Post by retromadness123 on Mar 2, 2017 19:00:22 GMT
Hello guys just need some help, want a cheap obd reader just to get codes of the car but unsure what one to go for, seen some on eBay but don't know what one will be good, there are also bluetooth ones and someone mentioned ones that connect with a app on smartphones, so wondering where I could get something like that all suggestions welcome, as mentioned need a cheap one that will get me a codes of my cars many thanks
I bought a generic one from Amazon for around £18. Or read codes but wasn't specific on cause. Some codes on abRenault couldn't be found I've since bought a Mac item which finds more codes and is able to also clear some that the other reader couldnt
If it can be fixed with a hammer, then it must be an electrical fault
if you want cheap leads you will end up with several to allow you to do a selection of cars. I have one for Fords with ford specific software one for VAG running Vagcom Lite, a generic one that does GM Saab Fiat etc (but not BMW).
The make specific ones will tend to offer much better functionality for that range of vehicles cracked vagcom lite is pretty much all you would ever need for VAG stuff.
If you just want a basic one to read ECU fault codes from a few cars, then all the "ELM327 clone" ones will do the job. I have a few of them, all bluetooth. They connect to my phone and I use an app called "torque" to check/clear fault codes. I used to leave one plugged in permanently on my old Ibiza as it'd bring the engine light on every few weeks because of a Decat.
The next step up is something like a £60 snide Delphi DS150 off eBay, which read fault codes, but also allow you to change a few settings and go a bit more in depth.
Both the above options are using "pirated" software - the ELM327 readers use a cloned chip, and the Delphi use cracked software on your PC. I'll leave you to decide on the ethics of it all, personally I've used both at home but at work we've invested £10k in diagnostics equipment.
If you want to be "legit" then the genuine ELM327 dongles are £40/£50 and the Delphi is about £1500.
Also don't assume all readers will do the same job, seen several times generic leads and readers miss fault codes on VW stuff that vagcom software will pick up which saves a lot of guess work. A £5 kkl lead can be had off the evil bay.
I use a bluetooth ELM327 clone and Forscan lite as an app on the tablet. Used Torque but it and the Transit don't talk the same language evidently, Forscan works with the 55 plate Transit and the 09 plate Mondeo. Forscan is a pay app but it's not expensive (about £3) It will also allow fault codes to be cleared. Also had both vehicles diagnosed with the super expensive snap on box - gave me the same fault codes as the £5 dongle.
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