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Old May 13th, 2018, 17:38   #1
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Default Help with VCDS

Brand new to this. Plug and play? Does not seem so!!
Just took it out of the bag, plugged it in and NOTHING! No instructions, not a single xx thing telling me how to get started.
Green light blinking but nothing on the laptop screen.

I need to check the timing. I put a new crank sensor in and now it has a very very hard time starting.

So what's the deal guys? What do I need to do first?

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Old May 13th, 2018, 17:46   #2
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Go to ross tech to download the software.
http://www.ross-tech.com/
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Old May 13th, 2018, 18:39   #3
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Download successful!
I'll hook up tomorrow and see what kind of trouble I can get into.

Thanks ugenetoo for the quick reply!
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Old May 13th, 2018, 19:00   #4
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Download successful!
I'll hook up tomorrow and see what kind of trouble I can get into.

The first thing you will have to do (after installing the program) is to test the interface. To do this you must plug the cable into your computer and into the car. Turn on the ignition (engine does not need to be started) and start the program. It will tell you to choose "options" and then "test". After the program successfully finds and tests your interface, you then press the "save" button. This will save a config file and you will not have to test your interface again until you update to a newer version of the software. This only takes a few seconds, but it must be done whenever you update the software.


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P.S. If you are the kind of person who actually reads manuals, a complete manual for using the VCDS program can be found here: http://www.ross-tech.net/VCDS/downlo...anual-2015.pdf
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Old May 14th, 2018, 06:13   #5
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I think for that price they provide "support".
You should contact them.
Clones come with no support at all so you are on your own but this is not the case.
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Old May 14th, 2018, 11:23   #6
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Ross-Tech is very helpful and are available by both phone and email. When I first set mine up, IIRC, I called and asked for help and they helped right away and they verified my cable serial number.
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Old May 14th, 2018, 11:55   #7
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Most of us (I think) are self taught. Picking up little gems of information here and there.
They do sell a manual and like Nevada says, they're good with support.
There is some stuff over on the OBDII forum, check out MoGolf's sticky on measuring blocks.
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Old May 15th, 2018, 07:57   #8
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Well I got it working and was able to check some blocks. I took a screenshot but for some reason I am unable to download the photo to my album.
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Old May 15th, 2018, 08:32   #9
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Screen shots are O.K., but in the VCDS software you can save the results to a file.
There are complete instructions for posting pics in my signature. Basically you go to pics.tdiclub.com, log in again, click the Upload button, follow the steps, harvest a URL (link), paste the URL (thumbnails are nice) in your post.
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Old May 15th, 2018, 09:03   #10
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Screen shots are O.K., but in the VCDS software you can save the results to a file.
There are complete instructions for posting pics in my signature. Basically you go to pics.tdiclub.com, log in again, click the Upload button, follow the steps, harvest a URL (link), paste the URL (thumbnails are nice) in your post.
Only problem, photo uploads have not worked since April 26, the last person to do an upload is shown below. I have been trying, and checking for awhile.
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Old May 15th, 2018, 09:24   #11
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Screen shots are O.K., but in the VCDS software you can save the results to a file.
I did save 2 different files, 1 was all the fault codes before I cleared them.

I was able to download photos in the past but apparently there is a problem now. Thanks bwk9087
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Old May 16th, 2018, 11:13   #12
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OK, Don't know how I got this pic to download but here it is.
Is there anything that needs attention?

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Old May 16th, 2018, 11:57   #13
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Check those against the values in the link in Post #7.
There are other group that may have more pertinent info for hard starts.
Then there is this Sitcky from the TDI101 forum-
Car won't start troubleshooting
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Old May 17th, 2018, 07:23   #14
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Thanks BobnOH!
I did check out the link in post 7, I’lI have to go back and look it over again. Actually the hard starting was due to a “brand new” bad crank sensor which was another scenario of troubles, which have been sorta resolved without explanation as to how or why and if it will pop up again. LINK
Right now my focus is getting the timing, horse power and fuel efficiency to optimum or satisfactory levels. And I need to know how to reduce the EGR valve.
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Old May 20th, 2018, 19:55   #15
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Found this at Ross-Teck. So does this mean I can't change the EGR valve? Specifies no can do on PD engines.
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