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Old 01-12-2014, 04:19 PM   #1
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Using a smartphone as a diagnostic tool

I've been wanting to get diagnostic tool to keep in my garage for awhile, but now that a warning light has popped up on my dash, I think I'm going to pull the trigger. As far that the warning light goes, it popped up on the same morning that the temp hit 4 below and open door indicator has been coming on and off too, so my guess is that there isn't really anything wrong, it just needs to be reset, so I don't think I need to take it into the shop. I was curious if there are any smartphone apps out there that would allow me to use my smartphone, instead of buying a whole unit. I've seen some apps advertised as being able to do it, but I wanted to see if anyone here had any real world experience.

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Old 01-12-2014, 05:21 PM   #2
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I am not sure how good this thing is but it keeps popping up on my facebook feed.

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Old 01-12-2014, 06:48 PM   #3
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I have Dash Command and a wireless OBD-II connector and it works great. The OBD I got from Amazon for $23 and the App was $10 or so I think. Gives me all y info she I drive on my iPad
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Old 01-12-2014, 07:05 PM   #4
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I have Dash Command and a wireless OBD-II connector and it works great. The OBD I got from Amazon for $23 and the App was $10 or so I think. Gives me all y info she I drive on my iPad
I was think of doing this. What OBD 2 connector did you get? Are you happy with Dash Command?
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Old 01-12-2014, 07:38 PM   #5
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I have Torque Pro (Android) and a bluetooth OBD2. Works good.

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Old 01-13-2014, 07:11 AM   #6
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What a great idea for an app. I wonder if there is one that will do what the flashpac type devices will do...
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Old 01-13-2014, 08:44 AM   #7
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I have been using an Iphone OBDII reader for over 4 years now. Best money I have ever spent. The app is amazing as well, because you can input the make/model you are scanning, and it will not only spit out the code, but also what it is specific to the car. Let me find a link to it.
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Old 01-13-2014, 08:51 AM   #8
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Found it....this is the company I use....GoPoint Technology...

I just found out they have a "procal" of their own....

BT1A-JK Jeep Wrangler Calibration Tool - GoPoint Technology

As for the OBDII, it seems the technology advances, so the price went up....I use an OBDII to iphone cable, but now everything is wireless (thus more expensive.)

BT1A for Android and Apple - GoPoint Technology

Still think its a very useful tool to own.



EDIT....just realized something...the Jeep Wrangler Calibration tool does it all, so it's like getting a procal and an iphone obdii scanner in one. Wish I saw this thing before I bought my procal, thats a great deal.
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Old 01-13-2014, 09:23 AM   #9
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Found it....this is the company I use....GoPoint Technology...

I just found out they have a "procal" of their own....

BT1A-JK Jeep Wrangler Calibration Tool - GoPoint Technology

As for the OBDII, it seems the technology advances, so the price went up....I use an OBDII to iphone cable, but now everything is wireless (thus more expensive.)

BT1A for Android and Apple - GoPoint Technology

Still think its a very useful tool to own.

EDIT....just realized something...the Jeep Wrangler Calibration tool does it all, so it's like getting a procal and an iphone obdii scanner in one. Wish I saw this thing before I bought my procal, thats a great deal.
Not available for the 13s and 14s yet.
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Old 01-13-2014, 10:59 AM   #10
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I have this - works well ($18.95)

http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B009...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

There are a bunch of IOS apps that it works with - I use I with WP8 and the dash app. Not a good as having a handheld ODBII reader - but does the trick at least for read clearing the CEL.
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Old 01-13-2014, 01:46 PM   #11
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I have Torque Pro (Android) and a bluetooth OBD2. Works good.

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How do you like the Pro version?

I picked up a bluetooth OBD2 reader over Xmas & have been using the free version of Torque for the past few weeks & it seems to do just about everything that the 'Pro' version does, but shows an ad-bar across the bottom of the screen.

Anyways, Torque a nice way to keep track of things while your tooling about. It will also read and clear trouble codes.

That being said, I once left it plugged in when I parked the Jeep. After I hopped back in and drove for about a block, the TCS went haywire and I had to shut off and re-start the Jeep (after yanking out the OBD2) to clear it. Hasn't happened before or since, but weird nonetheless.
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Old 01-13-2014, 07:53 PM   #12
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Found it....this is the company I use....GoPoint Technology...

I just found out they have a "procal" of their own....

BT1A-JK Jeep Wrangler Calibration Tool - GoPoint Technology

As for the OBDII, it seems the technology advances, so the price went up....I use an OBDII to iphone cable, but now everything is wireless (thus more expensive.)

BT1A for Android and Apple - GoPoint Technology

Still think its a very useful tool to own.



EDIT....just realized something...the Jeep Wrangler Calibration tool does it all, so it's like getting a procal and an iphone obdii scanner in one. Wish I saw this thing before I bought my procal, thats a great deal.
I'd order the calibration tool if it worked with Android.
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Old 01-13-2014, 10:21 PM   #13
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Wanted to email them to see if they had an Android version coming for this, and they have no way to contact them at all that I see on their website. That's odd.

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Found it....this is the company I use....GoPoint Technology...

I just found out they have a "procal" of their own....

BT1A-JK Jeep Wrangler Calibration Tool - GoPoint Technology

As for the OBDII, it seems the technology advances, so the price went up....I use an OBDII to iphone cable, but now everything is wireless (thus more expensive.)

BT1A for Android and Apple - GoPoint Technology

Still think its a very useful tool to own.



EDIT....just realized something...the Jeep Wrangler Calibration tool does it all, so it's like getting a procal and an iphone obdii scanner in one. Wish I saw this thing before I bought my procal, thats a great deal.
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Old 01-13-2014, 10:36 PM   #14
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DashCommand is ok needs a bit more work for the Jeep. They are working on it. Looks like you got a lot better choices here.
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Old 01-13-2014, 11:51 PM   #15
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I have an Android phone, so got the "Pro" version of the Torque app (I think it was about $5 so was cheap enough that I didn't bother with the lite/free version, but it is there if you just need basic stuff.) They do a pretty good job of keeping it updated.
For my scanner, I read a bunch of reviews and settled on a slightly less than bottom priced model that has served me OK (but I have NOT tried it on my JK yet either.): BAFX Products Bluetooth OBD2 Scan Tool for Check Engine Light and other Diagnostics - Android Compatible : Amazon.com : Automotive

If you poke around the comparison of adapters link on Torque's Web page, you can follow the links of the various upper cost models and learn about things to look for in the adapters (mostly compatibility with some difficult car brands and which ones are faster.) The faster devices let you read values from your car faster (so if you bip the gas pedal, the tach on your phone app will more closely mimic real time changes or you can monitor more values at the same time without excessive lag.)
The IOS (Apple) devices seem to require some kind of certification or registration for Bluetooth adapters, so I don't think most of the cheap closes will work with them (at least not without some kind of hack/workaround.)
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