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OBDLink SX Scan Tool

Discussion in 'Car Repairs / Maintenance' started by Whitworth, 3 Apr 2011.

  1. Whitworth

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    Its not bad but still fairly basic. Personally I would either go for a dirt cheap one off ebay or get a decent one which does a lot more.
    What make of vehicle do you have?

    Have a look at http://www.ross-tech.com as they do probably the best 3rd party diagnostic systems for VAG cars. Your identified test tool will just test the engine management system while a VAG-COM (VCDS) tool will allow you to test and set a whole load of other control modules.
     
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    Thanks GBlades,looks good.
    Unfortunately that one only covers VAG, I ws looking for something with a little more vehicle scope.
     
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    I would contact them to see if it will do the basic engine diagnostics on non VAG cars as it would cover a lot of vehicles if it does.
    You can probably get general purpose tools which allow you to test different modules (other than basic engine management) on a variety of manufacturers cars but you will be looking at a lot of money for such tools. For example http://www1.snapon.com/diagnostics/us/ethos and by the looks of it you would still need the VCDS to fully support VAG cars aswell.
     
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    Forgot to mention, mines a Ford. Would be looking for European and Asian cars too. Don't want to 'break the bank' it will be purely DIY. Really just looking for something to diagnose fault codes etc. As with most modern engine electronics fixing is easy, finding the offending sensor etc is the hard bit :D
     
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    In that case you are probably only going to get a device which talks to the engine management system and perhaps airbag and abs. The device you originally found should be pretty good.
    You can get cheaper devices off ebay but these are not always 100% reliable.

    I bought a cheap Chinese bluetooth adapter for about £16 off ebay and then an android phone app called Torque. I just keep the adapter in the glovebox and generally have my phone with me so its a cheap portable kit. I know its not always guaranteed to correctly read a fault.
     
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    In my limited experience of these things, you need to be really careful with generic ones! When on-board diagnostics started to become popular, most manufacturers had their own codes and the faults could only be read with their own readers. The European Commission wised-up to this and forced them to standardise, so after a particualr date (2006-ish, I think) new types of car started to appear with the same fault codes.

    I've tried various generic readers on older cars and they download fault codes, but somtimes they're wrong. For example "P1234" might mean "Lambda sensor open circuit" on a Fiat, but might mean "cam angle sensor short circuit" on a Ford. More recent cars can be read with much more success with generic readers, but if they have some weird feature that's peculiar to that marque and for which an internationally agreed standard fault code hasn't yet been developed, they could still revert to their own - which only ther own equipment could read.
     
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    Petrols from 2000 onwards and Diesels from 2005 onwards in the USA had to be ODBII compliant. If you make sure you use the tool on compliant vehicles then it will work fine.
    Some tools like the snap-on one I linked to earlier have adapters to read earlier cards.
    As for the fault codes yes there are standard pones (start with P0) and also manufacturer specific ones (P1) but the code readers will read them but oviously if they convert the code to a description then they may well not have details on the P1 codes.
     
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    to whitworth:
    if you could be bothered coming over to dunfermline i could let you have a play with my diag toys. you're not too far away. i am at work most evenings and i have a lot of toys (and a real garage)lol.
    dave.
     
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    Thanks Davie, I'd like to get some basic diagnostic gear to use at home but I'll keep your offer in mind in case I get stuck. :D
     
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