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Old 03-16-2013, 01:05 PM
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Re: What OBDII scanner are you using?

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Auto Ingenuity makes a more capable system.
I just had a look at the Auto Ingenuity site. You're right, it does seem like a very very capable system. Too much for my needs right now though.
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Old 03-23-2013, 04:43 AM
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Re: What OBDII scanner are you using?

Thanks for your help guys. I ended up ordering this:
ScanTool 426101 OBDLink MX Bluetooth/OBD-II Scan Tool Interface : Amazon.com : Automotive

It seemed to combine the best of both worlds (Android and PC). And I like the fact that it switches off and on with the car so it doesn't drain the battery. Should receive it in about a week.
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Re: What OBDII scanner are you using?

For an Android tablet or smartphone, Torque and a Bluetooth adapter (ELM) from Amazon works for me.

I put together a web page of my findings.

This one of the many screens.


With a netbook or Windows Tablet, I like Torquescan.
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Re: What OBDII scanner are you using?

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Thanks for your help guys. I ended up ordering this:
ScanTool 426101 OBDLink MX Bluetooth/OBD-II Scan Tool Interface : Amazon.com : Automotive

It seemed to combine the best of both worlds (Android and PC). And I like the fact that it switches off and on with the car so it doesn't drain the battery. Should receive it in about a week.
nice, let us know what you think of the functionality when you get a chance
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Re: What OBDII scanner are you using?

Quite a gadget. I have had good luck with much less expensive equipment - Bluetooth dongle and a Bluetooth button for a PC can be had for under $25. Torque for Android was $4.95 the last time I looked. TouchScan for a PC is $40. Both are downloadable

All work well on my '12. I just leave the dongle in place and have not driven for a week before so no drain. Same dongle works with phone, tablet, and PC. I keep a second dongle in my netbook bag just in case.

Tablet and Bluetooth dongle make an ideal pair.
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Re: What OBDII scanner are you using?

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For an Android tablet or smartphone, Torque and a Bluetooth adapter (ELM) from Amazon works for me.

I put together a web page of my findings.

This one of the many screens.


With a netbook or Windows Tablet, I like Torquescan.
That's a good write up on that page of yours. I was thinking of purchasing Torque, but only after I try the OBDwiz software that comes with the scanner.
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nice, let us know what you think of the functionality when you get a chance
Will do, but you'll have to bear with me while I figure it out. Newbies gotta start somewhere, sometime!
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Quite a gadget. I have had good luck with much less expensive equipment - Bluetooth dongle and a Bluetooth button for a PC can be had for under $25. Torque for Android was $4.95 the last time I looked. TouchScan for a PC is $40. Both are downloadable

All work well on my '12. I just leave the dongle in place and have not driven for a week before so no drain. Same dongle works with phone, tablet, and PC. I keep a second dongle in my netbook bag just in case.

Tablet and Bluetooth dongle make an ideal pair.
I was drawn to the bluetooth functionality and that it only draws power when the engine is running. This is my first scanner and only even thought of it to monitor my compressor clutch (which I think is acting funny, but the AC works fine) as well as the famed Pentastar ticking sound. Just want to be sure that it is the normal "tick" as opposed to the "misfire is coming" tick.
Thanks about the heads up on TouchScan. I have an old laptop (which needs a battery) that should do just fine along with my android phone. Pity it doesn't work with an ipad, but I was thinking of getting an android tablet in the near future, so that should be good. I'm really getting into the functionality aspect of Android.
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Re: What OBDII scanner are you using?

There is similar software for the iPad. I have one but consider it brane-ded and the app was $50 so passed.

Torque on phone or tablet does everything I need - all the Bluetooth dongle is an interface to the bus, it is up to the software to determine what to do with it. Torque can even display misfire counts (picture on web page).

The best nonaligned software I have seen appears to be from Autoenginuity but for a hobby I can't justify the expense (heck I had difficulty with $165 for a service manual but went for it).
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Re: What OBDII scanner are you using?

I bought one of these a while back when I had the 2009 WK and it worked great. Now that I have the 2014, there have been no error codes to display, despite having a very brief CEL/Misfire this afternoon. I connected the 3160b when I got home and it showed no errors of any kind... not sure why.
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Update on the 3160b: I contacted the manufacturer to ask if maybe my scan tool was missing an error code buried deeper in the system. They said that, if there is a code anywhere to be found, the 3160b will find and show it (within, of course, the capabilities of the device). Keep in mind that the codes go away after the problem clears and after a certain number (?) of engine on/off cycles.
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Re: What OBDII scanner are you using?

Since then I bought a Crossfire and while building a dock have just been using my Android smartphone to run Torque, play music through radio, sat-nav, & link to my smart watch. This may be one too many for the Bluetooth but is an example of what is coming & size is only whatever display size you need.

Pic shows the one of three swipable screens of parameters I normally leave up. (plug on top is for aux input, I use BT now and sounds the same). Nice thing about Torque is that is can recompile all parameters and tests into a log and then e-mail through the phone to my main computer at home.

Working mainly with Windows tabs (think the Bay Trail 8"ers are a giant step backwards) that can do the same and keep the entire Factory Service manual on line for decoding what is recorded.
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