How to Use Ford IDS V86 and Calibration Files V81 for Diagnostics and Reprogramming
Ford IDS (Integrated Diagnostic System) is the official software for Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles. It can perform various functions such as diagnostics, module reprogramming, key programming, parameter reset, etc. However, to use Ford IDS effectively, you need to have the right calibration files for your vehicle.
Calibration files are the data files that contain the information for the modules in your vehicle. They are used by Ford IDS to communicate with the modules and perform reprogramming or updating. Calibration files are usually named with a combination of letters and numbers, such as abcdefg.bin.
The last version of offline calibration files that Ford released was V81, which was compatible with Ford IDS V86. For later vehicles, you need to have an online subscription to access the latest calibration files from Ford service website. However, if you know the exact name of the calibration file you need, you can download it manually from Ford service website and copy it to your Ford IDS folder.
In this article, we will show you how to use Ford IDS V86 and calibration files V81 for diagnostics and reprogramming. We will also show you how to download calibration files manually from Ford service website if you need them.
What You Need
A laptop or PC with Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 or 8.1 operating system.
Ford IDS V86 software installed on your laptop or PC.
Calibration files V81 downloaded from here, here, here and here. Extract them to a folder on your laptop or PC.
A VCM I or VCM II device (original or clone) or a VXDIAG VCX NANO device for Ford/Mazda. Connect it to your laptop or PC via USB cable and to your vehicle via OBD2 port.
A stable internet connection if you need to download calibration files online.
How to Use Ford IDS V86 and Calibration Files V81 for Diagnostics
Launch Ford IDS V86 software on your laptop or PC.
Select your device (VCM I, VCM II or VXDIAG VCX NANO) and click on \"Start New Session\".
Select \"All other\" as the vehicle type and click on \"Tick\".
Wait for Ford IDS to identify your vehicle information and display it on the screen.
Select \"Self Test\" from the menu on the left side of the screen.
Select \"All CMDTCs\" to run a comprehensive diagnostic test on all the modules in your vehicle.
Wait for Ford IDS to complete the test and display the results on the screen.
Check the DTCs (Diagnostic Trouble Codes) and their descriptions for each module. You can also click on \"DTC Details\" to get more information about each code.
If you want to clear the DTCs, select \"Clear DTCs\" from the menu on the left side of the screen.
If you want to view live data or perform active tests on any module, select \"DataLogger\" from the menu on the left side of the screen.
Select the module you want to test and click on \"Tick\".
Select the parameters you want to view or test and click ec8f644aee