This is the launch creda Elite and, if youve watched my channel before you know, I enjoy working on vehicles. I also like taking a look at the various diagnostic tools that are available to work on them and the tools that weve looked at in the past have been generic tools, meaning that were able to work across a wide variety of vehicles. But the problem with those is they can get quite expensive when youre looking at a fully featured scan tool. So this is a kind of locked down version, basically its designed to be used only on one branded vehicle, but it has all of the features of one of the much more expensive scan tools. So if we take a look on Amazon here is the tool its available for 150 pounds. Amazon do have some discount vouchers and Ive also got one in the description down below, so you can get it at a cheaper price, but there are three versions available on UK. So you can get the one for BMW, which is the one that Ive got here. You can get one for Mercedes, Benz and one for the Volkswagen group, so you can use these in Volkswagen Audi and skoda now. These are fully featured scan tools just designed to work on only one brand of vehicle, so its based on the launch x431, which, as you can see, is a much more expensive scan tool. Obviously it doesnt have the Bluetooth module or the big tablet here, but it has basically all of the same features of this much more expensive tool, a fraction of the price, and if we take a look at the features that are available, weve got all of these Reset functions so resetting the oil service, light, um, tire pressure, monitoring system, resetting the battery management, Etc.

So all of the types of things that you would do, if you were doing general maintenance on your vehicle, we also have full system scan and what we learned in one of the previous videos is that these tools are able to communicate with all of the different Modules in the vehicle, rather than just the engine management computer, we could actually talk to all of the systems in the car. So if youre working on the transmission – and you need to relearn the position of the clutches and that kind of thing you can do all of that with one of these tools, you can look at the live data and you can look at things like the transmission Temperature, which is essential when youre filling up the transmission fluid on certain types of vehicle, um and again theyve just repeated some of the other service functions. So its a fully featured scan tool just locked down to one particular brand of vehicles. So Ive got the BMW one here and it works with um, basically, all of the BMWs that have uh OBD2 port, so pretty much anything from about 2 000 onwards, and it works with the latest Vehicles as well. So the unit is Palm sizes. You can see it feels fairly comfortable to hold its got kind of a rubberized grip all the way around the outside to provide a bit of ruggedness to it. Now it is hardwired to the OBD2 connector, so theres, no luxury or Bluetooth on this device.

Weve got about a meter of cable that you do have to plug in it. Doesnt have any internal battery or anything like that, so its powered by the OBD2 port. The unit has a four inch TFT display on it and its running Android on here. On the back here, weve got a speaker, but not much else. You can see. Weve got the input here, 12 volts or it does have a USB port on the bottom here and thats about it really so on the bottom. If we open this up, you can see weve got a USBC connector, and this is quite useful because it allows you to plug it into a USB power supply or into your PC. And then you can connect through Wi Fi to the internet and download updates, and that kind of thing through here without having to be plugged into the vehicle and then weve got an SD card slot which we can use to take screenshots Etc from the display. So I think thats about all there is to say about the unit itself now well plug it into the USB port, and we can actually see how it functions in its entirety without any risk of reprogramming anything on the car, because it actually has a fully featured Demo function on the unit itself, so once you connect either by the USB C port or by the OBD2 connector it takes about 20 seconds or so for the unit to boot up and then youre presented with this screen here and the first time you use it.

You should definitely go to upgrade to make sure that the system is fully up to date with the latest firmware updates and when I connected Mine by Wi Fi. This connects just like any other Android device, go to settings, network, Wi, Fi and then just connect to any local access point that youve got the security details for preferably your own, and then you can just go onto this screen here and make sure that everythings up To date, so, first of all it updated the general UI and then it was able to update all of the individual functions that are on the system as well. Now the one thing to notice about this unit is that it didnt actually require to sign up to any kind of service, so I was expecting to have to create maybe a launch account and sign in there. Didnt need any of that whatsoever. Once I was connected to Wi Fi, just let me update everything no subscription. As far as I can see required and as you can see here, it says the expiration date isnt about 10 years time, so Im guessing uh. This basically is designed for 10 years use and then youd be expected to upgrade to some other new device. So everything is all up to date here and the really nice thing on this unit has been going to diagnose and if youve never used the device before and you dont want to make a mistake on your own vehicle or on the vehicle that youre working on You can go to demo and we can go here, press, ok and it will launch a demo mode and basically emulate connecting via the OBD2 port to a vehicle.

Now, oddly, although this is a tool designed for Volkswagens uh, BMW, Mercedes, we dont have the BMW or the Mercedes options on here. Although we do have Volkswagen, but we dont have these options available on The Credo Elite, but were able to simulate a Ford. But I think this basically, as I said, is using the same firmware as some of the other diagnostic tools. So we can emulate connecting to the tool to the car, comes up with an example of what you would get as you connect to that vehicle and then youre able to go through and see all the functions available. So the first thing that you do if youre presented with a vehicle – and you want to see if theres anything wrong with it – is go to Health Report. So well click on that and, as you can see, the touch screen and everything is quite responsive. Ive not noticed any kind of issues with it, not detecting uh touch, presses or anything like that, so its going through emulating how it would take to scan through all of the various modules that are on a vehicle, and we will plug this into a real vehicle And just check that it does do the same thing so heres what the screen might look like if you happen to be extremely unlucky and have these three faults on your powertrain control module and we can actually scroll through and have a look at all of the Different modules that it has scanned and were able to go into any of these modules and look at the version information, so things like the firmware which hardware version youve got installed that kind of thing.

We can also just double check that there are no stored pending codes or history codes on here, but obviously its saying here no Faults here and we can also read live data. So we can look at all of the different things that that particular module is reading. So we can just select a whole bunch of these press, OK, and it will tell you in real time the status of each of those things, so that can be quite useful on the transmission, for example. Certainly, on BMWs when youre filling up the transmission, you need to be aware of the temperature when youre filling it up. You need to wait for it to get to a certain operating point and then top it up and its really useful to be able to read things like the temperature of the system. So its got things like the the gear commanded, we should have the temperature in here, maybe not on this particular example of a Ford uh, but you can go through there and read the live data. Now. If we go back to the PCM, where weve got our three faults, we can go across here again. We can look at the version. Information just check that weve got the right PCM installed and then we can read the fault codes and this is where weve got. Three different codes here and if we go to code search, it will allow us to go onto Google, for example, and look at what a p0401 is and give you some hints as to how you might want to fix that problem.

Theres also a button that says help Im, not sure if its just on the demo well, if we can get it to show up, am I pressing it in the right point there we go. I must not have my finger quite there, but um. It also gives some possible failures. Now. It says demo help so Im guessing on the demo uh. It doesnt actually tell you what those failures might be, but um if youre on a real vehicle. It could give you some example: Diagnostics to help you try and narrow down the problem. So if we go back here again, just like with any of the others, we can have a look at some live data to help us work out what the problem is, and we can also graph that data. So if we just want to look at the one, we can click on graph here and we can see whats happening in real time with the accelerator position and just like with the other tools that we took a look at. If we click combine, we can select multiple of those press. Ok and we can view those all on the graph together and I think we are limited once again to just four bits of live data on one graph at one time, but I think youd struggle on the screen to view any more than that. So basically, we can do all of the Diagnostics that youd want to be able to do to read whats going on inside any of the modules, and that will help you with your fix for the vehicle.

Now, if you did want to try and clear the codes, you can go to clear fault codes and it says, are you sure press, yes and with any look provided you fix the problem? Then the code will go away and if we go read fault codes, you can see here its saying that the result is okay and no further faults with the vehicle. So what we looked at there was the Health Report, which is a really nice way, just to quickly see whats going on with a vehicle that youre working on. However, if youve got a specific fault, but you dont know what module it might be associated with, you go to system scan and what this does is it goes through and sees what modules are available for the system to communicate, because, depending on the options that you Had selected when you had your vehicle manufactured, some modules might not be there in the entire list of modules available for that car. So, for example, if we had a problem with the alarm, for example, we might want to go to the body control module and then we can go through and its got exactly the same set of information that we had available on the Health Report. So we can look at the version information. We can see the hardware software versions, We can check whether theres any fault codes stored and then we can go through and actually read the data streams and the alarm.

One is actually quite useful and I found recently with a vehicle where the alarm just kept going off randomly this tool actually had the last five events that caused the alarm to go off on the data stream, which is really handy. So you can work out the cores and try and find out whats actually going wrong. The last option in here is the system selection, and basically this just has every module, as I was mentioning that is available for that particular type of vehicle. But the problem is, as I said, you might not have all of these fitted to the car. You might not have a front controls interface module because you didnt have a certain option selected when you had your vehicle manufactured. So this just saves you uh going through each of these and then finding out that it cant communicate because that module wasnt fitted. So that was the diagnose function here, which allows us to talk to all of the modules in the vehicle, and that is free to use for the entire life of the unit, with updates available for around 10 years. It looks like now OBD2 functionality here, which we need to be connected to a vehicle, for is generic OBD2 data, so the type of info you might get from a basic tool that doesnt have all of that extra functionality allows us to talk to the ECM. Read the codes from the ECM and then also read the live data that is presented to generic tools, so well take a look at that in a moment and then weve got the reset, and these are the 31 service reset functions that were available, which I mentioned Earlier on in the video now, it looks like these are only available for one year from using the unit.

After that point, you have to go to the mall to buy updates for, and it looks like theyre quite expensive. I didnt see one that just covered all of that functionality, and there also seems to be a whole load on here. That dont seem to be relevant to this particular unit um. So here we can say see like ABS bleeding its asking for 38 dollars, which excuse me is, is quite a lot of money actually for all of that stuff. So here we are plugged into the vehicle and at the top here its showing the battery voltage. So weve got the engine running, so you can see its charging. We go through, diagnose and well just check that we still have all of the functionality we mentioned before. So BMW, press, ok and well just do a um, a system search. We might actually have a few history codes on here related to the catalytic converters after Ive recently changed the O2 sensors. So lets have a look. I have noticed its a little bit slower at communicating with an actual vehicle than obviously the demo, so this is taking quite a bit longer than before a couple of minutes actually to get through to this stage and so yeah a couple of codes there related to The catalytic converter, it turned out actually that the postcat O2 sensors on this vehicle were faulty. They were very sluggish and it was giving false information making. It think that there was a problem with the catalytic converter, so we can go through and we can probably clear those errors and we can just double check and yeah no fault code, so its all working properly.

Now now, if we go to the main menu for the DME, for example, youll notice compared to the demo, weve actually got a really interesting and really useful function at the bottom here called actuation test. So if we click on here, these are really useful. For vehicle diagnostics lets say: weve got a problem where the vehicle is overheating and weve noticed that the radiator fan isnt actually operating, and we dont know whether thats, because the thermostats not working properly whether the fan is seized or whether theres an electrical problem. So we can go here to ebox fan, for example, and if we run this, it will run the fan at full speed for 20 seconds and what that means is we can test whether the fan itself will spin whether were getting power to the fan connector or Whether the problem is Upstream from that lets, say theres a problem with a thermostat thats, preventing the fan from ever actuating, so the these are the much more useful functions in a diagnostic tool. The type of thing that you have on the more advanced tools – and you can see theres a whole load on here – we can tell it to run the Electric coolant pump, which I also replaced recently. I did a video on that and we can run that at 50 speed and 95 speed just to prove that it is actually working properly. So these are really useful functions and you know the type of thing that you want.

One of these Advanced Diagnostic tools. For now, if we go to OBD2 its going to try and work out what vehicle is connected and this actually works for all vehicles, so we have to go through and work out what protocol the vehicle talks in so its going to take a while to go Through this, but you can actually use this tool to read generic ECU codes on any brand of vehicle that supports OBD2 Diagnostics. So here you can see this is the type of user interface we get in generic OBD2. So we can read things like fault codes live data, so we can go through here, for example, and we can read the throttle position – press OK on there, its at 14. If I give it a little blip, we can see it goes much higher. So we can read all kinds of things from the data stream, so we can also read the fault codes that are on the ECU and clear them. We can look at the OSU sensor, type stuff and everything like that. So thats the OBD2 Diagnostics, then weve got the reset function so lets see if it picks up any here. So I did manage to find all of the reset functions its not under the reset menu. You have to go into, diagnose and then special function. Then youve got everything here so lets say: weve just changed the oil we can go through and reset the oil service light.

We can reset some of the Learned values calibrate the mechatronic unit, for example, adjust the idle speed, so everything there in chassis weve got things like bleeding. The ABS pump in body weve got things like learning the values for the electric windows and the electric sunroof, and everything like that. So weve got all of these special functions that you might want to do on your vehicle in the diagnose menu. So you dont actually need to buy any of those licenses that were in the mall, and then we can do things like look at the vehicle order, which shows all the modules that are connected to the vehicle, with various options that have been set, and this allows You to customize the vehicle, so, for example, if you did move to another country it had different headlights, you can tell that youve got that different version of headlights fitted that might have a different standard for how the lights are used and that kind of thing. So all of the coding that you can do with the BMW tools, insta and all those kind of tools, so a bit tricky to use. You can do on this little tool here. So that is the launch creda Elite and Im, not sure if you noticed in the user interface its very similar to those two King Berlin Tools that we looked at recently offered. All of these same types of features and Ive also just had confirmation from the vendor that the updates are now going to be free for life, its not that 10 year thing theyre going to be free for the entire life of the device Until It Breaks.

Basically so this seems like quite a sensible option, especially for the DIY, where youre probably only going to be working on your car, maybe once a year prior to the mot test, and so youd end up having to pay every year on some of those tools. Before you took it for mot, so now that this is free updates for life, I think its quite an attractive proposition, so Ill put links in the description down below. I hope you enjoyed the video dont forget to leave any comments or thoughts in the comments section down below and until next time.