J2534 Resources

This video provides an excellent overview of the requirements for J2534 programming and scan tool diagnostics:




Essentially, you need these items:


- A PC running a version of Windows (usually 7 or 10) that is compatible with the OE’s software.  See attached spreadsheet for system requirements by manufacture as of 2018 October, this info is such to frequent changes.

- J2534 Hardware to connect your PC to the vehicle, options include:


               CarDAQ-M (AES# DT-CDM)

               Overview: http://aeswave.com/CarDAQ-M-Kit-for-Repgramming-p8978.html


               CarDAQ-Plus 2 (AES# DT-CDP3)

               Overview: https://www.aeswave.com/CarDAQ-Plus-3-p9670.html


               OE-specific Mongoose cables:

               Overview: https://www.aeswave.com/Flash-Programming-c435/



- Battery Maintainer: 100A Power Supply/ Battery Charger (AES# SCH-100A):



- Subscription(s) to the OE Software (sold by the OE):



In addition to programming, the J2534 Hardware can be used for true dealer level scan tool diagnostics:

  • BMW ISTA – hard to setup.
  • Chrysler wiTECH 2.0 (2010-present), best if device has 3 CAN lines
  • GM GDS2 – easy to setup.
  • GM Tech2WIN – easy to setup.
  • Honda HDS – easy to setup.
  • Jaguar Land Rover IDS – hard to setup.
  • Toyota Techstream – easy to setup.
  • VW/Audi ODIS – hard to setup.

More about J2534: http://www.aeswave.com/blog/j2534-bt42/


Even more info: https://www.nastf.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3639


More articles related to J2534: https://www.aeswave.com/blog/j2534-bt42/

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