User Guide

USER GUIDE

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Below are steps to perform a flash read and write along with any possible errors that you may encounter.

READ FLASH

Login (if you are not already logged in)

  • Close any existing files
  • Connect your J2534 cable to your OBD2 port in your vehicle (if it is not already attached)
  • Press Flash Vehicle
  • Ensure the vehicles ignition is turned on
  • Press Read Flash

 

  •  Cycle the ignition when prompted to.

 

  • Wait for the flash to read. Approximately 4 minutes on a BA Black Oak PCM, ~1.5 minutes on a BF/FG Spanish Oak PCM
  • Note the vehicle details at the top right, the Template (also known as OSID) is specific to your model of vehicle and what you will be licensing.

 

  • Wait for the success notification:

  

  • Save the file
  • Ensure you are connected to the internet. If not you can come back to this step later by manually clicking the “License Vehicle” button.
  • License the file. Note that if you have a “stock” and “modified” file from a previous vehicle these may have different OSIDs (templates) and hence require a license for each one. In this case only license the file you wish to tune with.

 

Wait for the server to acknowledge and download the new license.

  

Check that the process was successful:

 

 

 

WRITE FLASH

  • Login (if you are not already logged in)
  • Open the file you wish to flash and ensure the “License Status” is “Licensed” under “File Information”.
  • Connect your J2534 cable to your OBD2 port in your vehicle (if it is not already attached)
  • Press Flash Vehicle
  • Ensure the vehicles ignition is turned on
  • Press Write Flash

 

Cycle the ignition

 

Press yes to continue. We have performed large amounts of testing regarding removing power mid flash, flashing corrupted data and all these scenarios have been recoverable with the “Recovery Mode” checkbox. Despite this from a risk mitigation perspective we do not recommend flashing a vehicle in a remote location or when you have no other immediate forms of transportation.

  

Wait for the flash write process to complete.

  

 

 

STOCK FILES

To view a stock version of your vehicle locate the “strategy” field under “File Information” in your file you have opened or read via the “detect vehicle/read flash” dialog.

Now find the corresponding TEC file in the StockFileDatabase.zip and open it.

Note that these files are not automatically updated, we will be updating them online when we perform updates to our templates (Descriptions, units, additional parameters etc). We will have an automated process for ensuring you have the latest stock file in the future. In the mean time if you are unsure download the zip again or send us an email.

 

 

POSSIBLE ERRORS

If you attempt to flash a vehicle with a different VIN to the file you have opened you will be warned the VIN will change. This will require a second license upon reading this file back (3 credits total). Changing the VIN will also mean you have a high chance of EPATS stopping the car from running. We do not recommend doing this unless you have experience disabling EPATS via Forscan/Ford IDS.

The merge functionality mentioned below is not yet implemented. If you click yes the flash will be aborted.

 

Ignition not cycled correctly or ignition left off. A faulty FEPS pin (pin 13 on the OBD2 plug) from your J2534 cable will also cause this. Ebay clones are notorious for not including the FEPS functionality and we do not recommend using them.