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Immobilizer 2 Instrument Cluster Swapping
Updated 19 Oct. 2009

Ross-Tech is not responsible for any damage or problems that may result from following these instructions. They are to be used at your own risk. As always, you should refer to a Factory Repair Manual for your vehicle!

This procedure details how to install a NEW Instrument Cluster in Immobilizer-equipped VW/Audi vehicles with Immobilizer II . As of 11 Mar. 2002, VW and Audi are providing 7-digit Secret Key Codes in place of the earlier 4-digit SKC's. Keys must be coded using the new 7-digit SKC (secret key code) method unless the owner still has the correct 4-digit code. VW stopped giving out PIN/SKC information at all in 2005.

Immo-3 knows your car's VIN. Access 17-Instruments (or separate 25-Immobilizer on vehicles that are set up that way) and look at the first "Extra" field.

If you see something like: "Immo-ID VWZ7Z0W0648696"  You've got Immo-2 (or maybe even Immo-1 in earlier non-US models).

If you see something like "WVZKB58001H231169 VWZ7Z0W0648696" You've got
Immo-3. The first 17-digit string is the VIN. The second 14-digit string in the Immo-ID.

Important Note: Unless you ALREADY have the SKC information for your vehicle and components then you will NOT be able to do any of the Immobilizer functions.
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Procedure for installing a NEW  Instrument Cluster in vehicles with Immobilizer II:

--- Reading the Old Cluster ---

  1. With the OLD Instrument Cluster in the vehicle, write down the current mileage.
     

  2. (Volkswagens only, if you are working on an Audi, skip to step 3)
    [Select] 
    [Display]
    (Less Common Modules) 
    [19 - CAN Gateway]
    Write down the 5 digit number from the "Soft. Coding" field, make note that is the CAN coding.
    [Close Controller, Go Back - 06]
     

  3. [Select] 
    [17 - Instruments]
    Write down the 5 digit number from the "Soft. Coding" field, make note that is the Instrument Cluster coding.
    [Close Controller, Go Back - 06]

    --- Reading the New Cluster ---
     

  4. Install the NEW Instrument Cluster in the vehicle.
     

  5. [Select] 
    [17 - Instruments]
    Write down the 14-digit Immobilizer ID number from the "Extra" field.
    [Close Controller, Go Back - 06]
     

  6. VW/Audi used to give out the 7 digit SKC to vehicle owners but as of 2005 they no longer do. Unless you already have that information, then you will not be able to use these instructions - you will likely need to have your dealer perform this procedure.

    --- Recoding the New Cluster ---
     

  7. Measure the car's battery voltage, it must be 12.5 V or higher.
     

  8. (Volkswagens only, if you are working on an Audi, skip to step 9)
    [Select] 
    [Display]
    (Less Common Modules) 
    [19 - CAN Gateway]
    [Recode - 07]

    Enter the 5 digit number that you wrote down as the CAN coding.
    [Do It!]
    [Close Controller, Go Back - 06]
     

  9. [Select] 
    [17 - Instruments]
    [Recode - 07]

    Enter the 5 digit number that you wrote down as the Instrument Cluster coding.
    [Do It!]

    --- Matching the New Cluster to the Engine ECU---
     

  10. [Adaptation - 10]
    Enter 00 in Channel Number
    [Read]
    [Save]
    [Done, Go Back]
    [Close Controller, Go Back - 06]
     

  11. Switch ignition off and then back on within one minute but do not start vehicle.

    --- Matching the Keys to the New Cluster ---
     

  12. [Select] 
    [17 - Instruments]
    [Login - 11]

    [Use 7-digit PIN/SKC]
    Enter the 7-digit PIN, Date on which the PIN was generated by the dealer, along with the Workshop Code (WSC) and the Importer number of the dealer that generated the code.
    [OK]
     

  13. VAG-COM will validate the data you have entered and return you to the Login screen, where the Login Code will show as "XXXXX".
    [Do It!]
     

  14. [Adaptation - 10]
    Enter 21 in "Channel Number"
    [Read]
    The "Stored Value" is the number of keys currently matched.
    Enter "new value" of 0
    [Save]
    This clears out the old key-matchings.
    Enter a "new value" corresponding to the total number of keys to be matched, including any existing keys
    [Save]
     

  15. [Done, Go Back]
    [Close Controller, Go Back - 06]
    Switch ignition off and remove key
     

  16. Insert next key to ignition and switch ignition on again. The warning light for the Immobilizer will light up for ~2 seconds, then go out. Switch ignition off and remove key
     

  17. Repeat step 16 with each key until all keys have been matched.

    --- Entering the Mileage in the New Cluster ---
     

  18. If you are live in a market where the odometer reading is in miles, you should change to km before entering the mileage. To do this, consult the Factory Repair Manual for your vehicle. Here is an example:

    [Select] 
    [17 - Instruments]
    [Recode - 07]

    Change the 3rd digit from a "2" (US) to a "3" (Canada)
    [Do It!]

    Confirm that the odometer in the car now shows kilometers, not miles.
     

  19. [Select]
    [17 - Instruments]
    [Adaptation - 10]

    Enter "channel number" 09 to select channel
    Put in the number of km divided by 10.  Example: If old cluster had 50,357 km, put in 5036.
    Note:  Some clusters may require a Login of 13861 before you can set the mileage.
    [Test]
    Observe the Instrument Cluster and make sure the mileage displayed is correct. Once you save this value, you will be unable to change the mileage EVER!
    [Save]
     

  20. If you are live in a market where the odometer reading is in miles, you should now change back to miles. To do this, consult the Factory Repair Manual for your vehicle. Here is an example:

    [Select] 
    [17 - Instruments]
    [Recode - 07]

    Change the 3rd digit from a "3" (Canada) to a "2" (US)
    [Do It!]

    Confirm that the odometer in the car now shows miles, not kilometers. Make sure that the mileage reading is correct.


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