OBD2 AllInOne scan tool is built using the ELM327 processor chip
Our OBD2 AllInOne scan tool will work on 1996 or newer OBD 2 / EODB / JODB compliant cars and trucks, and is based on the ELM327 chip which auto detects all OBDII protocols: CAN, ISO, VPW, PWM, and KWP2000
This tool works with Every Make, Every Model, Foreign or Domestic!
3 Things Needed
There are basically 3 things you need to record diagnostic data and clear diagnostic trouble codes ( DTC's ) and turn off the check engine light from an OBD2 based system on your 1996 and newer car.
1 - A PC computer, a Pocket PC PDA, or Palm OS to look at the OBD data.
2 - The OBD2 All-In-One scan tool to interface your PC or handheld computer to the OBDII diagnostic port on your car.
3 - A software program running on your computer to capture the OBD data.
What is the reason for having the above setup for you? Mainly, you now have a powerful tool to analyze your cars On Board Diagnostic ( OBD ) data yourself, better even than the specialized scanning tools only dealerships and big automotive repair shops had in the distant past.
With your own setup, if your check engine light or Service Engine Soon light (SES light) comes on you can look at detailed OBD data for yourself to see what trouble codes have been set and the conditions they were set under, Find great deals on OBD2 Bluetooth and then clear that trouble code and turn off the Service Engine Soon or Check Engine Light.
This will save you money in repair costs by knowing what is or isn't wrong with your car in many cases, and avoid costly trips to the dealership or repair shop. Clearing the check engine light and engine codes must be done in order to pass a smog test or emissions test. For many, it is quite interesting to be able to see your car's sensor systems working in real time, OBD2 Bluetooth adapters can help and even having the potential to upgrade performance through PROM reprogramming of your car’s PCM or ECU.
The OBDII Scan Tool
Let's look at the OBD2 Scanner tool first, since we sell low cost OBD-II scan tools. It will probably be the only thing you will need to buy to do your own diagnostics and clear your trouble codes, which turns off the check engine light.
We have found that all of the above packages are free downloads that work with our OBD2 Scanner Allinone scan tool, with all protocols: ISO, VPW, PWM, KWP2000 and CAN (The free Scan master version does not currently work with CAN). Read the documentation for the particular software package you are using for more detail.
The OBD2 Scanner AllInOne scan tool is built using the ELM327 processor chip, for which many software packages have been written. This chip is used by a number of manufacturers and as time goes on, more and more software packages will be developed for it.
This will ensure a variety of packages readily available to everyone, with more and better features in future versions. The OBD2 AllInOne scan tool is able to operate at 2 different communication speeds that are user selectable, to insure compatibility with existing and future software packages.
The Diagnostic OBD Software - Free
The last item needed is the diagnostic software that will run on your PC or handheld to collect and record the data from your OBD-II system. There are a number of excellent software packages available, with some of them being free and others giving you a trial or demo mode.
Screen shots and links to each website are provided below for a few of the software packages we have tested and work well with the OBD 2 AllInOne scan tool. We're not endorsing one scanning package over another, as they all have their place and will provide critical data. Below are screen shots of some of the software packages.
There are many more screens to all of these packages; we've just included a few for viewing here. You can click on the image to get a larger view, and clicking on the title link below the picture will take you to the manufacturer’s website for each of these OBD-II packages. We provide OBD Software CD with all OBD2 Allinone units.
The amount of information available about on board diagnostic systems and their operation is quite large, and much reading can be found on the internet. For support, the various internet forums and manufactures sites can be great places to find information about your particular car or setup. Included below are some links to other OBDII scan tool manufacturers, many OBD Software packages, and various links we have found to be useful.