PC based OBDII Scanner software
- Does anyone in the group have experience with any of the PC based
OBDII Scanner softwere?
Here are 3 that looked into. Any comments
1. Dyno-Scan for Windows - http://www.auterraweb.com/scantools.html
2. OBDScanUSB from Harrison R&D
3. AutoEnginuity - http://www.autoenginuity.com
Thanks for everyones help
- --- In CateraOwners@yahoogroups.com, "dnoviman" <dnoviman@y...> wrote:
> Does anyone in the group have experience withI have this PC based unit:
> any of the PC based OBDII Scanner softwere?
BR3 -- http://obddiagnostics.com/index.html
It works with the Catera. It's $96. Partial kits
are $38 and $56.
A lot of bang for the buck. Only problem has been that
on occasion I've had to retry a couple times to get it
"talking" with the Catera's on-board computer. I'm
very pleased with the unit and the software.
Support has been superb. Software upgrades are free.
I also have a standalone AutoXray 2000 handheld
scanner. The BR3 gives you a lot more diagnostic
information such as fuel trim and coolant
temperature, and so on, but the AutoXray is easier
if you just want to pull a trouble code.
Midway Auto Supply seems to have the best prices on
AutoXray scanners -- http://www.midwayautosupply.com/
That is where I picked up mine.
I've recently seen a new model Actron handheld scanner
at PepBoys and Advance Auto for $79. Don't know if it
works with the Catera.
However, for maximum diagnostic information, you can't
beat a PC based unit. I really like my BR3.
- I have been using the Harrison ODBII scan cable and software with my
lap top for a few years and on several different cars including the
Catera. I have the serial cable version (with a standard adapter)and
the latest version is USB. This product will not read ABS or program
the security keys, I understand only the real high end scan tools can
I have found a couple annoying situations with it. The software
doesn't remember which com port to use (WinXP-HE); I have to select
COM5 and then it reads. This may be the serial cable problem.
The second concern is selecting parameters to monitor on the graphs.
Sometimes I can only select one even though I think it provides for
six at one time. I have informed Harrison about this and they have
made suggestions, which worked, sometimes. I thought I did not have
the latest software downloaded, but they confirmed that I did. So I
just keep on using it and hoping for a new software release.
What it does real well, is read the vehicle computer and allow me to
save all the data in a text file that I can save and print out for
later comparison. And, I can clear the check engine codes easily.
Right now I have to do that every few months because I get a mass air
code that does not come back again after it is cleared. Thus, the
dealer would not be able to get a repeat failure to justify a warranty
claim and get something replaced. (Mass air sensor, perhaps)
I can drive the car around and monitor the readings, which is neat.
Maybe a stand alone scan tool would be more convenient, but I like the
graphs and reports I can get with my lap top.