Originally Posted by incorrigible
If anyone knows a dealer in the NY area. please post. I wish someone could get the code and find a way to load it via laptop or similar. Any takers?
IDS runs on a laptop. And it may even be free; it was at one time. But it requires a device called a VCM (Vehicle Communication Module) to connect the laptop to the OBD2 connector of the car. My understanding is that the VCM also manages a license that you must buy from Ford. The license doesn't expire but it is only good thru the model year it was purchased for so you have to keep updating it (for a fee of course).
IDS/VCM is also how dealers flash engine computers which tells me an aftermarket tuner probably has what it takes to update the ACM if someone would write the code. And that might not be hard if someone just logged what IDS sends to load ACM data.
I contacted a tuner maker about making that an option but they had no interest.
Dealers aren't the only ones who use IDS. Some independent shops have it. The problem I ran into was there is no list of shops that use IDS and its a very small percent that do. So its like finding a needle in a haystack. And while a shop might not charge as much as a dealer, the good dealers charge less than $50 so it isn't worth the time to cold call hundreds of independents.
As for a dealer in New York, maybe you make some calls and post a dealer who will do it. Should be worth some good karma. I posted an approach that worked for me.