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[Amazon.ca] THINKCAR 1S - Vehicle OBD2 diagnostics dongle bluetooth - 33.94

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[Amazon.ca] THINKCAR 1S - Vehicle OBD2 diagnostics dongle bluetooth - 33.94

Looks like an amazing discount and well reviewed.

I just recently bought and returned the Veepeak (hacked ELM clone) ...

Sold by Launch Tech who makes standalone OBD2 diag systems.
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I got a bluetooth ELM ODB2 off ebay a couple of years ago for $5. Works well with Torque (Android) and another ODB2 reader I downloaded. I didn't really have any use for it except for playing around with torque and reading the gauges.

I did once use it to clear a fault code on my dad's 2009 Sonata which the dealer wanted $90 to do.

But what else do people use these things for?
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escape1975 wrote: I just recently bought and returned the Veepeak (hacked ELM clone) ...
curious why you didn't like the Veepeak. I've had one for 3 years and has been great for me
eugene188 wrote: But what else do people use these things for?
when I'm towing, I use it for monitoring the transmission fluid temperature. If I'm climbing a hill, the Trans temp will get too hot and I'll pull over and let it sit for a while. If the trans gets too hot, it can be damaged. I've also watched my instantaneous fuel mileage to make better driving habits
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This is awesome! This is an up and coming OBD2 reader that is superior to the bluedriver!

Thanks OP.
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Looks like a great idea, but the US$9.95 annual fee PER VEHICLE seems to make it too pricey for what it provides.
Someone please correct me if I am incorrect in how this works.
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unless it has Bi-direction capabilities.. I really don't see how this is different from the eBay ELMs
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raskal wrote: curious why you didn't like the Veepeak. I've had one for 3 years and has been great for me



when I'm towing, I use it for monitoring the transmission fluid temperature. If I'm climbing a hill, the Trans temp will get too hot and I'll pull over and let it sit for a while. If the trans gets too hot, it can be damaged. I've also watched my instantaneous fuel mileage to make better driving habits
Yea, I guess the car only tells you the engine temp, not the transmission temp. I wonder if I could find the dial for that in Torque.

I used to use my ODB reader to tell me instantaneous fuel rate, and average, and total used. But then it was too much trouble to load the app, wait for the ODB to connect. Even at like 5-10 seconds, I just can't be bothered now.

But the thing is, those cheapo ELM ODB2 readers on ebay can do all this too.
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eugene188 wrote: I got a bluetooth ELM ODB2 off ebay a couple of years ago for $5. Works well with Torque (Android) and another ODB2 reader I downloaded. I didn't really have any use for it except for playing around with torque and reading the gauges.

I did once use it to clear a fault code on my dad's 2009 Sonata which the dealer wanted $90 to do.

But what else do people use these things for?
They can be used to diagnose the reason the light is on.

I recently used one with torque to figure out if my catalytic or o2 sensors were going bad. You monitor sensor voltage to see if the cat is working or the sensors are bad.

Can also use it to read fuel trims to see if there is others issues with the engine.
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monkey0013 wrote: They can be used to diagnose the reason the light is on.

I recently used one with torque to figure out if my catalytic or o2 sensors were going bad. You monitor sensor voltage to see if the cat is working or the sensors are bad.

Can also use it to read fuel trims to see if there is others issues with the engine.
Yea, I vaguely remember my ELM ODB2 from ebay could do this stuff. So why the need to spend over $30 on another one?
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eugene188 wrote:
Yea, I vaguely remember my ELM ODB2 from ebay could do this stuff. So why the need to spend over $30 on another one?

That I am not sure of. Perhaps there is a quality difference for the adapter to sync to specific software.

I know the BlueDriver device only works with it's software. I am not sure if this would be the same.
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eugene188 wrote: Yea, I guess the car only tells you the engine temp, not the transmission temp. I wonder if I could find the dial for that in Torque.
I had to input a calculation in Torque for it to read trans temp. It can do both at the torque converter and the pan temp.

to a search for your car (make/model) to see if someone has the calculation required for those temps

my calculation looks like this ((((A*256)+B) * (7/100) – 400)/10)
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raskal wrote: I had to input a calculation in Torque for it to read trans temp. It can do both at the torque converter and the pan temp.

to a search for your car (make/model) to see if someone has the calculation required for those temps

my calculation looks like this ((((A*256)+B) * (7/100) – 400)/10)
Kindly care to elaborate on the formula?
I'm considering on older van for camping and picking up this as a diagnostic tool
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eugene188 wrote: Yea, I guess the car only tells you the engine temp, not the transmission temp. I wonder if I could find the dial for that in Torque.

I used to use my ODB reader to tell me instantaneous fuel rate, and average, and total used. But then it was too much trouble to load the app, wait for the ODB to connect. Even at like 5-10 seconds, I just can't be bothered now.

But the thing is, those cheapo ELM ODB2 readers on ebay can do all this too.
Trucks that are meant for towing (maybe just diesels?) have a transmission temp gauge, and a separate radiator for the transmission.
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raskal wrote: curious why you didn't like the Veepeak. I've had one for 3 years and has been great for me
When I had the car turned off and left it plugged in, then went to start an hour later with my
remote start the car just turned off (multiple times) and left a U0100 code ...

Later I had it in, went shopping, came back and started the car by hand this time,
and it just died a second later, logging the same code, including a CEL ...

I’ve never seen that code before, ever, and not again since removing the dongle ...
It was fine when communicating with my cell, while car was already running, or ignition on, engine off.

For some reason it didn’t like to be left in the car for an “extended” period, more than a few minutes.
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Price of this is similar to the Veepeak so I figured I’d give this a try ...

Veepeak and all others are simply really old ELM clones,
except the Veepeak I guess is a better 1.4 clone ...

I think Bluedriver is a proper 2.2 version with firmware updates, but it’s $100 ...

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