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Old 09-09-2010
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ODB scanning with Android phones?

I'm not sure where to put this...kinda new idea...kinda off-topic...so we'll try this.

I've been looking at new phones, and the new droid phones have that "wow...way to many application possibilities". One of the possibilities was ODB scanning and virtual dash with the application Torque, a bluetooth obd adapter, and the droid. Has anyone tried this yet on the Ranger? It looks like an amazingly great alternative to a scangauge.

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Old 09-13-2010
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was in New Ideas, had it moved here since there's another thread on a ScanGauge alternative.

Also, I can never get it right the first time... ODB should be OBD...

and the site has moved: http://torque-bhp.com/
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Naw, dont do it - scanned the forums, and they dont update the database near enough. It woudl be sketchy at best, yoru better off just investing in a proper scanner instead of paying for an application liek that and hopefully having a small chance it might actually work.
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I've already got a Acctron that reads live data...but just got the phone and saw this. sounds like the $30 adapters on ebay work with it. I think all that'd be needed is a list of PIDs and enhanced PIDs...but does sound like a lot of work right now.
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FuzzyCar an Iphone app work with PLX Kiwi WiFi. not sure if it do/will work with Android
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from all that I've been reading, if you can pair your phone to a bluetooth obd scanner, it should work with these. I'll probably go for the $30 ebay adapter this winter...
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I have the app. $4 bux, and the bluetooth adaptor was 18 on ebay. it works great its slightly laggy. I hooked it up to my friends 96 dodge and it read and cleared his code. its cool cause you can read the code and click on it and it will take you to a database explaining the code in detail and what fixes can be done.
this is a good review video. You can customize it to your liking. For a guy on a budget it works great for me. I used it on a recent trip to track my gas mileage and you must first calibrate it by setting up a vehicle profile. This is important mostly for accuracy. it offeres data logging you can crossreference later and customize the screens to measure anything avail. Watch the vid its got cool info. If I had all the money in the world I would still get a dedicated unit cause its dedicated. But over all its really cool best bang for the buck in my opinion. even if you only wanted it to pull and clear codes its much better than those units they sell in the auto parts for 100+.

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im a little weary about the accuracy of the mpg measure. it read about 25mpg average on my trip to tampa and back. not sure how accurate this is. i hope it is.
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which adaptor thingy did you buy on ebay?
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http://www.ebay.com/itm/180747718374...ht_3670wt_1139 this is the one i bought. im pretty sure others will work.
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the mpg meter defiantly helps me lay off the skinny pedal. I added a new gauge to the display tells me intake air temp. interesting how it works.
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Should be accurate if the program is written correctly.
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yea i got it and it seems pretty accurate. I went on a road trip and tried it out and it was almost dead on.
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