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Old 04-25-2018, 08:46 AM   #1
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Default Here is an inexpensive ELM OBD2 code reader that works with Torque

I wanted to leave a code reader in my son’s car. I did not want to spend that much but it needed to work with Torque so he could clear codes.
This one is $12.95 shipped with prime and works well with Torque.
It is a little bigger than other one I have but much cheaper than my other one.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1



I did buy a cheaper and smaller one off ebay but it did not work with Torque so it is just a paper weight.

I have a OBDLink LX that works great and I use with my Chevy Volt and my son's Saturn but the one above connects just a quick and works well.
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Old 04-25-2018, 09:22 AM   #2
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Default Re: Here is an inexpensive ELM OBD2 code reader that works with Torque

I should add I am using this with an android phone.
Torque Pro cost $4.95 so this reader cost $12.95 for just under $18 you can read and clear codes.

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Old 04-25-2018, 11:16 AM   #3
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Default Re: Here is an inexpensive ELM OBD2 code reader that works with Torque

Have you looked into what it takes to get live-data with that?

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Old 04-25-2018, 11:26 AM   #4
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Default Re: Here is an inexpensive ELM OBD2 code reader that works with Torque

I have not because I just needed to clear a code that is kind of random at this point.
But I can look at it this weekend and let you know.
There was no special configuration just connect and it worked.

We have had it show this screen fine.
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Old 04-25-2018, 12:41 PM   #5
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Default Re: Here is an inexpensive ELM OBD2 code reader that works with Torque

It would be nice to know of a low-cost way to get live-data from OBD2. I often recommend using live-data to avoid costly guessing, but it is shunned as being "too expensive". I can't check personally, as I have only OBD1 Saturns; and a scanner that does show OBD1 live-data, so I know how useful it can be.

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Old 04-25-2018, 12:47 PM   #6
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Default Re: Here is an inexpensive ELM OBD2 code reader that works with Torque

I have a ODB2 96 SC2 the first year for ODB2.

Just let me know what sensors you want to check for live data and I will try it.
O2 would be a good one.

I see people going to Auto Zone to read codes and clear codes so I wanted to post a cheap way to do that.

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Old 04-25-2018, 01:01 PM   #7
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Default Re: Here is an inexpensive ELM OBD2 code reader that works with Torque

OBD-II isn't fast enough for great O2 sensor data, it's a rather slow protocol and the O2 sensor should be switching faster than OBD-II can handle. Should be okay for comparing but it's too slow to be as accurate as some need.

Likewise, showing more than 4 live-data items at a time means they're not quite being updated even every second but closer to every 2-3 seconds.


If you can find the PID's you should be able to get every engine sensor with Torque, from the IAT to MAP and everything in between. Transmission sensors, other than VSS, are probably inaccessible due to not being part of the OBD-II mandate.

You have to be careful with ELM327 devices, some are legit while most are Chinese clones that are hit & miss with usefulness.

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Old 04-25-2018, 01:16 PM   #8
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Default Re: Here is an inexpensive ELM OBD2 code reader that works with Torque

I am not sure on how fast the one above is but the other one I have ODBLink LX
“Read speeds can be as fast as 100PIDs/sec over Bluetooth “

That seems fast enough to be useful.
https://torque-bhp.com/wiki/Bluetooth_Adapters

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If it actually does more than 7 PID's/sec on the S-Series I'll be amazed. Thats the best the '96-'97's I had could do. IIRC 7 updates/second is the bare minimum for a decent O2 sensor graph.

I'm not knocking the tool, just pointing out a limitation of the slow diagnostic protocol utilized in the S-Series. The '98-'04 Subaru's I've used are even slower with OBD-II, takes nearly 2min to verify the same 110 PID's the S-Series take 30 seconds to verify (SSM on the Subaru is about instantaneous...).

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Default Re: Here is an inexpensive ELM OBD2 code reader that works with Torque

The live-data response from my OBD1 (using Snap-on MT2500) is much faster than i'm hearing about above. Did the OBD2 get slower???

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Default Re: Here is an inexpensive ELM OBD2 code reader that works with Torque

I have torque pro on my LG tablet. It will show any live data you need but trans temp. (Which you can look up my PID info and enter it) You have to create or add (gauge) the sensors not already there.

I have a cheep Bluetooth for using torque pro. For my iPhone I use DashCommand and a carista Bluetooth adapter.

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Does that show other trans data; like gear selected, gear commanded, commanded LP, TCC mode, TCC slip, turbine speed, learn % for each gear?

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