OBD scanner suggestions? - DodgeForum.com


2nd Gen RAM general discussion/NON-tech This section is for general discussions about your 2nd gen RAM. Non tech related RAM threads belong here.

OBD scanner suggestions?

Reply
 
 
  #1  
Old 04-23-2012, 09:36 PM
safrantz
safrantz is offline
Professional
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Alabama / Georgia
Posts: 194
Default OBD scanner suggestions?

Any suggestions on the best OBD scanners to purchase?

I know you can typically take your vehicle to a parts store borrow their scanner to pull codes, but what about those times that you cannot use a parts store scanner? E.g. you cannot get your vehicle to the location because its throwing a code and the vehicle won't start? Or you just do not want to shell out 50-75 bucks for an diagnostic just to find that your emissions o2 sensor has malfunctioned and you live in a state that could care less? I've been thinking about investing in a nice scanner, I would appreciate opinions and suggestions on all brands and types.

It may turn into something that I take with me when I look for vehicles to flip/repair with friends (lucrative or not.)

Thanks!
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 04-23-2012, 09:49 PM
redneck_ram's Avatar
redneck_ram
redneck_ram is offline
Champion
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Rochester, NH
Posts: 4,075
Default

i bought mine at napa, advance sells the same ones too. its an actron, i have zero complaints about it, and it does everything i need!
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 04-23-2012, 09:55 PM
PapaG's Avatar
PapaG
PapaG is offline
Veteran
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Southwest Virginia
Posts: 263
Default

I have the Torque Pro app on my Android phone and a bluetooth OBD II adapter. Works great and cost WAY less than a regular scanner. App is less than $5 and the adapter about $20. I have used it on several different vehicles and it works great. In addition to reading/erasing codes you can also get a ton of real time info as you drive. Was talking to my ex father-in-law last week and showed him the app after he was showing me his new scanner he just got on sale for $150. After he tried my Torque app out he was kicking himself in the a$$ for spending that much on his.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 04-23-2012, 09:59 PM
safrantz
safrantz is offline
Professional
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Alabama / Georgia
Posts: 194
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by PapaG View Post
I have the Torque Pro app on my Android phone and a bluetooth OBD II adapter. Works great and cost WAY less than a regular scanner. App is less than $5 and the adapter about $20. I have used it on several different vehicles and it works great. In addition to reading/erasing codes you can also get a ton of real time info as you drive. Was talking to my ex father-in-law last week and showed him the app after he was showing me his new scanner he just got on sale for $150. After he tried my Torque app out he was kicking himself in the a$$ for spending that much on his.
This sounds nifty, got a pic of the adapter? Or link? I'm researching it now - is there anything that you've come across that you would need a standard OBD II reader? Can it read OBD as well?
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 04-24-2012, 03:18 AM
Prototype's Avatar
Prototype
Prototype is offline
Rookie
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Jamul CA
Posts: 76
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by safrantz View Post
This sounds nifty, got a pic of the adapter? Or link? I'm researching it now - is there anything that you've come across that you would need a standard OBD II reader? Can it read OBD as well?
Here's an Amazon link to the adapter I use with Torque Pro. Works really well.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o00_s00_i00

I paid $22 back in February.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 04-24-2012, 10:06 AM
HeyYou's Avatar
HeyYou
HeyYou is offline
Super Moderator
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Clayton MI
Posts: 42,056
Default

OBDI uses a different connector, so, you would have to find a bluetooth dealywinger for it as well. Not sure if the torque app would support it though.

If you have a laptop, you can download free software, pick up a cable for less than 50 bucks, and have access to all SORTS of information from your PCM, including logging capabilities......

Or... you can get snap-on 2500 scanners from ebay for a couple hundred bucks. (nice toys.)
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 04-24-2012, 11:41 AM
kejobe's Avatar
kejobe
kejobe is offline
Record Breaker
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Ohio
Posts: 2,168
Default

For OBD-I, just jump the wires with a paperclip and count the flashes of the check engine light. Or does that only work for GM?
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 04-24-2012, 03:35 PM
drewactual's Avatar
drewactual
drewactual is offline
Champion
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Cape Carteret NC
Posts: 2,697
Default

for those reading this WITH a OBDII rig: there is no need for torque pro.. just use the free app.. torque pro's extra features does no good for our rigs..
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 04-24-2012, 08:29 PM
PapaG's Avatar
PapaG
PapaG is offline
Veteran
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Southwest Virginia
Posts: 263
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by drewactual View Post
for those reading this WITH a OBDII rig: there is no need for torque pro.. just use the free app.. torque pro's extra features does no good for our rigs..
This is true, but for $5 I figured it was worth it just so I wouldn't have to deal with ads. Lol. Does the free version have the logging option?
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 04-24-2012, 11:57 PM
2003 Dodge Neon Sxt
2003 Dodge Neon Sxt is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 6
Default

Order the Actron off Advanceautoparts.com and get a great discount.
Reply With Quote
 
 
Reply

Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
TrailBlogger
4th Gen Ram Tech
46
10-19-2015 12:22 AM
93 ragtop
1st Gen Ram Tech
9
09-18-2015 04:20 PM
shuriken
Dodge Caravan
2
08-18-2015 12:04 AM
stancomm
Dodge Caravan
4
08-05-2015 12:30 AM
davebenn52
1st Gen Durango
0
07-07-2015 11:48 PM


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:41 AM.