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#1 Steve TPF

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Posted 10 August 2017 - 07:54 PM

http://www.ebay.com....nwAAOSwdGFYpdQh

 

 Thinking of getting one for my stepfather. From the description, it reads the error codes etc and could be very useful - at the very least he will know if a mechanic is BS-ing him. 



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Posted 10 August 2017 - 08:19 PM

Borrowed a very similar unit off a mate to chase an issue with son's HSV.

 

They are quite useful.....but can also display a whole lot of red herring info   e.g. may display 5 logged issues, but the real issue caused  4 of them, and the other  1 is of no real consequence.

Certainly useful though.

 

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Posted 11 August 2017 - 08:30 PM

Good point about the false flags - but frankly I don't see how you can diagnose a modern car without a device like this. It probably depends on how good the OBD system is. My brother has a similar device for his Alpha Romeo - BECAUSE HE IS A frOckING IDIOT WHO BUYS CARS WITH TRANSVERSE-MOUNTED ENGINES THAT ARE IMPOSSIBLE TO WORK ON!

 

On the plus side, the OBD is pretty good. And from what I have seen they get better all the time. Some late-model cars will tell you when the brake pads need changing.



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Posted 11 August 2017 - 08:38 PM

The cheap tools like the one above are useless piles of shit.

Waste of money IMO.

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Posted 12 August 2017 - 01:18 PM

The cheap tools like the one above are useless piles of shit.

Waste of money IMO.

 

 Useless in what way? All it promises to do is read the error codes - don't they do that?



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Posted 12 August 2017 - 02:09 PM

 Useless in what way? All it promises to do is read the error codes - don't they do that?


1. Compatibility to makes/models is extremely limited
2. False positives everywhere. You'll have a misfire due to a #@$^%& ignition lead and it will spit out codes like (fuel map on right bank out of range, o2 sensor fail, vacuum sensor fail etc etc)

Reality is that most semi-modern cars rarely need to be scanned. For the rare occasion it does, go to a decent auto elec and get them to scan it with their whizbang $10k machine.

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Posted 12 August 2017 - 09:20 PM

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Posted 12 August 2017 - 09:22 PM

Hmm ..funny thread this one.. Ive posted several replies, several times. But they dont show up. Not typin em a fifth time.. Maybe just the point -
can be useful..can be confusing.
Good for tracking stuff down IF you can see the forrest for the trees.

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Posted 13 August 2017 - 11:56 AM

Used to be able to download EFI Live for free for diagnostics.

Just couldnt do any reprogramming with it.

All you need is a laptop and the appropriate lead.

Would give you all fault codes.

Not sure if you could reset though.

Could buy a licence though for about 200 if you wanted to make changes



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Posted 14 August 2017 - 01:00 AM

They are quite useful.....but can also display a whole lot of red herring info   e.g. may display 5 logged issues, but the real issue caused  4 of them, and the other  1 is of no real consequence.
Certainly useful though.

Exactly............you still have to use your brain as well.
We have a $35 one that gets used daily in my job. Enough to give the owner an idea of the problem and whether to continue driving.

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Posted 14 August 2017 - 10:05 AM

I bought a $6 blue tooth one off ebay from china, downloaded their app straight from them, no google or apple shite, $10 smart phone holder,  does codes etc also real time display temp, rev, timing etc etc etc it's fantastic.


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Posted 14 August 2017 - 06:09 PM

I bought a $6 blue tooth one off ebay from china, downloaded their app straight from them, no google or apple shite, $10 smart phone holder,  does codes etc also real time display temp, rev, timing etc etc etc it's fantastic.

 

Got a link for that? Or at least a name I can look for?



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Posted 14 August 2017 - 07:09 PM

OBD2 bluetooth wireless, there are literately 1000s from  few dollars and up

App is called torque pro



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Posted 14 August 2017 - 09:09 PM

Thanks!



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Posted 21 August 2017 - 08:37 PM

Yeah, the one I brought ages ago when I installed an LS1 into a HX was a $25 OBD2 wireless Bluetooth that plugged into the car & I brought the app DashCommand(was $75 back then but is like $25 now) & had great success with it. Has all the diagnostic stuff plus a crap-ton of other features. Even let's you clear fault codes.

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