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    I'm finding it hard to find much info on the ford CAN protocol and the cabels seem to be much more expensive than they others.

    is anyone using a CAN with a read out..
    what cabel have you got..
    this is the chepest one i have found
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    all the others seem to be 2x the price..

    thanks
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    It will be one of the cheapest out there because it is simply Ford + CAN. They actually use the old ELM320 chip plus a proprietery CAN interface. Most interfaces now support various protocols (not just Ford). That is why you see the difference in price.
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      thanks
      can anyone recomend one??
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      • #4
        Originally posted by djmickyg
        I'm finding it hard to find much info on the ford CAN protocol and the cabels seem to be much more expensive than they others.
        Ford uses the more common 11-bit version of ISO15765, a multi-byte protocol that speaks on a CAN network. You don't need to look specifically for Ford compatibility; anything that claims CAN support should work fine. If some packages are more expensive than others, they might come with better software. Make sure to compare features!

        There's also a less common 29-bit version of ISO15765. I've seen more bugs in the the low-end software with this version, since some of the vendors don't have access to test vehicles. Expect this on some GM and some imports; just something to keep in mind.

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        • #5
          On a side note, the guys who make the TekMate software also make AutoEnginuity software.
          Joel Konecny
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          • #6
            thats a fact that joel but they use elm chip with tekmate

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            • #7
              Yes and not the latest ELM chip either, they use (from what I have last heard) an older ELM chip, plus a proprietery CAN add on.
              Joel Konecny
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              • #8
                pretty neandathol ,its like it fell of theark& came back in with the tide with a can addon lol.but idont want to sound like iam knocking it as it has done its jobbut its seeing the end of its times

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