On this screen, VCDS-Lite shows you any DTC's
(“Diagnostic Trouble Codes” or Fault Codes). VCDS-Lite shows
the DTC numbers and also decodes each DTC into meaningful
At top of
the screen, Controller Info shows the VAG Number and Component number as
shown on the Open Controller screen.
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
[Clear Codes - 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 VCDS-Lite it's just the
way the VAG protocols work.
will display 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 that work with
VCDS-Lite handle freeze-frame data using the VAG proprietary
protocols. In vehicles that do not support Freeze Frame, this
button will be grayed-out.
One component of Freeze Frame
data is the Fault Priority
number as described below:
||Undefined by the manufacturer.
||The fault has a strong influence on
drivability, immediate stop is required.
||The fault requires an immediate service
||The fault doesn't require an immediate service
appointment, but it should be corrected with the next
||The fault recommends an action to be taken,
otherwise drivability might be affected.
||The fault has no influence on drivability.
|| The fault has a long term influence on
||The fault has an influence on the comfort
functions, but doesn't influence the cars drivability.
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 report.
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:
[Done, Go Back] takes you back to the Controller
Information Screen where you can select other functions.