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Scan Guage..pros. cons?

saw it online for $169... besides digital read outs... what does it do for you?
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It will read trouble codes and clear them, goes trip stuff, figure out MPG per tank, day, etc, miles to empty stuff like that. Displays a ton of engine functions. Um thats about it. I really like mine.
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Pros: everything as advertised. Cons: finding a place to mount it.
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so worth getting really....?
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If you have an automatic and bigger tires I say yes. Also if you mod and mess stuff up a lot causing a CEL yes to that too lol
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oh ok. lol well i do have some mods.... but i don't go crazy with my pickup so i guess im good without it
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oh ok. lol well i do have some mods.... but i don't go crazy with my pickup so i guess im good without it
instant gas mileage, intake air temp, coolant temp, trip stats (avg MPG), plus engine codes... I think everyone should have one for each of their vehicles.
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Don't get me wrong its a nifty gadget to have, I was just listing the reasons I bought it. Its great for monitoring temps and different things.
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Its good. I like mine. Has done everything I want just it wont turn off the CEL on some vehicles.
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I think a WBO2 and a vacuum gauge is 10X more useful than a scangauge..
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whats a vacuum gauge measuring?
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whats a vacuum gauge measuring?
When your truck gets really dirty and you need to vacuum it out it will go "RED" - at that time you know you need to go to the carwash and get it cleaned out so it goes back to the "GREEN"


Really - it measures the manifold vacuum "how much your pistons suck" - I find it very valuable to see what is going on inside of the engine (input and output) live time - its great to know when you experience a problem.
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sold mine.. didnt use it enough.. got chrome instead.
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Really - it measures the manifold vacuum "how much your pistons suck" - I find it very valuable to see what is going on inside of the engine (input and output) live time - its great to know when you experience a problem.
Otherwise known as manifold pressure. The Scanguage will do that too, but the computer doesnt measure data, so the scanguage cant display it for the Ranger.
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Otherwise known as manifold pressure. The Scanguage will do that too, but the computer doesnt measure data, so the scanguage cant display it for the Ranger.
Dude - thats exactly my point. Garbage in Garbage out.

If you are reading the data that the sensor is feeding, and you have a sensor related problem, you won't know. An old school "rubber-tube" won't lie to you. If you have a MAF acting up, you can easily tell when you have a cheapo-autometer gauge: Meanwhile, your computer is off dancing in left-field because it's being lied to and your truck stutters like a kid from the small yellow bus. I like the idea of a fool-proof backup.

Oh, and I don't know for sure, but a few OEMs use a MAF-MAP calculation - and this is what the computer uses (in some cases) - I don't understand why this would be, when you can just use a MAP sensor to begin with.
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lol, good point...
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Definately worth it. I sold my autotap to buy one.

Two things.. 1) look around and I think you could get it for $10 less. Maybe try some of the RF supporting vendors.
2) Buy an extra wire. That way you can hide the wire installed in the ranger and use the other one to check other cars. (this is what I've done)

Go to my web page and check out the scanguage link.

btw, I ran the wire up the drivers side A pillar, across the headliner, and down in front of the mirror. This sounds hard but it's not at all. All you gotta do is take off the A pillar handle / plastic trim & the drivers side sun visor. Then with a unfolded wire clothes hanger you can feed the wire through.
Make sure the SG wire is rearward of the sunvisor screws and you'll never have a problem with it fallin out.
Oh and I use the included velcro to keep it on top of the mirror.
Its about the most OEM look you'll get. Many people who get in the truck with me never even notice that's it's aftermarket.

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it measures the manifold vacuum "how much your pistons suck" - I find it very valuable to see what is going on inside of the engine (input and output) live time - its great to know when you experience a problem.
Won't measure that on my ranger. It does on my eldo though.
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I really like mine, only con is the price.... But worth it since you can transfer to a new vehicle or other vehicles you drive. Nice to have a mod that is transferable to your next truck. If you have the cash and are interested go for it. If you have more important things to buy it's not necessary.
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Cons: finding a place to mount it.
Amen, brother!
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