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Decent SCAN TOOL for cheap?

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vkizzle wrote:
Apr 20th, 2017 9:06 am
I haven't dove in that deep yet, but agree that it has it's limitations and only as a good as the software it runs off of.
Currently, using with Forscan, I have access to BCM, IPC, APIM, ACM, DDM/PDM, SCCM and DSM.
Having programming access to the above modules, we were able to enable over a dozen features and add-ons, otherwise reserved for dealership visits or paid as an extra option.
Do you know if you are able to reprogram the tpms sensors through it?
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6mthatch wrote:
Apr 20th, 2017 9:18 am
Do you know if you are able to reprogram the tpms sensors through it?
I haven't tired, but I'm going to assume at 99.99%, that it is possible; as other drivers have been able to change their tire size values; to keep the speedo accurate.
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Got one of those elm eBay ones for literally $6 and it works great. Paired with torque pro I can read and clear codes no problem.
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We voted him in as God of RFD last month. Where were you during elections...?
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CoolDudeClan wrote:
Apr 20th, 2017 9:41 am
Got one of those elm eBay ones for literally $6 and it works great. Paired with torque pro I can read and clear codes no problem.
aliexpress is cheaper bro
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I bought an Innova 3040c on sale at TSC a few months ago for $60. I see amazon.ca has it for $170. Pretty foolproof. Shows codes and what they mean.

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vkizzle wrote:
Apr 20th, 2017 9:24 am
able to change their tire size values; to keep the speedo accurate.
Sounds like a good way to under report odometer mileage by programming a smaller tire size than actually installed.
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engineered wrote:
Apr 20th, 2017 1:13 pm
Sounds like a good way to under report odometer mileage by programming a smaller tire size than actually installed.
So you would want your speedometer to read 10% low and risk getting a speeding ticket just to end up with a 10% lower odometer reading when you go to sell or trade your car?
To do that kind of stuff you need a tuner costing several hundred bucks, not just an inexpensive scan tool. I'd love something like that, but I'm not willing to pay the price. The current tires I have right now are slightly oversize and at an indicated 120 I'm actually going 122, so I have to be careful.
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oldyellr wrote:
Apr 20th, 2017 1:46 pm
So you would want your speedometer to read 10% low and risk getting a speeding ticket just to end up with a 10% lower odometer reading when you go to sell or trade your car?
To do that kind of stuff you need a tuner costing several hundred bucks, not just an inexpensive scan tool. I'd love something like that, but I'm not willing to pay the price. The current tires I have right now are slightly oversize and at an indicated 120 I'm actually going 122, so I have to be careful.
Well if you know it's 10% slow you'd just account for it and drive 45 in a 50. That's not hard. My tires are also larger so 100kph is really 105kph in my car, verified with GPS.

vkizzle is saying it can be done with an OBD2 tool. If possible would be great for someone on a lease, though technically it would be fraud if you were caught doing it solely for the purpose of under reporting mileage.
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engineered wrote:
Apr 20th, 2017 1:54 pm
Well if you know it's 10% slow you'd just account for it and drive 45 in a 50. That's not hard. My tires are also larger so 100kph is really 105kph in my car, verified with GPS.

vkizzle is saying it can be done with an OBD2 tool. If possible would be great for someone on a lease, though technically it would be fraud if you were caught doing it solely for the purpose of under reporting mileage.
Never thought about that way, but yes on my Ford; I can change tire size value via programming using the OBD adaptor.
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Bought a ELM327 from Aliexpress for $3USD. It took 3.5 months to ship to Canada. The device worked fine, but the bluetooth signal wasn't strong so I had to hold my phone near the device. I used it with Torque to clear a CEL.

I don't think I could have gone any cheaper.
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oldyellr wrote:
Apr 20th, 2017 12:55 pm
I bought an Innova 3040c on sale at TSC a few months ago for $60. I see amazon.ca has it for $170. Pretty foolproof. Shows codes and what they mean.

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tsc as in toronto subaru club?
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6mthatch wrote:
Apr 19th, 2017 2:31 pm
elm327....any of the variants.
ChrisFix recommends bluedriver but they are 100 bucks. For something thatll last years i sprung for an Autel MaxiDiag. Does everything (airbags, transmission, BCM, SRS, and even BJ)
If it doesn't check BDSM, it's ain't a decent monitor.
(BDSM = blinker diagnostic sensing monitor)

Pays for itself in a single trip to the stealership to fill up blinker fluid.
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I have an Autel from Princess Auto, it's on sale right now for $40.

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