Category Archives: Auto Scanner Tools

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GM Tech2 Scanner Clone SP23-C Unbiased Review

After much debate with myself I took the plunge and purchased one.  Was going to get one through AliExpess but that turned out to be a nightmare……….Long Story, won’t get into it unless someone ask’s.  Anyway I purchased the one recommended by two friends of mine.

Now the wait begins for it’s arrival

Jan 14, 2016 6:08:27 PM
Dear friend,

Your order is being processed. Obd2tool.com will arrange shipment for you asap.

Best regards,

Joyce

I paid $349.00 + $137.00 shipping. It’s shipped form Hong Kong and it’s heavy. I have had guitars in hard shell cases shipped from Japan and the cost was $130.00 so I wasn’t skeptical about the shipping price. The case alone has a 4kg / 8lb shipping weight. If you don’t need a carry case, as some others suggested, go for SP23-1. I personally don’t test it.

Of course it’s a clone….real GM Tech2 run in the $2k to $3k range.
Some of the guys have clones and have reported that it works just as well as the original.

Now I know that there are several advertised at a lesser price and free shipping but let me explain myself for buying this.
Both my 2 friends recommended this vendor as the one to go with because of reliability etc, etc.

Got a confirmation email in two days from OBD2TOOL
Jan 16, 2016 4:59:36 AM
Dear friend,

Your order has been shipped by DHL, tracking number is ******** and is estimated to arrive your place in 3-10 days.

Best regards,

Joyce

Tech 2 Scanner Arrived, Now the fun begins.  I ordered it on Friday evening and it arrived last night, Jan 18,2016. 5 days from order to delivery.

Here it is !

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32 MB PCMCIA card

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Tech 2 main unit

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TIS2000 CD, DVD etc

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full set cables

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Package includes the TIS2000 CD and DVD along with the USB Key

TIS2000 lets the Tech2 communicate with a computer (Win XP/vista and virtual machine i think.) to download data. The USB key is for accessing the GM site to revise the PCM settings so long as there were allowed by GM.

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ll I need now is for my laptop to arrive and i’m good to go !

This is what the GM service technicians use or would’ve used to service your car. No, not just a code reader. It is the most valuable service/ maintenance tool. I would certainly be willing to spend $400 to get the capabilities that tool offers.

I wound up purchasing a refurbished Dell Lap Top with Win XP just for the TIS2000 program and I can also use the laptop to view real time data as it’s wired up in between the Tech II and the car.

There are multiple levels of diagnostics that require a GM Tech2 Scanner to do that you cannot do with a code scanner. It helped find a misfire issue on a C5 Z06 which turned out to be bad valve springs. Next day l used it to verify ABS issues on a Suburban and initiate a throttle position relearn on a Tahoe.

I have used this Tech 2 to do a couple crank senor relearns. and recently did the Brake bleed on my 99 with Active Handling !!!!!

I have not done any reflashing with my clone GM Tech 2.  As far as I have learned by now is that the main use of TIS2000 is to update an existing PCM or flash a replacement (new) PCM .

As far as I also have learned you download files for your VIN from ac delco site by means of the TIS2000 first . Then you copy these files from the pc into Tech2 memory . Afterwards you connect the Tech2 to the OBD2 plug in car and update according to correct procedure . I hope you can confirm if this is correct ….

I can′t see any problem with reflashing the PCM using this clone.

Still testing the scanner and will keep updating review…

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How to use Ford VCM2 clone program Ford module

Ford module programming with Ford VCM 2 clone
VCM2 manual: NEW module programming using Ford IDS software

You need Ford IDS software, original or crack

(VCM2 genuine definitely is the best solution, but a high-quality one should work great, not  cheap crappy tools)

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VCM 2 is the new Ford OEM diagnostic tool

When installing a new module, the configuration data must be transferred from the old module beforeit is removed. The new module of Ford IDS Software will then be programmed using this information. Use the followingsteps to download the data from the existing module and program the new module:

Step 1: Select the toolbox tab at the top of the screen

Step 2: Select “Module Programming”

Step 3: Select the tick mark or the Enter key

Step 4: Select “Programmable Module Installation”

Step 5: From the fly out menu, select the type of module to be installed

Step 6: Select the tick mark or the Enter key

Step 7: Make sure that an Internet connection has been established and then select “Confirm”

Step 8: Follow the instructions on the screen. These instructions vary depending on the type ofmodule being installed.

NOTE: Be sure to follow these instructions in the exact order that they are given. Do not remove or install any modules until instructed to do so. Failure to follow the instructions correctly may result in the configuration data received during vehicle identification to program incorrectly or not at all.

Step 8A: If Ford Module Programming was unable to retrieve the configuration data due to either

a non-functioning module or a module which was removed before the data was retrieved, the

application will request that the user obtain information from the Module Build Data (As Built)

database. Access to this database is included in the Ford Module Programming subscription. The

data can be obtained by doing the following:

● Go to the Motorcraft website (www.motorcraft.com)
● Go to the Technical Resources area
● Log in using the User ID and password set up when the subscription to Ford Module

Programming was purchased

● Select “My Subscriptions”
● Select “Ford Module Programming”
● Select “Module Build Data (as Built)”
● Enter the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and select “Submit”
● Write down the information that was requested by the Ford Module Programming

application

● Return to the Ford Module Programming application and enter the requested information

Step 9: If necessary, apply the reprogramming label to the PCM
If an emissions recall has been performed or a required emissions-related TSB has been completed,an Authorized Modification label must be placed on the PCM. These labels can be purchased at the parts counter of a Ford or Lincoln/Mercury dealership.

NOTE: It is the responsibility of the technician to inform the customer that Ford Motor Company will not reimburse the vehicle owner for field service actions that are not completed at a Ford or Lincoln/Mercury dealership.

Step 10: When the “Programming complete” screen appears, select the tick mark or the Enterkey. If PATS initialization is required, Ford Module Programming may automatically link to the PATSparameter reset and/or key relearn procedures. Two ignition keys may be required to complete the

PATS initialization procedure.

Step 10A: If PATS initialization is required and Ford Module Programming did not link to thatfunctionality automatically, go to the Toolbox tab and select “PATS”. Detailed instructionsare provided in Section 6.