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Old 03-01-2018, 11:53 PM
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Default OBD II Scanner for Car Check Engine

Continuing my series of super cheap Amazon finds ---

I've been having a misfire with my daily driver, a 4Runner. It's been really annoying to have to drive a vehicle up to the auto parts store and get those codes read! I've been swapping the coils around and trying to narrow down what the problem is exactly.

A buddy told me that walmart had fairly cheap code readers, but I still couldn't justify the price when the auto store is "fairly close"...

Then holy smokes this came across my desk today! Ordered!

Veepeak OBD2 Scanner Automotive Diagnostic Scan Tool Code Reader for Check Engine Light

A scanner for $11 bucks? What!? These were 100s of dollars not that long ago. Autozone or wherever has them for $$$ ... I can't believe how cheap this is. There are several on Amazon in the $20 range, some more, but so, so much cheaper than the "Box" auto store.

Anyway, wish me luck on finding my misfire. Pretty sure I need a new coil.


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Yeah, once the CAN bus codes got standardized for simple diagnostics, it opened it up to any college kid with half a degree. sprinkle in a few internet forums and viola, affordable stuff!

For $20 you can get one with Bluetooth and an Android App. So you can see fun stuff while driving. I scrolled down and it looks like for that very same link, the uploaded product images are of the wireless version. Hmmm, wonder if they changed the module, but kept the same Amazon page. strange.
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.... You mean.... Parked... And the vehicle running... Or you buddy riding with you can look while YOUR driving paying attention..... Right....
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It's just another diagnostic, no different than an information center or a heads up display. when I put larger tires on my jeep, I used my cell phone for my speedometer. For my chevelle, I have a 7" tablet hanging from the windshield showing everything from O2 readings to fuel pressure to transmission pressure.

But yeah, for my passenger to use depending on who's asking. ha.
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You can sometimes find a faulty coil pack by misting it with water.

Is this misfire a once in a while or constant?
If it's constant you can sometimes pull the wire off the fuel injectors and feel/listen for a change.
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Bluetooth!? I should have looked harder. This is only $21 and does what you're saying. Amazing.
Check it out, it's small, too



BAFX Products Bluetooth Diagnostic OBDII Reader / Scanner for Android Devices
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Next, you can get into stuff like the "Torque lite" application that is free.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...rquefree&hl=en

Or, pay $5 and get the full blown version with a lot of neat options.

This is popular if you do crazy stuff like put a new LS chevy engine into a Jeep wrangler and want the gauges to work. Slap in a 10" tablet for $100 and roll out. Cool part is tablets have an interval compass and navigation built in. even a clinometer for hills. brilliant! Or, If you are into track days, a G force meter that tracks with GPS overlaid on a track map.
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I need to get one myself, but id prefer one that can read ABS as well as the other OBD-2 codes. Scangauge is quite common in the Ford Community. It's just a code reader that plugs in and you mount it to the dash. Only reads codes, doesn't say what it is. https://www.scangauge.com/products/scangauge-ii/
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