Volvo Special Tools make certain repairs possible and improve the reliability of others. When needed, special tools are mentioned by tool number in all repair procedures. Additionally, Volvo Special Tool Bulletins, which include comprehensive lists of "mandatory" tools, show and describe many special tools. Referring to these sources and noting tool description and part numbers will simplify your tool ordering process.
To order Volvo Special Tools, call 1-800-345-3399, Option 1. Tools cannot be ordered on-line.
To order a DiCE tool or other special tools, click on the link below
Pirated DiCE products are becoming increasingly common. These units are mostly available from aftermarket sources and websites. These units commonly cost between one half to two thirds the Volvo price, sometimes including an illegal version of VIDA. Technically, the units are of much less quality and they have been proven to introduce diagnostics and fault tracing issues, as well as new problems into the vehicle. All of which will result in repair delays and customer dissatisfaction.
Most importantly, Volvo will not provide support to customers using these units. Volvo can only support DiCE tools manufactured to our standards from Bosch or those based on J2534-2 certifications.
XC90 (16-) reference SMB 00-337. All older vehicles can still use DiCE or J2534.
A vehicle communication tool transfers data from a VIDA workstation to the correct receiver in the vehicle.
VIDA supports DiCE and J2534 devices. Volvo Car Corporation recommends DiCE for vehicle communication with D2 and GGD protocol-based vehicles.
DiCE uses a Bluetooth connection to transfer information between VIDA and the vehicle. A USB cable can be used as an alternative to the Bluetooth connection.
Please note that no third party Bluetooth dongles can be used with DiCE, only Volvo Cars DiCE equipment can be used.
It is possible to connect more than one DiCE to VIDA and download software to as many as three vehicles in parallel and have one vehicle in the diagnostic workflow at the same time. One VIDA workstation with four DiCEs can thus handle four vehicles simultaneously.
For all vehicles with model year 2004 and later, equipped with OBD and reprogramming capability, manufacturers shall comply with SAE J2534. There are two different versions of J2534: