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iCarsoft POR v1.0 Demo & Review

The iCarsoft POR V1.0 is potentially the best Porsche code reader & scan tool which is designed to diagnose & reset systems like Engine, ABS/PSM, Airbags, Transmission, Oil service reset and more in your Porsche – but does it work? In this post we’ll put it to the test and video the process along the way.

First things first, right now the best place to buy this Porsche code reader is here at Diagnostic World, where they offer a genuine product with fast delivery – but be aware, because there are fake and clone products on the market which are generally cheaper and simply wont work or connect to the car (the fake & clone kits are generally found on eBay and Amazon by sellers who don’t know anything about the product) The product is available in 4 different colours (red, black, blue & orange) but they will all do exactly the same thing.

How does POR v1.0 work?

And why is it the best Porsche DIY scan tool code reader right now? Within the box, you will find a main unit diagnostic tool, a cable which connects the car to the tool via the OBD2 diagnostic port, a USB cable for updates, and a user manual. One end of the cable is plugged into the car, and the other end is plugged into the POR v1.0 tool the screen will light up, allowing you to start diagnosing a fault. In our experience the tool works best to diagnose a fault in the engine system, ABS/PSM system, airbag system, transmission system, or reset an oil service warning light. It will cover other systems but that all depends on which vehicle it is plugged into.

What cars does it work on? It works on a long list of Porsche cars, as listed below.

  • Porsche Panamera 970
  • Porsche GT3 & GT2
  • Porsche Cayman 987
  • Porsche Cayman 981
  • Porsche Cayman 718
  • Porsche Cayenne
  • Porsche Carrera GT
  • Porsche Boxster 987
  • Porsche Boxster 986
  • Porsche Boxster 981
  • Porsche Boxster 718
  • Porsche 911 997
  • Porsche 911 996
  • Porsche 911 991
  • Porsche Macan

Personally, we have tested the tool on a Porsche 911 997, Porsche Cayman 987, Porsche Boxster 986, Porsche Macan Turbo and also Porsche Cayenne 958, and the tool perfoms really well in all areas, without a single link error or communication error, in contrast to the older version (i960) which does produce link errors.

Check Engine Light Reset with POR v1.0

Let’s take a look at some of the videos which show the tool working to diagnose & reset a check engine light. When the tool was plugged into the 911 997, it produced a P0036 fault code with the fault description reading HO2s Heater control circuit BANK 1 Sensor 2.

We replaced an O2 (Oxygen sensor) then erased the fault codes and warning light from the dashboard.

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ABS/PSM Reset with POR v1.0

Our video below, we show the POR V1.0 code reader diagnose & reset an ABS/ESP dash warning light & fault code. This time the fault code was 4205, and the description of fault read Front Left Wheel Speed Sensor Line, which is the same as an ABS sensor (wheel speed sensor is another term for abs sensor). The ABS sensor was replaced the fault codes were deleted and the warning lights were turned off. You would also get a similar fault code if for example you had a problem with the front right, rear right or or rear left ABS sensor.

A front left ABS sensor was replaced, we then came back into the car to erase the trouble codes and the dashboard warning lights.

Airbag Light Reset with POR v1.0

Our next video below, we have an airbag light (SRS warning light) showing on the dashboard of the Porsche. To diagnose this fault, we need to select the Porsche 997 from the menu system, and find the POSIP option, this is the airbag system for the Porsche. Then we hit ‘Read DTC’s’ we found the following fault codes

  • 800C – driver thorax airbag – above upper limit
  • C158 – communication gateway control unit (can drive)
  • C140 – communication instrument cluster (display)
  • 8053 – driver belt buckle – short circuit to B+

A loose connection was found underneath the drivers seat, and when we clipped everything back together we were able to erase the airbag fault codes, and turn off the airbag warning light on the dashboard of the car.

Service Light Reset with POR v1.0

For the final video of this post, below we show how easy it is to erase the ‘SERVICE NOW’ message on screen which displays alongside a spanner/wrench icon when the engine is started with the POR V1.0. We used a 2006 Porsche Cayman S 987 to demonstrate the procedure, and as you can see it is very simple to do, but we only recommend doing this if you have actually carried out a service on the car (for example changed the oil, oil filter, air filter etc)

What about POR v1.0 Updates?

Further good news is that updates are FREE for life. This means that you will always have access to the latest software releases that iCarsoft will publish, which is a rather nice little perk. Generally updates are published around 3 times per year, and you update your iCarsoft POR v1.0 scan tool you need to make sure you are using the correct tool (there are different update tools for different iCarsoft scan tools)

With regards to the correct update tool for the POR v1.0 is shown on the official iCarsoft website HERE

Furthermore, the tool is well built,  and offers even more features over the outgoing i960 kit, while still coming in at the same price, which is certainly an important factor when it comes to choosing the right scanner for your Porsche. One function the product will NOT do is mileage correction/adjustment, but fear not because we have covered Porsche mileage correction in this blog.

iCarsoft POR v1.0 Languages

Languages for the iCarsoft POR v1.0 include English, French, German, Dutch & Spanish

In Summary

Finally, we believe this this POR v1.0 scan tool is a great addition to any Porsche owner who wants to maintain their car to high standards, and above all serve as a general health check tool, as well as putting the power in your hands, because in some cases if you have a fault with your Porsche that needs to be fixed, you might be able to replace a faulty part on your own by following a guide on YouTube perhaps, therefore the power is in your hands and not the Porsche dealer workshop.

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