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  • Universal OBD-II Scanner

    In case this hasn't been mentioned, there is a company that sells OBD-2 scanners on eBay. I bought one a few weeks ago and it's amazing. It worked on 2 Toyota Camrys, 1 Mercury Sable, 1 Mazda Protege (Mine), and a Toyota Corolla. I haven't seen any good universal ones posted, so this is a heads up. The software is amazing too. It's not cheap-o software.

    http://autoenginuity.com/

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Avalerion
      In case this hasn't been mentioned, there is a company that sells OBD-2 scanners on eBay. I bought one a few weeks ago and it's amazing. It worked on 2 Toyota Camrys, 1 Mercury Sable, 1 Mazda Protege (Mine), and a Toyota Corolla. I haven't seen any good universal ones posted, so this is a heads up. The software is amazing too. It's not cheap-o software.

      http://autoenginuity.com/
      Looks like a nice little tool, on the expensive side though. Their claims on what it does are not all true. First of there are many tools that offer those features. Second VIN reporting is not done by most OBD scan tools because its not always accurate, especially if the ECM is having problems. Also I am not sure, but going by what I remember all the cars that you listed use the same protocol, so the claim of tested universality is not really true.
      Never be afraid to do something yourself. Remember - amateur built the Ark, professionals built the Titanic.

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      • #4
        Looks like a nice little tool, on the expensive side though."
        This is actually on the "cheap side" for a true diagnostic tool. Most of the "tools" discussed in this forum are really not true workshop grade or capable devices. They are OK for the purposes of CarPC use, but not for rigorous shop use or for the capabilites that a shop needs for real diagnosis. Shop grade tools start at $1000 and go way up from there (hardware / software).

        "Their claims on what it does are not all true. First of there are many tools that offer those features."
        This is a very difficult "apples / oranges" comparison.


        "Second VIN reporting is not done by most OBD scan tools because its not always accurate, especially if the ECM is having problems."
        It's not that scan tool companies don't "do it" because of accuracy, it's that each OEM uses their own formula and bit structure to represent VIN (and lots of other data). So, the trick, which is always underestimated by aftermarket scan tool companies is reverse engineering the vehicle's electrical architecture to accurately get and transform the data to meaningful values.

        " Also I am not sure, but going by what I remember all the cars that you listed use the same protocol, so the claim of tested universality is not really true."
        universality pertains to OBDII generic level, which is mandated by US government to be standard. The challenge is to find a tool that supports enhanced mode for all those different brands (doesn't exist in the market). Some company's scan tools do a better job than others on completeness of coverage. And, this is the majority of what you are paying for for a "professional" scan tool - completeness and accuracy of the data displayed. This is a huge task for any company, and completely outside the resources of the very small company scan tool products that you typically read about on this forum.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by DavidL
          The challenge is to find a tool that supports enhanced mode for all those different brands (doesn't exist in the market).
          Except of course for the BR-3, $89.

          http://www.obddiagnostics.com
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          http://hallert.net/

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          • #6
            chairboy, not even close. I suspect the tool you mention has less than 50% of the data for any of the vehicles. And that the transforms will not be completely accurate, because it requires validation on each and every vehicle year / make / model / engine combination, as the OEM scan tools go through ($4000 and up).

            Not to mention I don't see it listed that it supports CAN protocol (about 50% of this year's production vehicles).

            This is no offense to the product you mention, as for $89 one cannot expect this level of coverage. Like I said, this is an apples and oranges comparison.

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            • #7
              d00d are you their spokesperson. But seriously, for me, I don't care about CAN because all of my cars are at least 3 years old.
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              • #8
                does anyone else make software like the ones that AutoEnginuity's ScanTool comes with?
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                • #9
                  OBDScan

                  I have been happy with my OBDScan from www.ghg.net/dharrison. It's universal with nice software for troubleshooting and now they have a CAN interface too.

                  C.

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                  • #10
                    the whole point of odb-II is to be universal

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                    • #11
                      I thinking of getting this one http://www.autotap.com/autotap_windows_products.html. It has Enhanced Powertrain Data for Chrysler

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by CygnusA
                        I have been happy with my OBDScan from www.ghg.net/dharrison. It's universal with nice software for troubleshooting and now they have a CAN interface too.

                        C.
                        Nice! Quick question.. Do you know if it's possible to use this tool with other software packages? For example this one:
                        http://autoenginuity.com/
                        In download section..

                        Or do all of these manufacturers make it so their soft is only compatible with their scanners?
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                        • #13
                          Well this one publishes the interface schematics, message frame structure, and example code to help anyone who wants to build their own compatible hardware and/or software.

                          http://www.obddiagnostics.com/

                          Seems like the way to go if you don't like what's available and you want to write your own...

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                          • #14
                            Newb ? here!!!

                            im just getting into this obd2 scanning .......


                            With units like digimoto, autoenginuity, and such devices can you use their software and also code your own programs as well ....

                            looking for a unit that may come wwith some nice software to start but also for me to have the ability to some time code my own!!!!!?1??

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                            • #15
                              I've been trying to figure out whether all the hardware devices use the API published by a couple of different sources. It seems like they should all use it, but you never know until someone tries it.

                              Anyone have definite knowledge on this? Can all the different devices basically use some generic software, or are they proprietary?

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