Two new software applications from Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems aim to help technicians diagnose, repair, troubleshoot and recalibrate antilock braking, traction and stability system components.

The ACom Diagnostics 5.3 software is a Windows-based program that interfaces with the vehicle and reduces steps in the troubleshooting process, directing the technician straight to the diagnostic trouble code. It covers current and most earlier generations of both tractor and trailer ABS applications from Bendix, including the most recently released ABS-6 Advanced with ESP electronic stability program.

A separate tool, the Bendix ABS Repair and Diagnostic CD, serves as a reference for training technicians about Bendix ABS and how to use various tools, including ACom Diagnostics, to troubleshoot the system. The CD includes information and tips on all current as well as most earlier
generations of Bendix tractor ABS applications.

The ACom Diagnostics 5.3 program builds on past versions of the software by adding full functionality to support ABS-6 Advanced with ESP. It provides additional insight related to the quantity and type of stability events, detailed diagnostic trouble codes, information on how to repair
trouble codes, and enables recalibration of steering-angle and yaw acceleration sensors after repairs are made.

As with past versions, the software’s primary benefit is a diagnostic trouble code window that clearly spells out the status of the system. It describes the code, where it’s located, which connector pins to check and concise
instructions for addressing the trouble code. It also includes a link to the online Bendix repair manual, with step-by-step instructions for troubleshooting.

The software is compatible with Windows 98, NT, 2000 and XP operating systems, and supports the following Bendix electronic control units: EC-17, Generation 4 and 5, EC-30, EC-60 (standard, premium and advanced), A-18, MC-30, and the trailer antilock braking TABS-6 unit.

Both tools are available in CD-ROM format and can be ordered through the literature center at or by calling 1-800-247-2725. Refer to BW2538 for the diagnostics and troubleshooting CD and BW2329 for the
ACom 5.3 CD.

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