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  • Hardware Review: ElmScan 5 ODB-II scanner with StreetDeck

    If you are interested in finding out more about OBD-II and if it is implemented in your vehicle, please see this information: http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/engine-management-obd-ii-engine-diagnostics-etc/18656-what-obd-ii.html

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    Wanting to further enhance the capabilities of my CarPC, I went ahead and went for the ElmScan5 avaliable here at the store.

    To date, this is the only OBD-II scanner that's fully compatable with StreetDeck.

    I've tested this for about 2 hours while driving our Supercharged Dakota R/T pick-up. I connected it to my laptop (which has StreetDeck installed) since the truck doesn't yet have a CarPC. The truck is a 1999. It's not very technologicaly advanced. The ECU that's actually in the truck is the Mopar performance ECU. It has some different fuel maps and timing curves programmed in it from the factory for better performance. On top of that, we're running a BTM (boost timing mmodule) from MSD. This unit will retard the timing for the motor based on the boost pressure it sees. This is a necessary module for our truck with the modifications we have done to it. We're also running a set of secondary injectors in the air hat to provide for extra fuel.

    I mention all of this to note that the ElmScan was still able to pull information from the truck. Being that the ECU is older in terms of technology, and the truck doesn't have as many sensors as many newer vehicles, the full capabilities of StreetDeck and ElmScan couldn't be captured.

    I took screen shots of just about every variable that could be graphed fom within StreetDeck.

















    The response is as to be expected from all of these. I checked the codes and didn't have any to clear, unfortunately for this refiew, fortunately for the truck!

    The graphs are easy to read and easy to switch between as well. I would really get on the truck and the lag in response on the graphs was well within reason.

    Perhaps, if I get a chance, I will go through and list off all of the graphs that StreetDeck can display.
    Jan Bennett
    FS: VW MKIV Bezel for 8" Lilliput - 95% Finished

    Please post on the forums! Chances are, someone else has or will have the same questions as you!

  • #2
    Are those graphs unique to StreetDeck?

    Did you try out the software that comes with it?
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    • #3
      Those graphs are unique to StreetDeck (the look of them).

      You can get the same information though from the program alone.
      Jan Bennett
      FS: VW MKIV Bezel for 8" Lilliput - 95% Finished

      Please post on the forums! Chances are, someone else has or will have the same questions as you!

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      • #4
        And bimmers?

        Can I read an 1995 e38 out with this thing?

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        • #5
          Only if it's OBD-II compliant.
          Jan Bennett
          FS: VW MKIV Bezel for 8" Lilliput - 95% Finished

          Please post on the forums! Chances are, someone else has or will have the same questions as you!

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          • #6
            Can OBD-II Get information from Mazda3 2006

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            • #7
              I'd recomend you read here: http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/engi...at-obd-ii.html
              Jan Bennett
              FS: VW MKIV Bezel for 8" Lilliput - 95% Finished

              Please post on the forums! Chances are, someone else has or will have the same questions as you!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by RedGTiVR6 View Post
                Perhaps, if I get a chance, I will go through and list off all of the graphs that StreetDeck can display.
                Can you please do this? I am interested in purchasing this item.

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                • #9
                  Any update on this?
                  A car without turbo is a car with perpetual lag.

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                  • #10
                    The graphs that I can see are the following. However, since the vehicle I tested this is in older, I don't know if all of them are polled by the ElmScan device.

                    Calculated Load
                    Coolant Temp Fuel
                    Trim Bank 1
                    Fuel Trim Bank 2
                    Fuel Trim Bank 3
                    Fuel Trim Bank 4
                    Fuel Pressure
                    Manifold Pressure
                    RPM Speed
                    Timing Advance
                    Intake Air Temp
                    MAF Absolute
                    Throttle Sensor
                    O2 Sensor Bank 1, Sensor 1
                    O2 Sensor Bank 1, Sensor 2
                    O2 Sensor Bank 1, Sensor 3
                    O2 Sensor Bank 1, Sensor 4
                    O2 Sensor Bank 2, Sensor 1
                    O2 Sensor Bank 2, Sensor 2
                    O2 Sensor Bank 2, Sensor 3
                    O2 Sensor Bank 2, Sensor 4
                    Distance Traveled with MIL On
                    Relative Fuel Pressure
                    Fuel Pressure High
                    O2S1 WR Lambda
                    O2S2 WR Lambda
                    O2S3 WR Lambda
                    O2S4 WR Lambda
                    O2S5 WR Lambda
                    O2S6 WR Lambda
                    O2S7 WR Lambda
                    O2S8 WR Lambda
                    CMD EGR
                    EGR Error
                    Evap %
                    Fuel Level
                    Warm Ups
                    Distance Since Codes Cleared
                    Evap. System Vapor Pressure
                    Barometric Pressure
                    O2S1 WRa Lambda
                    O2S2 WRa Lambda
                    O2S3 WRa Lambda
                    O2S4 WRa Lambda
                    O2S5 WRa Lambda
                    O2S6 WRa Lambda
                    O2S7 WRa Lambda
                    O2S8 WRa Lambda
                    Cat Temperature 1 1
                    Cat Temperature 2 1
                    Cat Temperature 1 2
                    Cat Temperature 2 2
                    Control Module Voltage
                    Absolute Load Value
                    Commanded Equiv Ratio
                    Relative Throttle Position A
                    Ambient Air Temp
                    Absolute Throttle Position B
                    Absolute Throttle Position C
                    Accelerator Pedal Position D
                    Accelerator Pedal Position E
                    Accelerator Pedal Position F
                    Commanded Throttle Actuator Control
                    Minutes Running Engine while MIL On
                    Time Since Trouble Codes Cleared
                    Jan Bennett
                    FS: VW MKIV Bezel for 8" Lilliput - 95% Finished

                    Please post on the forums! Chances are, someone else has or will have the same questions as you!

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                    • #11
                      While we're at it, how does the install go with the ElmScan? I've been running Streetdeck for a while, and just ordered the ElmScan from the mp3car store. What software does it come with? I dont see much by the way of documentation other than this thread.

                      Do I just plug it in and Streetdeck recognizes the device?

                      IF you're logging data, do you just leave this thing plugged into your obd-ii port at all times? Can it handle car & carputer startup/shutdown if plugged in at all times?
                      A car without turbo is a car with perpetual lag.

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                      • #12
                        Download the driver and install it.

                        You can also get the ElmScan software for free from the ElmScan web site.
                        Jan Bennett
                        FS: VW MKIV Bezel for 8" Lilliput - 95% Finished

                        Please post on the forums! Chances are, someone else has or will have the same questions as you!

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                        • #13
                          Red,

                          How did you get the hardware working with Streetdeck? I plugged it in and the Scantool.net software can get information, but Streetdeck keeps throwing me errors. It shows "Connecting..." at the top of the screen for 10-15 second or so, then says it cannot connect.

                          I also notice that on the Elmscan itself, the power light is red when all plugged in. Once I hit connect, that light goes green, but that's it. When using scantool.net, the power light goes green but then the tx and rx lights start flickering.

                          Edit: http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/stre...treetdeck.html
                          Looks like I'm not the only one.
                          A car without turbo is a car with perpetual lag.

                          My Ride
                          My New Page

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                          • #14
                            *** READ ME BEFORE BUYING THIS DEVICE ***
                            http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/tracker.php?itemid=76
                            A car without turbo is a car with perpetual lag.

                            My Ride
                            My New Page

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                            • #15
                              I wish to use an ODBII reader with my carputer and software to double as a scanguage so I can read real-time MPG values while driving.

                              Can this be accomplished with this device and the proper software?

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