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Old 03-09-2013, 12:35 PM
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I did a little Ebay shopping, and picked up this neat little scanner. Its an OBDII interface for USB. It came with software, which actually seems to work. I tried out the live display graphing, and it is as accurate as the gauges read, so Im happy so far. (Especially for $20!)

Does anyone have any experience with these on a Duramax? I initially got this to be able to read my diesel codes, since my old scanner will not. It seems it will, but since the truck has no current codes, I cant be sure. Short of pulling a sensor plug to force a code, anyone have any ideas? Any different software available? I have a dedicated Netbook for the scanner software and an online manual for everything manufactured up to 2008...

Maybe I should do a review writeup if no one has seen one in action...
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Old 03-09-2013, 12:50 PM
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I did a little Ebay shopping, and picked up this neat little scanner. Its an OBDII interface for USB. It came with software, which actually seems to work. I tried out the live display graphing, and it is as accurate as the gauges read, so Im happy so far. (Especially for $20!)

Does anyone have any experience with these on a Duramax? I initially got this to be able to read my diesel codes, since my old scanner will not. It seems it will, but since the truck has no current codes, I cant be sure. Short of pulling a sensor plug to force a code, anyone have any ideas? Any different software available? I have a dedicated Netbook for the scanner software and an online manual for everything manufactured up to 2008...

Maybe I should do a review writeup if no one has seen one in action...
I have the same one in my scanner collection... works pretty good on most OBDII compliant gas stuff... that I have tried... does NOT work on our AUDI....(nor on the Cayenne Turbo I had) [both want perverted CANBUS variation]

Do not know about Duramax... But it definitely Will NOT work on our 2000 F250 SD 7.3 Powerstroke... at least with the software provided with mine (Powerstroke was above the required GVW so did not have to comply... thus has a bunch of proprietary codes...$-Autoenginuity-$ will..)

Please Do a Writeup...
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Old 03-09-2013, 01:05 PM
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Why wouldn't the old reader read the Duramax, it OBDII?? My scanner that I got from Auto Zone gives me all kinds of real time data, readiness monitor standings and codes on my Duramax powered Chevy van.
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The mini one I have can tell me which codes have been set & reset the box. I had a much larger one IIRC around $250.00 that doesn't work.

I got the little ELM 327 bluetooth adapter & bought Torque Pro for the cell phone. The only thing I don't like about it, is it doesn't look at enough sensors. And no oil pressure. I gave $27 for the adapter & 4.95 for the app.
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Rusty, I would also be interested in a review ('06 Dmax).
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Is yours an LLY, or LBZ?
Mine is an '07 LBZ - half year only (classic body style). I love the truck, but it has been a royal pain in the ass. Half year only parts, that cost a small fortune, and are difficult to find, and troublesome on top of that!
I have had ongoing issues with the underhood fuse console, a lot of which are because of a terrible design (half year only) with exposed pins on the underside. I have also had troubles with the MAF and glow plugs.
Reading the codes that come up are becoming vital. My old scanner was a simple handheld unit that would tell me there was a code, and allow me to clear it, but it said the code was "N/A"
I think I am going to pull a sensor to force a code (MAF) then read it and see if it recognizes it.
The software recognizes all 3 ECM's in the truck, which impresses the heck out of me, since my old scanner only saw 1. I also tested the real time tracking which gives you quite a list of options, including RPM, fuel rail pressure, engine temperature, manifold temperature and pressure (vacuum) and so on. You can see it as a readout, or graph. Pretty cool stuff for relatively simple software, that came with the reader! I also have the Torque app for my android phone, but im not sure if my phone supports USB I/O or not. (this unit is not blue tooth)

I will play with it tomorrow and let you folks know!
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Old 03-09-2013, 06:24 PM
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Is yours an LLY, or LBZ?
Mine is an '07 LBZ - half year only (classic body style). I love the truck, but it has been a royal pain in the ass. Half year only parts, that cost a small fortune, and are difficult to find, and troublesome on top of that!
I have had ongoing issues with the underhood fuse console, a lot of which are because of a terrible design (half year only) with exposed pins on the underside. I have also had troubles with the MAF and glow plugs.
Reading the codes that come up are becoming vital. My old scanner was a simple handheld unit that would tell me there was a code, and allow me to clear it, but it said the code was "N/A"
I think I am going to pull a sensor to force a code (MAF) then read it and see if it recognizes it.
The software recognizes all 3 ECM's in the truck, which impresses the heck out of me, since my old scanner only saw 1. I also tested the real time tracking which gives you quite a list of options, including RPM, fuel rail pressure, engine temperature, manifold temperature and pressure (vacuum) and so on. You can see it as a readout, or graph. Pretty cool stuff for relatively simple software, that came with the reader! I also have the Torque app for my android phone, but im not sure if my phone supports USB I/O or not. (this unit is not blue tooth)

I will play with it tomorrow and let you folks know!
Mine is the LBZ, and I have had some of the common problems with it (intermediate shaft clunk, broken wires in the outside mirrors, tow/haul switch wires, gasket leaks etc., most fixed under warranty), but love the way it handles my fifth wheel, and also like the fuel mileage on the highway (highest has been over 25 miles per Imperial gallon, hand calculated). It's not quite so good around town, but I don't really care; I bought it primarily for towing my home-away-from-home.
It has more than enough power (just ask the punk in the souped up Mustang that lost a traffic light drag race a couple of years back) to keep me happy, and rides pretty nicely on the highway.
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I have been looking at those elm scanners/software packages....Do they give you ABS and/or SRS codes as well?
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According to what I have read, they do the ABS codes as well.

Cramd, the best I have gotten is 28 mpg (imperial), calculated as well. I keep full fuel records for every drop of fuel that has been through the truck since I bought it. I was surprised to see my mileage jump when I switched to full synthetic engine oil. I bought it to haul my junk around, as well as the home away from home, if I ever left home anymore. I also commute about 40 miles a day each way, so the better fuel economy is nice. I average about 22 mpg, which i am quite happy with for a 4 door four wheel drive 3/4 ton. And definitely no lack of power. I havent chipped it, and it is fun to spank the mustangs from light to light.
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Old 03-10-2013, 06:26 AM
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I have a dedicated Netbook for the scanner software and an online manual for everything manufactured up to 2008...
How about older vehicles? How far back will it comply? 94 imports?

I just looked at Amazon and saw them for $21. Is that right? Heck of a lot cheaper than what I was looking at last year.(and never bought)
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