On this screen, VAG-COM shows you any
DTC's (“Diagnostic Trouble Codes” or Fault Codes). VAG-COM shows the DTC numbers
and also decodes each DTC into meaningful text.
At top of the screen,
you have the VAG Number and Component number as shown on the
Open Controller screen.
VAG-COM tells you how
many fault codes have been found and displays each of them. The 5-digit
or 7-digit number is a standardized
VAG fault code, which can be searched in the Factory Repair Manuals. The
text is a description of the part and failure mode. The letter and
number combination in parentheses is the DIN Component Identifier.
This is followed by elaborators describing the condition of the fault.
The second line contains the
P-code, or generic OBD-II code (if it exists, there are thousands of VAG
codes without generic OBD-II equivalents).
Display Freeze Frame Data
checkbox adds Freeze Frame data for Fault Codes on control modules using
the KWP-2000 protocols. Note: Not all control modules fully
support this; very few cars can currently handle freeze-frame data using
the VAG proprietary protocols. In vehicles that do not support
Freeze Frame, that checkbox will not be present.
One component of Freeze Frame data is the
Fault Priority number as described below:
The fault has a strong
influence on drivability, immediate stop is required.
The fault requires an
immediate service appointment.
The fault doesn't require
an immediate service appointment, but it should be
corrected with the next service appointment.
The fault recommends an
action to be taken, otherwise drivability might be
The fault has no influence
The fault has a long
term influence on drivability.
The fault has an influence
on the comfort functions, but doesn't influence the
Fault Frequency shows how many times,
during all driving cycles, that the fault that caused the code has
recurred. So, if you have a fault with a Frequency of 11, then
conditions sufficient to trigger the fault have happened 11 times since
the fault was stored.
The Reset counter is a number that
has been pre-assigned to each fault, with the number of problem-free
driving cycles before the fault presumably clears itself. Each time a
driving cycle occurs, and the conditions sufficient to trigger the fault
do NOT occur, then the reset counter should go down by one. So if you
have a fault with a Reset Counter of 40, if the controller goes through
a problem-free driving cycle then that number should go down to 39.
will print a
Fault Code Report. If your PC is not
connected to a printer when this button is pressed, be sure to use
Windows to set the printer to "Work Off-Line" first! Later, when you
connect the PC to a printer, un-check "Work Off-Line" to print the
will copy your fault codes
to Windows Clipboard. Once you have pressed the Copy Codes button, you
may paste the results into the application of your choice, such as MS
Word or Notepad.
will save a plain-text
Fault Code Report to your PC, typically
in this directory:
- 05] will erase the DTC's
from the Control Module's memory. Be aware, this does not fix the
problem that caused the fault! DTC's should only be erased after
correcting the condition(s) that caused them in the first place. Note:
There is no way to erase individual DTC's while leaving others alone.
This is not a limitation in VAG-COM it's just the way the VAG protocols
[Done, Go Back] takes you back
to the Controller Information Screen where you can select other functions.