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Review: Using The Hex GS-911 Tool

18
July
2007
  Posted at 02:51:50 PM
  File under  BMW Product Review
  Author: Jonas Granberg
  Location: Paris, France

We've told you about the BMW engine fault diagnostic tool, Hex GS-911 {link}. Here's a review of the tool in operation on a BMW R1150GS.

Fault code reading with the Hex GS-911 tool.


Here's what's in the package when it came in, plus my cell phone and a portable computer (the latter two are not included in the package Doh Smiley):

Hex GS-911 diagnostic tool


The equipment used.


Please note that both a PC and a cell phone can be used for reading the fault codes. For the sake of clarity, we’ll try both options here.

First, hook the GS-911 to the BMW's diagnostics plug :

Hex GS-911 diagnostic tool

The LED will light up in green when connected.

Now, it’s time to pair the GS-911 via Bluetooth with the cell phone (accomplished like you would pair any Bluetooth device to your mobile phone). Once done, you launch the application on the handset, and choose your type of BMW motorcycle…

Hex GS-911 diagnostic tool

…and then your model…

Hex GS-911 diagnostic tool

…and finally, your Motronic version.

Hex GS-911 diagnostic tool

Now you’re « in the system », and can choose between reading the version information of your Motronic, or the fault codes that are stored on it :

Hex GS-911 diagnostic tool

Choosing the first option will produce a result similar to the picture below :

Hex GS-911 diagnostic tool

As there are no faults present in the system, I simulated faults by not switching on the engine – this generates errors for the Hall sensor :

Hex GS-911 diagnostic tool

This concludes our trial with the Bluetooth device.

Now let’s try the same exercise using a PC and the USB interface. The screenshots below follow the same sequence as above, and are quite self explanatory.

Select the type of BMW motorcycle:

Hex GS-911 diagnostic tool

Select the motorcycle model:

Hex GS-911 diagnostic tool

Select the engine size!

Hex GS-911 diagnostic tool

Select the contoller:

Hex GS-911 diagnostic tool

And finally, select what you want to diagnose;

Hex GS-911 diagnostic tool

You can see what's under the hood:

Hex GS-911 diagnostic tool

And finally, you can see the faults that your motorcycle is suffering from.

Hex GS-911 diagnostic tool


The diagnostics are easy to perform and understand. That was the easy part, now you've got to repair it, but that's another story.

Click here to access the Hex GS-911 website Open link in a new window





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