Ford - VCM 3
Type of Product: Diagnostics   |  

Ford VCM 3

Ford Diagnostic Software

The VCM3 is Ford | Rotunda's latest Vehicle Communication Module (VCM) and is required for use of IDS, and is the recommended VCI for use with both FDRS and FJDS. Unlike the VCMII and VCMM, the VCM3 is capable of communicating on both the J1708 and J1939 networks. This allows for a higher level of diagnostics on Medium Duty Trucks when paired with the Rotunda Medium Duty Truck DLC adapter and manufacturer specific software. We trust this upgrade will help you service the needs of your customers. It’s also capable of performing module reprogramming at increased speeds on vehicles that are soon to be released and are equipped with the new CAN-FD network.


  • Authentic OEM diagnostics for Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury vehicles.
  • Customer Flight Recorder (CFR) functionality with an optional pendant cable.
  • Industry standardized J1962 Data Link Connector (DLC) and USB cables.
  • Four LED indicators and signaling device providing technician with continuous visual as well as audible operating status.
  • Enhanced 802.11 wireless that minimizes dependencies on service department wireless capability infrastructure.
  • Improved durability.
  • SmartPower Management system to protect the VCM 3 in extreme environments.


PC Based: Requires PC connection
Model Year Coverage: 1996 through current and future Ford vehicles
Software License: Ford IDS requires a software license with annual renewal. The license is connected to one VCM, VCM II, or VCM 3 and covers the scan system software and programming subscription.
IDS/FDRS software license subscriptions are available online at the PTS, Ford Fleet, or Motorcraft service website.

What's in the Box?
  • VCM3
  • DLC cable
  • Heavy duty USB cable
  • Wireless adapter
  • The VCM3 will operate as a Customer Flight Recorder (CFR) with an optional pendant cable 164-R9806 to replace the functionality of the Vehicle Data Recorder (VDR)
  • Includes enhanced 802.11n wireless that minimizes dependencies on service department wireless infrastructure
  • Wireless functionality preferred for all IDS functions including module reprogramming. USB wired connections are only required to update the VCM3 loaded code firmware and to set up the VCM3 to function as a Customer Flight Recorder (CFR)


Manual - PDF

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