1. rem_kujawa's Avatar
    Can someone recommend a good scan tool app. I am a driveability tech and would like to get one for at home for side work and friends cars. Thanks
    07-10-2010 11:33 AM
  2. azjerry's Avatar
    Suggest Torque in the market. It interfaces with bluetooth OBD scanners that can be found for ~ $30 on eBay. The author is very responsive.
    07-10-2010 12:21 PM
  3. prometheus's Avatar
    Can someone recommend a good scan tool app. I am a driveability tech and would like to get one for at home for side work and friends cars. Thanks
    please elaborate: what exactly is an automotive scan tool?
    07-10-2010 12:23 PM
  4. Andrew Ruffolo's Avatar
    It syncs bluetooth to a sensor connected into the ODB-II sensor that is require on all cars from 1996 on. Typical location for these ports are under the stearing wheel, or on the drivers side around where a a hood release lever would be. It can pull codes for diagnostics, display "real-time" engine stats like RPM, speed, boost (turbo/supercharged cars with a sensor built in). Pretty neat stuff for the motorhead like me. I've been thinking about getting something like this. I wouldn't recommend this for someone who has autozones/advanced auto parts near by and just need a diagnostics scan. Those places do it for free.

    Torque App

    Example of wireless ODB-II scanner
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    07-10-2010 12:37 PM
  5. rem_kujawa's Avatar
    please elaborate: what exactly is an automotive scan tool?
    It's what we use to diagnoses check engine lights and various driveablity problems.
    07-10-2010 01:58 PM
  6. rem_kujawa's Avatar
    It syncs bluetooth to a sensor connected into the ODB-II sensor that is require on all cars from 1996 on. Typical location for these ports are under the stearing wheel, or on the drivers side around where a a hood release lever would be. It can pull codes for diagnostics, display "real-time" engine stats like RPM, speed, boost (turbo/supercharged cars with a sensor built in). Pretty neat stuff for the motorhead like me. I've been thinking about getting something like this. I wouldn't recommend this for someone who has autozones/advanced auto parts near by and just need a diagnostics scan. Those places do it for free.

    Torque App

    Example of wireless ODB-II scanner
    Thanks its just what I was looking for.
    07-10-2010 01:59 PM
  7. meyerweb#CB's Avatar
    That's pretty cool. I never knew there were BT code readers and software for phones. I think I'm going to get me one of them.

    Rufflez, do you have any personal experience with those cheapo ebay scanners?
    07-10-2010 04:17 PM
  8. prometheus's Avatar
    thanks rufflez -- didn't know it was so easy to do that. I paid the Ford dealership a crap load of money to determine why the "check engine" light was on (O2 sensor on the exhaust manifold). it would have been sweet to just go buy a switch myself and save $$
    07-10-2010 04:31 PM
  9. Andrew Ruffolo's Avatar
    well, I haven't yet. I just finished school and cut it close with disposable income. I have a part time job now, so I may try it out. I'll definitely post back when I bite.
    07-10-2010 05:12 PM
  10. Andrew Ruffolo's Avatar
    thanks rufflez -- didn't know it was so easy to do that. I paid the Ford dealership a crap load of money to determine why the "check engine" light was on (O2 sensor on the exhaust manifold). it would have been sweet to just go buy a switch myself and save $$
    Yeah, next time, just got to an autoparts store. They should be able to diagnose it for free. its like an incentive to buy the parts there instead of the dealership
    07-10-2010 05:13 PM
  11. rem_kujawa's Avatar
    As a service tech my self just because there is code does not mean that's the fault. I have fixed a lot of cars that came from the local part store who claimed to fix it. Just be careful. I normally use a scan tool to see what the code is and test with my lab scope.
    07-10-2010 10:09 PM
  12. Yourdogsdead's Avatar
    Nice, my car is experiencing electrical problems. Wonder if this can help?
    07-10-2010 10:23 PM
  13. PvilleComp's Avatar
    Like with most technology, these tools are meant for those who really know how to use them! I have a deal w/ my local mechanic, he fixes my cars, I fix his computers. We both know enough to know what we don't know.
    07-10-2010 10:27 PM
  14. Yourdogsdead's Avatar
    I think I can manage. Worst case scenario, I have to sell my car for scrap.
    07-10-2010 10:41 PM
  15. Andrew Ruffolo's Avatar
    I'm familiar with cars. Just learning more and more about modern day sensors and stuff. I learned most of what I know with my first car, including how to patch something on the side of the road so I can get it to limp home (1974 SuperBeetle). Learned some coolant and system codes with my second car (1994 300zx). And my current car, fortunately American, has had only oddball warning lights come on and not cost me a lot of money to get fixed.
    07-11-2010 01:05 AM
  16. meyerweb#CB's Avatar
    I appreciate the warnings and concerns, but I've been maintaining and rebuilding my own cars and bikes for several decades now. I've got pretty good diagnostic skills. Just haven't really had a need for a code scanner yet, and figured these are cheap enough maybe I'll get one anyway.
    07-11-2010 08:54 AM
  17. PvilleComp's Avatar
    I mentioned this to my local mechanic today. He is going to check it out. I promised him I wouldn't!
    07-11-2010 04:23 PM
  18. QuasarZ's Avatar
    Anything for OBD-I cars?
    07-11-2010 10:02 PM
  19. Yourdogsdead's Avatar
    I finally got the scanner, and ran it with Torque. It works great, gets all the error codes off my 2000 Malibu. I would reccomend to get this scanner that was recommended before.
    07-19-2010 02:08 PM
  20. meyerweb#CB's Avatar
    Cool. Thanks. You're not the seller of that scanner, are you?
    07-19-2010 02:12 PM
  21. Yourdogsdead's Avatar
    Cool. Thanks. You're not the seller of that scanner, are you?
    Nope, I bought it from the other guys suggestion. My Evo found it and connected to it. Displayed everything (Including my error codes) perfectly.
    07-19-2010 02:50 PM
  22. svzuki's Avatar
    Anything for OBD-I cars?
    Yea..A bent paperclip.

    I'm not joking. You bent a paperclip and place each end in a certain pin location with the ignition on. The check engine lamp will flash in a sequence that will supply you the DTC (diagnostic trouble code) number. Take that number to the parts store and they will tell you what the issue is.

    google is thy friend.
    07-19-2010 03:00 PM
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