OBD2 software

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  1. Shawn

    Shawn Crackpot Search Ninja and Options Whore

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    I am working on using one of my CF-U1's and a ELM327-usb adapter.
    I have a 03 Ford Ranger and a 96 Mazda Miata.
    I want scan reset codes and a real time "dash"

    Any suggestions? I prefer free but will spend a small amount for a good program.
    Torque for Android seems to be a favorite. I would need an Android emulator for it.
     
  2. BaRRmaley

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    Maybe Torque + ELM327-bluetooth adapter + your smartphone? :)
     
  3. Shawn

    Shawn Crackpot Search Ninja and Options Whore

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    I think these old eyes need a larger screen than the phone has.
    I suppose I should give it a quick try.
     
  4. Toughbook

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    You could comb through some of the Ford forums to see if anyone has written anything. I had a Porsche once and a guy on a forum wrote his own software to communicate with it. He also published schematics for the "box" to communicate with the car and laptop. I etched my own PC board, built the box and used his software.

    I also had a BMW 3 series where I was able to purchase pretty cheap software off the Bay with an OBD2 - USB connector. It allowed you to program a lot of stuff in the BMW ECU.

    I see a lot of BT OBD2 connectors on the Bay... I am sure someone makes freeware software somewhere...
     
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    Great ideas.
     
  6. Shawn

    Shawn Crackpot Search Ninja and Options Whore

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    Hmmm.
    Forscan is made for Fords and Mazdas. The Windows GUI is very basic and lacks the bells and whistles.
    They have a free version designed for Windows. Also a paid version for Android. $6.00
    The Android version has a much nicer and more modern GUI.
    Forscan does promote their own OBD adapters and say it may not work on cheapo adapters. Sales pitch?
    https://forscan.org/home.html

    Torque is the free Android app that seems to be very popular.
    Only runs on Android which means a tiny screen, new tablet, or setup Android x86 on a U1. A used FZ-N1 with a 5" screen could be a solution to consider.
    https://torque-bhp.com/wiki/Main_Page

    Another option is a dedicated OBD2 device such as a Turbogauge IV
    Amazoon link for info only. Turbogauge costs about $70
    Extremely simple but they work and give trip info also.
    No battery to charge as it is powered by OBD port.
    https://www.amazon.com/Roadi-TG4-Vehicle-Computer-Digital/dp/B002U2E9F8
     
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    Ford & Mazda IDS can be downloaded here (torrent).
    But it seems serious diagnostic software will not work with ELM327.
     
  8. Shawn

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    From what I just read the IDS needs a higher cost adapter. VCX nano is supposed to be a good clone, but there are lots of junk ones being sold.
    One webpage suggested that Forscan for Windows can do 90% of what IDS can do.
    I need to look into IDS more.

    I agree that for serious diagnostic you need something more than the ELM327.
     
  9. kschewe

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    ford has one of the better obd2 features. I mostly use android and use torque but for ford i use fordsys. its the only one i was able to read abs and tranny codes. i used windows in the past and the best is on laptop but is been convenient to use phone
    This is what i use for pc https://www.palmerperformance.com/downloads.php scanxl
     
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    I use elm for most but serious tech use the snap on versions that can turn on devices and program
     
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