only do so much to head conflicts off before people in the field encounter them, it seems there's really no way to be proactive in regards to OE software changes. It's good to know they're trying like hell to stay on top of it all. All of my experiences with reprogramming are from my time in a Mazda dealer with…

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Mark Technical Support Specialist
Arlington, Washington
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Thanks everyone. I have my homework cut out for me.

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Michael Owner/Technician
Salt Lake City, Utah
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If you are going to work on Volkswagen/Audi makes get the VCDS from Ross-Tech. Inexpensive and awesome on these two makes.

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Dennis Owner/Technician
Plymouth, Michigan
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One thing i didn't see mentioned is a proper battery charger.

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Phillip Diagnostician
Anchorage, Alaska
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Yes I agree that if one hasn't been purchased, that stable battery maintainer should be purchased. I personally use the power max PMBC-100LK. It had less then 100 mv AC when i tested it at the dlc and other various sensors.

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Eric Technical Support Specialist
Huntington Beach, California
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I have several "chargers"/power supplies and have used far more than I own. It is a bit insane to consider the investment I have into just delivering a constant consistent and clean adjustable voltage and demand delivered current to a vehicle. My long time favorite , in my livery, is the Acctiva Professional Flash 70A. It consistently meets all of the demands that of the changing and growing…

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