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Common Diagnostic Procedures
Updated  16 Mar. 2011

These pages detail some common vehicle-specific procedures that can be performed with VCDS. These are not a substitute for the correct Factory Repair Manual for your vehicle. 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. We will be adding more pages periodically and welcome any comments or suggestions to Support@Ross-Tech.com

Ross-Tech Wiki - This is an encyclopedia of information such as common Fault Codes and Diagnostic Procedures. (Beta - This site is continually having content added and will eventually be the primary resource for information on usage of VCDS)
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Application Charts showing Which Interface works with each vehicle
 (Which controllers are in my car and where do I find the diagnostic port?)

Possible DLC Locations

Platform Information Pages

Immobilizer Information for VW/Audi/Seat/Skoda (information about how  Immobilizer works and what procedures are available to deal with it in the Ross-Tech Wiki)

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.
Click this link for more information.

Non-Immo Instrument Cluster swapping

Common procedures

Some useful off-site links

Some excellent Excel spreadsheets that use data from VCDS (thanks to ukaussi@cox.net ). Right-click, save-as:

 Air/Fuel calculation spreadsheet - This generates an A/F graph from injector pulse widths, airflow, etc.

 Block 120 spreadsheet - This generates a Horsepower and Torque graph using the calculated torque values output by Bosch ME7 ECU's.

 Block 115 spreadsheet - This generates a boost graph using the MAP sensor readings for drive-by-wire 1.8T and 2.7T engines.

Stoney's Audi A6 FAQ
All sorts of AudiWorld threads about diagnostics.

Paul Waterloo's AudiPages Audi A8 Transmission Coding Page
Transmission recoding for sportier performance.

The "Butt Dyno" Spreadsheet
How to calculate wheel horsepower and torque from acceleration and deceleration data.

Shiftpoints Analysis Spreadsheet
How to determine shiftpoints for optimal acceleration.

Freeware screen printing utility

A great thread on using VAG-COM to permanently alter Audi Allroad suspension height. This is also known as the 402 Mod.

Good sources to learn more about what you can do with your car:

Bentley CD's and Scan Tool Companion

Ross-Tech Sponsored Forums:

VAG-COM Yahoo Discussion Group (This is the official forum for VCDS Support)

AudiWorld VCDS VW/Audi Computer Diagnostics Forum

VWVortex VCDS Diagnostics Forum

Ross-Tech customer Dave Coughlin's S4,
ready to run in the 2002 One-Lap

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