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2007\05\03@094452 by Dumitru Stama

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Hi Guys,
I want to ask you a question related to car electronics.
I need an EOBD scanner or at least a good schematic from someone
who made and tested one until now.
I want to be able to read Opel 2.0 or 2.2 DTI ecus OPEL/SAAB BOSCH EDC15M
and my current interface cannot do it. Do you happen to know any good (and
cheap :) )
interface which can do this ?
If not, at least a generic scanner

Thank you in advance

2007\05\03@095503 by M. Adam Davis

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harborfreight.com has a couple of cheap OBD scanners, at least one of
them supports the CAN bus version.  Both are under $60.

-Adam

On 5/3/07, Dumitru Stama <spam_OUTspanacTakeThisOuTspamgmail.com> wrote:
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2007\05\03@101944 by Herbert Graf

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On Thu, 2007-05-03 at 16:44 +0300, Dumitru Stama wrote:
> Hi Guys,
> I want to ask you a question related to car electronics.
> I need an EOBD scanner or at least a good schematic from someone
> who made and tested one until now.
> I want to be able to read Opel 2.0 or 2.2 DTI ecus OPEL/SAAB BOSCH EDC15M
> and my current interface cannot do it. Do you happen to know any good (and
> cheap :) )
> interface which can do this ?
> If not, at least a generic scanner

I don't know what the status of OBD is in Europe, I know the connectors
aren't/weren't standardized, but are the protocols?

Here in NA the protocols AND connectors, along with connector location
are all standardized, so if you get a code reader that supports the 4
protocols (ISO, CAN, Ford and GM) it will work in any card sold here.

So assuming that at least the protocols are standardized over there, you
just need to find a code reader that covers the 4 protocols with the
right connector for your car. Here you can get code readers for less the
$100 very easily, if you wait for a sale even less.

I have an Equus one (at least I think that's what it's called). I also
use a ScanGaugeII (http://www.scangauge.com/) a wonderful piece of kit
that also gives you live information.

TTYL

2007\05\03@171653 by John Ferrell

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Some time back you recommended the SCANGAUGE unit to me and I purchased it.
I have been well pleased with it.

John Ferrell    W8CCW
"Life is easier if you learn to plow
      around the stumps"
http://DixieNC.US

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2007\05\03@220950 by Cedric Chang

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> On May 3, 2007, at 3:18 PM, John Ferrell wrote:
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> Some time back you recommended the SCANGAUGE unit to me and I  
> purchased it.
> I have been well pleased with it.
>
> John Ferrell    W8CCW
> "Life is easier if you learn to plow
>        around the stumps"
> http://DixieNC.US

I see the SCANGAUGE II is $160 .  Is this what you bought ?
Cedric

2007\05\03@224220 by Vitaliy

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Dumitru Stama wrote:
> Hi Guys,
> I want to ask you a question related to car electronics.
> I need an EOBD scanner or at least a good schematic from someone
> who made and tested one until now.
> I want to be able to read Opel 2.0 or 2.2 DTI ecus OPEL/SAAB BOSCH EDC15M
> and my current interface cannot do it. Do you happen to know any good (and
> cheap :) )
> interface which can do this ?
> If not, at least a generic scanner

Which interface are you trying to use? Depending on the model year, your car
may not be EOBD compliant.

https://www.scantool.net/support/index.php?_m=knowledgebase&_a=viewarticle&kbarticleid=2

See the Commission Directives. Diesels were especially late at adopting
EOBD.

Vitaliy

PS If you decide to build an interface, cheap OBD cables are available at
http://www.obd2cables.com
PPS ScanGauge is indeed a solid piece of equipment. Their president seems
like a nice guy, too (met him at SEMA last year).

2007\05\04@114701 by Aaron

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Vitaliy wrote:
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> www.scantool.net/support/index.php?_m=knowledgebase&_a=viewarticle&kbarticleid=2
>  

Vitaliy,

Is this your company?

Aaron

2007\05\04@150402 by John Ferrell

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Yes.
It provides way more information than I need.  I keep it installed in a
Winnebago RV powered by a Ford V-10 engine. Other than routine information
it quickly identified and reset a "quirk" check-engine light last January
about 500 miles from home. The output info was googled and considered as a
wait and see event which relieved a lot of pressure from me. The real time
fuel consumption encourages good driving habits.

John Ferrell    W8CCW
"Life is easier if you learn to plow
      around the stumps"
http://DixieNC.US

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2007\05\04@151136 by Vitaliy

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Aaron wrote:
>> www.scantool.net/support/index.php?_m=knowledgebase&_a=viewarticle&kbarticleid=2
> Is this your company?
>
> Aaron

Yes, it is. OBD2Cables.com, too.

Vitaliy

2007\05\04@151141 by Herbert Graf

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On Fri, 2007-05-04 at 15:04 -0400, John Ferrell wrote:
> Yes.
> It provides way more information than I need.  I keep it installed in a
> Winnebago RV powered by a Ford V-10 engine. Other than routine information
> it quickly identified and reset a "quirk" check-engine light last January
> about 500 miles from home. The output info was googled and considered as a
> wait and see event which relieved a lot of pressure from me. The real time
> fuel consumption encourages good driving habits.

Another favourite feature of mine is the "km left in tank", very useful
if your car doesn't display that information otherwise.

TTYL

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