Diagnostic Software for VW-Audi Group Cars

 
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2003+ 01J (CVT) Transmissions   

These have rather unusual timing requirements.  When used with a HEX Interface, increase Char Int on the Options Screen to approximately 4 or 5.

Update: As of VCDS version 805, the appropriate value is automatically determined. A user intervention should not be necessary anymore.

Concert and Symphony Radios

These are made by Matsushita.   The Concerts have blatant bugs in the diagnostic protocols.   We've added one work-around to the low level protocol drivers that works in some, but not all  Concerts, and it is not 100% reliable in any case. 

Some Concerts occasionally get "stuck" in an undesirable mode after attempting communications.  If your Concert gets "stuck", the way to reset it is to remove all power from from the radio for at least 10-15 seconds. This can be done by:

  • Removing the radio from the car.

  • Disconnecting the car's battery

  • Pulling the fuse for the radio.

Note: Some radios will require you to enter the "security code" using the radio's front panel after losing power.  See the owner's manual for the radio for instructions.

It appears that I suspect there is something not quite up to snuff in the Symphony's ability to drive the K-line. We've had some reports that they work better with non-optically isolated interfaces, and they may work better with the engine running (which means there is a higher voltage on the VBatt lines in the car).

1996-1997 Audi A6 2.8L 12V V6 Engine

There is a bug in the Hitachi ECU that does not allow reliable monitoring or logging of multiple measuring groups. For these vehicles, we recommend only viewing or logging one group at a time.

1994-1997 C4 (A6/S6) Instrument Clusters

These have a high bit-error rate.  We suspect they use a software-UART and "stretch" bits sometimes.  The error-detection/correction logic built into VCDS's low-level protocol drivers as of version 0.70 seems to take care of this in a majority of cases,  but we still had  few reports of customers not being able to communicate with these clusters.    In version 0.75 or or newer, please ensure that Char Int on the Options Screen is set to approximately 3 (which is the default).   On some PC's, it may be necessary to adjust this value to something other than 3. On very fast PCs try a higher value than 3.  On very slow PCs, try a value lower than 3.

We have received reports from users who cleaned the terminals on the wiring connections at the back of their instrument cluster with electronics cleaner. This appeared to fix the problem with communicating with these clusters.

1992-1994 2.6L V6 Engine (non-US only) 

VCDS cannot communicate with some of these ECU's while using a "dumb" Interface.  These ECUs (made by Hella) are so incredibly fussy about the protocol timing that there is no way to get them to work with a "dumb" interface and an application running in user-mode under Windows. For vehicles with these engines, we recommend a HEX Interface, which work great. Note, if you use a USB Interface, we HIGHLY recommend the use of Windows XP or newer. Use of other versions of Windows may prevent VCDS from successfully working with these ECU's.


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