Ford VCM 3 Customer Flight Recorder CFR Device

The Ford CFR pendant is an accessory that allows master technicians to capture and record specific vehicle data without requiring the presence of a laptop computer in the vehicle. The CFR pendant can be used for long test drives for hard-to-diagnose concerns, running on vehicle power there are no batteries to charge.
Works with Ford VCM3, must have CFR pendant to enable the CFR functionality.


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  • Ford CFR Overview

    The original Ford OEM diagnostics scan tool that works with the Ford IDS diagnostics application running on a PC to diagnose Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury vehicles. It gives full dealer level 16pin OBD II diagnostic reprogramming capability. The VCM 3 Offers Authentic OEM diagnostics for Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury vehicles. Customer Flight Recorder (CFR) functionality with an optional pendant cable Industry standardized J1962 Data Link Connector (DLC) and USB cables. Four LED indicators and signaling device providing the technician with continuous visual as well as audible operating status. Enhanced 802.11 wireless that minimizes dependencies on service department wireless capability infrastructure Improved durability SmartPower Management system to protect the VCM 3 in extreme environments Integration with Integrated Diagnostic System (IDS). New wireless software integrated with IDS installation package Wireless functionality preferred for all IDS functions including module reprogramming. USB wired connections are only required to update the VCM 3 loaded code and to set up the VCM 3 to function as a Customer Flight Recorder CFR option added to provide legacy and future vehicle coverage.
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  • Ford CFR and VCM3 Part Number

    Part Number: 164-R9865 - VCM 3 Base Kit

    Part Number: 164-R9806 - CFR

    Part Number: 164-R9867 - VCM 3 Kit with CFR

    Part Number: 164-R9817 - VCM II Kit with CFR & Laptop

  • Ford CFR - What's in the box

    Customer Flight Recorder CFR Device

    • Customer Review

      First to Review
    • Ford VCM 3 User Manuals & Technical Service Bulletin

      Ford VCM 3 Manual
    • Ford VCM 3 Cables, Parts & Accessories

      DLC Cable

      USB cable


    • Ford CFR VCM 3 Frequently Asked Questions

      Q: Can I use Ford VCM II with Mazda Software?
      A: Ford VCM II does not work with Mazda IDS software.

      Q: Can I program immobilizer with VCM II?
      A: Yes you can use your locksmith account to do immobilizer functions