FORscan OBD to USB Cable Windows – With MS Can Switch


Our OBD-FORscan USB cable allows you to connect your Ford or Mazda to your computer and use all the features of the FORscan software. This gives you a dealer-style full system scan tool. We recommend using our FORscan cable tool when doing programming or any heavier procedures as the connection is stable and faster. In addition, there are some procedures that can only be done with the FORscan Windows computer version. This cable has a high-quality chip that ensures fast connection and a switch that allows it to read both HS/MS-CAN protocols. Check why and fault light is on, diagnose where the fault is coming from, and run test and service procedures like a professional.

  • Works with all FORscan Software.
  • Access to all cars modules (Engine, ABS, BCM etc).
  • Full control of all your car’s systems.
  • Run service procedures
  • Make advance ECU changes – Tyre Size, Tank Size
  • Works with Ford and Mazdas from 1998+*.
  • Retrieve fault codes and clear check lights.
  • Latest chipset for strong connection and faster speeds
  • Easy to use with wired stable connection.
  • 12-Month Warranty

NOTICE: This scanner is not compatible with the Ford Ranger 2012+ or any vehicle with the same motor.

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Please Note: You will need to download the FORscan software which is Free or Paid depending on what you need, but it is only £5.99 per year for the paid version and this gives you a full dealer style diagnostic tool. There is also a 2-month free trial you can use.

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The OBD2 Scanz FORscan USB scan tool works by being plugged into your OBD2 port and reading data from several sensors on your Ford or Mazda. You will find this port within 50 cm of your steering wheel, and it is easy to access. Check our post here on how to find it. It then displays this data on your computer using the FORscan software that has been created specifically for Fords and Mazdas. This tool gives you a professional dealer-type diagnostics setup at the fraction of the price. FORscan is free for some and paid for other versions. You can check it out here.

You can check what fault codes are showing and what they mean when they happen in your car. With FORscan it allows you to access all the systems on your car, so you can see ABS, Airbag, SRS, etc module faults and clear them. This is a fantastic piece of software, and you can view all of its features here.

You can find out why the annoying check or warning light keeps coming on and fix this problem and clear the check engine light. Saving you from having to go to the mechanic and paying £70 just to do a scan on your car. A must-have for any Ford or Mazda owner.

Unsure about OBD2 and the benefits it has, then check out our blog post here!

There are many OBD2 scanners, but does the FORscan somehow differ? Yes, because it is designed especially for Ford and Mazda vehicles. So, it supports specific features of the manufacturer protocols, making the FORscan more powerful with these models than any regular OBD2 scanner. Basically, if you work on your Ford yourself or drive a lot, you need this tool in your glove box.

For example, FORscan can detect modules that are not visible for regular OBD2 scanners, can show you trouble codes that are never displayed by OBD2 scanners, can show you PIDs that are not supported by any OBD2 scanner, and run specific tests and service procedures. In other words, FORscan can do things that regular OBD2 scanners can not do.

Some Features:

  • Detect vehicle on-board network configuration
  • Read and reset Diagnostic Trouble Codes from all modules (see list of supported modules)
  • Reading of modules’ sensors’ data
  • Run test diagnostic procedures
  • DPF Regen
  • Adjust advance settings. Larger Tyres and Fuel Tank adjustments
  • Run service procedures
  • Program new keys

MS/HS Can Switch – What is the Switch for?

This allows our FORscan scan tool to access both the MS and HS system, so this means you get full access to your car.

HS-CAN modules:
-PCM (Powertrain Control Module)
-ABS (Anti-lock Brake System, includes AdvanceTrac and Traction Control)
-RCM (Restraint Control Module, AKA airbags and seatbelts)
-AWD (All-Wheel Drive module, if equipped)
-OCSM (Occupant Classification System Module, AKA Passenger Seat Sensors)
-PAM (Parking Aid Module)
-IPC (Instrument Panel Cluster)
-BdyCM (Body Control Module 2013+)
-ACM (Audio Control Module, 2013+)
-FCIM (Front Controls Interface Module, 2013+)
-PSCM (Power Steering Control Module, Hydraulic PS only)
-SECM (Steering Effort Control Module, Electric PS only)
-CCM (Cruise Control Module)
-SCCM (Steering Column Control Module, 2013+)
-APIM (Accessory Protocol Interface Module AKA SYNC)

MS-CAN modules:
-SJB (Smart Junction Box)
-HVAC (Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning module)
-ACM (Audio Control Module, pre-2013)
-DSP (Audio Digital Signal Processing Module)
-DSM (Driver Seat Module)
-DDM (Driver Door Module)
-RFA (Remote Function Actuator Module)
-DCSM (Dual Climate Controlled Seat Module)
-SDARS (Satellite Digital Audio Radio Service)
-FCIM (Front Controls Interface Module, pre-2013)
-FDIM (Front Display Interface Module)
-ILCM (Interior Lighting Control Module)
-HCM-2 (High Beam Control Module)
-SOD-R/L (Side Obstacle Detection Control Module AKA BLIS, a module for each side of the vehicle)
-IPC-MS (Instrument Panel Cluster, MS-CAN)
-GPSM (Global Positioning System Module)
-APIM (Accessory Protocol Interface Module AKA SYNC)


Why the USB FORscan Tool and not the Bluetooth one?

If you are programming new modules or changing a lot of advanced settings, then the USB version provides you with a stable connection that will not suffer interference (because it uses wires). But we suggest you buy both the USB and Bluetooth devices, as these will allow you to have a cable one for major changes and the Bluetooth or wireless one you can use with your phone when you are on the road.

Will it work in my car?

If your Ford or Mazda is 1998 or newer, then it is full OBD2 and will work with your car*. If your car is older, then please contact us. Please note that this will not work on Ford Transits 2010 and newer. This device is currently not compatible with Ford Ranger T6/PX (2012 and up) or any vehicle with the same motor.

How do I install it and get it to work?

All cars have a diagnostics port (OBD). If your car is OBD2, it has to be within reaching distance of the steering wheel. Look under the steering wheel and above your pedals, and you will find it. Then all you have to do is plug it in and download the app to your phone or to your computer. Note that as you are using third-party software on third-party devices, OBD2 Scanz will only provide support for hardware issues limited to defects (such as repairing or replacing your FORscan device, provided it’s proven faulty). If you need software or connectivity support, you can contact FORscan or your device manufacturer. This device requires a technique to set up and use, and just because it cannot connect does not mean it’s faulty. There is a myriad of factors to consider why the connection fails.

What is the switch for?

The switch on allows the OBD2 Scanz FORscan to access all protocols including MS-CAN & HS-CAN which standard OBD2 scan tools cannot access. 

Will it clear my engine fault and tell me what’s wrong?

Yes, it will do both. In the app, you just click on check engine faults. It will then come up with code like this P0171 – Oxygen Sensor. So you know the problem is with the oxygen sensor and then the best thing to do is google the code and your car’s year and model.

  • Model name: OBD2 Scanz FORscan USB
  • Current: 50 – 90 mA
  • Voltage: 9 – 16v
  • Item size: 8.8cm x 4.3cm x 2.5cm

Drivers: As it runs the Genuine FTDI, you can get the drivers HERE if your computer does not auto-install them. (Windows 10 should)



 Notice: This device cannot do PATS2 (2012+) programming on FORSCAN as that requires a seamless, electronic HS/MS switch. 

*This device is currently not compatible with Ford Ranger T6/PX (2012 and up) or any vehicle with the same motor. Note that because of the many ECU firmware versions installed on FORD/MAZDA ECUs, sometimes this scanner may not work with your FORD/MAZDA vehicle. 

This device also works on all OBD2 compliant vehicles that are not FORD/MAZDA, using different software. These are mostly 2002 and newer for Petrol, 2007 and newer for Diesel. Some earlier vehicles may already be OBD2 compliant prior to these dates


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