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OBD2 Scanner Questions

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by gForceDude, Nov 17, 2020.

  1. Nov 17, 2020 at 6:53 AM
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    gForceDude

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    I don't currently have any problems with my 2020, but I thought that this might be a good thing to have 'just in case'.

    Is this a good one?

    https://www.amazon.com/OBDLink-Blue...8-2&psc=1&SubscriptionId=AKIAIIYFOKLBI535UV2A

    Which other one would you prefer over this one?

    All I really wish to do at this time is confirm what version ECU I have on my truck.
    Will this give me that info?

    Thank you for your assistance.

    UPDATE: See Post #32 for the final outcome, and to see my choice.
     
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  2. Nov 17, 2020 at 7:03 AM
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    Not a chance. Buy a cheap ELM327 clone. Mine is over 6yrs old that I bought for $15. Works perfectly with Torque, OBD Fusion, and Carista.

    If I was buying today, I would grab the Carista adapter:
    https://caristaapp.com/adapter

    $30 and comes with a free month of full subscription access. That means accessing the dealer Customizations like seat belt chimes, TPMS programming, turn signal flashes, etc.

    The adapter works with other apps. Both OBD Fusion and Carista will tell you the ECU ID.
     
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  3. Nov 17, 2020 at 7:10 AM
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    Thanks for your assistance Tony.
    Please pardon my dumb questions:
    What are, "Torque, OBD Fusion, and Carista" ?
    Are these Software Apps for my Android Phone?
    Total Newb here. Thanks again!
     
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  4. Nov 17, 2020 at 7:16 AM
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    Google is your friend and research assistant.
     
  5. Nov 17, 2020 at 7:18 AM
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    You're welcome!

    Yes. Those are the apps that I am familiar with and get discussed a lot around here. You need an app to pair with the OBD adapter.

    They all have a free version and a paid component. Torque and OBD Fusion are one time costs. Carista has a subscription with varying prices.
     
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  6. Nov 17, 2020 at 7:19 AM
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    What do you want the tool to do? If all you want to do is check basic codes, there are FAR cheaper options. If you want to pull ABS, Trans and SRS codes, than you'll need something a little more robust, and if you want manufacturer-specific codes, something even more involved. This one seems to indicate it does a lot, but I'm not familiar with it, and in my experience, a lot of these generic units don't do what they claim. My preference is for the Autel or Launch lines.
     
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  7. Nov 17, 2020 at 7:22 AM
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    Just a note my cheapie works perfectly with the Toyota PIDs in OBD Fusion. I recently found one that might help with the MT DFCO problem?
     
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  8. Nov 17, 2020 at 7:22 AM
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    Thanks.
    But it won't give you the ECU ID?
     
  9. Nov 17, 2020 at 7:24 AM
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    Thanks Tony !
     
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  10. Nov 17, 2020 at 7:24 AM
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    No problem!

    :cheers:
     
  11. Nov 17, 2020 at 7:27 AM
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    Makes sense; almost all scan tools work well with some, and less so (or not at all) with others. This is why pros have 3, 4, 5 or more high-end (>$5K) tools. My box has three, ranging from a $300 Innova to a $1500 Launch 431.
     
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  12. Nov 17, 2020 at 7:30 AM
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    Good info - thanks!
     
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    I hear you there.

    On that side, the Tactrix adapter has been doing killer work for me there with TechStream, FORScan, and OVT. I've been tempted to play with ECUFlash on our Subaru, but the VVT has been an odd puppy on it. So, I'm just leaving it alone.
     
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  14. Nov 17, 2020 at 7:40 AM
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    Thank you !
     
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    Carista:
    upload_2020-11-17_7-43-39.jpg

    OBD Fusion:
     
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    It looks like Carista would be the one to go with.
    I owe you one Tony :cheers:
     
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    :hattip:

    No worries!

    Have fun and test drive the different OBD apps when you get a chance. Besides check engine help down the road, you can get some very useful info with a bit of time spent setting up the available gauges. There are threads here for the apps and setup help.

    This one screen that I have set up on Torque:
    upload_2020-11-17_7-59-30.jpg
     
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    Tony... a lot of great info, btw. Thank you!
    What do you use or recommend to perform the ABS bleed function?
     
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    Thank you, I'll check it out now!
     
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