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post #16 of 19 Old 07-11-2013, 06:34 PM
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If you have a smartphone do yourself a favor and get an OBDII bluetooth transmitter and run a smartphone app off it. Much easier to keep the bluetooth unit with you and odds are you'll always have your phone with you anyway. There are a ton of the transmitters out there for under $20 and a bunch of free apps for Droid and iPhone.



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post #17 of 19 Old 07-12-2013, 05:04 AM
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If you have a smartphone do yourself a favor and get an OBDII bluetooth transmitter and run a smartphone app off it. Much easier to keep the bluetooth unit with you and odds are you'll always have your phone with you anyway. There are a ton of the transmitters out there for under $20 and a bunch of free apps for Droid and iPhone.
This direction is interesting, and maybe the way to go, I owned and recently sold an Auto-Enginuity PC based scan program for my Ford Powerstroke Diesel.
You can't effectively troubleshoot ANYTHING on that rig with out LIVE data, and that sure covered it, But at $400.00 for the software and Ford bundle, I didn't want to purchase the Chrysler (Jeep) data bundle for what few sensors it would read....for those LOT newer Jeep and vehicles that have sensors to monitor your coffee temps, it may be worth the $$$. Anyway I digress.
I will look deeper into the Iphone app and bluetooth option, as "live data" sure is nice to troubleshoot with.
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I just wonder if we really need the DRBIII scan tool for our Cherokees DTC !!!!, will the OBDII code readers be enough to retrieve all codes?.
What can the DRBIII do that all other scan tool brands cannot do.

DRBIII scanner cannot be found for less than 2000 bucks.
I haven't looked at or reviewed all the aftermarket scanners. Chryslers DRB-III can be used in conjunction with the FSM to perform certain types of tests on sensors, circuits, parts, reprogramming the pcm, etc. e.g test procedures for the fuel pump and its circuits. Some of the aftermarket DRB-III compatible scanners may include some of the testing and reprogramming capabilities ... cost is usually somewhere between ~$500.00 to ~$2,000.00 and will include other vehicle manufactures advanced OBD.

There are aftermarket OBD-II scanners under $100.00 that have both live readout and graph capabilities. Live graph data may come in handy for certain types of diagnostics.

One of the Innova OBD-I/OBD-II scanners used on an older OBD-I Ford vehicle did not include any live readout for Fords OBD-I, but did include certain types of test functions for the engine.

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I found one on ebay for 22 including shipping.
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