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Old 07-22-2017, 07:37 AM   #1
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Scan Tool/check Engine Light Tool....


Not sure if I posted this already....

Pretty cool and inexpensive gadget.

Downloaded an app for $5 and it tells me all kinds of things I don't understand....

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Those things have come a long way for the likes of us. Even the harbor freight one tells you everything they can tell you at O'Reillys. T-Mobile has one they offered me a few months ago. I think it's time I get one too
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So...the check engine light comes on.

I buy this thing...plug it in...get the app (one is free, the advanced one is $4.99 and ad free)

It tells me it's the Power Steering sensor.
Takes me to a link that describes what it could be
Another link how to repair it
Turns out it was a little low on fluid.

It gives you all kinds of stuff...
A google type map that shows where you are
It will track all engine performance between trips or...every time you start or shut off the engine..

RPM's, coolant temps, vacuum, etc, etc, etc.

Like I said...most of the stuff I don't understand.

But for $28+-, it saved me a trip to a mechanic for $150.00
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Those things have come a long way for the likes of us. Even the harbor freight one tells you everything they can tell you at O'Reillys. T-Mobile has one they offered me a few months ago. I think it's time I get one too
I think Verizon offered me one also but there is a monthly fee with it.
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They are great. I bought one for 11 bucks maybe 6 or 8 years ago. It has saved me countless trips to the mechanic for repairs. I had a severe tranny problem, as in the rig wouldn't move and it would stall out, and the code sent me down the rabbit hole.

Ended up being a bad alternator. Now when it acts up, I just unplug it for a minute or so and it fixes it. A new alternator would work also I suppose.

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Re: Scan Tool/check Engine Light Tool....


I bought one back in 2011, thought it was super cool, then never used it and gave it away to a friend.
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I'll give another vote for the bluetooth approach. There are a bunch of elm327 interfaces that hook up to a ODB2 connector and transmit via bluetooth to your smart phone. Not all of them work all that well, but I trust Robie did his homework.

The big thing to consider is the app you're going to use. Some of them offer more than others - real time monitoring, transmission code reset, and so on. For $20 you can get a heck of an app. If you have a powerstroke diesel, there is even one that is geared just to monitor the usual suspects on that engine which can cause expensive engine damage if they aren't caught before a code is set.

For $40 for an interface and app (or less), you can get more performance and features than my $400 scan tool has.
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This is the app I used. There is a link to the website.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...l.torque&hl=en
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I bought one back in 2011, thought it was super cool, then never used it and gave it away to a friend.
2011's apps weren't as good as they are today.
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I bought one back in 2011, thought it was super cool, then never used it and gave it away to a friend.
I keep mine plugged in.
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If your app allows continuous monitoring of either fuel/air ratio or the O2 sensor output, you can use it to accelerate for the best fuel use. To minimize pumping losses, depress the throttle as much as you can without causing the mixture to go rich.

I bought a closeout tablet to use ODB2 apps on that cost $60 - you may be able to find a cheaper one, but for under $100 it's a better dedicated setup than my $400 tool.
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I keep mine plugged in.
I did that for a week but I kept hitting it with my knee, on my half ton the damn thing was in a really awkward spot.

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2011's apps weren't as good as they are today.
I believe it, but the torque app was sweet.
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I love old vehicles with no sensors or electronics, so much simpler.

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I use an Elm327 with Novascan for software. Gives me access to a lot more information than most software does, including such things like Mode 6 TID 53 for Ford misfire data which is often used. Although I still am trying to find a good lab scope for my iPad IE: PICA.

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