1)Autel MaxiDAS DS708 Component Descriptions:
1. Main Connection Port Connect to the mains for power supply of updating, printing data logging and internet access after disconnecting from the vehicle.
2. USB Connection Port Connect to the computer for updating and printing.
3. Diagnostic Socket Provides power supply and connection to the vehicle via diagnostic cables and connectors supplied.
4. Internet Connection Port Provides internet access for updating, printing and data logging and brings the internet resource of your choice at your fingertips.
5. ON/ OFF Button Powers on/ off the diagnostic tool.
Note: The scan tool will not turn off automatically; it stays on until you turn it off.
6. LED Indicators
The three light-emitting diodes indicate certain system conditions:
Communication LED – Green LED light in middle shows when the unit is in service.
Wireless LAN activity LED – Green LED light in the left shows when a wireless local area network in enabled, flashes when data is being sent or received.
Main Power LED – Red LED light in the right shows when the unit is powered on.
7. SD Card Slot
The standard SD (Secure Digital) card slot enables the unit to read and write data to the card inserted in the slot. To use the software,
insert the card with the metal contacts facing down and pointing toward the MaxiDAS.
Note: Do not force media into the SD card slot. This may damage the SD card slot. To Remove SD Card, press the card again and slot will pop out card automatically.
8. Stylus The Stylus is used for typing and selecting. To calibrating Touch Screen, refer to chapter 7 – 8, Calibrating Touch Screen.
9. Stand The built- in metal stand allows the unit to rest for hands-free viewing when extended. It is attached to the back of the scan tool and can be secured to the back again unit when not in use.
10. Handgrip The handgrips are attached to both sides of the MaxiDAS unit. Hold the handgrips to stabilize the unit while using. The handgrip also eliminates the damage when you drop the tool accidentally.
11. MaxiDAS 708 Label
The Label includes the notice and warning.
12. LCD Screen Displays the menus and data screens.
Important: Use the supplied stylus or plastic-tipped pens for touch screen display. Do not use pencil, pen or any sharp object on touch screen display.
13. Memory Card
The Memory Card contains the tool's diagnostic software, applications and maximum of 4 Gigabytes storage.
Note: Do not remove the memory card while the unit is in service.
14. DLC Cables
The DLC (Data Link Connector) Cable is used to connect between the scan tool and vehicle’s DLC. Numbers of cables are provided; select the appropriate one for
the vehicle being tested. An optional extension cable may also be used.
15. AC Power Supply
The AC power supply and power cord (12V and 3.33A) is used to power the scan tool from wall socket.
2)How to update DS708?
1. You can connect your device to internet through wifi, and update from machine directly.
2. Take out your memory card from device, connect it to laptop. Regirst user name and password on maxidas website, download software into your memory card for update.
Autel MaxiDAS DS708 Pros and Cons (customer feedback)
OBD2eShop.com here brings several customer reviews on Autel MaxiDAS DS708’s automotive full diagnostic system on its advantages and disadvantages.
1- a wide range of vehicle coverage and frequent update
mobilemechanicepsom – Saturday, January 28, 2012 2:23:01 PM
I have the ds708 and brought it when it was first released, at that time i have to honestly say it very nearly went back (via there office window) however now they have the coverage sorted and the updates coming thick and fast it really is a fantastic bit of kit. If you have a smart arse phone that can act as a wireless hub then you can use the ds to access autodata online plus of course any other internet site.
2- good at Japanese domestic vehicles and Australian vehicles
Silk – 12/21/11 12:25 AM
We have been using the MaxiDas for about 18 months, and am sort of happy with it. The NZ market is very biased to used Japanese domestic vehicles, and they have done a very good in this sector. Our guys work from Australia and it also works very well on Australian vehicles… better than factory. We are a Mitsi dealership,and it is almost as good on Mitsi as our factory MUTT III.
3- good at American vehicles, like Ford
Shockwave – 08-14-2015, 06:19 AM
We have a solus ultra, ds708, Maximus 2.0 and Otc nemisys scan tool some work better than others depending on make
For American vehicles the solus shines but the German vehicles I like the Maximus 2.0
The ds708 is great for certain test like misfire on fords
Is this primarily a one make shop or for you work on any make because I will tell you bmw dealerships around me prefer auto logic to factory scan tool
4- work on OBD I car and perform well on 2003 Olds Alero
The_Eric – 01/05/12 09:29 PM
I have the MaxiDas unit on demo from the tool rep. I can say that I’ll likely opt not to buy it. One of the big reasons for me buying a tool of this caliber is to be able to use it on the wife’s OBD I car and access her ABS and airbag info. This unit will not communicate with OBD I in site of the fact that it comes with the GM 12 pin connector. Also noticed some (simple) spelling errors (like engein instead of engine). Not sure why that bugs me but it does. I plugged it into an 2003 Olds Alero and was pleasantly surprised at it’s level of accessibility. I could reprogram key fobs, reset trans adaptives, do CKP variation relearns and command several relays and widgets for testing purposes. Also had access to all live data in the BCM, SRS and ABS.
The Snap-On rep stopped by this week and made a smoking deal on a Solus Ultra. It’s supposed to be WAY faster than previous offerings and still be quite capable. I’ll have it to demo next Wednesday.
5- work well on Ford & GM cars
RWI – Posted October 01, 2013 – 05:34 AM
I’ve owned one for about a year, got it between 1200 & 1300. Lack of battery means starting from scratch if unplugged. Does do software updates over wifi and they are pretty frequent. Live data has some of the best coverage I have seen for an aftermarket scan tool. For the money is can’t be beat. Can be a little interesting to get used to, seems like they copy the oem tool pretty closely. I have dealer Ford & GM tools and the Autel is an exact clone for the most part. If you do a lot of the same make but the factory scanner, if you want a general shop tool this pretty damn good. Like others have said, no bells and whistles, no scope or trouble shooter, just good basic info. I use this mainly for Chrysler as the factory tool is insanely expensive and I am pretty pleased with it.
6- test ok on ford diesels and BMW
Cliff – Posted October 01, 2013 – 06:26 AM
This is the only scanner I have. Just had a Denali in the shop. The owner had it at another shop in the area that uses otc products. The genysis couldn’t access the drivers seat module. The ds708 was able to not only read read the module but had good bidirectional support as well. The ford diesel coverage is very good. The gm diesel support is hit or miss. Haven’t tried dodge. The European coverage is excellent. Bmw support is great. Mine even works on pre obd2 models using the proprietary bmw connector. There is almost no tech support. I would not purchase through Asian sources. Seems those units aren’t warranted through the Autel us division. I bought mine through aes wave. Those guys are great. I have been surprised by this unit almost everyone I use it.
7- good scanner for its price
David_E39 – 07-26-2012, 09:56 PM
i don’t really rely in my scanners for obd1 cars. But to be honest the autel obd2 tool is a pretty good scanner for its price. It can only do so much and that is the reason why it us price at $1300. There is no such thing as any scanner that can do everything that’s why now days a lot of shop have more then just 1 scanner. But for the price you pay for the maxidas ds708 it is totally worth having for what it is capable of doing. Don’t want to pick on anyone or start any argument but its just my 2 cents about what i think of the scanner and i’m sure some people might disagree and some might agree but to each their own opinions.
8- NO COMPLAITS
Vssjim – 10-21-2012, 07:59 PM
I have no complaint with my MaxiDas and would pay for the update and move forward and don’t forget every scan tool will let you down at some point. Did you call customer service or use the feedback service when you had a problem. I have found the people on the customer service from Autel ok, but from Snap on not very helpful and kind of ugly when they had a problem they didn’t like to admit to it or fix it.
9- can download files to SD card with Maxidas
Shurk06_83 – 10-22-2015, 04:37 AM
maxidas might be slow if ur running the older operating system i did a big update a few weeks ago and it faster then ever
as for slow if you do a full scan of any car it will take time as the bus system on the cars computer is not very fast
and as for updates running out its not a big problem as long as some one has the new files and can post them u can download them and load them up to the sd card using the usb sd reader u got with your maxidas
If anyone needs updates i can download them and post them and help you figure out how to load them on your sd card
1- disappointing coverage of old Japanese vehicles
Silk – 12/21/11 12:25 AM
What I’m disappointed in is coverage of older vehicles – we have all the old Japanese plugs – Toyota, Mazda, Nissan, and it works on none of them, the only OBDI it works on is Honda, it’s useless on the rest. But does Mercedes (but not my 1994 NZ new C220) and BMW.
Autotunehouse – Wednesday, August 24, 2011 8:43:57 AM
Hi all, just a friendly advice do not buy DS708 from China trading companies or on internet. Only buy from dealers because Autel update software will be IP sensitive later and will lock up the scanner if the IP address is wrong country. Need to pay to unlock. And some local software are exclusive only to local dealer. If you purchase cheap online then you will have no access for local software update, for example, Holden and Australia Ford Falcon advanced software. Big difference of the local software versions. You pay for what you get and not worthy of paying more in the future to unlock the scanner or pay local dealer for exclusive software updates. That’s my friendly and honest advice for Autel MaxiDas DS708 scanner. But it’s really a good tool for diagnosis, not like other scan tools a ripp off.
3- low to load software if it’s used for a long time
Silk – 12/21/11 12:25 AM
After using the old Snap-On brick for 10 years I find it very slow to load, but everyone else seems to think it’s fast. We pay NZ$4,000 for this thing and think it’s cheap, so in the US you are getting it for small change.
4)Reviews For Autel DS708 From small mechanic shops and DIYers
Autel MaxiDas DS708 as the original autel product is a useful scanner and universal diagnostic tool with reasonable price.
It is especially advised and recommended to small mechanic shops and DIYers.
Here the following reviews is for your reference:
This is a very affordable diagnostic tool for those who own smaller shops or serious part time mechanics. I have a Solus and was tired of the outrageous update cost. Also I have a Launch X431 Diagun and am dissatisfied with its abilities and the menu is in broken English. The AUTEL DS708 however is great. It has 80% or more of the functionality of a more expensive tool. It does graphing and merging of data but there is no oscilloscope to use for waveform analysis.
Any DIYer can use this machine and make repairs with very little effort.
I love this tool, it performs as well as or even better than my Snap-on 2500. The help feature is awesome the information it provides makes finding the problems and fixing them with ease. It not only read the codes, but also allows you to perform certain active test while the vehicle is running. For the price, the features and capabilities are better than those more expensive scanners.
I’m a master technician with ten years experience as a professional tech. For the money this scanner does more than any of its competitors for a fraction of the price. It puts my snap on scanner to shame! Does almost every make and model I program keys with it, reset adaption and service lights, look at live data, run tests, etc can’t go wrong
I now use AUTEL DS708 to scan and diagnose anything from GM, FORD, CHRYSLER, BMW, MERCEDES, NISSAN, TOYOTA etc cars in my shop. This tool gave me a lot of confidence that I was able to accurately diagnose most drivability problems. For the money I can’t complain.
This is the ultimate tool for DIY mechanics. It does about 90% of what factory scanners do for any make and model. And for the price it is the best bang for the buck. Note: It does not support OBD1.
Admittedly I’ve had it for half a day, but I’ve hooked up to 5 different OBDII vehicles and I’ve had no problems with communication or sending commands. The menu is straightforward, and easy to understand.
For the price MaxiDas DS708 did everything I thought it would. It reads more codes and modules than any hand held scanner I’ve had. The software is little clunky but does work fine. And I found no battery in the unit but powers up fine when plugged into the car. Some of the things I have used it for so far – 1) troubleshoot the transmission on my daughters 2000 Mazda 626, recorded the gear requested and actual gear. 2) Troubleshoot a bad wire on the Mass Air flow sensor on my friends Ford 500, recorded the MAF while driving. 3) Troubleshoot the air doors and the automatic transfer case on my 2004 Tahoe. 4) checked codes on 2006 impala SS. 5) Found the burned out light on a Dodge Ram pickup (Dodge has a message on the dash that tells the driver a light is out, doesn’t say which one but the scanner does tell which one).
That’s all for the information, Hope it can help you!
5)Autel DS708 FAQ
About Basic Information
Q: Are you Autel authorized dealer?
A: Yes, we are Autel authorized dealer; please check the Autel Certificate on our DS708 description page.
Q: I tried to register DS708, but unsuccessfully, I got error message "found no service or DNS error", the WIFI indicator light keep flashing.
A: There are mainly two ways to register.
The first way: use computer to register on Autel Official Website
, (NOTE: Please use the System/Help > about function to find out the Product Serial No. and Register Password.)
(Picture1: Registration Information Screen in website)
The second way: register on the scan tool. Before register on the scan tool, use the internet cable to connect DS708 and the computer.
The first time you start the scan tool, it will pop up a message box to advise user to register your tool, showing as follow. This message will display 30 seconds each time you power the tool up until properly registered.
(Picture2: Prompt box for registration-in Main Screen)
Q: Where to update Autel MaxiDAS DS708?
A: Go to update at DS708 official website, you could download software, update online, retrieve information and get warranty service.
Q: Can I download and update German version in the Autel official website?
A: yes, you can. You are allowed to customize one specific language among these languages: English, Spanish, French, German,
Australia and Russian, but not accessible to switch to the language what you want when you use DS708.
Q: What is update cost one year later?
A: when you want to update DS708 one year later since you ordered DS708, please contact Autel customer service for the update cost.
Q: I bought Autel DS708 from you last year and always work well. But today I get error when I open DS708, I can't open any window.
A: Did you register as member of Autel? Can you update on the computer? If the DS708 are accessible to update on the computer, insert the SD card
into your computer and format the SD card, and then run the DS708 Update again.However, if you didn't register, follow the next steps to register and update:
1). DS708 Register -- Wizard Insert the SD card into your computer and run the DS708 Register Wizard. Follow the step2 to step4 in "B. Register on the
scan tool" (turn to page 26 in the DS708 English manual) to complete registration to SD card. Put the SD card back to the scan tool and restart it to finish registration procedure.
2). DS708 Update -- Insert the SD card into your computer and run the DS708 Update. There is a Register option in the log-in window. When click on it,
it will automatically link to DS708 Register Wizard. Follow the step2 to step4 in "B. Register on the scan tool" (turn to page 26 of DS708 English manual) to complete registration to SD card.
Put the SD card back to the scan tool and restart it to finish registration procedure.
About Supported Car Models and Years
Q: the German language version and English language version are the same in function and in version? Or the English version is newer and supports more car models?
A: no matter what language, all Autel Maxidas DS708 are the same in function and in the supported car models, and all support update online.
Q: What the difference among DS708, X431 Diagun and X431 master in supported car models?
A: There is no big difference in the supported car models, all of the three tools are universal diagnostic tool which cover most world-renown brand cars.
The difference is that Autel DS708 generally work with the car until 2012 year, as for X431 DIAGUN and MASTER supported vehicles years, it depends on the specific car models.
Q: Do you have any device which supports diagnosing for many car models? And even work with OBD1 compliant cars.
A: yes, we have, like: Autel DS708, X431 Diagun III, GD860, ADS-1S.
Q: Does Maxidas DS708 support changing brake pads in Volskwagen Touareg 2009?
A: No, DS708 doesn't do, it is only a scan tool for basic diagnosis. Advice you use the professional tool to change brake pads.
Q: Maxidas DS708 support making key?
A: No, it doesn't. DS708 is diagnostic tool, not support programming key.
Q: Is an Internet Explorer is installed on DS708?
A: No, it is not.
Q: Does DS708 have Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC) Table
A: No, DS708 doesn’t have. But after reading out the trouble codes, the meaning of the DTC will go after it as this picture shows.
Q: Do you have any device which can read and clear trouble codes, reset airbag and tank, work with European and Asian car models. Can DS708 do it?
A: No, DS708 only support basic diagnosis including: read and erase codes, ECU information, live data, custom list, active test, coding and adaptation
(see the following picture shows DS708 function menu), and we have not so multi-functional devices.
Q: I have three questions on DS708:
The one I can remember at the moment is a 2008 Peugeot 407 1.6HDi, it would say, 'no communication with tester and vehicle' when I tried to reset the particle
filter and then give a list of things to do e.g. check wiring between the tester and the vehicle, check if ignition was etc... But those conditions had been met already,
otherwise it would say that all the time and not just for certain part of systems.
Just used it today on a 2004 peugeot 307 1.6HDi, it list the resetting of the airbag, but it says that it cannot communicate with ecuand to make sure the ignition is
on and thewiring is ok.Everything is ok but it won't communicate.
I tried to update the system and it wouldn't, so I registered it and tried again, still nothing. I made sure I had a good power supply and internet connection. Still it came up with
messages about unable to write to sd card and the sd card was in the machine properly. Please advice
A: 1) you say DS708 fail to reset the particle filter and reset the airbag.
DS708 not support resetting the particle filter and not support resetting of the airbag. DS708 mainly support: read and erase codes, ECU information, live data, custom list, active test, coding and adaptation.
2) As for DS708 register and update: please open DS708 user manual and turn to page 19, it lists 3 ways to register and step-by-step shows how to register.