Please note that this page is about the original diagnostic tool provided by vehicle manufacturer. The tool can be usually bought only by authorised dealer. The page is intended only for educational purposes.
WDS 2000 is Fords latest World Diagnostic System released in 1996 for all OBD2 equipped vehicles. It has replaced the earlier FDS2000. It is a lap-top computer which receives a diagnostic routine from a docking station and is then carried to the Ford model and plugged into the diagnostic interface.
The operator follows the program on the laptop by using the touch screen, following a set routine while the WDS communicates with the various modules which may be affected. At the end of the routine the operator is informed which part or module is faulty and needs to be changed, or is told the next program to download to continue the diagnosis. By following the instructions on the screen, touching the screen to confirm each stage and move on to the next, the operator ends up with the solution, and is told the action to take.
But supposing the fault only occurs at seventy miles an hour? Well, no problem. The WDS can be used by a skilled and trained operator for running tests so that it can look for the fault while the vehicle is being driven. This option is called the Datalogger, but it needs a skilled operator who is experienced in operating parameters.
Q: Do I need a LAN connection to Ford Star to use my WDS?
A: No. The Ford Star connection is only required to receive QSF (Quicker Service Fix) calibration updates between regular CD releases and for session transfers to the Hotline to assist in problem resolution. WDS is designed to operate in all markets while FORDSTAR is only available in North America.
Q: Ford told dealers that the NGS would not work on 2000 models and the only diagnostic system would be WDS.
A: Initially, there were no plans to release software on the NGS to support 2000 Model Year Vehicles. WDS has advanced diagnostic capability not included on NGS (for example, power balance and fuel tests) and is viewed as the best tool to fix a vehicle. However, due to service volumes in the US, there were requests to implement software on NGS. This helps not only with the service volume concern but also provides adequate time to get trained on WDS.
Integrated Diagnostic System (IDS):
The Ford Integrated Diagnostic System (IDS) will be the only equipment that provides complete diagnostic coverage of current and future Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles in North America. The IDS package replaces the Worldwide Diagnostic System (WDS). The IDS application will perform the identical functions of the WDS and allows dealership technicians to diagnose and service Ford, Lincoln, Mercury vehicles. As the new diagnostic tool,IDS will be required to perform diagnostics on future model year vehicles . One IDS Package is recommended for each WDS in the dealership.
Vehicle Communication Module (VCM) Wireless LAN Module for Integrated Diagnostic System (IDS)
The capability to add Wi-Fi was included in the design when VCM was developed in 2003. In recent surveys one of the top
items requested was wireless connectivity for VCM. Based on this input, we developed the new VCM Wireless LAN Module.
The new module will allow wireless connectivity between the VCM and a laptop. The two devices can be wirelessly linked
together directly or by using a wireless access point. Wireless capability is even available if your shop hasnít installed a
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