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Cluster Swapping in Vehicles Without Immobilizer
Updated  25 Apr. 2014

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.

This procedure details how to install a NEW Instrument Cluster in VW/Audi vehicles that do not have Immobilizer. This is mainly US/Canadian VW's produced before MY 2000 and US/Canadian Audi vehicles produced before 2001.

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.


Procedure for installing a NEW  Instrument Cluster in vehicles without Immobilizer:

--- Reading the Old Cluster ---

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

  2. (Some Volkswagens only, if you are working on an Audi or a VW where CAN Gateway is not available, skip to step 3)
    [Select] 
    [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]

    --- Recoding the New Cluster ---
     

  4. Install the NEW Instrument Cluster in the vehicle.
     

  5. (Some Volkswagens only, if you are working on an Audi or a VW where CAN Gateway is not available, skip to step 6)
    [Select] 
    [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]
     

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

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

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

  7. 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]

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

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

  8. [Login - 11]
    Enter a value of 13861 (May not be required on all clusters)
    [Do It!]
     

  9. [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.
    [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]
     

  10. 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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