Ford Escape 2013 Replace/Program/Calibrate PCM with Maxisys Elite + J2534

Today I am going to share with you a case study on how the Autel owner experience with his first j2534 programming event.

Purpose: Needed the solenoid body id/ strategy code in order to complete a pcm programming

Car: Ford Escape 2013

Device: Autel MaxiSYS Elite and J2534

Background: client secured a new auto body repair contract and was going to attempt his first programming procedure on new pcm module. while assisting him we discovered Ford software was requesting the solenoid body id/ strategy code but could not retrieve this information since it was a new pcm module installed on the vehicle

How to: locate the solenoid body id/strategy code to complete pcm programming procedure

PCM removal

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New PCM module

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Solenoid body tags location

solenoid body tags:

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Problem:

Cannot locate the body id tag

May need outsource to dealer

Loss of reputation/business relationship

Solution:

Get an original PCM

Old PCM module installed

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programmable parameters
transmission
transmission characterization
document id codes

Program the PCM module:

New PCM module installed

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Reset passive anti-theft system (PATS) parameter:

vehicle without keyless entry and push button start for the 2013 escape

turn the ignition key cylinder from OFF to ON
in Maxisys Elite, select Hot function – immo – PATS functions and follow up the screen instructions to enter the PATS security access
from the Elite, select “Parameter Reset” and follow the on-screen instructions
perform the misfire monitor neutral profile correction procedure

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Autel Maxisys Elite Review 2019: Diagnostic tool with ECU Programming-Share from Internet

If you’re looking for nothing less than the best OBD2 scanner on the market, then look no further than the Autel Maxisys elite scan tool. Autel Scanner is well known for their quality scanner. And the Autel Maxisys is well-known for its speed, multi-tasking, and simplicity. The Autel MS908CV scanner has the same features, but less processor power(means a little bit slow). It is the Upgraded Version of Autel Maxisys MS908P Pro. For the many years that I have repaired and maintained different car models and makes in my car repair shop, this has been one of the most reliable scanners that I have used over the years. Read this Autel MaxiSYS Elite review to know more about this advanced diagnostic tool.
Who will buy the Autel Maxisys Elite Diagnostic Tool?

The Autel Maxisys elite diagnostic scanner is the perfect scanner for busy and professional mechanics as well as technicians. Let the price not deter you from acquiring this fast, efficient, and comprehensive diagnostic scan tool. You can also use it on a variety of car brands, and its ergonomic design is fun to have in the hands. The Wi-Fi connection makes updating easy and the large LCD displays make reading and erasing codes to be quick.
Technical Specifications of the Autel Maxisys Elite Scanner
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FAQ Autel MaxiSys Elite Diagnostic Tool with J2534

Q:  What is the difference between Autel MaxiSYS Elite and MaxiSys Pro?

A: MaxiSys elite comes with upgraded Hardware, Docking station, Better resolution screen, overall quicker unit..

The elite model offers more features than the pro version.

You can check detail Autel automotive scanners comparison table below:

FAQ- Autel- MaxiSys- Elite- Diagnostic- Tool- with- J2534

Q: It is original? Do you have warranty?

A:One year quality insurance. you can contact us at any time.

Q:  How about coding keys?

A:Yes, Maxisys elite can do key coding.This is the most advanced tool in automotive market.

Q: Does it come preregistred?

A: No, you should register it with your own ID and password. It only takes a few minutes, very easy to do it.

Q:HOW MANY FREE UPDATES COME WITH PURCHASE OF MAXISYS ELITE.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF I DO NOT UPDATE IT,OR IF I WANT TO UPDATE IT AFTER A YEAR OR TWO

A:It comes with one year free update. And you can still use it if you do not wanna to upgrade it.

Q:Which J2534 ECU Programmer the Pro or the Elite?

A: The J2534 programmer for the Pro and the Elite have no function difference. There are 2 versions of the MaxiFlash Pro. The original unit has an antenna and new unit (MaxiFlash Elite) is smaller without the antenna.

MaxiSys Elite Special Functions

These functions of MaxiSys Elite perform various component adaptations, allowing you to recalibrate or configure certain components after making repairs or replacement.

The main section of the Adaptation Operation screen displays a list of operational and vehicle status information, which mainly consists of four parts:

1.The first part in the top line shows the description of the operation being performed, and the execution status is displayed on the right, such as Completed, or Activated, etc.

2.The second part shows the preconditions or requirements for executing the operation being selected.
The third part displays the current conditions of the OBD2 Scanner control module being learned for comparison to the preconditions suggested by the second part. If the current condition of the control module is out of the suggested limit value, you must adjust the vehicle condition to meet the requirement

3.The third part displays the current conditions of the vehicle control module being learned for comparison to the preconditions suggested by the second part. If the current condition of the control module is out of the suggested limit value, you must adjust the vehicle condition to meet the requirement.

4.The last part displays the instruction of how to use the functional button at the lower right corner of the screen to manipulate the teach-in operations.
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Read the information carefully and check the Autel Scanner condition accordingly, when you are sure that the vehicle is ready to perform the adaptation, simply follow the instruction provided to make appropriate selections. When the operation is done, an execution status message such as Completed, Finished or Successful, displays.

Tap the ESC button to exit the function.

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If the MaxiSys Display Tablet is not connected to the VCI device, an “Error” message displays. An “Error” message indicates the display tablet is not communicating with the Autel MaxiSYS Elite, and so cannot gain access to the vehicle control module. In this case, you need to do the following check-ups:

1.Check if the VCI device is powered on.
2.In case of wireless connection, check if the network is configured correctly, or if the right device has been paired.
3.If during the diagnosis process, the communication is suddenly interrupted due to the loss of signal, check if there is any object that causes signal interruption.
4.Check if the VCI device is properly positioned. It is recommended to put the VCI device with the front side up.
5.Try standing closer to the VCI device to obtain more stable signals, and faster communication speed.

6.In case of wired connection, check the cable connection between the display tablet and the VCI device.
7.Check if the green LED on the VCI device is illuminated for BT, Ethernet, or USB.
8.Check if the Error LED on the Autel Maxisys device is on, this may indicate there is a communication error between the devices, in this case try re-establishing the connection again; if this does not work, there may be a hardware problem with the device, in this case contact for technical support.

B If the VCI device is unable to establish a communication link, a prompt message displays with check instructions. The following conditions are the possible causes for this massage to display:

1.The Diagnostic Scanner VCI device is unable to establish a communication link with the vehicle.
2.You’ve selected a system for testing that the vehicle is not equipped Incorrect vehicle identification was entered.
3.There is a loose connection
4.There is a blown vehicle fuse.?
5.There is a wiring fault on the vehicle, or the data cable or adapter.
6.There is a circuit fault in the data cable or adapter.
7.Incorrect vehicle identification was entered

MaxiSys Elite Powering Up

Press the Lock/Power button on the top right side of the display tablet to switch the unit on. The system boots up, and shows the lock screen. Pressing the inner ring with a Lock icon at the center displays 3 entry options:

1.Unlock – Drag the inner ring to the right edge of the circle to enter the Android System’s Home Screen.

2.MaxiSys — Drag the inner ring to the bottom edge of the circle to enter the MaxiSys Job Menu.

3.Camera – Drag the inner ring to the left edge of the circle to launch the camera.

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1.Application Buttons

2.Locator and Navigation Buttons

3.System Status Icons

4.App Switcher

NOTE: The screen is locked by default when you first turn on the display tablet. It is recommended to lock the screen to protect information in the system and reduce battery usage.

Almost all operations on the display tablet are controlled through the touch screen. The Autel Scan Tool touch screen navigation is menu driven, which allows you to quickly locate the test procedure, or data that you need; through a series of choices and questions. Detailed descriptions of the menu structures are found in the chapters for the various applications.

Application Buttons

The Application buttons configure the Autel MaxiSYS Elite Scan Tool for the type of operation or activity to be performed. The table below gives brief descriptions of the available applications.

Use the stylus pen or your finger tip to select an application from the Job Menu.

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Locator and Navigation Buttons
Operations of the Navigation buttons at the bottom of the screen are described in the table below:

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System Status Icons

These are the standard status icons of the Android operating system. Your MaxiSys display tablet is a fully functional Android Pad. Refer to Android documentation for additional information.
By tapping on this area (bottom right corner), a Shortcuts Panel will be displayed, on which you are allowed to set various system settings of the tablet. Operations of each button on the panel are described in the table below:

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App Switcher

1.The App Switcher can be enabled or disabled on Android System Settings. Short pressing this button opens a control panel.
2.Tapping a specific app shortcut button enables you to switch directly to the selected application screen.
3.Long pressing a specific app shortcut button displays the app menu, on which you can select and change the app shortcut.
Pressing and dragging the App Switcher around allows you to change the button position alongside the edge of the screen

4.Powering Down
All vehicle communications must be terminated before shutting down the MaxiSys display tablet. A warning message displays if you attempt to shut down while the VCI unit is communicating with the Car Scanner Tool. Forcing a shut down while communicating may lead to ECM problems on some vehicles. Exit the Diagnostics application before powering down.

5.To power down the MaxiSys tablet:
a)Press and hold the Lock/Power Button.
b) Tap OK; the tablet will turn off in a few seconds.

My using experience about Autel MaxiSYS Elite

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I have been a Ford Master Technician for 30 years and used about every brand diagnostic scanner over the years and this one is hands down the best and most universal scanner I have used to date! Never once have I had an issue with the Blue Tooth connection between the scanner and the VCM II unlike what we use at Ford. Programs keys perfectly, bi-directional controls work flawless and is very fast processing of live data….WAY faster than Snap On Versus and the software especially for Ford is almost identical to Fords software with the IDS we use at the dealership…I actually prefer my Autel over the IDS now.

Autel Scanner would not connect with some vehicles, then with all vehicles. This cable solved the issues, and now all is well. As the site says, have a spare on hand. It will keep you from being out of the game and it is the common failure point due to USER “use” (or abuse…LOL)

The scanner can be charged with the charge cable or you can plug the charge cable into the stand and then simply set the scanner in and out of the stand as needed and it stays charged when docked between uses. I have it set up on my shops WiFi and it lets me know when there are updates and they update often which I also like.

The Autel MaxiSYS Elite can also be used as a tablet, has great resolution and does everything Snap On’s scanners do for a fraction of the price!

This is a nice heavy unit, not cheap and doesn’t feel cheap in your hands, comes with about every adapter you could ever need foreign and domestic for PCM hook up and can be easily expanded for oscilloscope and other options.

It is an amazing product, I would to thank to the people that helped me with my scanner I really appreciate it. The Professional Diagnostic Tool works very well and I’m happy with it. My only complaint is that I didn’t try one much sooner!!!
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Autel’s MaxiSYS Elite Offers Faster Processor, New Docking Station

The Autel MaxiSYS Elite J2534 ECU Program is the latest addition to Autel’s MaxiSYS family of diagnostic tools.

The new Elite features a faster processor, higher screen resolution, faster WiFi, longer battery life and Android’s 4.3 operating system.

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The Elite’s VCI (Vehicle Communications Interface) utilizes Autel’s sophisticated J-2534 interface for expansion.

The tool includes an all-new docking station, which holds the Elite at a perfect viewing angle while charging it conveniently on your toolbox or cart.

With the Autel MaxiSYS, technicians get two years of updates and warranty and have access to a dedicated Elite tech support team for faster response.

The Elite utilizes Autel’s powerful diagnostic system software.

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Autel’s most complete diagnostic tool for cars sold in the USA is the Autel Elite.   This model replaced the Autel MS908 Pro about a year ago.   Amazon, eBay and other websites are selling the same model for about $50 more that Best Value Company.   Although we collect sales tax on sales made to California customers, Amazon will collect sales tax to all customers in states where sales tax is applicable.

The Autel Elite features a charging cradle (sometimes called a charger or docking station).   The Autel Tool is wireless via Bluetooth.   The tablet uses a standard Android operating system so you are able to watch YouTube videos or browse the web.