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Integrated Diagnostic System (IDS)/Vehicle Communication Module (VCM)

Integrated Diagnostic System (IDS)/Vehicle Communication Module (VCM & VCM II).  The VCM II was introduced in 2012.  The IDS software supports both the VCM and the VCM II.  The VCM II is designed as a direct replacement for the original VCM.

The Ford Integrated Diagnostic System (IDS) software is the only software that provides complete diagnostic coverage of current and future Ford, Lincoln, Mercury vehicles in North America.  The IDS supports vehicles equipped with OBDII.

The Vehicle Communication Module (VCM & VCM II) communicates with all Ford vehicles via the 16-pin diagnostic link.  A VCM license provides access to all diagnostic software that uses the VCM or VCM II.  The Car Whisperer can provide Ford IDS License activation and renewal keys.

The IDS is software that will run on a standard laptop platform, and utilizes the VCM, VCM II and VMM (IDS will only load on machines that meet or exceed minimum specifications).  Having IDS on a laptop helps technicians by integrating access to both vehicle diagnostics and service information on a single, powerful machine.

See: http://www.motorcraftservice.com/vdirs/wds/diagnosticsites/ids/mcs/IDS_requirements.asp 



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