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Old 02-08-2018, 03:21 PM
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OBD2 apps/software and dongle?

I'm looking for a good solution for reading data, reading/clearing codes and generally knowing what;s happening with my engine/vehicles. I bought a cheap ELM-327 mini dongle, but it's a PITA to set up- I would rather have something that connects to a smart phone or computer easily but I don't want to spend a lot because I'm not using it for a business.

I have an iPhone6 (latest update) and a Windows 7 laptop. If needed, I can buy a used Android.

What are youse using?
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Old 02-09-2018, 12:40 AM
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I'm looking for a good solution for reading data, reading/clearing codes and generally knowing what;s happening with my engine/vehicles. I bought a cheap ELM-327 mini dongle, but it's a PITA to set up- I would rather have something that connects to a smart phone or computer easily but I don't want to spend a lot because I'm not using it for a business.

I have an iPhone6 (latest update) and a Windows 7 laptop. If needed, I can buy a used Android.

What are youse using?
http://www.ultra-gauge.com/ultragauge/

I have their blue wireless version for precisely that need. I donít use it permantly in any of my vehicles. I have used it to clear codes and to understsnd smog sensors. It works great with the iPhone. I have several of their wired devices. One is installed in my Ď04 Tacoma and another in a Ď15 Tacoma.

Last check engine light codes were for a O2 sensor on exhaust on a Chev Tahoe. $20 in parts and problem solved and codes cleared. When I sold Tahoe I had smog sensors not ready to test after battery change. I used Blue Ultraguage to monitor until ready to smog test.
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Old 02-09-2018, 07:56 AM
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I bought this and paid $5 (I think) for the Torque app for my phone. There were a lot of complaints on Amazon about not being able to get Bluetooth to connect, but I haven't had any problems. I'm not sure how in depth you're looking for, and I haven't spent a lot of time playing with mine. I mainly bought it for code reading/clearing. I know it does acceleration, power, and displays a lot of real time data.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Old 02-09-2018, 07:57 AM
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If you're looking for some specific items, I can hook it up and check for you.
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Old 02-09-2018, 08:17 AM
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Depending on your tech interest or level...a Raspberry pi with the can bus hat let's you read and write to the can bus (depending on how your vehicle is setup). I have a Ford and a GM, the GM being a bit easier.
Link (there are other options): http://copperhilltech.com/pican2-duo...pberry-pi-2-3/
Example of what you can do: when the vehicle is put into reverse, you can tilt your mirrors down. When you hold down your window button, it can turn a non auto up/down window into an auto up/down window. Of course you can also see throttle position and other engine data.
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Old 02-10-2018, 12:18 PM
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I just went with forscan. Dongle comes Monday. Will let you know if that does any better. Next step for me is probably autoenguinity.
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Old 02-10-2018, 12:26 PM
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The problems I had were mainly connectivity and I tried using two laptops and my iPhone. I don't really care if it's wireless, but it's convenient if I happen to need to check something when I'm not at home or don't have a laptop. I wouldn't have a problem if it connected via USB cable, either. That way, some schmuck can't drive along, connect to it and screw something up. I thought one of the car parts stores would have a diagnostic tool that shows what I need, but they just have a code scanner and I want to see data.
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Old 02-11-2018, 08:46 AM
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Jim,
I've been using one from Blue Driver for about 2 years now and it works great.

https://www.bluedriver.com/

It's a bit more expensive but it's made in North America, it's not cheap China crap and they actually have a support team and provide updates.
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