WiTech MicroPod 2 Diagnostic tool With Software Fiat WiTechPLUS 17.1.0 Chrysler V17.04.2, supports latest Chrysler and Fiat Vehicles, and with Fiat software, you can use Micropod 2 with Fiat, Lancia or Alfa romeo
1. Easy to use and set up with a laptop.
2. Reliable for diagnosing and programming Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Fiat vehicles.
3. Comes with a variety of features such as module flashing, bi-directional controls, and fault code reading.
4. Provides accurate diagnostic reports and recommended repairs.
1. Expensive compared to other diagnostic tools on the market.
2. Limited compatibility with non-Chrysler brand vehicles.
3. Can sometimes experience connectivity issues with the computer or vehicle.
4. The software interface can be sluggish at times.
Overall, the Witech Micropod 2 is a popular tool among technicians and mechanics who specialize in Chrysler brand vehicles, but it may not be the best option for those who work on a variety of car brands.
To begin with, Fay appreciates that the wiTECH 2.0 is topology based. “Mopar does it better than anybody else we have seen,” says Fay. “The scanner is fast, easy to use, and has broad coverage. From tablet boot to pulling codes takes me 90 seconds. In my humble opinion, [this] topology layout continues to be the best in the industry.”
One advantage of the MicroPOD II with wiTECH 2.0 software is that it works on a number of devices, including laptops, tablets and smartphones. The internet browser-based system means the tool receives automatic updates via the cloud. It also gives shop owners direct access to the latest DTC online diagnostics, as well as service bulletins for specific vehicle makes.
“The wiTECH 2.0 works great on a tablet, with its easy handling, portability and road test abilities. If your tablet is not cellular equipped, you can easily create a mobile hotspot with your smart phone,” says Fay. He adds, “For techs flashing multiple brands, [this product] does not require its own computer partition. This is a huge deal for us geeks.”
Another thing the newest version of the MicroPOD II does well is it saves technicians time. A few ways it accomplishes this is by programming replacement ECUs and flash updating existing ECUs. “No more tows to the dealer,” says Fay. He also lists these additional time-savers that the updated scan tool performs: It “creates a lucrative new market replacing lost keys and performing security work; users can access ECUs and additional data PIDs that aftermarket scanners can’t read; it allows manual actuation and testing of many of the devices on the car, including engine controls; and performs the many resets and synchronizations automotive electronics requires.”
Fay says his shop purchases all of its scan gear–and more– from AE Tools & Computers because he enjoys the company’s knowledgeable salesmen, fast shipping and free lifetime support.
“Lifetime support means AE Tools will modem in and provide complete setup services for your new Mopar scanner. Plus, they are a short phone call away if you have questions about your new tooling,” says Fay. “Support is there to dig you out of a hole when you’re in the middle of flashing an ECU and suddenly it’s not going right. This is an absolute lifesaver if you’re performing mobile programming and hit a snag. The military term for this is ‘Got your six.’ Man, do they ever!”
Fay also mentions that a recent (and major) concern in the modern digital age — and in the auto industry too — is hacking. To ensure a secure fix, AE’s wiTECH 2.0 employs a two-step login process, with the second step using a smartphone to grab a six-digit pin to authorize login.
“Speaking of critical safety factors, do not even think about buying a cloned MicroPOD II,” warns Fay. “[These] are unsecured and have the ability to load malicious code to a vehicle.”
With its emphasis on thorough repair information (not to mention reports, data and graphing) at the touch of a button, the updated MicroPOD II can be a value to customers as well as workers in the bay.
Fay says the product’s report section in particular is an impressive instrument for customers, too. “A question for wiTECH owners: You are selling diagnostic scanning, ECU programming, key replacement and security work to the shops around you, right? The wiTECH 2.0 has a great report section. This is an impressive sales tool for customers, and will be required when flashing for collision shops.” He notes the needed key cut and security pin codes come from Mopar Tech Authority.