Posts Tagged ‘BMW diagnostic tool’

I-2016 Actia Multidiag Renault/BMW Review: Works OK

سه شنبه, می 16th, 2017

I-2016 Actia Multidiag review… Works perfectly with Renault, BMW, Opel, BMW X5, Citroen C5, Pug 301, American Ford, Audi, etc.

Actia multi diag interface i have

Actia multi diag price: €229.95 (acceptable for me)

Actia multi diag download via obdexpress.co.uk

No need actia multi diag keygen

Actia multi diag review…. here you go.

Renault Clio was my first subject to observe, I connect the Actia multi diag 2016 to under the dashboard steering side OBD connector. It helped erase an engine code, reprogrammed mutlifunction steering angle sensor, code injector. Then VCI enabled to detect some parameters. Here are some pictures I taken. I figured out that Actia multidiag can not only do some basic diagnosis, but also write it as the official tester ecu for any updates, drivers.

The first experience was successfully, but I realized that it ran slow than I imaged. So I decided to dissemble the device and check what the PCB inside look likes. I googled and found a little tutorial on MHHAUTO forum to modify the PCB to make it works faster. Here is the modified PCB.

Actia-Multidiag-renault-Review-1 Actia-Multidiag-renault-Review-2

Second vehicle I tested was a BMW MINI 2011. One client took his car to my garage because the airbag light constantly flashed. I tested it with VCI but no code stored. I checked some other parameters and all fine. Then I disconnected the battery, and did a battery reset for half an hour. The

SRS light went off finally.

Actia-Multidiag-bmw-Review I-2016 Actia Multidiag Renault BMW Review (1)

Also, I have tested other vehicle models, Opel, BMW X5, Citroen C5, Pug 301, American Ford, Audi etc later, mainly French and American brands. I am not sure how it works on Japanese brands.

I still learning and testing other models (Actia multi diag trucks is what i wanna test next week) and will add if necessary.

http://blog.obdexpress.co.uk/2017/05/16/actia-multi-diag-review-works-ok-with-renault-bmw/

Switch-mode K+DCAN cable manual: a lot of reviews of DCAN USB interface

پنجشنبه, آوریل 13th, 2017

How to use/switch/connect to K-Line or Dcan pin 7&8? I have one of those K+DCAN USB cables and I am confused about how to switch the modes of it. Here are good tips i found, of the switch-mode k+dcan usb cable user manual. All i’ve collected just for education.

 

switch-mode-K-DCAN-interface

About the switch-mode K+DCAN interface

I assume the reasons being that on DCAN cars one pin is used for a ethernet connection and the other to the K data line – on K line cars, both pins are connected to K data lines and that creating a switch mode circuit would cost more than the interface is worth. The 2 most sensible options are both hardware-related:-

  1. Use an adapter (such as the one sold by One Stop electronics) which internally bridges pins 7 & 8 or,
  2. Mount a small switch on the OBD plug end of your adapter, which can bridge (for K line) or separate (for DCAN) the connection between pins 7 & 8.

 

Tip: the normal dcan cable vs. switch-mode k+dcan cable:
http://blog.obd2express.co.uk/2016/04/27/2016-new-bmw-kdcan-cable-with-switch-vs-old-inpa-dcan-cable/

 

 

 

– So you have to physically connect (K-Line) or disconnect (DCAN) pin 7&8?

– Yes, I think connection by soldering is a bad option as it limits the usefulness of the interface, I have an adapter but consider a switch to be a better option.

 

 

– Is there anything else to do for switching from K-Line to DCAN then disconnecting pin 7&8? Unfortunately I don’t have a DCAN model available.

– As soon as you connect the interface to the car and your computer, run DCAN.exe to configure the comms rate. I have only used my K+DCAN interface with DCAN cars.

 

 

– Is it necessary to do so every time I want to use DCAN or is the interface staying in DCAN mode once I ran DCAN.exe?

– You only need to run it when you are switching between modes. If you run it the first time you connect to a DCAN car, your computer will retain the settings.

 

 

– How do I switch back to K-Line? Just by connecting the two pins or is further action on the computer required?

– Earlier e39 had both the OBD port in the cabin and the round 20 pin connector under the hood.

 

The OBD port only allowed access to limited modules, I think only the DME in fact.

 

I always switch my K+D CAN adapter between K and D CAN protocols as I need to, depending on the car that I’m connecting to.

I use the DOS version of the DCAN utility. As mentioned if you only use the adapter on the e39, run the utility once and set the adapter to K CAN and leave it at that.

 

In fact thinking about it I use the same adapter for INPA, DIS and ISID.

 

With these K DCAN cables there are two subtle different versions, one with pin 8 enabled, one with it disabled. The one with it disabled is ideal for e90 newer than 03/07 & that era, these leads often come with a black adapter to re-enable the pin 8 (by just tying it to pin 9) so it will also be suitable for e46/e39/e63 etc. The ones with pin 8 active are just older versions of the cable. Worst cast scenario you just need to modify the cable & stuck a switch on it to toggle pin 8 on/off as needed.

 

Finally there are a lot of rubbish adapter cables out there. Finding a good one can be tricky.

 

 

– I have a 2003 E39 so there is no OBD1 anymore. How do you switch the modes physically? Do you use such a adapter to connect Pin 7&8?

  • – If you don‘t plan to use the cable on any cars that have DCAN(2007+) then you can pop open the case and solder a jumper between them. When you do this the DCAN functionality will no longer work though.