The 7 Elements to Choose Auto Key Programmer

Many auto workshop and beginners try to occupy the key programmer industry, but at the beginning,they have no idea of how to choose an auto key programmer for their own use.So they always follow up those veteran person to buy what they used before.It may be wrong since veteran person have profound resources to earn back,but you are not the same.You need to buy the affordable tool to crate your own business at first. Therefore, it is important for a beginner to choose a cost-efficiency key programmer.Now let me introduce you some useful key programmer.

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The key programmer can be consisted of 7 elements as follows,

1.Programmer Device

2.Matching Tool

3.High-end Vehicles

4.Special Test Instrument

5.Chip Copy Machine

6.Remote Controller

7.Key Cutting Machine
1. Programmer Device

The key programmer device is used for Chip and CPU data read and write, odometer correction,airbag rest and immobilizer.There are four common programmer devices recommended as follows, Digimaster 3,X-PROG Programmer,CG100-3 and VVDI super programmer.
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1.1 Digimaster 3

The Digimaster3 key programmer designed by YANHUA TECH of Nanning,as a household brand,whose name has been already deeply rooted in this field by most people.The Digimaster 3,The Digimaster D3,Key Digimaster  are popular products at that time.It was used for chips and CPU data reading and writing,odometer correction and airbag reset.Over 80% of Digimaster 3 is almost fool-like operation for most model vehicles, even beginners can easily learn in a short time. Digimaster 3 can cover full function system after its version upgraded.

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Now the new version Digimaster 3 is different with the old one,no matter in term of function and and appearance.It works with various types of adapter and you can easily achieve odometer correction, Audio decoding, airbag resetting, engine ECU resetting, IMMO, key programming for Benz &BMW etc.

It contains the advanced technology of programming new keys for BMW and Benz, CAS-BDM reading,writing and resetting; 35080V6 erasure etc. large numbers of pictures and particular description makes your operation pleasant.

 

1.2 X-PROG Programmer

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X-PROG Programmer is also called XP in this field.You can’t buy a genuine XP programmer in China,because it originals from abroad,with high price  and all English instruction.Later Chinese manufacturer start to copy the XP Programmer for their own use and then add the wiring diagram for the domestic cars.Of course,Its price is relatively not higher than ever before.

From then on,there are more and more XP Programmer in China. As a result, its quality and functions are very different as well as its prices range from hundreds to two thousand.But the most important disparity is the quantities and stability of CPU type.

A stable XP can solve many problems.If you use a poorly stable XP programmer, data loss is commonplace.Subsequently,it is pity that you can’t procedure the business instead pay for a loss.Therefore,it is  advisable  for you to choose those high price XP programmers  neglect  the cheaper ones.

1.3 VVDI super programmer.

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Developed by Xhorse Company in Shenzhen, it is the earliest tools that can be designed for immobilizer by Audi, 4th and 5th generation and Volkswagen. Now it can gradually replace those copied XP programmer and it turns out to be relatively stable by their most users.

This tool has focused on immobilizer match for BMW, Audi and Volkswagen.They are almost inseparable from it. Besides, its parts of Tange with the start key writing function the same as a good device to write start key.

Comments: Generally speaking, Digimaster3 has the advantage in odometer correcting, airbag resetting and code reading due to its stability and easy operation. Every step has prompt, like a foolish operation. Whereas, the XP programmer and VVDI super programmer do well in immobilizer. Which one is more suitable for you depends on what aspect do you want to specialize.
1.4 CG100 PROG III

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CG100 PROG III is a powerful programming functions operating a variety of chips, repair various modules. CG100 PROG III support airbag repairing, instrument calibration, car body computer repairing, car amplify computer repair and their functions, support to operate RENESAS, ST,  MOTOROLA, ATMEGA, NEC, AM28BL802CB and other different chips. Full-featured version of CG-100 with adapter that support to write Land Rover key and BMW Key and BMW, Volkswagen, Bentley engine computer repairing and replacement.

2.Matching Tool

Connected to the vehicle OBD interface,the key can be copied easily according to the prompt by the matching tool.At present, the most popular tools are OBD STAR X300,CI 400,XTOOL X-100 PAD2,and Lonsdor K518 .

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These matching tools are mainly used for key matching of domestic and joint venture vehicles.But what is the difference between them?In fact, they are similar with each other,only a little difference exist.Just like the smart phone we used,you can hardly tell them from each other,but actually each of them differ in some places.Generally speaking,several major manufacturers always make breakthroughs in tiny places on their products to share more market.For example, there are two devices, one tool for 100 models and the other for 101 models. Of course most people definitely choose the latter.
2.1 OBDSTAR

This device is a new Android-based vehicle trouble diagnostic device developed for internet applications.It inherits from OBDSTAR advanced diagnosing technology and it is characterized by covering wide range of vehicles,and providing precise result.Through vehicle diagnostic OBD connector and variant mobile intelligent terminals, it achieves vehicle trouble diagnosis for full car model and full system vehicle.Meanwhile, taking advantage of mobile internet, this device integrates more application and service, such as maintenance database,remote assistant, one key upgrade etc.

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2.2 XTOOL X-100 PAD2

X100 PAD2 is the first tablet key programmer in the world! It not only provides customers with professional key programming, but also the most needed special functions for workshop. X-100 PAD2 is a tablet with the latest technologies to perform key programming, mileage adjustment, oil service light reset, timing belt service light reset, tire pressure warning light reset, EPB reset, throttle body reset, DPF reset, battery reset, steering angle calibration and OBD-II engine diagnosis.

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2.3 Lonsdor K518

Lonsdor K518 is a 7 inches IPS capacitive screen ,based on Android,WIFI networking with USB-B2.0 standard connector,OBD-II test cable integrated with the diagnostic connector function of the adapter.
Lonsdor K518ISE Main interface:

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Lonsdor K518ISE Setting interface:

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Immobilization interface:

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Odometer adjustment interface:

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3.High-end Vehicles

What is the high-end vehicle?That means they design for the advanced automotive,like the Volkswagen, Audi, or Mercedes.The most famous high-end vehicle are FLY OBD Terminator, APpro, DSPIII, and  Xhorse VVDI2   which  share much similarities with each other.Even though they come from different manufacturers,all stress in immobilizer of Volkswagen,Audi 4 and 5 generations,and BMW.In other words, they born for Volkswagen, Audi and BMW.

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3.1 VVDI MB TOOL

 

But now the VVDI MB TOOL, also from Xhorse,is the most popular programmer, designed for Mercedes.It supports most of the Mercedes infrared key. It can directly match keys via vehicle OBD interface or vehicles infrared key interface and support the replacement of steering locks.The key code can be calculated by the online server in a short time, and launch key matching,quick and convenient.It eliminates the risk of reading data from many locks in the past.So many people also use VVDI MB TOOL all over the world.In a word, it is still the best choice as the Mercedes key device for the time being.

Comments:It is clear that we can divide matching tools into two parts.The first part belong to domestic and joint venture vehicles,such as OBDSTAR X300,CI 400, Lonsdor K518 and XTOOL I80.The other tools are special in Volkswagen, Audi and BMW like the FLY OBD Terminator,Xhorse VVDI2,AP-pro,and DSPIII.
4.Special Test Instrument

Sometimes when you want to change the odometer or computer board, many key programmer can’t make it  come  true unless with the original instrument, such as Volkswagen,Audi 5054 ODIS system,BMW,Mercedes-Benz,Land Rover Jaguar,Ford,Mazda,Honda and other original equipment.There are special auto test instruments to solve above problem.They are Mercedes Star C4,BMW NEXT, Autel908, Land Rover and Jaguar VCI,and VAS5054A  ODIS.

You can alternate a soaked computer board even that is not the original instruments.In particular,Autel 908 is another original useful comprehensive special test instrument,which covers dozens of brands vehicles.

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4.1 Mercedes-Benz C4

MB SD Connect Compact 4 supports reading & erasing trouble code,reading the real-time data of sensor and actuator, coding and programming. MB SD Connect Compact 4 supports wireless diagnose, support K-line,CAN BUS and UDS protocol, fit all computers,with multi-language.

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4.2 BMW NEXT

B-MW Diagnostic software includes the engineer version, which is the quick and easy diagnostic programming and coding system that German BMW engineers are using. The system is designed in English and German. The Engineer version is so practical and powerful that it can achieve professional features which all the original professional computers can realize, can change the language into Chinese through the OBD port for import cars (Europe regulation cars, the United States and the United States, Africa, etc.)

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4.3 Land Rover and Jaguar VCI

JLR VCI Diagnostic Tool is new VCI for Jaguar and Land Rover SDD system  and support full diagnostics and reprogramming.VCI SDD JLR Diagnostic tool software support update and cover JLR vehicle till 2018.Using integrated circuitry, the JLR VCI has a variety of functions including: reading and clearing Diagnostic Trouble Codes; running active and utility tests; data monitoring and reprogramming.

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4.4 autel 908

Autel MK908P, as a high-end vehicle diagnostic tool developed from Autel, featuring the complete diagnostic functions including ECU programming for BMW and Benz etc., and the advanced configuration (Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS, 8.0 Megapixel rear cam, ultra-clear 10.1 inches LED screen),is the ideal scanner for professional mechanics and auto repair stores to perform all-around fixes and comprehensive tests. Mk908P ensures the perfect diagnostic solution for technicians who demand unrivalled smart technology and smart repairs.

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5.Chip Copy Machine

Put the original car key into the coil of the key chip duplicator to read the data, and then take a blank chip on the same place, press the copy button,the original was cloned,simple and safe.The chip copy machine is mainly used to add the auto key.And it is simple to clone a key without connecting and moving the car.It can not only copy the key but also realize the key loss.There are some chip copy machine, CN 900 Mini,JMD Handy-Baby,and Xhorse VVDI.
5.1 CN 900 Mini

I believe that TJECU products don’t need to introduce more.In the past,the CN 900 has made a great achievement in this area.And now the CN 900 mini has over 80% similar with the CN 900,but its price is much lower than ever before.In the past,the full-function CN 900 with the plug-in box Reaches 6K. Now CN 900 mini nearly can achieve all functions only with less than one fifth price of CN 900 Even if there is no beautiful cover of the package and fascinating  sound from the lady customer service from the CN 900 Mimi,it is still worthwhile  to purchase.
Comment: CN 900 mini,locksmith weapon, merchant must!

5.2 JMD Handy-Baby

JMD Handy-Baby is the earliest handheld chip duplicator.It was very salable in the industry once launched, because it is light, portable and small like a mobile phone. Another function that it can directly copy part of  48 chip,which is an unique speciality.
Declaration: Living for the locksmith, save for the locksmith!

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5.3 JMD Handy Baby II

The JMD Handy-Baby II upgrades its version and becomes more powerful.It can support remote renew,FIX CODE clone,Fixed code,JMD remote renew (JMD remote by JMD APP) and copy key for  Audi,Volkswagen 4th,Audi 5th And Audi ID8E.The details is we can find in this blank.

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5.4 Xhorse VVDI

Original Xhorse VVDI Key Tool Remote Key Programmer can perform these functions:edit transponder, clone transponder, test frequency, clone Remote, generate remote, generate garage door remote controller, unlock smart card etc.And now the EU version,also you can buy “Xhorse VVDI2/VVDI Key Tool VV-04 Copy 48 Transponder (96 Bit) Authorization”,note this just the authorizations.

6.Remote Controller

The auto key will be matched by the remote controller.What kind of car remote control is needed, it would be directly generated by a universal sub-machine remote controller. After generated,it will be use as the same original auto key once matched successfully.It can reduce a large amount of cost with less consumables.Now the common remote controller on the market are H618,KD600 and Xhorse VVDI.
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7. Key Cutting Machine

I believe that key cutting machine no need to introduce more since it is common and easy to use. it was divided  into two parts,flat milling and vertical milling. The price ranges from a few hundred to several thousand.Of course more expensive cutting machine would be more accurate ,durable and easy operation.

There are two key cutting machine recommended,the P1 flat milling and L1S vertical milling.Both machines can use DC 12V, AC 220V power supply and easy to carry on the car.

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The last but not least,the Condor XC-MINI from Xhorse deserves to be reference, because it can support many languages,such as the Portuguese, Spanish, French, Germany, Czech, Arabic, Turkish, Dutch, Polish, Bulgarian, Norw-ay, Slovakia,Italian,English,Chinese.If you need to change language,it can be activated a new language for you.

Can I Add Another Software to Xtool X100 Pad2?

Question: Has anyone added another software to the  Xtool x100 pad2 auto key programmer?

Answer:

Some Xtool Pad2 users has tested and confirmed working.

Tested:

Keydiy mobile KD works

Instacode works too

VVDI Key Tool app

Disclaimer: We are not responsible for the damage. You are at your risk.

Example:

Mobile KD app & Keydiy Mini KD cable on Xtool PAD2 tablet

search on google play store “Mobile KD apk” and download it

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How to program vag 4th 5th IMMO by Xtool X100 PAD 2 full set

XTOOL X100 PAD2 full set working with Xtool KC100 adapter is verified to program key for VAG 4th 5th IMMO. BTY, X100 PAD 2 standard set is optional to choose vag 4th 5th IMMO programming function.
Matched Dashboard Type for 4th ,5th immobilizer of VW/Audi/Seat/Skoda: CDC24C32,NEC24C32,9S12,NEC24C64,NEC24C64 color screen, Jiangsen, NEC95320, NEC24C64 white screen.

Testing Xtool X100 PAD 2 full set and Xtool KC100:

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Here full package XTOOL X100 PAD2 Full set and Xtool KC100 adapter:

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Here XTOOL Scan Tool X100 PAD2 Full Set special Adapter for 4th 5th immo

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Key programming for 4th,5th immobilizer of VW/Audi/Seat/Skoda:

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Audi A6L 2013 5th immo add key using Xtool x100 pad2 with KC100 adapter

Have Audi A6L 2013 with 5th immo to add new keys, highly recommend Xtool x100 pad2 with KC100 adapter. Seeing is believing, read the step-by-step procedure in the following paragraphs.

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The first one key is original and the remote is working, the second one is blank to be programmed.

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I complete a Youtube video, attach here:

Read me:

www.cnautotool.com marked in this video is the official site of Xtool x100 pad2.

CnAutotool is a trustworthy shop I bought and will buy Xtool x100 pad2

If you have trouble to watch the video, please go on reading the step-by-step procedure as below:

Tap “X100 pad2” on the screen.

Tap “VW/Audi Skoda / Seat”

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Tap “4th/5th immobilizer system”.

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You will have 2 options “4th immobilizer system” and “5th immobilizer system”, Audi A6L 2013 is 5th immobilizer system.

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pad2 can’t identify the VIN code because the ignition doesn’t turn on, go to switch the ignition on.

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Come to 5th immobilizer system function menu.

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1). Read immokey.

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2). Show security data

Have 3 keys.

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3) Make dealer key.

Please plug the KC100 into tablet, press (OK) to continue.

The KC100 adapter indicator turn blue means it powers on.

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Put the original key into the coil of KC100 adapter.

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Then put the blank key that ready to add to the coil of KC100 adapter

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Writting key…

Create dealer key success.

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4) Learn the key.

Turn the ignition on, click “OK”.

Read the note shown as below.

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Input the number of keys to match

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Put the blank key to the sensor area.

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The first one learn successfully.

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Then put the second one to learn, after learn with success, it prompts “Learning success”

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Finish match the key.

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Tap “Return” button to exit the system.

To identify the two keys are working or not.

They are working fine.

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Now I take one key outside of the car and leave one key in the car.

Start the engine. the first key can turn on.

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Take the first one outside of the car, and another one in the car, start the engine, the key start turn on ok.

The remote is working.

Done!

The truth:  Auto Scanner Tool Xtool x100 pad2 with KC100 adapter is tested able to add new keys for Audi A6L 2013 with 5th immo.

Examples of Diagnostic Link Connector Locations of Xtool X100 Pad2

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Examples of Diagnostic Link Connector Locations of Xtool X100 Pad2

1. Diagnostic Link Connectors Locations of Various Vehicle Models

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*AUDI A6: the OBD plug is on the lower left side of the dashboard, use SMART OBDII-16 connector.

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*VW Bollywood 1.8: the OBD plug is below the console, use SMART OBDII-16 connector.

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*Benz S320,220 Chassis: the OBD plug is below the dashboard, use SMART OBDII-16 connector.

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*Benz C180: the OBD plug is on the left hand side of the engine bay, use Benz-38 connector.

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*Benz 300SEL 140 chassis: the OBD2 Scanner is on the left hand side of the engine bay, use Benz-38 connector.

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*GM Buick: the OBD plug is below the dashboard, use SMART OBDII-16 connector.

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*GM Buick GL8 : the OBD plug is below the dashboard, use SMART OBDII-16 connector.

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*VW POLO: the OBD plug is below the dashboard, use SMART OBDII-16 connector.

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*BMW 735I: the Xtool Scanner is in the right hands side of the engine bay, use BMW-20 connector.

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*VW Passat B5: the OBD plug is behind the gearlever and beside the parking brake lever. Lift the cover to access it. Use SMART OBDII-16 connector.

2. Location Diagram of Vehicle Diagnostic Link Connectors
Location diagram of pick-up truck diagnostic link connectors:

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Location diagram of utility vehicles diagnostic link connectors:

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Link diagram of small car diagnostic link connectors:

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NOTE: Each vehicle manufacturer may use additional pins to diagnose a variety of systems. Not every manufacturer uses the same standard. The function on a certain pin will vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. Verify with the manufacturer.

3. Diagnostic Link Connectors Terminal Definition and Communication Protocols
3.1. Standard OBDII Diagnostic Link Connector:

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Pin Definition (Reference material)
Various pin definitions as follows:
1. Manufacturer definition
2. SAE J1850 bus positive
3. Manufacturer definition
4. Bodywork site
5. Signal site
6. ISO 15765-4 defined CAN high
7. ISO9141 and ISO14230 defined K line
8. Manufacturer definition
9. Manufacturer definition
10. SAE J1850 bus negative
11. Manufacturer definition
12. Manufacturer definition
13. ISO 15765-4 defined  CAN low
14. ISO9141 and ISO14230 defined L line
15. Permanent positive voltage
[1] 1, 3, 8, 9, 11, 12 and 13 are defined by manufacturer.
[2] 2, 6, 7, 10, 14 and 15 are used for diagnostic communication. Unused definitions can be defined by manufacturers.