Passthru for programming

Cristian Owner/Technician Romania Posted   Latest  

Hi guys,

I do think for the next year to start with programming but I am befuddled by the complexity of the domain.

As you can figure out I am located in Europe but any help worldwide would be critical for me.

So, keeping things simple, please cast some light on the following topics:

  1. What's the difference between J2534 devices and OE tools
  2. What is the best J2534 tool for programming (Cardaq, KTS, Gutmann etc?)
  3. What are the basic tools to start with?
  4. Should I start with 1-2 brands and expand the range as getting more experience?

Thanks for replies.

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Glenn Owner/Technician
Texas
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Hi Cristian, I recommend you study the local area you plan to cover and see what vehicles are the most popular. Start with a maximum of 2 brands. As for programming and diagnostics OE is always the best one to think about, but keep in mind whatever pass thru J2435 device you choose there will manufacturer subscriptions that will need to be purchased. The prices of subscription will vary. If…

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Cristian Owner/Technician
Romania
Cristian
 

Hello Glenn, mostly I do VW Group, Renault, Opel, Ford, Peugeot and Fiat. Not so many asiatic cars. DiagnoseDan yes, I followed him on Youtube but since he get involved in DDTSB venture he hardly posts as he did before.

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Mike Owner/Technician
New Jersey
Mike
 

Cristian, To start off my first question would be what brands do you service most? There is no silver bullet that works for all brands. If you are a facility that service one brand only the OE tool is the way to go. If you service many brands then an aftermarket devise would be best. With aftermarket J2534 devises you will get more coverage but may lack functionality that an OE devise would…

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Cristian Owner/Technician
Romania
Cristian
 

Hi Mike, I service many brands so having OE tools for everyone os very difficult for me. I have to start with one brand so I think Mangoose for VW might be the solution rather than having a general J2534 passthru from Bosch/Gutmann?

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Christopher Mechanic
North Carolina
Christopher
 

So, from what I've learned j2534-1 is for emissions related modules, all makes have to be allowed to let non-dealership be able to program those emission related modules. -2 is modules that aren't related to emissions. However it's up to the dealer if non-dealership are able to program them. Also if you want to get your foot wet. Look up Drew industries mongoose cables. Cheap way to get started…

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Michael Technician
Indiana
Michael
 

Cristian, For the complex world of programming, one of the industries best is Keith Perkins. Keith owns his own business as a mobile diagnostician, Programming and locksmith. He also has taken the time to video a walk through of programming each and every make. Also, he walks through setting up your laptop, guiding you through some of the common pitfalls​.​Along with all of that…

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Cristian Owner/Technician
Romania
Cristian
 

Hello Mike, I've paid to Keith 2 or 3 months subscription but I have been interested in diagnosis staff that he built on his platform rather than programming. I will come back to him for getting deeper info in the following months, thanks for recalling me that guy! Cristian

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Jean-Philip Technical Support Specialist
Quebec
Jean-Philip
 

Hello Cristian, … offer a wide service for 11 to 17 manufacturers in the same laptop as you need . But in Romania you have many brand I don't deal with like Opel Peugeot and many more . OE tools are fully designed and supported by each manufacturer but expensive if you buy each one . I recommend you CardaQ Plus 3 the one I sell with the laptop . I you want to start try some basic…

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Cristian Owner/Technician
Romania
Cristian
 

Hello Jean Philip, yes in Europe there are brands that you don't deal with. Do you say Cardaq 3 is better than a general passthru from Bosch KTS 560 for example?

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Jason Owner/Technician
Virginia
Jason
 

Ive never tried the bosch unit but I have never had any issues with cardaq. Its a solid tool.

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