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  1. I am embarrassed to say this but I cant be the only one asking this. I have the Durametric cable and I know it can do a lot more than just finding faults and clearing them. I am hoping we can get a list of functions/uses/definitions going for everyones use (example resetting adaptations, live logs and interpreting the data etc). I found 2 links which were pretty good for the basics... http://www.planet-9.com/reviews/electronics/p383-durametric-tutorial-part-1-3a-the-basics.html http://www.planet-9.com/reviews/electronics/p384-durametric-tutorial-part-2-3a-advanced-functions.html (From planet-9) INTRODUCTION Durametric is a small company which produces a Porsche diagnostic tool for use by independent service shops or individual enthusiasts, and is as close as one can come to owning the equivalent of the PIWIS system that dealer service departments use, for thousands of dollars less. Unfortunately, Durametric provides very little in the way of documentation or tutorials in the use of their tool, which is part of the reason I have decided to write this primer. Some of the information on their website has not been updated for some time, however you can find some help at the following links as well:http://www.durametric.com/Durametric...stallGuide.pdfhttp://www.durametric.com/Durametric...ion_Manual.pdfhttp://www.durametric.com/Demos.aspxhttp://www.durametric.com/faq.aspx The Durametric Diagnostic Tool is comprised of 2 parts: the Durametric cable, and the Durametric software. The software is available for free and can be downloaded to your computer (Windows only) from their website here: http://www.durametric.com/versionhistory.aspx (Note: they are currently on Version 6.* of their software; they still offer 5.* also, for owners of one of their first generation cables. Version 5 will still run on newer cables, but this tutorial will primarily focus on Version 6 software). In order to run the Durametric software, you have to purchase one of their proprietary cables from them (or a 3rd party distributor, e.g. Softronic, Vivid Racing, etc). There are 2 types of cables: the Enthusiast and the Professional cable. The Enthusiast cable is limited to use on 3 different vehicles (by VIN number), and does not allow for Coding changes to the DME (ECU). The Professional cable has unlimited licenses, and can perform Coding functions almost identical to a PIWIS computer. It is also much more expensive than the Enthusiast version. The cable connects the OBDII port on your car to the computer via USB connector (it will usually be necessary to use a laptop to accomplish this). This image has been resized. Click this bar to view the full image. The original image is sized 800x600. This image has been resized. Click this bar to view the full image. The original image is sized 800x600. USING THE DURAMETRIC TOOL 1. Download and install the software on your Windows laptop as described in their instructions here: http://www.durametric.com/Durametric...stallGuide.pdf 2. Locate the OBD II port and plug in the cable connector - it can only fit one way, and there should be a little "click" from the retaining tab when you have pushed it in sufficiently. This image has been resized. Click this bar to view the full image. The original image is sized 788x591. This image has been resized. Click this bar to view the full image. The original image is sized 800x600. This image has been resized. Click this bar to view the full image. The original image is sized 800x600. 3. Connect the USB end of the cable to your computer. Turn on the car's ignition - it is not necessary to start the car (though you can if you are going to use the "Actual Values" function for real time data logging). A green indicator light should appear on the cable OBDII dongle to indicate it is connected. 4. Open the Durametric program; if your cable is authorized and connected properly, it will automatically determine the model/year/VIN info of your car. You should get a screen similar to below: This image has been resized. Click this bar to view the full image. The original image is sized 800x640. (I have highlighted Engine Module, because that is where we start in the next section)BASIC ENTHUSIAST APPLICATIONSNOTE: IMPROPER USE OF THIS TOOL COULD LEAD TO MALFUNCTION OF YOUR DME AND/OR OTHER FUNCTIONS OF YOUR CAR!1. Check Over-Revs - Useful to check on your car, or a car you are contemplating buying. Click on Engine Module (see above) and it will open up a submenu; select "Information", and you will see a screen with info similar to below: This image has been resized. Click this bar to view the full image. The original image is sized 800x591. This shows the so-called "over-revs" as number of ignitions in Ranges 1-6. Range 1 usually reflects hitting the redline, with Range 2 ignitions usually being attributed to "bouncing off the rev limiter". Range 3 and higher ignitions are a little more concerning (especially 4-6, which may indicate a significant over-rev event).2. Check and Clear Fault Codes - There are a couple of ways to check for existing fault codes (e.g. from a CEL or check engine light): under each module you will find a menu selection for "Fault Codes" and "Erase Fault Codes". If you click on a module which has a fault code you will see a report similar to below: This image has been resized. Click this bar to view the full image. The original image is sized 800x493. The red (!) usually indicates a fault which requires some kind of action to correct; the yellow (!) is more for information only. Fault codes can be erased by clicking "Erase Fault Codes", but a word of CAUTION: Do not erase the fault code if it is something you don't understand, or if you anticipate that you will be taking it to a dealer/service shop for, since that may affect their ability to diagnose the problem. This image has been resized. Click this bar to view the full image. The original image is sized 800x478. In the case above, my fault codes were related to disconnecting/connecting the thorax airbags on my seats, so I was comfortable in erasing the fault codes. Alternatively, you can check all the modules for faults by selecting "Short Test All Modules" under the Functions tab on the menu bar (see below); you can also select "Clear Faults in all Modules" to erase any fault codes present, but again, only if you are sure of what you are doing. This image has been resized. Click this bar to view the full image. The original image is sized 800x640. 3. Reset Service Reminder - if you do your own servicing (e.g. oil changes, etc.) on your car, you can reset the programmed Service Reminder that appears on the instrument display using Durametric. Go to the Instrument Cluster module and select "Commands" from the submenu, and you should see the following screen: This image has been resized. Click this bar to view the full image. The original image is sized 800x510. Click on "Reset Service Interval Display" - your instrument panel lights should go off for a few seconds and then return, indicating that it has been reset to the pre-programmed service mileage for your car. _________________________________________________ http://www.durametric.com/default.aspx
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