Auto Gear - ScanGauge II Car Diagnostics
I have always wanted a device to read my cars' Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTC) whenever the infamous Check Engine Light (CEL) would appear on the dashboard. I would usually take my car to the dealership just to find out what the problem, but I wasn't happy to pay $35 just to learn that my wife did not put on the fuel cap properly. No wonder many people refer to those places as the stealership!
About two years ago I learned that the auto supply store chain called AutoZone offers to read the DTC for free. That's a terrific service, but what happens if that wasn't convenient?
One solution is to buy my own handheld scanner. At $75+ I thought it was too expensive for such infrequent use and a small convenience. What I really wanted was a device that had other functions but also included the ability to read the DTC as needed.
In fact, while my car can calculate the fuel economy, it does so for the tank. I wanted to know instantaneous reading this value, along with other parameters of my car's performance such as fuel consumption rate. Did it really cut of fuel flow when decelerating in gear and the gas pedal was not pressed?
Trip information that is stored are:
The gauge parameters are chosen from among:
You can even custom program other engine parameters if you have your car's technical service manual. This add-a-gauge feature is called X-Gauge.
I find this device is worth its $160 price. Since getting it, I learned a few things about my car:
Interested in knowing more about your own vehicle? Click here to get the ScanGauge II.
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