OEM witech Micropod2 Clone Review on Dodge DS and WK

Here is all my ideas of witech Micropod2 Clone before and after purchase. Have posted in dodge-dart forum.

Now, i’d like to do collected and share with more fellows. Hope it’s helpful

 

 

Before purchase:

Though I haven’t tried it personally the flash files can be downloaded with a techauthority subscription. I believe car manufacturers are required by law to make them downloadable.

Emissions related controllers can be flashed with J2534 programmer

Supposedly all flashes can be done with a witech micropod clone (and the oem witech micropod obviously)

I’ve looked at a lot of the aftermarket tools and they are all far more expensive than the clone and probably don’t have the same Chrysler coverage as the witech micropod.

 

Link to purchase:

I just ordered one… used the link: http://www.obdii365.com/wholesale/witech-micropod-2-diagnosis-programming-for-chrysler.html

Will let everyone know how it works out.

 

Shipping:

Will let everyone know in a few days – just got a shipment notification.

 

Cars to test:

I have a 2015 WK 3.6L (wife) and a 2015 DS 5.7L (me).

I’ll let you know how it works on the 2015 model years. I looked at autoenginuity but it got mixed reviews and looking at the screenshots on their website, the UI seemed weird.

Plus, with the Chrysler add-ons, it is twice the price of the witech clone. I’ll be happy if I just get full Chrysler OBD 2 sensor monitoring plus a few misc tests. I can handle paying the dealer for flashes if I must

 

Package received:

Ok, so here’s an update… the kit shipped directly from China and arrived in a few days. The Micropod clone itself appears to be reasonably high quality but there are obvious differences from the OEM version: no lanyard, no wi-fi, no metal clip on the OBD 2 connector, etc. The firmware that mine came with was v2.4.1.

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wiTECH software:

I followed the directions that came with the kit (albeit in somewhat fractured English) and upon starting the wiTECH software, I got a “device with serial number XXX-XXXXX is not registered” error message.

 

The company that sold it to me said the copy of wiTECH was destroyed somehow and that I needed to buy a “wiTECH hdd” from them for a small additional fee. Not entirely sure what that would be but I worked around the problem before I got their reply. Long story short, I am a computer guy so I spent a couple of hours messing around with the software and the computer it was installed on and was able to get around the issue.

 

Did on cars 2015 DS & WK:

I connected it to my 2015 DS and my wife’s 2015 WK with no issues. I disabled the side view mirrortilt in reverse on her WK (only thing she didn’t like about it) and she was thrilled. There are functions to bleed ABS, program tire sizes, etc. There are literally hundreds of sensor readings, dozens of tests, actuators and misc functions that you can perform that seem to be very vehicle specific – which you would expect. Every switch/gadget in the vehicle seems to have a corresponding sensor reading of some kind in the software. The only odd behavior I saw was when I connected to the ABS computer of my DS… the EVIC freaked out and started screaming to service the ABS. Maybe that is a safety feature of some kind so folks don’t go driving while messing with the ABS computer? Powering the vehicle off and on again made the ABS warning go away. I could not find any “PROXI alignment” functions – maybe they don’t apply to my vehicles?

 

 

I did not try flashing anything as I don’t have a good enough reason to sign up for a time-limited TechAuthority subscription at the moment but next time I do, I’ll give it a shot. At the very least, it will be nice to be able to go to the dealer next time and tell THEM which modules need updating (wiTECH lets you print an ECU report) because whatever point-of-sale software the advisors use doesn’t always tell them when an update is available. For example, my PCM is on an AE revision but TechAuthority said that AF is available (and has been since before my last dealer visit)

 

Summary:

This was $169 well spent in my eyes.

 

On a side note:

I’ve done a considerable amount of research on this software and it appears that as of the 17.04.27 P4 patch level, the wiTECH 1.0 system has been EOL’ed for all CAN bus vehicles – forcing you to use the 100% web-based wiTECH 2.0.

 

If you decide to move forward with the Micropod clone, you will need to block the P4 update (or find a way to block the “diagnostic.js” file that does the check) or the software will kick you out seconds after opening the vehicle topography.

 

Once the update is blocked, it works fine – confirmed up to the 2015 MY.

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