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How to use Ford FDRS?

how to use ford fdrs

Ford FDRS software stands as a robust diagnostic tool, offering a multitude of functions crucial for technicians engaged in the repair process. However, those new to its intricacies may encounter challenges during operation. In this article, we aim to provide detailed instructions to assist both novices and seasoned professionals in making the most of the Ford FDRS software.

Understanding the Functionality of FDRS

Ford Diagnostic & Repair System (FDRS) represents the latest evolution in diagnostic software customized for Ford Motor vehicles. Compatible with VCI, VCM II, VCMM, and J2534, FDRS delivers comprehensive diagnostics for vehicles manufactured from 2018 onwards. Key functions of the software encompass:

  • Configuring steering angle and injector codes
  • High-pressure pump relearning
  • Regenerating DPF filter
  • Managing exhaust brake system air
  • Throttle position relearning
  • Key settings, both online and offline
  • Offline and online installation of all vehicle control modules

For optimal performance, it is recommended to use computers with the following specifications:

  • Intel Core i5 generation 3 or higher
  • Minimum 4GB RAM
  • SSD with a capacity of at least 120GB
  • Operating system: Windows 10

For laptop diagnostics, consider models such as Dell Latitude 12 rugged extreme 7204, Dell Latitude 14 rugged extreme 7404, Panasonic Toughbook CF 19 MK6, and Panasonic Toughpad CF D1 Tempered Tablet MK3.

Ford FDRS Software User Manual

Connecting Devices

Choose between VCM2 or VCMI to initiate the diagnostic process, with a preference for VCM2 due to its enhanced features. Connect the laptop to the vehicle using the VCM 2 device, and a successful connection is indicated by the appearance of the indicator light.


Using Ford FDRS Software

Opt for a Non-Dealer Account.

non dealer account of ford fdrs

After successful login, select the device manager and click “OK.”

choose device for ford fdrs

Upon successful connection to the device, observe the change in symbol colors from red to green.

color change ford fdrs

The screen will then prompt you to choose between Auto Read VIN from the vehicle or Manual VIN entry.

enter vin ford fdrs

Vehicle information will be displayed.

vehicles information ford fdrs

Utilize the View VMDTCs feature to identify issues in the car:

  • Gray indicates Unresponsiveness
  • Green denotes Responsiveness and Activity
  • Yellow signals Storage DTCs
vmdtcs ford fdrs

The Toolbox tab provides a range of diagnostic testing tools.

Selecting each module refines the available tools for diagnosis.

Tailor the list of tools to display only those relevant to the selected system.

toolbox ford fdrs

Navigate to the Self-Test tab.

Perform error reading (up to 5 functions).

self test ford fdrs tab

Choose the system and click “Run selected test.”

self test result

The result reveals an error in the BCM system.


Examine detailed damage information for BCM.

datalogger ford fdrs

Read data loggers.

actual values of ford vehicles

Review the actual value results.

These step-by-step instructions aim to guide users through the operations of the Ford FDRS software. Should you encounter challenges or seek further advice on this product, please feel free to contact us via WhatsApp at +447309636053.

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