VCDS 18.9: What You Need to Know and How to Use It
VCDS (VAG-COM Diagnostic System) is a software that allows you to diagnose and modify the settings of your Volkswagen Group vehicles. It can access all the control modules in your car, such as engine, transmission, ABS, airbag, steering, etc. You can read and clear fault codes, view live data, perform basic settings, coding, adaptations, and more.
VCDS 18.9 is the latest version of VCDS software that was released in September 2018. It has some new features and improvements over the previous versions. In this article, we will show you what VCDS 18.9 can do and how to use it with a compatible interface.
VCDS 18.9 has some new features and improvements that make it more powerful and user-friendly. Here are some of them:
It works with Windows 7, 8, and 10 (both 32-bit and 64-bit). Earlier versions of Windows such as 2000, XP, and Vista might still work, but they are no longer supported.
It does not work on Windows 10 S, which does not allow software to be installed from any source other than the Microsoft Store. If you want to use VCDS on a computer with this version of Windows, you need to upgrade it to Windows 10 Pro.
It supports all the latest models and platforms of Volkswagen Group vehicles, such as MQB, MLB-Evo, etc.
It has a new HEX-NET interface option that allows wireless communication with your car via WiFi or USB.
It has a new HEX-V2 interface option that is faster and more compact than the previous HEX-USB+CAN interface.
It has a new online update function that allows you to check for and download the latest software updates automatically.
It has a new user interface that is more modern and intuitive.
It has a new data logging function that allows you to record and save live data from your car.
It has a new OBD2 generic mode that allows you to scan any OBD2 compliant vehicle.
How to Use VCDS 18.9?
To use VCDS 18.9, you need a licensed Ross-Tech interface that connects your computer to your car's diagnostic port. You can choose from different types of interfaces depending on your needs and budget. Here are some of them:
HEX-NET: This is the most advanced interface that allows wireless communication with your car via WiFi or USB. It can access all the control modules in your car and supports all the latest models and platforms. It also has a built-in web server that allows you to access VCDS from any device with a web browser.
HEX-V2: This is a faster and more compact version of the previous HEX-USB+CAN interface. It can access most of the control modules in your car and supports most of the models and platforms. It connects to your computer via USB only.
KII-USB: This is a simple interface that can access only the K-Line control modules in your car. It supports older models that use K-Line communication only. It connects to your computer via USB only.
MICRO-CAN: This is a simple interface that can access only the CAN-Bus control modules in your car. It supports newer models that use CAN-Bus communication only. It connects to your computer via USB only.
To use VCDS 18.9 with any of these interfaces, you need to follow these steps:
Download VCDS 18.9 from this link and install it on your computer.
Connect your interface to your computer and your car's diagnostic port.
Run VCDS 18.9 and select your interface type from the drop-down menu.
Select Auto Scan or Select Control Module from the main menu.
Select the control module that you want to diagnose or modify from the list.