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CanadianYeti
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Scan Tool Find

Post by CanadianYeti » Tue Nov 03, 2020 8:47 am

Puttering around on the internet, I happened to stumble across a website offering the GM specific scan tool the techs use called the Tech 2 without having to shell out a good chunk of change. The install is complicated and poorly instructed but seems to be the bee's knees once it works. I haven't purchased the OBD2 interface yet but the program operates exactly like the real scan tool does. The website is www.vxdiagshop.com, and the tool even supposedly offers ecm programming. I scrolled through the menus to double check, and sure enough the vibe was there so it should work! It might even work with matrixes as well. If anyone else has experience with the VXDiag or the program Tech2Win I'd love to hear your opinion.
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zbyers
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Re: Scan Tool Find

Post by zbyers » Wed Nov 04, 2020 6:25 am

I think the challenge you'd have is the Vibe ECU/ECM is actually from Toyota. While GM may have a program that would read Vibe codes, Toyota has the ECU pretty well locked down, so tuning/programming isn't easily done.

That said, I bought a Bluedriver code reader for $100. Recently pulled SRS, ABS, and CEL codes on mom's car. Also has the option of pulling live data. Bought it for my Honda, as my cheap $10 one from eBay won't work on the Hondas or Nissans I have access too.
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andrewclaus
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Re: Scan Tool Find

Post by andrewclaus » Wed Nov 04, 2020 3:43 pm

I have an old copy of Toyota Techstream with the Mini VCI adapter, and it recognizes the Vibe as a Pontiac Vibe. It reads all chassis codes as well. It's only $20, but it needs a Win7 32 bit machine. Based on that experience, you should probably get a Toyota package.

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Re: Scan Tool Find

Post by CanadianYeti » Thu Nov 05, 2020 9:35 am

Thanks for the information! While Tech2Win offers options for things like pulsing the abs module to bleed brakes and component relearns as well as stock ecu programming with a subscription to ACDelco, I will definitely look into techstream as well. So far I've had luck running things on a laptop with linux and a windows emulator, so both might be options for different functions.
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