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Old 05-17-2013, 05:50 PM   #1
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How to code computer

I recently purchased my first BMW and I love the vehicle. I'm pretty mechanical and I have no issues with any repairs or problems that will or would have come up. I purchased the components online to install the BMW factory alarm. I got prices from the dealership and a local garage to have the alarm coded in the computer. I'm familiar with the scanners to read codes but like most private person scanners mine will not identify specific sensor locations will just stay ABS fault and things of that nature. Will the software that is available on the market also give me that option as well? If I'm going to pay somebody else to do the job I might as well purchase the equipment myself if it is economical and tackle it on my own. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks , Scott

As a side note I would also be interested in any software or cable sales if someone has equipment they don't need.

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Old 05-23-2013, 07:34 PM   #2
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There are many scanners out there that can give you more specific information like you are looking for. My brother has one from Snap-on that is dynamite, but rather expensive. Look up the Snap-on Solus Ultra scanner. That's what we use.

Also the Launch scanner tool is supposed to be very good with our german cars, but expensive and kinda unnecessary when we have the Solus one.

And, the Snap-on Modis scanner is very good for a variety of vehicles. But that one generally requires a bunch of microchips that you insert into the scanners cable to help decipher codes. The s-44 microchip key is what is generally used for most German makes like BMW, Audi, and VW.

Although all these options should get you what you are looking for, I'm not sure if the price tag would be worth it unless you can find someone selling one.

Just figured I'd share with you the scanners I use at work that seem to do a good job.

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Old 05-23-2013, 07:56 PM   #3
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How to code computer

The OTC Genisys Evo is awesome, a bit pricy but boy does it do the job. It gets updates via wifi and is very precise. Last time I used it it even told me how to remove the part that was faulty, it has the ability to test stuff like the gas pump, starter, etc so that you know for sure that it's that part that is bad. Saves a lot of unnecessary work. You might be able to find a good deal on ebay with BMW specific connections.

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