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PostSubject: A decent OBD Reader   A decent OBD Reader EmptySun Oct 25, 2020 5:28 pm

It looks like my OBD reader won't show me a misfire. Can someone recommend a good Reader that doesn't cost a fortune?
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PostSubject: Re: A decent OBD Reader   A decent OBD Reader EmptySun Oct 25, 2020 7:19 pm

https://www.bluedriver.com/products/bluedriver-scan-tool

Connects with your phone via bluetooth. Very convenient to use.

It advertises that it reads ABS and airbag codes. It won't read ABS codes on the 98 Riv though as GM still used OBD1 protocols for ABS even in 98.

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PostSubject: Re: A decent OBD Reader   A decent OBD Reader EmptyTue Oct 27, 2020 12:07 pm

LARRY70GS wrote:
https://www.bluedriver.com/products/bluedriver-scan-tool

Connects with your phone via bluetooth.  Very convenient to use.  

It advertises that it reads ABS and airbag codes.  It won't read ABS codes on the 98 Riv though as GM still used OBD1 protocols for ABS even in 98.

You can do much of the same, including having a dashboard of live data, using Torque Lite (free) and a bluetooth or wifi ELM327 (or whatever) dongle. Granted some of the dongles are better than others, but that said you're talking $7.- to $25.- (eBay). You might want to avoid the flat out cheapest ones, they are likely pirated. The ELM327 dongles typically come with a CD ROM or other media with one or more functioning basic scan tools. Some of those tools will, in turn, have 'premium' versions with extended functionality.
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PostSubject: Re: A decent OBD Reader   A decent OBD Reader EmptyTue Oct 27, 2020 3:57 pm

Albert, Will that show sensor values , fuel trim and cylinder misfire data?

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1970 Buick GS455 Stage1, TSP built 470BBB, 602HP/589TQ
Best MPH, 116.06 MPH, Best ET, 11.54
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PostSubject: Re: A decent OBD Reader   A decent OBD Reader EmptyWed Oct 28, 2020 7:17 pm

LARRY70GS wrote:
Albert, Will that show sensor values , fuel trim and cylinder misfire data?

The free Torque Lite I use shows fuel trim, I used it to diagnose a bum MAF among other things. The MAF was lying (like a bad rug) to the PCM causing the car to run very lean.

The sensors shown include the O2, MAP (boost/vac), MAF, coolant, fuel pressure, IAT, speed, throttle position. This free version will also show things including timing advance, voltage, MPG (instant and trip avg), GPS (from your phone), altimeter (again, from your phone), accelerometer (phone) and a couple other things.

Misfire data would be whatever the PCM picks up to set one or another of the misfire codes. An app called Car Scanner lets you get at that live firing data etc. It has a free version, it's a data blizzard.

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