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iCarsoft i980 Review

The iCarsoft i980 is an OBD II diagnostics scanner that is easy to use and can read more than just fault codes related to the Check Engine Light. The iCarsoft can access multiple control units on Mercedes-Benz cars with an OBD2 port. This scanner works on cars made after 1996. On the W210 and W208 chassis, this scanner is limited only to the ECU, as those chassis require a 38-pin connector for further diagnosis. On the newer models, it can access several control units.

OBD-II functions

1. Read Codes
2. Erase Codes
3. I/M Readiness
4. Data Stream
5. Freeze Frame — When an emission-related fault occurs, the on-board computer records certain vehicle conditions.
6. O2 Sensor Test — This option allows retrieval and viewing of O2 sensor results for most recently performed tests from the vehicle’s onboard computer.
7. On-Board Monitoring — This function can read the results of onboard diagnostic monitoring tests for specific components/systems.
8. Evap System Test — The EVAP test function lets you initiate a leak test for the vehicle’s EVAP system.
Before using the system test function, refer to the vehicle’s service repair manual to determine the procedures necessary to stop the test.
9. Vehicle Information — The option displays the vehicle identification number (VIN), the calibration verification number (CVN), and other information about the test vehicle.

This scanner can read more than just the ECU. It can read the Airbag control units on most Mercedes-Benz cars, including the following control units.

Control Units Covered

– Engines (All Petrol & Diesel Systems)
– Transmissions and Electronic Selector Modules
– Airmatic and Active Body Control Suspension Systems
– Traction Systems: ESP / ASR / ETS / ABS / BAS / SBC braking systems
– Supplementary Restraint Systems (SRS) / Airbag, All body modules OCP / UCP / LCP /  SCM / SKF / KFB / RCM / DCM’s
– Drive Authorization System
– Sam (Signal Acquisition) Modules
– Electronic Ignition System (EIS)
– Pneumatic System Equipment and ATA functions
– Air Conditioning/climate control Systems
– Instrument Cluster
– Tire Pressure Control
– Parktronic System
– Keyless entry Go
– D2b Command & Audio Gateway (D2B and MOST networks)
– TV Tuner
– Headlamp Range Adjustment
– Seat Electronics
– Rvc, RST & Vario Roof modules
– Automatic Clutch System ACS
– M-Class Body Modules (AAM / EAM / DAS / SEM / VG Transfer Case)
– Assyst & ASSYST + systems

These systems are not supported on all models. They are also not supported if the vehicle is not equipped with a specific control unit.


Not everyone can afford the professional diagnostic scanner used by the Mercedes-Benz dealer, the Star Diagnostic C4 or C3 If you are looking for an easy way to reset the Airbag / SRS light this is the least expensive tool that you can use. Even taking it to a shop will cost you more than the price of the iCarsoft i980. The bottom line is that the i980 is a great scanner for DIY repairs. If you own a Mercedes-Benz, you should consider the second-generation scanner and go for the iCarsoft MB II, which covers more systems that the i980.

Click SRS Airbag Comparability Chart for Mercedes-Benz. Pdf to see if iCarsoft i980 can reset your car’s airbag / SRS light.

i980 Quick Start
iCarsoft i980 User Manual


What other Scanners can I use for Diagnosing my Vehicle?

The YOUCANIC full system diagnostic scanner is a powerful tool to help you troubleshoot Mercedes-Benz problems quickly and efficiently. This scanner can communicate with all the control units in your Mercedes-Benz, including the engine, transmission, ABS, SRS, and more. By accessing real-time data from these control units, you can pinpoint the root cause of the problem and take appropriate action to resolve it.

Whether you’re experiencing issues with your engine, transmission, or other systems in your Mercedes-Benz, the YOUCANIC diagnostic scanner can provide valuable insight into what’s going on under the hood. This scanner can help you identify error codes, read live data, and perform special functions like reset adaptations or component tests. With this information, you can make informed decisions about repairs, maintenance, and upgrades to keep your Mercedes-Benz running smoothly.

Overall, the YOUCANIC full system diagnostic scanner is invaluable for any Mercedes-Benz owner or technician looking to troubleshoot problems quickly and accurately. With its user-friendly interface and powerful diagnostic capabilities, you can save time, money, and frustration by diagnosing and resolving issues with your Mercedes-Benz quickly and efficiently.


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