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Hidden-Power’s VCDS-Lite Guide


Contents
VCDS version comparison ....................................................................................................................... 2
Download VCDS-Lite unregistered version ............................................................................................. 5
Installing VCDS-Lite ................................................................................................................................. 6
Installing the 3rd party interface ............................................................................................................ 8
Changing the Port number................................................................................................................ 11
Using VCDS-Lite for the first time. ........................................................................................................ 13
Dual Map switching............................................................................................................................... 15
Using VCDS for Data logging ................................................................................................................. 18
Groups ............................................................................................................................................... 21
001 Injection Quantity ..................................................................................................... 21
002 Idle Speed ................................................................................................................. 21
003 MAF .......................................................................................................................... 21
004 Injection Quantity Timing ......................................................................................... 21
005 Starting Conditions ................................................................................................... 21
007 Temperatures – Fuel, Intake Air Temp (IAT), Coolant Temp (ECT) .......................... 21
008 Injection Quantity based on Drivers Wish, Torque Limiter, Smoke Limiter ............. 22
011 Boost Pressure .......................................................................................................... 22
015 Fuel Consumption..................................................................................................... 22
020 Torque ...................................................................................................................... 22
Data Logging for Hidden-Power’s email file service remaps ............................................................ 23
Analysing the data in MS Excel ............................................................................................................. 24
Turbocharger Setup .............................................................................................................................. 25
Stop screw ......................................................................................................................................... 25
Basic setting test ........................................................................................................................... 26
Stop screw effects? ........................................................................................................................... 28
Is my car already remapped? ................................................................................................................ 29
Example Boost PD130 – ASZ/BLT .................................................................................................. 29
Injection Quantity ......................................................................................................................... 30
ECU Controller – Coding........................................................................................................................ 31
Address 19: CAN Gateway ............................................................................................................ 31

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VCDS version comparison

http://www.ross-tech.com/vag-com/vag-functions.html

Function Chart / Feature Comparison

"New" VAS
VCDS-Lite Shareware VCDS Full Version
Function
VAS-505x $5-15k $0.00 - $99 $249 - $699
Number

Function Number / Name

00 Auto-Scan 1001.01 Registered Version Only Yes

01 Control Unit Info Yes Yes

02 Read Fault Codes 004.01 Limited unless Registered Yes

03 Output Tests 005 Registered Version Only Yes

Selective Output Tests 005 No Yes

04 Basic Settings 006 Registered Version Only Yes

05 Clear Fault Codes 004.10 Yes Yes

06 Close Controller 022 Yes Yes

007 (Service 1A)


07 Code Module Yes Yes
008 (Service 22)

007 (Service 1A)


Code Slave Modules No Yes
008 (Service 22)

010.02
08 Measuring Blocks (KW1281) Limited unless Registered Yes
011

09 Single Reading 010.01 Yes Yes

10 Adaptation Limited unless registered Yes


012

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014 (long)

11 Login
(called Coding II 015.01 Yes Yes
under KWP-2000)

15 View Readiness 020.01 Yes Yes

16 Security Access 015.02 Registered Version Only Yes

18 Supported Codes No Yes

33 Generic OBD-II No Yes

Freeze-Frame Data Registered Version Only Yes

Dual K-Line Support Yes Yes

7-Digit PINs (VAS only) 020.07 Registered Version Only Yes

Code Database current


Current through ~2006 Yes
through MY 2012

Diagnostics via direct CAN Yes


No
connection (with CAN Interface)

Transport Mode (VAS 1001.03 (on) Yes


No
Only) 1001.04 (off) (with HEX+CAN Interface)

Advanced Measuring
No Yes
Values

Guided Readiness Scripts No Yes

Support for Dual ECUs No Yes

Data Logging Yes


Limited unless registered
(Factory tools cannot do this!)

HighSpeed DataLogging Yes


No
(Factory tools cannot do this!) (with HEX Interface)

Real-Time Graphs Limited unless registered Yes


(Factory tools cannot do this!)

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Real-Time Gauges Limited unless registered Yes


(Factory tools cannot do this!)

Graphic TDI Timing


Checker Registered Version Only Yes
(Factory tools cannot do this!)

Control Module Finder Yes Yes


(Factory tools cannot do this!)

Automated Service Reset


No Yes
(SRI)

GeKo/Fazit on-line access


to Immobilizer Codes and No No
Component Protection

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Download VCDS-Lite unregistered version

You will need to download the unregistered (shareware) version of VCDS-Lite from Ross-Tech

http://www.ross-tech.com/vcds-lite/download/index.html

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Installing VCDS-Lite

1. Run the VCDS-Lite-1.2-Installer.exe.

2. Click Next.

3. Accept the license agreement and click next.

4. Click Install

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5. Un-tick Run VCDS Now and click Finish.

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Installing the 3rd party interface

1. Right click Computer on your desktop and go to manage.

2. Select Device Manager on the left hand side.

3. Plug in your 3rd party interface. You will now see USB Serial Port appear under Other Devices.

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4. It you leave it for a few minutes then Windows should auto install the relevant drivers. If it
works the USB Serial Port should disappear from Other Devices.

If you expand Ports (COM & LPT) you should now see USB Serial Port (COM#). In my example it
appears as USB Serial Port (COM4)

5. Right click USB Serial Port (Com#) and click Properties.

6. Go to the Port Setting tab and check the following is listed.

7. Click Advanced. And check the following is listed.

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8. Click OK twice.

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Changing the Port number

This section is to explain how to change the port number for your 3rd party interface. This could be
for personal reason or if the number is greater than 4 which is not recognised by VCDS.

1. Right click Computer on your desktop and go to manage.

2. Select Device Manager on the left hand side. Expand Ports (COM & LPT), select your USB Serial
Port, right click and click Properties.

9. Go to the Port Setting tab.

10. Click Advanced.

Here you can change the COM Port Number by selecting the drop down and selecting a
number.

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Using VCDS-Lite for the first time.

1. Connect your 3rd party cable to your laptop and your car’s OBDII port.

2. Load VCDS-Lite by using the Desktop shortcut or from the Start Menu.

3. Click Options above the first use message.

4. Choose the COM# that matches your 3rd party interface. In my case it’s COM4.

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5. Click Test. If everything is connected properly then you will get a success message. Click OK.

6. Click Save. In my screen shot its greyed out but this is due to me not being connected to the
car.

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Dual Map switching

This feature should only be used if you’ve had a remap that enables this function. Example is a
remap from John Jones at Hidden-Power.

1. Load VCDS-Lite.

2. Click Select under Select Control Module.

3. Select Engine.

4. Under Soft Coding make a note of the number. In this example its 000102.

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5. Select Recode – 07.

6. Change the Software Coding’s last digit to the other ECU block code which in this example is
00105. So change the 2 to a 5.

7. Select Do it!

8. Select Close Controller.

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9. Switch off the ignition.

10. Switch on the ignition.

11. Scan the engine ECU. Notice the Soft Coding has now changed to 00105.

Congratulation you have switched maps

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Using VCDS for Data logging

This guide is to help fellow enthusiasts on how to use Ross-Tech’s VCDS-Lite as a data logging tool.
This can be helpful for diagnosing engine related issues and also effects on performance
modifications.

This guide is aimed at VAG cars fitted with the Bosch EDC15P ecu.

1. Open VCDS Lite.

2. Click Select under Select Control Module.

3. Select Engine

4. Select Meas Blocks - 08

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5. Select which Group you want to log. For this example we’ll select Group 003.

To achieve the best sample rate, its best to log only one group at a time.

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6. Select Log.

Using the browse button, select the destination to where you want to save the log. Default location
is C:\Ross-Tech\VCDS-Lite\Logs

7. When you’re ready to begin logging, select Start.

Now go for a drive to capture the data.

8. When you’re ready to stop logging, select Stop.

9. Select Done, Close.

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Groups

Below is a list of some of the most common groups you can use for collecting engine information.

001 Injection Quantity

002 Idle Speed

003 MAF

004 Injection Quantity Timing

005 Starting Conditions

007 Temperatures – Fuel, Intake Air Temp (IAT), Coolant Temp (ECT)

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008 Injection Quantity based on Drivers Wish, Torque Limiter, Smoke Limiter

011 Boost Pressure

015 Fuel Consumption

020 Torque

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Data Logging for Hidden-Power’s email file service remaps

If you’ve purchased an email file service remap from Hidden-Power, then you will need to carry out a
number of data logging runs to capture data from many of the engines sensors and ECU output
information.

The following groups are required to be data logged for the initial remap process.

 Group 003 - MAF sensor


 Group 011 - MAP sensor
 Group 004 - Fuelling
 Group 020 - Torque

Further logging will be required after the initial remap, however Hidden-Power will instruct on whats
needed.

All data logging must be carried out using either 3rd or 4th gear using wide open throttle (WOT) from
around 1500rpm through to the redline. Please find a suitable safe road to carry out the data
logging.

Once you have completed the initial 5 runs. Send the csv files to hidden-power@hotmail.co.uk

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Analysing the data in MS Excel

VCDS saves the log files with the .csv extension. These can be opened in spread sheet programs such
as Microsoft Office Excel.

1. Open the .CSV file in Excel.

2. I normally copy the specific data I want to analyse and paste it into a new tab. This example is
data logged from group 11 (MAP sensor). So I have entered the data into a line graph to show
requested against actual over RPM.

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Turbocharger Setup

Stop screw

This guide is to help fellow enthusiasts check their current setting for their turbochargers stop screw
for turbochargers fitted to the VAG TDI’s. It can also be used for setting up the stop screw on
reconditioned or new turbochargers. It can also be used to help troubleshooting boost issues by
showing if the actuator/vacuum system is working as intended.

The stop screw is used to prevent the vanes on a VNT turbocharger from fully closing. It does this by
creating a stop point for the actuator. The actuator controls the vanes movement. Adjusting the stop
screw changes the gap of the vanes in there closed position.

The image below shows a break down on a BMW turbocharger.

 Actuator arm.
 Stop screw (Endstop).
 VNT arm.

This image shows the vanes in their open and closed position.

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For more VNT information please see the Honeywell site.

http://turbo.honeywell.com/our-technologies/vnt-turbochargers/

Basic setting test

1. Click Select under Select Control Module.

2. Select Engine

3. Select Basic Settings – 04

4. Choose Group 11 and click Go.

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Engine RPM will now increase to 1400rpm and the ECU will cycle the Actuator from OFF
(vanes fully open) and ON (vanes fully closed).

5. Like measuring block, you can save the data to a log file so you can review in Excel later.

While the actuator is cycling from ON (closed 0.0%) and OFF (Open 99.6%) you will see the Actual
intake pressure changing. The different between the pressures indicates how closed the vanes are in
the ON position.

Example from a 2004 Skoda Fabia vRS 1.9 TDI PD130 fitted with a KKK BV39 turbocharger.

 Vanes fully open (OFF 99.6%) = 984 mbar


 Vanes fully closed (ON 0.0%) = 1128 mbar

Different between = 1128 – 984 = 144 mbar. You want to aim between 120 – 180 mbar.

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Stop screw effects?

If the stop screw is too far in, it will result in the actuator arm stopping before the vanes are at their
optimal closed position (ON 0.0%). This will mean a delay in the turbocharger building boost.

Example below is taken from a VAG 1.9 TDI PD130 fitted with a hybrid Garrett GT1749VB running a
standard map.

 Vanes fully open (OFF 99.6%) = 972 mbar


 Vanes fully closed (ON 0.0%) = 984 mbar

Different between = 984 – 972 = 12 mbar.

2500 70

60
2000
50
1500 40 Spec

30 Act
1000
N75
20
500
10

0 0
1638 1785 1953 2121 2331 2583 2856 3108 3360 3612 3843 4053 4242 4410 4557

If the stop screw is too far out, it will result in the actuator arm closing the vanes too much. This will
mean a higher boost pressure reading when the vanes are fully closed (ON 0.0%) and thus a greater
difference between ON and OFF. The turbocharger will build boost quickly however it will result in
high exhaust manifold pressure (EMP) during the building of the boost pressure.

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Is my car already remapped?

So I see many thread posted on internet forums with the question “Is my car remapped?”

Well if you’ve got VCDS then you’re in luck assuming you know the stock cars details. By simply
carrying out some wide open throttle logs in either 3rd or 4th gear you can compare your findings.

Example Boost PD130 – ASZ/BLT

A stock PD130 requests 2340mbar of boost. Below is taken from an ASZ PD130.

3000

2500

2000

1500 REQ

1000 ACT

500

Example of a remapped car.

3000

2500

2000

1500 REQ
ACT
1000

500

0
1449 1596 1806 2100 2394 2688 2940 3213 3444 3675 3885 4074 4263 4431 4557 4683 4788

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Here’s a list of some stock requested boost pressures.

 PD100 – 2100mbar
 PD130 – 2340mbar
 PD150 – 2500mbar
 PD160 – 2550mbar

Injection Quantity

The below numbers are the stock Injection Quantity as requested by a stock ECU. If you log group 1
in VCDS then you will be able to compare.

RPM PD100 RPM PD130 ASZ RPM PD130 BLT


1950 44.00 1900 56.00 1900 59.50
2000 43.30 2016 55.00 2016 56.70
2250 44.10 2247 53.50 2247 56.80
2500 44.20 2499 52.50 2499 54.50
2750 42.60 2750 51.50 2750 51.80
3000 41.60 3000 51.00 3000 50.30
3250 41.30 3250 50.00 3250 49.60
3500 37.44 3500 49.25 3500 49.95
3800 34.34 3750 48.00 3750 49.00
4000 31.40 4000 47.00 4000 47.90
4200 28.22 4250 44.00 4250 42.90
4500 21.04 4500 38.00 4500 38.00

RPM PD150 RPM PD160


1900 56.00 1900 60.00
2016 55.50 2016 59.00
2247 54.50 2247 59.00
2500 54.00 2499 59.00
2750 54.00 2750 59.00
3000 54.00 3000 59.00
3250 54.00 3250 59.00
3500 54.00 3500 59.00
3750 54.00 3750 59.00
4000 54.00 3999 54.00
4250 48.50 4250 49.50
4500 43.00 4500 45.00

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ECU Controller – Coding

Address 19: CAN Gateway

Example of VCDS scan.

Address 19: CAN Gateway Labels: 6N0-909-901-19.lbl


Part No: 6N0 909 901
Component: 003D GATEWAY CAN 1S34
Coding: 00014
Shop #: WSC 13765
VCID: F0EFAD86B04DE19EE43-5140

The coding number is made up of the following.

Control units on data BUS drive Coding number


Automatic gearbox 00001
ABS 00002
Airbag 00004
Power-assisted steering 00008

Add up the coding numbers of the fitted control unit to give the coding number.

Example.

ABS (00002) + Airbag (00004) + Power Steering (00008) = 00014

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