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post #1 of 33 Old 01-18-2020, 08:34 PM Thread Starter
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Which OBDII scanner do YOU use?

Which OBD-II scanner do YOU use for your WJ?

(you can "opt-out" if you have a REAL DRB-III... )

Does it READ and reset SRS faults?

I have been using an eBay ELM327 bluetooth dongle with VitalScan 1.3 Windows software.
It is VERY basic, it reads SOME engine data and none of the SRS/ABS data,
but does read MIL/DTS codes and resets them (see pic below)

Please tell us what YOU USE, and what data it gives you.

As an aside, I discovered that "some" 1999-2004 Jeeps transmit both J1850VPW and ISO 9141-2 data.
The ISO 9141-2 data is a "mistake" (it was supposed to only transmit J1850VPW data...)
I can show you the document if you like...


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post #2 of 33 Old 01-19-2020, 03:12 AM
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I've been using the Blue Driver ($99 for adapter, free software and updates). Info varies depending on vehicle and age. It came very highly recommended on the Jeepforum WK pages and works well for my wife's WK and my WJ.
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Another Blue Driver owner here. Sadly, there seems to be a lot of non-standard communications on the '01 WJ, so it doesn't see nearly as much as I would like. However, the amount of info it can gather from our Honda cars is amazing. I've used it to read and reset SRS and ABS errors, which is something that none of my cheap scanners can do.

The best feature of the Blue Driver is that they are constantly adding new abilities to the software in the phone app and the firmware on the device.
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I use an OBDLinkMX+ and their OBDLink app for both iOS and Android. They do have free upgrades in the app for enhanced data but that doesn't apply to the WJ.

Mainly I just keep an eye on coolant temp, battery voltage, and any codes that pop up. Would be nice to see ABS data but I don't think many scanners will read that on our jeeps.
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I use an OBDLinkMX+ and their OBDLink app for both iOS and Android. They do have free upgrades in the app for enhanced data but that doesn't apply to the WJ.

Mainly I just keep an eye on coolant temp, battery voltage, and any codes that pop up. Would be nice to see ABS data but I don't think many scanners will read that on our jeeps.



Same here. In fact I just hooked it up today to see how everything looked. Ended up doing a firmware upgrade that was available. On my Dart I use Alphaobd which can reset codes, perform proxi alignments, etc. Unfortunately it doesn't work on my 01 GC.
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I use an Actron hand held scanner that Iíve had for years. Very happy with it.
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post #7 of 33 Old 01-19-2020, 11:24 PM Thread Starter
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I use an Actron hand held scanner that Iíve had for years. Very happy with it.
Does it read and reset SRS/ABS faults?

That seems to be DRB-III proprietary information...
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Got this today from Foxwell:

[email protected] <[email protected]>
To:FunwithPaul
Jan 19 at 5:39 PM
Dear Paul,

Thanks for your contacting.
Sorry, Our device can't support to reset the SRS fault codes for a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee (4.7L) it now.

If there are any questions, please feel free to contact us.
Thanks and Best Regards
The Foxwell Team
Foxwell Technology Co., Ltd.
E-mail: [email protected]
Tel: +86-755-26697229
Fax: +86-755-26897226



From: FunWithPaul
Date: 2020-01-19 11:53
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Subject: 2004 Jeep SRS reader

Hello,
Do you produce a code reader that can read and reset the SRS fault codes for a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee (4.7L)?
Most code readers say "may" read SRS data.
(I know the Chrysler/Jeep data is difficult to get, normally only DRB-III can read/reset it.

Thank you,
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post #9 of 33 Old 01-19-2020, 11:35 PM Thread Starter
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Got this from BlueDriver website:

2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4.7L

Works with BlueDriver

Read/Clear Check Engine Codes
Read/Clear Enhanced Codes (e.g. ABS, Airbag, Transmission, etc.)

I am going to order it, and will let you know if it really does (my AirBag light is on...)

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Does it read and reset SRS/ABS faults?

That seems to be DRB-III proprietary information...
Iím not sure as Iíve never had any faults in those systems but I donít think it can read those.
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Does it read and reset SRS/ABS faults?

That seems to be DRB-III proprietary information...
This is the one I use.
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I have an Autel Maxidas DS808, I have several cars to use it on, bi-directional control and reads all modules as far as i can tell, even says my rain sensor has an internal fault! which is no surprise given the way it acts up most of the time!
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post #13 of 33 Old 01-20-2020, 11:22 AM
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Any reader with the ELM327 chip is really basic and is usually a dead end product with no upgrade/support.
I got a Blue Driver. Like it a lot. Upgradeable, works well with other apps, and yes, I think it does read ABS and SRS codes - check with the folks at Blue Driver....they keep their product up to date and continously add capability.
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post #14 of 33 Old 01-21-2020, 01:16 AM Thread Starter
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Got this from Innova about their 3100j reader:
Q: Does this read drbiii srs codes?(2004 jeep grand cherokee "wj")
A: Thank you for your question. The 3100j will read and clear the check engine light, ABS, and the SRS light for a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee, including OEM enhanced codes which should include similar DRBIII codes.
By Innova Electronics, Corp on September 16, 2019

So I am going to try that one too.
I will let you know...
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Tried two brands of software today, OBD AutoDoctor and OBD2007.
Both connected to my ELM 1.2a Bluetooth OBD dongle, but neither was much good.
Here is a pic of the OBD AutoDoctor installed on my Windows 7 laptop:
(it wouldn't read O2 sensors or reset DTC's)
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