Ford Diagnostic Tool Support - VCM, VMM, NGS+, PDS, WDS Diagnostic Tool Support
 


Overview:
Ford Motor Company uses the IDS (Integrated Diagnostic Software) as the full service diagnostic tool.

IDS is a flexible diagnostic tool that utilizes standard computing platforms to work with Ford's VCM and VMM device.

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Hardware:
Ford's IDS tool strategy has the following hardware:

    VCM
    The Vehicle Communication Module (VCM) communicates with Ford vehicles through the 16-pin diagnostic link connector. This device is used by the IDS software and is the core of our diagnostic strategy.

    The use of the IDS software requires a software license, which can be purchased for an additional fee - see IDS Software Licensing.

    VCM II
    The VCM II will be introduced in the second half of 2012. The IDS software will support both the VCM and the VCM II.

    VMM
    The Vehicle Measurement Module (VMM) handles electronic and transducer based measurements. The VMM connected to a laptop offers the following functionality:
  • Ignition System Test
  • Fuel Pressure Test
  • Fuel Leak-down Test
  • Injector Flow Test
  • Secondary Ignition
  • Current Probe Functionality
  • Oscilloscope
  • Digital Multi-Meter

Software Delivery:
The IDS software license includes online access to the IDS software, software updates and calibration files. The IDS DVD will be discontinued in 2012. The Ford IDS software includes vehicle coverage for Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles only.