Ford Integrated Diagnostic System


The Ford IDS and VCM/VCM II provides complete diagnostic coverage of current and future Ford and Lincoln vehicles. This includes module reprogramming, key programming, and other functions. This is the same tool used by Ford and Lincoln dealerships with the same level of functionality.

The IDS is a PC based OBD2 Scan Tool that utilizes a USB equipped PC. The tool provides a touchscreen interface when used with the recommended Panasonic tough book but can be used with most Intel based laptops. The VCM II is wireless as shipped but can be used with a USB cable.

Model Year Coverage

All OBDII vehicles

PC Requirements:

Laptop PC recommended with Intel i5 or i7 Processor 2Ghz or faster, at least 2Gb memory Win7 32 or 64bit or 4Gb Memory and Windows 8.1 64bit Professional, USB 2.0 port for VCM, Additional USB 2.0 port if VMM will be used. High Speed Internet connection required. PC to VCM wireless capability is available.

Recommended package:

  • Panasonic Toughbook CF53
  • Intel Core i5 at 2.6GHz 64 bit
  • 2) USB 2.0 (or better) ports
  • 500GB Hard drive
  • 4GB ram
  • Windows 8.1 Professional 64bit
  • Internet Explorer 11
  • Wireless internet access

Software License

Ford IDS requires a software license with a $849 annual renewal. The subscription licenses one PC, scan tool software and programming subscription. The tool will timeout if it is not able to connect to the license server at least once in 29 days, if required software updates are not performed or at the end of the 365 day subscription. Details can be found here.

Product Feature Set

IDS (VCM + Laptop + VMM)
Diagnostic Functionality VCM Required VMM Required
Self Test (DTC Code Retrieval)
Retrieve CMDTC’s (Continuous Memory Diagnostic Trouble Codes) All Vehicle Modules X
KOEO (Key-On-Engine-Off) X
KOER (Key-On-Engine-Running) X
Data Logger
Body X
Chassis X
Electrical X
Powertrain X X
Pressure/Vacuum Tests X
Network Test
Module Programming
Programmable Module Installation X
Module Reprogramming X
Programmable Partners X
Body Systems
PATS (Passive Anti-Theft Systems) Functions X
Remote Keyless Entry X
Factory Keyless Entry Code X
Restraints (Supplemental Restraints and Seat Belts) X
Chassis Systems
ABS Service Bleed X
IVD Initialization Sequence X
Ride Height Calibration X
Pneumatic Test X
Accurate Trim Test X
Electrical Systems
Charging System Test X X
Parking Aid Switch Test X
Audio X
Powertrain Systems
Fuel Economy Test X
Fuel System Test/Retrieve Injector Flow Test (IDS-Some vehicles require only VCM) X X
Ignition System Test X X
Spark Duration PIDs X
Power Balance Test X
Relative Compression Test X
Transmission Test (IDS-Some vehicles require only VCM) X X
Engine Checks and OBD Tests (Drive Cycle, Mode 01, Mode 06 & Mode 09) X
EGR Test X
Other Powertrain Tests & Functions
Digital Multimeter
Basic DMM Functions (Volts, Resistance, Frequency) X
Current measurements (50 Amps/500 Amps) X
Pressure/Vacuum measurements with PVT X
Oscilloscope Systems
Oscilloscope X
Alternator Ripple X
COP (Coil-On-Plug) Stress Test X
Signal Generator Monitor (SGM)