Basic Settings – a confusing feature to some, yet a necessity to others. Access to a vehicle’s Basic Settings gives you a manufacturer-level deep-dive into your car. At the same time, such control can also have a negative (and costly) impact on a car’s behavior, performance, and overall health. That’s why it’s important to understand the risks and benefits before making any changes to your Audi’s, Volkswagen’s, Seat’s, or Škoda’s Basic Settings.
What exactly is the Basic Settings feature?
This feature allows you to access almost all your vehicle’s functionalities. For example, you can add new calibration values to your car’s control units – A/C flaps, brake pads, steering angle sensors, etc. Basic Settings are also available for UDS-based control units, as well as older cars’ control units that support it.
With the help of this feature, users get access to almost all possible vehicle functionalities – the very same ones that a manufacturer has. However, it’s important to note that Basic Settings aren’t the same as coding. It’s more like performing a specific procedure that can’t be restored to its’ previous version.
What you need to know before using Basic Settings
While Basic Settings no doubt gives amazing access to a vehicle, saving trips to a dealership or a workshop – this feature should strictly be used by professionals and experienced drivers only. This is because changes made with Basic Settings are irreversible.
That’s why we strongly recommend to always err on the side of caution, even for professionals. Some changes can be restored only by an authorized repairer, which will cost you. In particular, you should take note of these Basic Settings:
–Resetting all adaptations;
–Resetting all adaptation values;
–Resetting factory settings;
More often than not, users believe that selecting these options will restore the original settings. What these functions actually do is delete them entirely. And when that happens, users have to go to an authorized service to have specialists reverse these actions.
Before attempting any kind of action, you should always refer to your vehicle’s Factory Repair Manual before making any changes with the Basic Settings feature. It’s always better to be safe rather than sorry – plus your wallet will definitely appreciate this.
Moving to the fun part – benefits of Basic Settings
The biggest benefit of this feature is that it gives you full access to a wide range of a car’s functionalities. It’s something you immediately see when opening up the VAG OBDeleven mobile application, choosing a control unit, and tapping on Basic Settings:
–Reset oxygen sensor learned values;
–Service regeneration of particle filter;
–Adaptation of dff. pressure sensor particle filter;
–Transfer Fuel Pump (FP) test;
–Automatic test sequence;
–Test of oil pressure valve change-over;
...and many more.
What are Basic Settings used for?
Basic settings are used to perform various calibrations – to reset existing settings or calibrations, delete learned values from control units, or test different functions and procedures. More detailed examples include performing simple procedures like brake pad change, TPMS reset, A/C flap, transmission, and sunroof calibrations.
If you’re not as comfortable manually delving into the brain of your car, you can do all of the above-mentioned procedures (and more) with our One-Click Apps. With the help of these pre-made coding applications, you won’t have to worry about damaging your car or making changes that can’t be reversed. This is why we always recommend this option for daily drivers – even pros to save time and effort coding cars manually.
With Basic Settings, you can also perform more complex tasks such as DPF forced regeneration, suspension height calibration and others that require a specific procedure. For example, entering a security access code, service change, pressing the right pedals or buttons at the right time, measuring the height of the car, and so on.
Finally, there are the advanced Basic Setting procedures. They require specialized service equipment like calibration stands. Attempting to perform these procedures without the required equipment can result in damage to control units. In this case, the only solution to this would be to get professional assistance.
As with everything, it’s always better to know what you’re doing, especially if we’re talking about specific and irreversible changes to your car. No one wants to be left with a damaged vehicle whether there’s an emergency or you simply need to go somewhere. Our goal is to make sure we take our users’ driving experience to the next level by providing you with the means and necessary tools, but big changes still require specific knowledge and experience.