Micropod 2 Clone on Chrysler WK & DS 2015

Reasons for the purchase:

All of the dealers in my area don’t seem to know what they are doing. No problem with either of my vehicles is solved on the first visit and I normally have to guide the dealer mechanics to find issues.

They are very nice but I honestly don’t have the time to teach them how to fix my vehicles. That’s why I wanna purchase a Chrysler wiTech MicroPod 2 interface but it is hard to justify the cost of the oem version for just my 2 Chrysler vehicles.

Purpose:
Purchase a Micropod clone with things like flash programming, general diagnostics, obd mode 8 stuff like abs bleeding

Budget:
I wouldn’t mind spending the $500 if the clone tool works, I just don’t want to be the guinea pig

Order and delivery:
I just ordered one Micropod clone off obd2tool.com
The kit is shipped directly from China and arrived for a few days.

Firmware:
The firmware that mine came with was v2.4.1.

Car(s):
I have a 2015 WK 3.6L (wife) and a 2015 DS 5.7L (me).

Micropod clone vs OEM:
The Micropod clone itself appears to be reasonably high quality but there are obvious differences from the OEM version: no lanyard, no wi-fi, no metal clip on the OBD 2 connector, etc.

Micropod clone problem:
The problem with the clones is that you can only use them with the old versions of the software that weren’t online, and they only go up to around 12MY or so. You also can’t do any sales code configuration or the like without a DealerCONNECT account.

wiTECH software installation:
I followed the directions that came with the kit (albeit in somewhat fractured English) and upon starting the wiTECH software, I got a “device with serial number XXX-XXXXX is not registered” error message.

The company that sold it to me said the copy of wiTECH was destroyed somehow and that I needed to buy a “wiTECH hdd” from them for a small additional fee. Not entirely sure what that would be but I worked around the problem before I got their reply. Long story short, I am a computer guy so I spent a couple of hours messing around with the software and the computer it was installed on and was able to get around the issue.

Micropod II + wiTECH tests:
I connected it to my 2015 DS and my wife’s 2015 WK with no issues. I disabled the side view mirror tilt in reverse on her WK (only thing she didn’t like about it) and she was thrilled. There are functions to bleed ABS, program tire sizes, etc. There are literally hundreds of sensor readings, dozens of tests, actuators and misc functions that you can perform that seem to be very vehicle specific – which you would expect. Every switch/gadget in the vehicle seems to have a corresponding sensor reading of some kind in the software. The only odd behavior I saw was when I connected to the ABS computer of my DS… the EVIC freaked out and started screaming to service the ABS. Maybe that is a safety feature of some kind so folks don’t go driving while messing with the ABS computer? Powering the vehicle off and on again made the ABS warning go away. I could not find any “PROXI alignment” functions – maybe they don’t apply to my vehicles?

I did not try flashing anything as I don’t have a good enough reason to sign up for a time-limited TechAuthority subscription at the moment but next time I do, I’ll give it a shot. At the very least, it will be nice to be able to go to the dealer next time and tell THEM which modules need updating (wiTECH lets you print an ECU report) because whatever point-of-sale software the advisors use doesn’t always tell them when an update is available. For example, my PCM is on an AE revision but TechAuthority said that AF is available (and has been since before my last dealer visit)

Your mileage may vary but this was $200 well spent in my eyes.

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Suggestion & more research:

I’ve done a considerable amount of research on this software and it appears that as of the 17.04.27 P4 patch level, the wiTECH 1.0 system has been EOL’ed for all CAN bus vehicles – forcing you to use the 100% web-based wiTECH 2.0.

If you decide to move forward with the Micropod clone, you will need to block the P4 update (or find a way to block the “diagnostic.js” file that does the check) or the software will kick you out seconds after opening the vehicle topography.

Once the update is blocked, it works fine – confirmed up to the 2015 MY.

A Broken Motor Mount Checking in a Mercedes-Benz AMG

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Mercedes-Benz AMG versions are built with a high-end engine. If your motor mounts become damaged, it is critical to change them no matter what kind of  AMG Mercedes models you own. With a few tips, it is quick for one to examine the condition of his or her Mercedes-Benz’s motor mounts.
Things You’ll Need
Car Scanner Flat-head screwdriver
Owner’s manual
Instructions
1. Open your Mercedes-Benz hood and use the hood rod to secure it in an upright position. Some Mercedes hoods do not have a hood rod and the hood will stay up on its own.
2. Locate your engine’s motor mounts. Use your owner’s manual to help you locate the exact positioning of your motor mounts. The number of motor mounts may vary depending on your Mercedes model.
3. Visually examine the motor mounts. Observe if there are cracks, separations in the rubber from the metal, missing bolts, broken brackets, fluid leaking or warped or compressed rubber. Any of the visual signs of deterioration or damage will indicate that the motor mount needs to be changed.
4. Use a flat-head screwdriver to press down on the rubber part of the motor mount. If the rubber does not bounce right back into place and instead stays compressed, then you need to replace your motor mounts.
5. Start your Mercedes engine. Place your “Emergency Brake” into the “ON” position. Keeps your foot tightly on the brake pedal while switching your Mercedes into the “Drive” gear? With your foot pressed down on the brake pedal, slowly press down on the gas pedal to rev your engine. Monitor your rpm and do not allow the engine to enter the “Red Zone” on your rpm dial, as this can damage your vehicle. If the engine revs and you do not feel a vibration by your feet, your engine mounts should be in good condition. Revving the engine will cause the engine to shake when the motor mounts are not securely holding the engine into place. The shaking will cause a noticeable vibration and shaking inside of the vehicle, which will let you know it is time to replace your Mercedes Star Diagnostic.
6. Drive your Mercedes around in an empty parking lot or on a street with little traffic. Press your foot on the gas pedal to accelerate. While accelerating, notice if you feel any vibrations. Abruptly press your foot on the brake. If the vehicle shakes from side to side while slowing down, then you need to replace your motor mounts.

New “Network Check” feature in wiTECH Diagnostic Application

Description:

Starting from version 14.02.56, a new feature called “Network Check” has been implemented in wiTECH. This feature can be accessed by selecting Help → Network Check option as depicted in the screenshot below:

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Upon selecting the “Network Check” option, the “Network Check” utility window will appear as shown in the screenshot below:

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This new feature will enable the user to check whether the PC in which the wiTECH Diagnostic Application runs, has been able to connect to the required web-sites for

*   Automatic software updates.
*   Receive software updates in a silent mode.
*   Diagnostic Tools registration.
*   Data recordings and various reports upload.
*   Smooth functioning of wiTECH Diagnostic Application.

To run the “Network Check” utility, please click on the “Start Network Check” button as shown in the screenshot below:

Network Check will test the following sites to confirm they are available from your network.

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If any of the web-sites listed above in the screenshot is not available, you may experience issues with the wiTECH application functions/features listed above.

The “Network Check” feature is also available from witech2 “Standalone Mode” by accessing Help → Network Check option.

If you are not getting an automated wiTECH Diagnostic Application update prompt or receiving a device registration warning despite your device is registered, you can run the “Network Check” utility to confirm you have access to the required web-sites/domains.

NOTE: All wiTECH users should have network access to Obd2tool.com and all of its sub-domains as trusted sites.

How to Update the wiADVISOR microPod

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In order to ensure the Micropod II is working properly, it will be necessary to update it based on the latest software releases provided by Chrysler. If your microPod is at version 0.4.2, it will not communicate with wiADVISOR. You must perform an update to version 1.2.2 using the USB cable that came with the microPod (see below).

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To update your microPod using the USB cable:
1. Connect the large end of the USB cable to a computer that has the wiTECH Diagnostic
Application already installed – Typically this is a computer in the shop.

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2. Connect the small end of the USB cable to the microPod as shown below:

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3. Once the microPod is connected via USB, a green light will come on. Open your Internet browser and type the IP address 172.22.22.22 in the address bar at the top of your browser and hit Enter on your keyboard. The microPod interface will come up as shown
Below:

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a. If the System Release shows any version besides 1.2.2 (red box on image above), then your microPod should update to the most current version if the wireless connection on the microPod is properly configured.
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b. If the System Release version shows 0.4.2, the wireless connection on the microPod must be configured in order for the microPod to update. Please contact the wiADVISOR Team at 1-855-wiADVISOR for assistance with this process.
Once wireless is configured, simply wait until the light on the engine diagnostic tool microPod will begin to flash with slow bursts of red indicating that the microPod has started the update process. You will not be able to access the microPod during the update and will have to wait 4-6 minutes before it finishes. The flashing red light will return to green once the update is complete.

4. NEXT: Click on ‘Software Config’ (left side):

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a. If the wiADVISOR version is 1.1.6, this needs an update. See below:

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b. To update the App Version to 1.1.9, simply leave the microPod plugged into the PC. Pod will update itself. Refresh the screen until the version shows 1.1.9.

5. Now that your microPod System Release shows version 1.2.2, and the software shows an App version of 1.1.9, your microPod is now up-to-date.

Determining the Status of your microPod:
If you are not sure if your microPod requires an update, follow the below steps to confirm this. To view the current status of your microPod, you must be logged into the wiADVISOR application and have selected “Vehicle Queue” in the interface. When a microPod is powered up, the software status will be displayed along with connected vehicle information.

1. microPod Status Types – There are three types of update statuses av ailable for the microPod:

a. Up-to-date – This status indicates that your microPod is up-to-date and no further action is required at this time. If the software is up-to-date, no status information will
be displayed. Otherwise one of the following two scenarios will be shown.

b. Update Available – This status indicates that there is an update available for your microPod. It is highly recommended that you update your microPod at your earliest convenience. You may continue to use the microPod without updating it when this status appears.

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c. Update Required – This status indicates that an update is required on the microPod in order to continue using it.

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2. To update the software, disconnect the microPod from the vehicle and connect it to your computer using the USB cable (computer must have the OBD-II scan tool wiTECH Diagnostic Application installed).

3. Since your microPod is updated to the 1.2.2 System Release; once booted and no vehicle power is detected, the microPod will automatically begin the update process. Depending on what software is being updated, the process can take anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes. During this time the LED lights will blink red and off. Monitor the Vehicle Queue to determine if the update has completed.
Disconnecting the USB cable prior to update completion may leave the microPod in an irrecoverable failure state.
After powering up with the USB cable, the screen will warn you that the update is starting and you must not unplug the device until the update is complete (see below).

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4. When the update is completed, the text in the Vehicle Queue will change indicating that microPod is up-to-date. At this time, it is safe to disconnect the USB ca ble and re-connect to a vehicle.

Troubleshooting Tips:
If you find that you are having issues with updating your wiADVISOR microPod there are few resolutions you can try.
1. Make sure you have wiTECH installed on the computer. (The microPod needs the wiTECH drivers in order to connect to the PC)
2. Try a different USB to mini USB cable.
3. Unplug the cable from the PC and try a different USB port.
4. Try a different PC; make sure you are in range of the wiADVISOR Access Point.

Should I buy GM MDI instead of Tech 2 clone

The Tech2 clone is definitely fine, but I think people looking for a good tool now should really look at an MDI clone instead.

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.

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 its 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  Obd2 scan tool 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.

DTS-Monaco and Vediamo, which better

DTS-monaco and Vediamo are added to MB Star C4 software since 12-2017.
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but what is DTS-monaco and what is Vediamo? And what\s the difference?

Look here:

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What is DTS-monaco:

DTS Monaco is universal Engineering Tester for Diagnostic and Control Functions of Vehicle

ECUs. The name Monaco is derived from Modular Analyzer for Vehicle Communication.

DTS Monaco comprehensively covers all tasks in the areas of engineering, testing and

preparation of manufacturing tests:

*   diagnostics
*   analysis
*   OBD
*   flash programming
*   measuring
*   parameterizing
*   residual bus simulation
*   OTX

MB SD C4 DTS Monaco is based on standards such as ODX, OTX and UDS

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What is Vediamo:

Vediamo Software is used by the plant engineers to develop diagnosis and engineering software, which is now used by Xentry and DAS, is based on the Mercedes Benz super engineering version developed and delivered to the general customer service dealers’ use.

The use of MB super engineering version has no limitation in diagnosis / modification / programming function are open which cannot be through the VEDOC (the original application code changes with flow) can be free to increase or decrease the SA code, modify the objective, for example: the increase of vehicles equipped with SA500 electric folding mirrors, commonly known as the Xentry and DAS development mode: open data project version in 2010 after the release, increase the number of functional limitations. So we will meet the vehicle version is too new to be into the control unit in use, or are unable to do any special modifications to the control unit.

For example: W204/2122012 instrument to modify the area family configuration, or open other resource advantage function. Diagnosis / Mercedes super engineering version of the code with code / modification / programming database using the Xentry database, so the Mercedes Benz super engineering version is determined with the Xentry version, as long as the database is new and can be used in new models.

What’s the difference of DTS-monaco and Vediamo:

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How to code Porsche 997.1 steering wheel to 997.2’s

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997.1 upgrade to 997.2 steering wheel control module (997.613.289.01 or 997.613.299.01) need coding with Porsche Piwis ii following this step:

1. Select “special functions” and do a “vehicle handover”.

2. The “vehicle handover” runs automatically. When prompted if the car is new, select “no” and then confirm your chassis number (VIN). The “vehicle handover” is needed for recognizing your new steering wheel unit, so that all other control modules are able to communicate with it.

3. Select to “steering col. switch” unit and read and erase all fault memories. Then switch to “codings” and set “Automatic (Tiptronic/PDK)” and “PDK” (both!) to “installed”. Also set all your other values to “installed” if the car is equipped with them (for example speed control system).

4. Then select “PSM” unit and read and erase all fault memories. After that read your security code (The security code is read with the OBD2 Scanner PIWIS2
under menu item “Actual values”) and do a steering-wheel-sensor-calibration (security code is needed here). (some cars need this calibration clear PSM faults)

5. At last: Erase all fault memories and then have fun while driving a Tiptronic car with PDK-Paddles

Why buy Samtec VCI Piwis 2 from obd2tool

Why buy Samtec VCI Piwis 2 from obd2tool
1. Original Semtec project interface, can update, not J2534 or bad clone can’t update or locked (choose a best one will save your money and save your time! got a poor quality one after 2-3 month broken, then should send it back to repair. it will lost shipping cost, lost device for diagnosis, lost business!)
PS: Famous OBD forum mhh Cartechlogy AP recommended version!
2. Full access to porsche Development verison!
3. Version: v18.150 support 2017 Porsche cars
4. Bluetooth, GPS and Navigation Function are available. can modify in Engineer mode.
5. Certificate is well installed, our Piwis II supports Online Functions, only two functions need to work online: Teach keys immo function and Parts protection function.

If need Porsche Piwis Tester II installed software ready to use, could check V18.1 Piwis tester ii Vci Samtec interface with panasonic cf-30 laptop
Support Languages: Russian, English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese, Dutch

Piwis II User Notice:

1. After finish diagnostic, please quit the connection, and quit to the homepage of the software, then shut off the laptop in correct way(DO NOT Press Power Button, otherwise the system will be damaged).
2. This Piwis2 we sell is best quality and it is Semtec Hardware, which is 100% same as the porsche dealer has, not J2534 hardware, the J2534 FTDI hardware comes with different PCB, and it has no certification make it is not able work with all modules, not support online functions.

PIWS Tester 2 Make Porsche Key Learning Online Custom Share

One User of Porsche Piwis ii for Porsche diagnostic tools from obd2tool.com share his experience on using the piwis tester ii  to do trouble diagnostic and key learning function with Porsche Cayenne model year 2011.

“I use mine daily… updates… OEM DVD’s

Only thing that you cannot do is Panamera and newer car Ignition key adaptations.

They are working on an offline solution for this.”

(This user and many other users don’t know,Piwis 2 can make Key Learning Online.)

“I′ve bought one yanhua version Piws tester 2 with Panasonic CF30 around €1059.00, works really great and stable!

SW is 17.100 V with one Year free Update

It has a Team Viewer on Board, so they can update and make Key Learning Online.”

Then how to make Professional Diagnostic Tool PIWS tester2 key learning online?

You need an account to do that. If you need to get it, contact cartool.co.uk customer service and provide them the model key type and makeyear of your Porsche car, they will provide you the Porsche key learning service online.
If you need online programming, we recommend you buy Yanhua Piws tester2 SP161-YH, it supports off-line programming, key programming as well. And the online programming service cost 220USD per time.
If you need wireless connection, we recommend you buy WIFI version Piws Tester II SP161-W.

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How To Use OBD Scanner

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The use of the word OBD has become common on the lips of the motorists. It’s usually the reference of the OBD1 and the OBD2 scan tool is what has rather caused more of the confusion. The word OBD just refer to the on board diagnostics. The on board diagnostics are just tools meant to assist the motorist cases brought about b y the problem of engine gas emissions.

The introduction of this system was through a protracted process which was first approved in California resources board. Kit has in fact taken root to cover several vehicle brands as covered by the different OBD scan machines available in the market.

The OBD is a hardware meant for coding which is usually located near the driver. The ease of connection and location makes it an easy gadget for the driver to use. The obd2 scan machines are found in most vehicles especially in countries where the regulation is in force. The several beneficial attributes associated with them is what usually strikes any user. These include;

They give comprehensive and critical scanning solutions which eventually end up in giving immediate solutions to the mechanic or the motorist.

Some have a malfunction illumination lamp which helps warn the motorist if there is any fault with the engine.

With the ease of diagnosis associated with the Professional Diagnostic Tool, the process of scanning your car has been reduced to an immediate occurrence. If you require even the resetting of the engine lights, then these tools are known to be worth your company. The newly incorporated control area network CAN has been praised for its boost on the scan gadget operation.

If the breakdown is rather serious, then this tool is bound to help you get to the root. Visiting a mechanic usually comes at a price, the scan tool thus is quite economical in cutting down on the costs of car scanning. Some of the features and functions of the scan tool include;

1.Apart from controlling the area of emissions, the scan tool is also known for its control of the distance coverage of the vehicle.
2.However, with the live data feed concept which is made possible through connections to the on board computer, you are assured of timely remedies.
3.The display, retrieval and clearing of the diverse generic codes and other codes known as pending codes is another are which the tools help. If you have used car or is planning to buy one, then this OBD 2 is what you must have.
4.With its compatibility and use pegged on its size which is small and user friendly no worry on the need for space.
5.What is so encouraging is that the use of the car is not interfered with when this scan tool is put to use. In addition to the wide range of functions, it will also work on the overall status of your car.

The OBD2 compact is known to have high level of organizational capacity with the ability to organize the read codes in the alphabetical order. In this regard, getting the codes becomes easier with minimal errors. It only gives warning on what it cannot handle.

In addition, it switches off the engine lights and through a detachable cable receives power. The emission of the data in an accurate manner is usually made possible through the accompanying software.

The OBD 2 -why the fuss?

The most important thing when looking at the OBD2 scan tools are the several accompanying accessories which enable its use. For instance, the OBD2 scan tool usually has;

1.16 pin connector.
2.Accompanying software which helps connect to the car engine and the PC where the data is to be analyzed.

The secret of the auto scanner use is in most cases vested with the manufacture that are versed with the secrets of the coding protocol. This is why the scan tools are not the same though they share the same brand name of OBDS2. You can try one today.

The scan tool is made into a compact machine makes it durable. You are bound to use this OBD2 CAN compact reader for a very long period of time.