What is the Chrysler Diagnostic Application (CDA) and how to use it?
The Chrysler Diagnostic Application (CDA) is a special diagnostic software for cars of Chrysler Group. It can access programming, troubleshoot problems, change features, program keys, and perform other functions with the help of original or third-party interfaces. The CDA supports various hardware platforms, such as wiTECH VCI Pod, StarSCAN, StarMOBILE, and Vector Hardware. The CDA can also handle off board routines and change the CAN baud rate.
In this article, we will introduce the main features and functions of the CDA, as well as the installation requirements and troubleshooting tips. We will also provide a link to download the latest version of the CDA for free.
Main features and functions of the CDA
The CDA can perform various diagnostic tasks on Chrysler vehicles, such as:
Add autostick to V6 vehicles after nag1 swap
Add evic to cluster (after installing an EVIC cluster)
Authorize dual control climate
Change VIN in PCM after engine swap or engine change
Add SKIM codes
Add any feature you might be missing and youâd like to have (after installing your parts)
Reprogram mileage in the TIPM/PCM depending on the year
Change gear ratios without the predator (only the ones available at chrysler)
Troubleshoot weird pcm problems,ie: A/C does not work anymore, however mechanically everything is in order.
The CDA can also handle off board routines, which are routines that are not executed on the vehicle but on a separate device. For example, you can use the CDA to program a new ECU that is not installed on the vehicle yet. The CDA will prompt you to connect the ECU to a power supply and an interface device, such as a wiTECH VCI Pod or a Vector Hardware.
The CDA can also change the CAN baud rate, which is the speed of communication between the interface device and the ECU. The default CAN baud rate is 500 kbps, but some ECUs may require a different baud rate. You can change the baud rate by clicking on the \"Options\" menu and selecting \"CAN Baud Rate\". You can choose from 125 kbps, 250 kbps, 500 kbps, or 1000 kbps.
Installation requirements and troubleshooting tips
The CDA requires the following system specifications to run properly:
O.S.: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
CPU: Pentium/Athlon 1 GHz or higher
RAM: 256 MB of system memory
Hard Drive: 1 GB of available space
Optical Drive: CD-ROM
If you encounter any problems with the CDA, such as communication errors or missing data, you can try the following tips:
Make sure you have installed the latest version of the application.
Make sure you have connected the interface device properly to the ECU and the PC.
Make sure you have selected the correct interface device in the \"Options\" menu.
Make sure you have selected the correct vehicle model and year in the \"Vehicle Selection\" menu.
Make sure you have downloaded and installed the latest ENG files from the Diagnostic Workbench website.
If you are using Vector Hardware, make sure you have installed the Vector Driver Setup from the CD-ROM.
If you are using StarMOBILE or wiTECH VCI Pod, make sure you have installed the StarMOBILE Desktop Client or wiTECH Desktop Client from their respective websites.
If you are using StarSCAN, make sure you have updated it to version E4.02 or lower. Versions E5.01 and forward are not supported by the CDA.