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SOLUS Edge Training Module 2

Applies To: SOLUS Edge™

Scanner Codes: Vehicle Manual ID, Vehicle Auto ID, System Selection, Codes Menu



Snap-on Training Solutions helps you get the most out of your SOLUS Edge diagnostic tool. This training module covers the vehicle identification process and code operations.

SOLUS Edge Home screen

The first step in diagnosing any vehicle is to select the vehicle ID. Your starting point to ID a vehicle is via the scanner icon on the home page.

The vehicle ID must be entered into the scan tool so test data displays correctly, and to ensure communication with the vehicle’s electronic control module, or ECM. Follow the screen prompts. Each selection advances to the next screen. The exact sequence varies by the vehicle make, model and year.

Vehicle Make screen

Select the vehicle make from the menu. If necessary, use the scroll bar on the right to page down for more choices. In this case we will select Chevrolet.

Select Year Screen

Select the model year

Select Model Screen

Select the model and configuration. Some models have more than one configuration, for example Avalanche four-wheel-drive and Avalanche rear-wheel-drive.

Select Engine Screen

Select engine size. You can select the engine displacement, or use the vehicle identification number from the vehicle. The VIN position for the engine is shown at the top of the screen, and the choices are listed on the menu alongside the selections.

Confirm Screen

If the vehicle ID is correct, select OK. Or cancel to re-enter any information.

SOLUS Edge Home Screen

Some vehicles send vehicle ID data through the OBD connector and can ID automatically.

Vehicle Make Screen

Let’s save time and simplify the ID process by letting a 2009 BMW auto ID itself.

Select BMW from the vehicle selection page.

Select Screen

And select BMW US.

Select year

Select the year 2009.

Select ID Method

Auto ID Results

Select Auto ID and the tool displays the configuration and engine and completes the ID process.

Select System Screen 1

Select System Screen 2

Select System Screen 3

After completing the vehicle ID, select the desired system to diagnose. Don’t forget to scroll down for more that may not be displayed on the first screen. Use the scroll bar at the right.

Select System Screen

Let’s diagnose the engine system. Navigation for all other systems is similar.

Main Menu Engine Screen

When the check engine light is illuminated, the first thing we should do is check for codes. This will be the starting point on our diagnostic road map. Select the codes menu to access diagnostic trouble codes from the vehicle control module. 

Codes Menu – Display Codes

Our first step is to display codes. This opens a list of diagnostic trouble codes, or DTCs stored in the ECM.

Engine Codes Menu Screen

Select All Powertrain Codes

Powertrain Codes Screen

And a list of Diagnostic Trouble Codes appears, along with the code description. And there you have it! Don’t forget to scroll to see more codes.

Codes Menu Screen

The clear codes function erases the DTCs stored in the selected ECU.

Clear Codes Screen

Follow the onscreen instructions. The tool prompts “Are you sure?” Select yes to clear the codes.

Codes Cleared Screen

Here we can see the codes cleared successfully. If not, simply follow the onscreen instructions.

Codes Menu – Freeze Frame

Freeze Frame displays the data and current conditions when the ECM commanded the malfunction indicator lamp (MIL) to turn on.

Freeze Frame Results Screen

Here's our Freeze Frame Data. This can be helpful to determine conditions when the code set; hot, cold, fast, slow. Great clues can be found here.


Last Updated: July 22, 2020

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