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udoobu 5,168 1,172 April 7, 2012 at 01:37 PM More Amazon Deals
I am looking for a OBD2 OBD II Scanner for iPhone or Macbook/PC that works well, there was a fairly old thread that had a lot of info from the OP regarding OBD2 Scanners.

Back Story: I am a learning DIYer, never grew up to be taught how to do an oil change (which I think is a fundamental skill), Self taught how to oil change and much more and still wish to continue to learn.

I have a 1997 Toyota Corolla that was severely under-maintained, I consider this my lil project car. I can oil change, changed the spark plugs and spark plug wire sets, cleaned out the MAF sensor, did a transmission flush and will be changing the upstream O2 sensor
Since the car does not have a RPM odometer and I can't tell the improvements are helping, an OBD2 scanner would be a good tool to have.

I'm looking for one that can scan and log all the data. (I am learning how to the read the graphs and etc)

This looks good but not sure if it is iPhone compatible (Buying a cheap $50 android is no problem)

http://www.amazon.com/BAFX-Produc...roduct_top

Sorry for the long post, Any suggestions? I have reppps to givelaugh out loud
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I got that same Bluetooth adapter and it works very well on my Galaxy SII Sykrocket (android) with an app called Torque. The problem you will run into on the iPhone is that I doubt there is an app out there like Torque for it. I know that doesn't help you much, but just wanted to let you know that the scanner worked very well (even on my Ford Focus, which as i found out, has issues with the cheater scanners)
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Let's back up for a second and straighten out what everything on your dashboard is. An odometer tells you how many miles the car has. For example, my 1998 Accord's odometer reads 158,000 miles. Every car has one of these, although yours might be broken. Now, the device that tells you the engine speed, in revolutions per minute, is called a tachometer. It wouldn't help you determine if your maintenance has any effect.

Now, let's get to OBD2. It is a diagnostics unit, that gives an overall idea of systems status, but it is mostly tied to emissions. The only reason you need one of these is if you have a check engine light that's on, and you want to know what codes it's throwing. Your car logs all the codes, all an OBD2 tool needs to do in your case is read the codes.

The best way to determine if your maintenance is working is by two ways.
1. If your car was throwing a check engine light, then when you reset it, it doesn't come back after a week.
2. Keep a notebook in your car. At every gas fill-up, let the pump automatically fill up until it auto-shuts itself off, don't give yourself an extra few pumps to top it off (this is bad for your car anyway, it causes many of your emissions check-valves to fail, since you are sending fuel above where it was supposed to be, so it gets in the emissions tubes). Write down what mileage you're at, and how much fuel you pumped in. Then, it's easy to calculate your miles per gallon. You don't want to waste your money on a logger, and the reviews aren't all that great. This one, for example, has mediocre reviews:
http://www.amazon.com/goPoint-Tec...B00336S7KS




Parts stores like Pep Boys, Autozone, etc. will do free readings for you, if you have a code. To reset your CEL, just pull your battery for a few minutes. Buy one of these on features. The advantage is that you never have to worry about future compatibility with any computers, phones, etc. Or, feel free to look at your local Craigslist,
http://www.amazon.com/OBDII-Engin...B000LEPT5G
http://www.harborfreight.com/obd-...99722.html
If you want an amazing one with real-time updating of engine parameters:
http://www.amazon.com/Equus-3130-...B000KID31K

The iphone one sounds interesting, but from everything I've seen, you get what you pay for. The cheap Bluetooth ones have slow refresh rates, make you connect to a network (meaning you can't use internet-enabled apps while driving), or are spotty in other various ways. When it's mature, I could see it being useful. Until then, don't worry about it.
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Quote from udoobu View Post :
Since the car does not have a RPM odometer
You mean Tachometer, don't you?
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Quote from shnitz View Post :
Let's back up for a second and straighten out what everything on your dashboard is. An odometer tells you how many miles the car has. For example, my 1998 Accord's odometer reads 158,000 miles. Every car has one of these, although yours might be broken. Now, the device that tells you the engine speed, in revolutions per minute, is called a tachometer. It wouldn't help you determine if your maintenance has any effect.

Now, let's get to OBD2. It is a diagnostics unit, that gives an overall idea of systems status, but it is mostly tied to emissions. The only reason you need one of these is if you have a check engine light that's on, and you want to know what codes it's throwing. Your car logs all the codes, all an OBD2 tool needs to do in your case is read the codes.

The best way to determine if your maintenance is working is by two ways.
1. If your car was throwing a check engine light, then when you reset it, it doesn't come back after a week.
2. Keep a notebook in your car. At every gas fill-up, let the pump automatically fill up until it auto-shuts itself off, don't give yourself an extra few pumps to top it off (this is bad for your car anyway, it causes many of your emissions check-valves to fail, since you are sending fuel above where it was supposed to be, so it gets in the emissions tubes). Write down what mileage you're at, and how much fuel you pumped in. Then, it's easy to calculate your miles per gallon. You don't want to waste your money on a logger, and the reviews aren't all that great. This one, for example, has mediocre reviews:
http://www.amazon.com/goPoint-Tec...B00336S7KS




Parts stores like Pep Boys, Autozone, etc. will do free readings for you, if you have a code. To reset your CEL, just pull your battery for a few minutes. Buy one of these on features. The advantage is that you never have to worry about future compatibility with any computers, phones, etc. Or, feel free to look at your local Craigslist,
http://www.amazon.com/OBDII-Engin...B000LEPT5G
http://www.harborfreight.com/obd-...99722.html
If you want an amazing one with real-time updating of engine parameters:
http://www.amazon.com/Equus-3130-...B000KID31K

The iphone one sounds interesting, but from everything I've seen, you get what you pay for. The cheap Bluetooth ones have slow refresh rates, make you connect to a network (meaning you can't use internet-enabled apps while driving), or are spotty in other various ways. When it's mature, I could see it being useful. Until then, don't worry about it.
I use it for more than just diagnostics. And the refresh rate is pretty Damn fast. On the Android with the torque app you can see a map of you drive and analyze it to see what paths you should avoid. See the image I attached.
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