First and foremost, ECUWorx offer no warranty of any kind, we are not liable if you break your car by incorrectly flashing your ECU/DME. You do so at your own risk!
You will require the following:
- A Windows laptop with .Net Framework 4.5 installed
- A copy of MSS6x Flasher, available here
- A copy of the MSS6x Flasher prerequisites, available here
- A copy of either the MSS65 (M5/M6) Binary Modification Tool, or a copy of the MSS60 (M3) Binary Modification Tool, both are available here
- All E9x M3s and 2008+ M5s will require a K+D-CAN cable that is flashed with the EdiabasLib firmware. ECUWorx sells preflashed cables, grab one here. Without this type of cable, a DME brick is guaranteed.
- A trickle charger that can supply 10A to your car whilst flashing. I use a CTEK MXS 10 (Recommended, but not always required if your battery is good).
Before proceeding any further, please pay attention to the FAQ on the MSS6x Flasher page
First things first, hook your car up to the trickle charger, and your laptop up to its charger.
Plug your OBD2 cable in to the laptop and to your vehicle. The OBD2 port is usually located by the drivers footwell, by the hood release.
Download MSS6x Flasher and extract it to a directory of your chosing.
Download the appropriate ECUWorx Binary Modification tool and extract it to a directory of your choosing.
Download the MSS6x prerequisits zip file and extract it to the root of your C:\ drive.
The zip file should then create the following directory structure:
Now open up Windows ‘Device Manager’, this can be accessed via ‘Control Pane’ > ‘Hardware and Sound’ > ‘Device Manager’ or by clicking ‘Start’ then typing ‘devmgmt.msc’.
Once in ‘Device Manager’ locate the ‘Ports (COM & LPT) section and expand it out. Check to see what COM port your USB diagnostic cable has adopted. In the screenshot below mine had adopted COM5.
Your COM port number may differ from mine.
We must now change the COM port used by the USB diagnostic cable to COM1, we must also change the latency settings.
Double click your USB Serial Port, then click the ‘Port Settings’ tab, then the ‘Advanced…’ button.
Change the ‘COM Port Number’ to ‘COM1’ via the drop down, and then change the ‘Latency Timer (msec)’ to 1, as per below.
Once the COM Port Number and Latency Timer are set click ‘OK’, if you receive a warning regarding the name being used by another device ensure you have no other devices using COM1 and then click ‘Yes’, followed by ‘OK’.
Close Device Manager.
Place the key in the ignition and press start but do not start the vehicle. Turn off your lights, heater, radio etc to minimise the current drawn whilst reading/writing to the DME.
Load up ‘MSS6x Flasher’ and click ‘Identify DME’
MSS6x Flasher should return the DME Type, VIN, HW Reference, Program Version, Software Version and DME Status.
If it returns ‘Unknown / Unsupported’ then please double check you have completed all of the above steps correctly.
If all is identified correctly then proceed to click ‘Read Full Flash’.
The ‘Full Flash’ read will take around 45-60 mins.
Once the read completes an explorer window will pop up with your full read.
The tool will also return to its idle state:
At this stage, I would also recommend that you backup your ISN/Secret key in case your DME becomes corrupt at any stage.
To perform the ISN/Secrete key backup simply click ‘Advanced’ > ‘Read ISN / Secret Key’.
Your ISN / Secret key will be saved in the same location as your DME reads.
Turn your ignition off and remove the OBD2 cable from the diagnostic port.
If you have an e9x M3 you will be to use the ‘Flash RSA Bypass’ option, as per the MSS6x Flasher FAQ.
Once the flash completes, you will need to cycle the ignition to clear any codes / warnings left on your dash.