Ford, Lincoln, Mercury


SAE J2534

For access to SAE J2534 information visit the service information website:

Software calibrations for use by SAE J2534 pass-thru tools are found under the section “Everything you need to know about Ford, Lincoln and Mercury Vehicles”. Click on "Reprogramming & Initialization” and scroll down for SAE J2534 information.

The Motorcraft Service website provides aftermarket users with access to module programming and initiation. A technician will be required to register as a user before purchasing a subscription. Once registered, a technician can purchase a subscription to download the software necessary to program electronic modules to the latest calibration level, perform module initialization (PATS), and set programmable parameters on Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles.

VIDEO: Reflashing demo of a 2008 Ford Fusion with Subscription & FMP Setup (11 min)

Which models and model years of vehicles can be reprogrammed?

Emission-related (OBDII) modules on some vehicles manufactured in 1995 and all vehicles manufactured from 1996 to the present

Non-emission-related modules on many vehicles (UBP and Medium Speed MSCan are not supported)

In addition, module initialization (PATS) functions such as Keycode Erase/Reprogram and PCM Parameter Reset can be done using this application.

How does a technician determine whether a reprogramming event is needed for a particular vehicle?

Go to,  under "Reprogramming and Initialization”, scroll down and select “Latest Calibration Information”. After listing vehicle information, select "Submit" to get a list with the latest part numbers for that vehicle.

A technician can then compare the latest part number with the actual number installed on the vehicle to determine if a reprogram is needed.

What OEM equipment is available to reprogram vehicles? 

Ford Motor Company uses IDS (Integrated Diagnostic Software) as a full service diagnostic tool.

IDS is a flexible diagnostic tool that utilizes standard computing platforms to work with Ford's VCM device. An IDS software license is required to use IDS software with a VCM or VCM II. The use of the IDS software requires a software license, which can be purchased for an additional fee (see IDS Software Licensing).

VCM: The Vehicle Communication Module (VCM) communicates with Ford vehicles through the 16-pin diagnostic link connector. This device is used by the IDS software and is the core of our diagnostic strategy.

The VCM II was introduced in the second half of 2012. The IDS software will support both the VCM and the VCM II. For SAE J2534 equipment see VCM II.

Pass-thru devices can be purchased from a third-party supplier. There is a list of some of the validated devices on the "Reprogramming and Initialization” page.  Scroll down to find the list of SAE J2534 accepted pass-thru devices.

How does a technician obtain the Calibration?  

Ford Module Programming Process Overview:

  1. Purchase a subscription to Ford Module Programming on
  2. Go to "My Subscriptions/Ford Module Programming". Download the application and install it on your PC.
  3. Connect the J2534 pass-thru device to the PC and the vehicle, and power it up.
  4. Run the Ford Module Programming application installed on your PC.
  5. The application will determine whether or not a new calibration file is available.
  6. If a new file is chosen, the module will be reprogrammed.
  7. If PATS functionality is required, it can be chosen from the toolbox.

Identify computer system requirements needed to support reprogramming.  

The most current requirements are available on Select "Reprogramming and Initialization”, scroll down to find minimum PC and software requirements.


Revised 10/30/2015