Of all the purchases any shop owner or techician will make today, technology will be more important than ever. The key to owning a J2534 pass-thru device is the return on your investment.
That key to the return of investment is to put the device to work daily. In other words, don't just purchace the J2534 pass-thru programming device on the off chance you need to update an installed controller or replace a controller. The J2534 device should be used to test every single vehicle that's in the shop for any kind of updates and should be shop policy. Simply, be trained and have trained staff to ensure the device is used.
Ask yourself one question, is the J2534 pass-thru device a good investment? The answer is "definately". Besides providing flash updates for your customers, the same pass-thru device can also be used as a diagnostic interface for live data, reading and clearing fault codes, adaptations, data logging and more depending on the software used. One other feature used much more is that the J2534 pass-thru device can also be a great OBDII scan device. The return on investment means that with one computer, one pass-thru device, multiple software platforms is now the reality.
The most recognized and stable device for manufacurers and the independant shop owners, is the Drew Tech J2534. Two versions are available, the classic CarDAQ-Plus and the advanced CarDAQ-M. The CarDAQ-Plus version is described within this page.
Specifications - Bus Protocols
* CAN Bus (capable of ISO 15765, GMLAN, J1939, and ISO14229)
* 2nd CAN (Dual or Single Wire)
* Ford SCP (J1850PWM)
* GM Class2 (J1850VPW)
* KWP2000 (ISO9141/14230)
* Chrysler SCI (J2610)
SAE J2534 (Feb 2002) and SAE J2534-1 (Dec 2004) and ISO 22900-1 MVCI physical layer
What can it do:
The carDAQ Plus is a full featured J2534 programming tool designed for the independant as well as the manufacturer. The plus version can program in either vehicle or bench top applications. This plus version can also be used as an OBDII and in many instances, perform as a manufacturer specific interface. This interface can data log, monitor and calibrate via OEM programming. For fleet programming and maintanence, the CarDAQ Plus is the tool of choice.