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Unread 01-04-2012, 11:28 PM   #1
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Elmscan 5 with OBDWiz

I bought an Elmscan on Amazon and it finally arrived today. Now, what do I do with it?
I may have time to load up the software and play around with it tomorrow, if not, then Friday.

Anybody out there using one of these. Got any secrets or cool setups?

I'll be using it with my CRD mainly.

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Unread 01-04-2012, 11:45 PM   #2
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What is it? Lol
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Unread 01-05-2012, 07:09 AM   #3
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YES. Love it. I would guess you got the ODBwiz software with it? Load the software and plug it in and start there.

After looking at their SDK and a lot of computations for determining the output values, we are writing our own program that reads and interprets just the stuff concerned about on the CRD. Bought a little CAR Computer and 7” Monitor, and looking at making a slide in mount where the instrument cluster is now as the 7” monitor sits in there just fine as is and does not move. For now, I have a 7” USB Monitor connected to my laptop that I sit in front of the instrument cluster as even the OBDwiz software has all the gauges and many more than already there. Boost, temps, and instant fuel economy really help out, and I actually prefer digital gauges, but you can setup digital or analog.

Also great for resetting codes, etc. with the software. When I get finished with the program we are writing, I will make it available for the CRD folks.
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Unread 01-05-2012, 07:12 AM   #4
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Here is the picture of the 7" USB Monitor and ODBWiz on my economy screen.

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Unread 01-05-2012, 07:51 AM   #5
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Can it show exhaust temp?...with the CRD you can see the actual increase in exhaust temp when a regen is happening....
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Unread 01-05-2012, 09:22 AM   #6
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Rule of thumb. If there is a sensor, then whatever it reads and sends to the ECU gets dumped to the ODBII port. So, yes. You will even see a long term log of when it happened and everything it effected if you have it hooked up all the time even with the included ODBwiz software.

We have been playing with a lot of other inputs to the program we are writing, such as adding inputs for GPS, other generic temp senders, oil pressure (not read by the ECU), and relay outputs to control about anything you wanted to. In my case, I plan on using those for my light and accessory switches to be controlled by the touch screen instead of a physical switch. The hardest part is the oil pressure as working on various ways to measure the output and convert it to a hex that the computer can read through the USB bus as a virtual com port. Have not found anything off the shelf that will translate the analog signals voltage and impedance difference and convert that to a pars able hex. Like marine stuff all has an NMEA standard for converting and chaining, we don’t really have components in the auto world yet, but Microsoft sees it and taking the lead.
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Unread 01-10-2012, 04:58 PM   #7
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OK.... I finally got around to fiddling with my Elmscan. I installed the software on my EEEeee notebook computer. No problems with the software install. Since the EEEeee book does not have a disk drive, I had to convert the CD to an .ISO file and run it from an SD card. That was easy.

Next I plugged in the device to the car and to the computer, booted up and cranked up.

At first the program did not do anything. I had to tweak with the connection setting for a few minutes. That was pretty easy too. Soon, I had the graphic display on the screen and took off on a test drive around the big block.

I got home expecting to find nice log files of my various sensors and discovered nothing. You have to turn on the logging feature. So I did, at least I though I did and soon I had nice graphs scrolling across the screen.

Another test drive. Looked for logs. No logs. You have to tell it to RECORD the logs otherwise it just displays them.

Anyway, these are very minor hiccups. I'll use it on my next trip to record the whole trip and see what I get.
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Unread 05-17-2015, 07:37 PM   #8
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I gave up on the Elmscan.... it has a lot of potential but since you have to hook it up to a laptop to use it, it is very annoying to use....so I don't.
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