Ford diagnostics and programming: ELS27 adapter with Forscan and Ford VCM2 with IDS – which one is better?
Ideas from the experienced users…here you go
Forscan is designed for people who want to tinker with settings, clear codes and customize the electronics in their vehicles.
Online software update and keep software latest always. Online firmware update. USB 802.11 selectable host communication. Support ELM327 software by one device. SVCI J2534 Support Softwares: J2534 Ford IDS V118 Mazda IDS V118 Toyota TIS V15.00.026 Land Rover/Jaguar SDD2 V159 SVCI J2534 Support ELM327 Softwares: ELMconfig Forscan. Oct 17, 2017 Firmware for home made ECU/PCM (Electronic Fuel Injection & ignition controller) for 2006 Ford Mustang car.It also supports vehicle's CAN bus to exchange data with smart junction box unit (gauge cluster && a/c). Project is based on megasquirt project, it uses same tuning tools (megatune/TunerStudio MS). There are three CPUs in total, so project contains three diferent.
FORD/MAZDA SVDI J2534 Diagnostic Tool Supported software for SVCI J2534: Ford IDS V113 Mazda IDS V113 Toyota TIS V13.00.022 Land Rover/Jaguar SDD2 V154.01 ELM327 V2.4.12 ELM327 V2.1 (Notice: only support few part elm327 software, such as scanmaster software) Fly SVDI J2534 VCI Supported software for ELM327: ScanMaster-ELM V2.4.12 PCMSCAN V2.1. Ford VCM 2 IDS 1 Year Software Dealer License Autel AutoLink AL519 OBD2 Scanner Enhanced Mode 6 Car Diagnostic Tool Check Engine Code Reader CAN Scan.
Ford IDS is designed for people to do things exactly the way the manual says – it’s pretty clear that it won’t let you color outside the lines. IDS is much more capable than Forscan, but for most people that doesn’t really matter.
Price and use:
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For middle road stuff, Forscan it’s cheaper and easier.
If you register for an extended license it can perform module programming, pats functions, cal steering angle, dpf regens any incodes required are generated
when you perform whatever task you are doing, it will ask if you want Forscan to generate code or if you want to use an external code generator
so far I have found it easier to do basic stuff on
but IDS still has the edge for adding extra’s on like cruise and snowflake as the engineering menu gives you plain text options to add whereas Forscan has to be played with to change parameters.
If someone could do a spreadsheet comparing file details before and after pcm/bcmi software changes it would make the need for IDS nearly redundant
If you have good luck with decent IDS crack, you’ll have no problem with any issues on Ford diagnosis and programming. The crack has no license requirement.
Forscan works with J2534 adapters incl. VCM2, MVCI, GNA600, VXDIAG, but it’s easier if you use a OBD2 connection – you use an ELS27 adapter – and unless you have the VCM for some other reason. ELS27 is the way cheaper too. One thing to note – Ford uses multiple CAN protocols in their modern vehicles. If you’re buying an OBD2 connection tool, make sure it can read the MS CAN signals.
IDS works perfectly with VCM2 also, genuine or good china clone. You can use WiFi for basic obd2 diagnosis, key making, ECU reprogramming and programming. Beside, IDS can work with a lot of auto diagnostic tools, such as VCM IDS3, VXDIAG VCX NANO Ford, etc.
For module initializing and updating I personally think I’d trust IDS more.
Forscan is a backward engineered program and I brown trousered myself when I did something with it iirc.
Laptop and mobile compatibility:
Forscan can be used in a PC or a mobile (Android or iOS). The main program is for windows (with a version that runs via Wine on Linux, MacOS, and BSD)(Free) then there’s a “lite” version for android/and Iphone (paid)
To unlock the full potential of Forscan, you need the extended license(Free, valid for 3 months at a time)) requires an account on the Forscan Forums. you can generate a new extended key any time.
But it is better to use a laptop on windows operating system Forscan is available for android mobile devices and others but doesn’t have full functionality
Forscan on MacOS:
Forscan on Windows 10:
IDS is usually used on a laptop, but someone also install the old version on an iOS mobile.
IDS on Windows 7:
IDS v86 on an iOS mobile:
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Some Ford vehicles equipped with diesel engines feature the ability to perform an Operator-Commanded Regeneration(OCR) of the vehicle’s diesel particulate filter. As long as the vehicle is stationary, and outdoors, away from any combustible materials, the diesel particulate filter can be cleaned in approximately 10 to 30 minutes. This may be especially useful for fleets and private owners who do a lot of low-speed or stop-and-go driving.
Here is a easy step-by-step guide on how to perform OCR(Operator Commanded Regeneration) with Ford IDS manually.Hope this simple guide is helpful.
In which situation you need to perform OCR?
Use the OCR feature when the DRIVE TO CLEAN EXHAUST FILTER message appears in the message center and:
• the operator is not able to drive in manner that allows effective automatic cleaning (active regeneration),
• or the operator instead wishes to manually start regeneration (cleaning) of the DPF while the vehicle is idle (stationary).
What you need to perform Ford OCR?
1. A laptop
2. Ford IDS Software.(Ford IDS v106 software, free download)
3. A hardware to run Ford IDS,such as:VCM II,VXDAIG Ford…
Procedures Of Performing Ford OCR?
1. Install Ford IDS on you laptop.
Read:(Ford IDS Software Installation Guide (Original & Crack))
2. Connect your hardware to vehicle,and then launch Ford IDS software.
3. Select Toolbox-Powertrain-Service Funtions-DPF manual regeneration also, keep drilling down to Diesel particulate regeneration system- DPF manual regeneration.
4. One or both of those will be changed to “Yes”
5. Go to the gauge display on the IC, and the regen % will be on the third page. The 4th will still be blank.
I haven’t dicked around with it in awhile, but I’m sure that I will be able to OCR in the near future without going through the Edge module.
Some info about Ford Operator Commanded Regeneration from related ford forum:
A:That option is only on the chassis-cabs. Most of those trucks are company owned and do a lot of idling. When they do get a chance for an extended drive, being able to start a regen can eliminate a lot of problems with a drive to clean message. I wish this would be an option on the pickups, so many regens start only a few miles before you reach your destination.
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B:Looks like ford is offering this option on the 2013 XL and XLT model pickups. While building a truck on line it does come up as a option under interior equipment. Doing a google search on it,i found that the truck must be in park,at normal tempature, and have at least 18 tank of fuel.
C:OCR has been available on XL & XLT’s PU’s since Job 2 2011’s.