Honda Car Forum


 

Go Back   Honda Car Forum - Accord Parts Civic Tuning Acura Racing > Honda Acura > Honda 2

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 28 Mar 2005, 03:26 pm
halo2 guy
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default whats your favorite scan tool

For those who do repairs what is your favorite scan tool? I am thinking
about purchasing an Actron cp9145 for $180.00


Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 28 Mar 2005, 03:54 pm
Woody
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: whats your favorite scan tool

I use this one http://www.obd-2.com/#home on my laptop. It gives me the
ability to save the scans on the laptop for future reference. It also has
excellent support and constant updates.


"halo2 guy" <somewhereovethe@rainbow.com> wrote in message
news:Z4WdnfIsLsAa69XfRVn-ug@comcast.com...
> For those who do repairs what is your favorite scan tool? I am thinking
> about purchasing an Actron cp9145 for $180.00
>



Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 28 Mar 2005, 06:41 pm
Michael Pardee
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: whats your favorite scan tool

"halo2 guy" <somewhereovethe@rainbow.com> wrote in message
news:Z4WdnfIsLsAa69XfRVn-ug@comcast.com...
> For those who do repairs what is your favorite scan tool? I am thinking
> about purchasing an Actron cp9145 for $180.00
>

I bought an Actron 9135 (I think it has less built-in info than the 9145)
because it was the least expensive device ($160) that looked like it met my
needs... at least when I needed it. I only use the reader occasionally, but
it sure is useful when I need it!

The code CD that comes with the reader seems useless, though. Their website
is more up-to-date and easier to use.

Mike


Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 28 Mar 2005, 06:56 pm
Jim Yanik
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: whats your favorite scan tool

"Woody" <TheDuck@pond.net> wrote in
news:I2%1e.15676$DW.8793@newssvr17.news.prodigy.co m:

> I use this one http://www.obd-2.com/#home on my laptop. It gives me
> the ability to save the scans on the laptop for future reference. It
> also has excellent support and constant updates.
>
>
> "halo2 guy" <somewhereovethe@rainbow.com> wrote in message
> news:Z4WdnfIsLsAa69XfRVn-ug@comcast.com...
>> For those who do repairs what is your favorite scan tool? I am
>> thinking about purchasing an Actron cp9145 for $180.00
>>

>
>


Seems to me that some smart person could make a OBD scanner adapter/SW
package to work with a Palm pilot or similar handheld PC. An inexpensive
adapter.

--
Jim Yanik
jyanik
at
kua.net
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 28 Mar 2005, 07:47 pm
TeGGer®
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: whats your favorite scan tool

Jim Yanik <jyanik@abuse.gov.> wrote in
news:Xns9627CAC64A8BBjyanikkuanet@129.250.170.86:

> "Woody" <TheDuck@pond.net> wrote in
> news:I2%1e.15676$DW.8793@newssvr17.news.prodigy.co m:
>
>> I use this one http://www.obd-2.com/#home on my laptop. It gives me
>> the ability to save the scans on the laptop for future reference. It
>> also has excellent support and constant updates.
>>
>>
>> "halo2 guy" <somewhereovethe@rainbow.com> wrote in message
>> news:Z4WdnfIsLsAa69XfRVn-ug@comcast.com...
>>> For those who do repairs what is your favorite scan tool? I am
>>> thinking about purchasing an Actron cp9145 for $180.00
>>>

>>
>>

>
> Seems to me that some smart person could make a OBD scanner adapter/SW
> package to work with a Palm pilot or similar handheld PC. An inexpensive
> adapter.
>



They do. Lots and lots of them. Google is your friend.

Here's one:
http://autoenginuity.com/

--
TeGGeR®

The Unofficial Honda/Acura FAQ
www.tegger.com/hondafaq/
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 28 Mar 2005, 07:51 pm
TeGGer®
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: whats your favorite scan tool

"TeGGer®" <tegger@istop.c0m> wrote in
news:Xns9627D35FBFBEAtegger@207.14.113.17:

> Jim Yanik <jyanik@abuse.gov.> wrote in
> news:Xns9627CAC64A8BBjyanikkuanet@129.250.170.86:


>> Seems to me that some smart person could make a OBD scanner
>> adapter/SW package to work with a Palm pilot or similar handheld PC.
>> An inexpensive adapter.
>>

>
>
> They do. Lots and lots of them. Google is your friend.
>
> Here's one:
> http://autoenginuity.com/
>



And a useful link here:
http://www.troublecodes.net/technica...nfo.shtml#palm

--
TeGGeR®

The Unofficial Honda/Acura FAQ
www.tegger.com/hondafaq/
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 28 Mar 2005, 08:17 pm
Remco
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: whats your favorite scan tool

Do I understand this right: One downloads the appropriate software for
the car of interest?

If so, very slick!

Remco

Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old 28 Mar 2005, 11:27 pm
b1kjpi19
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: whats your favorite scan tool

Software I was impressed with from;
http://www.autotap.com/

Made for Palm OS machines or PC computers.


Remco wrote:
> Do I understand this right: One downloads the appropriate software for
> the car of interest?
>
> If so, very slick!
>
> Remco
>

Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old 29 Mar 2005, 01:59 am
kiselink@mindspring.com
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: whats your favorite scan tool

On 28 Mar 2005 18:17:42 -0800, "Remco" <whybcuz@yahoo.com> wrote:

>Do I understand this right: One downloads the appropriate software for
>the car of interest?
>



OBD-II is actually three separate protocols: ISO, VPW, and PMW. Your
car uses just one of these three. Inorder to be compliant to OBD-II
the device must be able to interface to each of the three protocols.

I suspect taht ISO, VPW, and PMW are lower layer protocols that are
just responsible for getting the "OBD-II content message" (i.e.,
trouble code X) transmitted from the vehicle to the reading device.
The code itself is universal across the three protocol (e.g., trouble
code 1011 (made up) means speed sensor malfunction over each of the
three protocols).


Many of the cheap PC versions of the interface require the user to
purchase a cheap interface card (under $100) that supports just one of
the three protocols. So it is technically not a certified OBD-II
device. Then there are an assortment of free and non-free programs
that you can use with the card.

Each manufacture has extended OBD-II interface and will have codes
that are unique to that manufacturer. I believe you can get access to
these online but if not the service manual should theoretically have
the codes.

OBD-II is quite limited in that there are just a few operations that
can be invoked. Examples include: a) fetch code, b) run a test c)
clear code.

Many (all?) manufactures have extended the interface to allow other
operations. One program allows you to send any command but you
basically have to figure out the binary representation of the command.
Theoretically this is dangerous because it is error prone and the
specs probably arent published.

I wonder if you can reload the firmware of the engine control module
this way?
Reply With Quote
  #10 (permalink)  
Old 29 Mar 2005, 06:36 am
Michael Pardee
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: whats your favorite scan tool

<kiselink@mindspring.com> wrote in message
news:um1i419kl841j5h8o1is5ao7cnq3f4k9o5@4ax.com...
> On 28 Mar 2005 18:17:42 -0800, "Remco" <whybcuz@yahoo.com> wrote:
>
>>Do I understand this right: One downloads the appropriate software for
>>the car of interest?
>>

<snip>
> Many of the cheap PC versions of the interface require the user to
> purchase a cheap interface card (under $100) that supports just one of
> the three protocols. So it is technically not a certified OBD-II
> device. Then there are an assortment of free and non-free programs
> that you can use with the card.
>

I'd be surprised if any software can make the interface work without the
hardware, because the connector and voltage levels are not compatible with
any normal pc hardware. Usually the card does the hardware adaptation and
changes the message to a byte-oriented protocol the computer can deal with.

I opted for a stand-alone tool because I don't have a laptop or PDA handy
and I don't foresee the need for logging, etc.

Mike


Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
99' LX 5pd Accord 1457 CEL scan code..what does it mean ? phil Honda 2 4 10 Apr 2005 05:44 am
2003 Honda Accord Seek/Scan Radio Button Light? pencilcup Honda 3 3 31 Dec 2004 05:47 pm
ODB I Scan Tool JR Lomas Honda 3 0 02 Dec 2003 08:43 pm
Bid on live auctions of your favorite cars Proxibid Honda 3 0 21 Nov 2003 09:04 am
REQ: 1993 Accord Owner's Manual-Service Page Scan Rich Honda 2 4 12 Sep 2003 07:33 pm


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:21 am.


Attribution:
Honda News | Autoblog
Powered by Yahoo Answers




Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
LinkBacks Enabled by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2 © 2011, Crawlability, Inc.
HondaCarForum.com is not affiliated with Honda Motor Company in any way. Honda Motor Company does not sponsor, support, or endorse HondaCarForum.com in any way. Copyright/trademark/sales mark infringements are not intended or implied.