Acronyms used in Aston Martin Workshop Manuals

Official Workshop Manual

If someone asked you to check if the BCM is communicating to the CEM over the CAN, would you think to check it with the AMDS?  Uh – can you repeat that in English please!   The official Aston Martin Workshop manual is bristling with Acronyms, and knowing what they mean will make taking care of your Aston go a lot easier.

Recently Dean Bufton posted what looks like an insider guide to understand all the jargon over on the Aston Martin DIY (All Models) Facebook group [thanks Dean!]. I’ve pinched it and reformatted it a bit here for all of us to share.   [If someone knows the original source of the document I’d be happy to credit it here – just leave me a comment down below]

If you are into DIY for your Aston, you might want to join this Facebook group.  It’s very active and I learn a nugget or two from it each week.  Click here and ask to Join the Group if you aren’t already a member.

If you haven’t downloaded your own official copy of the Aston Martin Workshop manual for your car, please check out my article on how you can get one.

Now on with the TLA’s (three letter acronyms) …


Acronym Meaning
+ve Positive (for example Battery Positive)
-ve Negative (for example Battery Negative)
ABS Anti-lock Braking System
A/C Air Conditioning
ACCR Air Conditioning Clutch Request
ACCS Air Conditioning Clutch Signal
ADM Adaptive Damping Module
ALR Automatic Locking Retractor
ALT Alternator
AMDS Aston Martin Diagnostic System
ARS Airbag Restraint System
ASM Auto Shift Mode
AUU Auxiliary USB Unit
AUX Auxiliary
BATT Battery
BCM Brake Control Module
BDS Battery Disconnect Switch
BNTSW Bonnet Switch
BOO Brake On/Off
BPM Bluetooth Phone Module
BPM Body Processor Module
BPS Brake Pressure Sensor
BRK Brake
BT Boot Harness
BUZ Buzzer
CAN Controller Area Network
CAN VENT Canister Vent
CCM Carbon Ceramic Matrix
CCM Centre Console Module
CCM Climate Control Management
CEM Central Electronic Module
CFC Chlorofluorocarbon
CHMSL Central High-Mounted Stop Lamp
CLTP Clutch Position
CLTS Clutch Sensor
CLTSPD Clutch Speed (Gearbox Input Speed)
CMS Catalyst Monitor Sensor
CTANKRQ Crank Request
CTO Clean Tachometer Output
CRM Convertible Roof Module
DDM Driver’s Door Module
DI Direct Indicator
DIAG Diagnostic
DIM Driver Information Module
DPFE Differential Pressure Feedback
DSC Dynamic Stability Control
DTC Diagnostic Trouble Code
DTC Dynamic Traction Control
ECL Electronic Column Lock
ECM Electronic Control Module
ECU Electronic Control Unit
ECU Emotion Control Unit
EDF Electro Drive Fan
EGR Exhaust Gas Recirculation
ELR Emergency Locking Retractor
ESCL Electronic Steering Column Lock
EVAP Evaporator
EVFRRIZ Electro Valve Frizzione (Clutch Valve)
EVR Electrical Vacuum Regulator
F/BACK Feedback
FC Fascia Harness
FEPS Flash EPROM Power Supply
FPDM Fuel Pump Diagnostic Monitor
FPM Fuel Pump Module
FPM Fuel Pump Monitor
FW Forward Harness
GND Ground
GPID Gear Position Indicator Display
GPS Global Positioning System
GSL Gear Selector
HEGO Heated Exhaust Gas Oxygen Sensor
HID High Intensity Discharge
HLM Headlamp Levelling Module
HMSL High-Mounted Stop Lamp
HRW Heated Rear Window
HVAC Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning
HYDPMP Hydraulic Pump
HYDPRES Hydraulic Pressure
IAM Integrated Audio Module
ICE In Car Entertainment
ICM Ignition Control Module
ICM Infotainment Control Module
IGN Ignition
IONIDM Ionization Detection Module
IP Instrument Panel
I/P Input
IPATS Integrated Passive Anti-Theft System
ISO International Standards Organization
ISW Inertia Switch
IVD Interactive Vehicle Dynamics
KAPOWER Keep Alive Power
LED Light Emitting Diode
LF Left Front
LH Left Hand
LHD Left-Hand Drive
MAF Mass Air Flow
MFD Misfire Detection
MFDM Misfire Detection Module
MFP Modulated Fuel Pump
ML/KLM Miles/Kilometers
MMM Multi Media Module
MMM+ Multi Media Module Plus
MOST Media Oriented System Transport
NAV Navigation
OBD On Board Diagnostics
OBD II On Board Diagnostics II
ODO Odometer
O/P Output
OSS Output Speed Sensor
PAM Parking Aid Module
PAS Power Assisted Steering
PAT Passive Anti-Theft
PATS Passive Anti-Theft System
PCM Powertrain Control Module
PCV Positive Crankcase Ventilation
PDI Pre-Delivery Inspection
PDM Passenger Door Module
PHM Phone Module
PPS Pedal Position Sensor
PRE_TEN Pre-tensioner
PRV Pressure Relief Valve
PSM Power Steering Module
PTEC Power Train Electronic Controller
PWGND Power Ground
RCM Restraint Control Module
RH Right Hand
RHD Right-Hand Drive
RKE Remote Keyless Entry
ROPS Roll Over Protection System
ROT Repair Operation Time
ROV Rollover Vent
ROW Rest of World
RSE Rear Seat Entertainment
RX Receive
SAS Steering Angle Sensor
SC Steering Column Harness
SCP Service Communications Protocol
SIG Signal
SLM Security Locking Module
SMM Select Shift Mode
SRO Service Repair Operation
SRS Supplementary Restraint System
TACHIN Tachometer In
TCM Transmission Control Module
TCU Transmission Control Unit
TMC Tandem Master Cylinder
TMC Traffic Message Channel
TP Throttle Position
TPM Tire Pressure Module
TPMS Tire Pressure Monitoring System
TPS Throttle Position Sensor
TVM Total Vehicle Maintenance
TX Transmit
VAPS Variable Assistance Power Steering
WDS Worldwide Diagnostic System
VMV Vapor Management Valve
VPR Vapor Recovery
VREF Voltage Reference
VSS Vehicle Speed Sensor
VVT Variable Valve Timing
YAW Yaw rate sensor

2 thoughts on “Acronyms used in Aston Martin Workshop Manuals

  1. John Armitage

    Hi Steve your post on acronyms was most apropos. A recent AMOC Forum post and reply to our James E Bond under ” transmission problem ” with his Vanquish was littered with them. It had me running the internet to figure out what they meant. Can Scan Stream etc. One that you may like to add is “octopus test” mentioned in the Forum Post. I’ll be sure to print the list off
    Keep up the good work. John in Vancouver . P.s. 2 day Aston & Friends Victoria July 23-24

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