Scan Tool

wedge1

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Apr 29, 2013
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In several of the posts that I've read, they say to use a scan tool. While they can be pricey, it's one of those things that, at some point, may really pay for itself. At this point, I only have a code reader, but it has paid for itself. What scan tools do you people use? What are the features that I should definitely have? Any other suggestions?
 

The_Roadie

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Some folks have higher-end Actrons. Search for that word. If you have an Android smartphone or tablet with bluetooth, the Torque app is the hand-down price/performance winner. Or the Scangauge II.
 

meerschm

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Aug 26, 2012
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I got mine here:

ScanTool.net LLC - Scan Tools, PC, iPhone, & Android based OBD-II (OBD2) Interfaces, OBD diagnostic software

( went for the wired one, usb connector with free software, OBDlink SX. gets the basics and trouble codes, I used also to log and display some strange behavior of my trans, which turned out was not enough fluid.)

went back for the ScanXL software with the chevy package.

I wanted this to monitor a few AC parameters. turns out it still does not monitor all the actuators you can get with the real GM software, but that stuff is multiple $k

others can chime in.

do you want to use with a laptop, or your smart phone?
 

nopaybob

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Apr 3, 2013
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Does anyone know of any other software that I can get for free that will work with this ELM327 OBDII
New ELM327 OBDII OBD II OBD2 USB Interface V1 5 Auto Diagnostic Scanner | eBay

It came with a free version of scantool.net v1.13 but of course you have to pay to use all features
For 12 bucks it was a cheap option for me when I first got my trailblazer. The free version of software did allow me to read and erase codes, It also showed some live data.
 

meerschm

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for reference, i needed one of these for my VW jetta.
Ross-Tech Store: VCDS

transmission fluid change on that car requires the computer to monitor fluid temp, then drain to the correct level using an included snorkel. also used to cycle fuel pump when changing fuel filter every 20k

( point here, is that the cable and software is $250. it has paid for itself. most of the options discussed above for a GM product are less expensive.)
 

nopaybob

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the roadie said:
Of course. Surely you're not saying all useful software should be free. :wink:

See my avatar. :biggrin:
Your saying that scantool and complete software should be worth more than 12 bucks :undecided:
I'm just fishin for another program to try out with this toy, If its available..
 

Boricua SS

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Nov 20, 2011
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jrSS said:
Once again..torque app + smart phone= greatness.

This x100... then you gotta learn how to use it :raspberry:
 

oh05ext

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Dec 7, 2011
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im new to the smartphone world.is there a specific torque app or are there different ones to download?
 

oh05ext

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Dec 7, 2011
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cool thanks ill look into it
 

Boricua SS

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oh05ext said:
cool thanks ill look into it

you could just do like I did... just order the BT device online, then use the free Torque App... see if you like the screens, gauges, what it monitors, etc... (realizing it doesn't have all the features of the paid Torque App version) and if you like it, then spend the $4.99 and buy the app.. best money I've spent on any app to date...
 

oh05ext

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Dec 7, 2011
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my app just show the torque lite for the free vers.which bluetooth device do i buy?
 

TangoBravo

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I have an ELM bt device for mine, and the paid app. Haven't had any problems yet.
 

Boricua SS

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oh05ext said:
my app just show the torque lite for the free vers.which bluetooth device do i buy?

here is what the app looks like that I got for free first...

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and here is the BT device I bought on ebay...

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TangoBravo

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Looks just like mine, should work great.
 

Instrumental

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Jan 29, 2012
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Has anyone used Torque with a 9-7x? I've heard it's limited, but some first hand experience would be great. The BT adapter is high on my want list.
 

Sparky

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I would think since it is basically the same truck as any other GMT360 it should work on it just fine.
 

Boricua SS

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I use torque with my grand prix and my SS... works fine with both...
 

wedge1

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Thank you for all of the information. I'm not sure when I'll be able to get one, but this gives a good basis for what is out there. Wedge
 

Wooluf1952

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Nov 20, 2011
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Can the smart phone be an older one that isn't being used for calls?
 

MDBT

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Wooluf1952 said:
Can the smart phone be an older one that isn't being used for calls?

Yes. The app uses the phone's bluetooth to connect to the module and some features require GPS but no part of the application requires an active data or voice connection.

I personally use a decommissioned Verizon phone circa 2010.
 

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