Eric had emailed me to
say that he had just had his car serviced and that his mechanic had updated the
PCM software on the EEC V computer. In Eric's case this had improved things
considerably and so a visit to SKY FORD in Hemel Hempstead resulted in a
discussion with Steve the Service Manager who knew all about
WDS and EEC-Vs. I was booked in for 3pm that
afternoon for the update.
When I arrived I explained that I wanted to take a
few pics for the website so he agreed to do the work outside as no customers
were allowed inside the workshop. You can see below the work - it was a 20
minute job and total cost was just £20. A real bargain.
Well it wasn't like having a SuperChip installed - no major improvements that
left me gasping for air - but it has improved the low end and as Eric reported
the gear changes are improved. It also seemed to hunt less when getting to the
change point at 4th.
I am just about to head up to Scotland for an 800 mile round trip and so I'll
update the page on my return with consumption and drivability reports. Until
then enjoy the view of the procedure.
|Connecting the WDS was an absolute
doddle. The connector is mounted inside of the box to the right of the steering
wheel and the long umbilical cable simply plugs in.
Sky Ford seemed very knowledgeable on the WDS and
uses it both in it's static diagnostic mode as well as in Data Logger mode. The
latter is where the car is driven with the WDS running
so that it captures the data which can then be checked and investigated back in
I'd love one of these toys but at £6000 each I think I'll have
|The umbilical cable is simply connected between the connector
under the dash and the WDS - no other connections
|Once the WDS is powered up it runs
through it's diagnostics and identifies the vehicle. In our case it pops up a
window advising that a new calibration is available. The screen is touch
sensitive and talks the operator though the operation step by step.
program was uploaded and a print out given identifying the software versions
Details of Print Out received
Software version: CD(B15)
Engine Type: 2.9 V6 24V
Ignition: External (EDIS) module
Fuel Type: Gasoline
Emission Level: All other
Module ID Number: 0X018B
Module Part Number: 95GBHD
A later calibration is available. Do you want to Program the (PCM) with
Part Number: 95GB-12A650-HG
Module Part Number: 95GBHG
This is the status of the
The WDS determines the vehicle details
This is the status of the old program
And the status of the new program
Result: we now have 95GBHG installed