Fitting Scan Guage

Submitted: Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014 at 15:03
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I am thinking about getting a scan guage for my 3ltr BT50 and was hopefull that one can leave it continually plugged in and in operation.
Can this be done?


I used to have a handle on life, but it broke.

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Reply By: Member - Richard B (NSW) - Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014 at 15:08

Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014 at 15:08
Hi

I also have a BT50 and I leave my scan gauge connected all the time.


Very easy to install - they are great

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Reply By: Member - Frank P (NSW) - Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014 at 15:12

Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014 at 15:12
Hi Dodger,

Yes, that's what it's for, though you can leave it portable if you wish for use in other vehicles.

If you make a permanent or semi-permanent installation make sure you leave enough slack at the diagnostic plug end of the cable for service people to remove the Scangauge plug and get it out of the way for their own equipment to plug in.

Also, I frequently find that service people don't plug it back in when they've finished at the diagnostic port ;-)

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Reply By: Member - LeighW - Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014 at 16:42

Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014 at 16:42
Actually that's a good question, I leave a similar unit plugged into my Prado all the time but having a computer background I have often wondered about the extra processing load it places on the engine management CPU?

All processors have a limited processing ability and they use high low bit count CPU's to handle the high speed computations required for real time engine management etc.

I don't know if in car systems they have a separate CPU for the diagnostic functions or if the engine CPU does the lot?

If it does then load could be an issue at times but then the software may simply shed excess load caused by the diagnostic I/O.

Maybe if ocoolone is following this he could add some value?

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Follow Up By: Member - LeighW - Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014 at 16:43

Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014 at 16:43
should have written high speed low bit count

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Reply By: Gronk - Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014 at 19:36

Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014 at 19:36
I used to have one in my 4wd ( now in a Hyundai Elantra ) , and now run an Ultragauge, which does the same stuff ( and more )..
Don't use 1/2 the features as most computer settings ( fuel economy etc ) are affected by the chip I run, but the engine temp would be the most important feature, plus the ability to read and delete engine fault codes..
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Follow Up By: Member - bbuzz (NSW) - Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014 at 20:14

Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014 at 20:14
Hi all,
Where do I get one or where do I search?

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Follow Up By: Member -Dodger - Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014 at 13:34

Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014 at 13:34
You can get one hereScan Guage
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Reply By: Old 55 - Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014 at 20:19

Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014 at 20:19
Mine is plugged into the Prado all the time and I find the most useful part is the Auto Trans temp gauge and engine temp.

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Follow Up By: Slow one - Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014 at 20:38

Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014 at 20:38
Yep, great for the ATF temp.
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Follow Up By: Member - Frank P (NSW) - Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014 at 20:42

Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014 at 20:42
Ditto for me
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Reply By: 4wheeler - Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014 at 20:36

Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014 at 20:36
I have run a Scangauge II in a 2007 Defender an have run it in my 2012 Mazda BT 50 and now run an Ultragauge in the BT 50. Both work fine, give useful information and are handy for clearing fault codes.

I have not experienced any adverse problems with the electronics of the vehicle and I run them the gauge all the time. The Ultragauge screen turns itself off and restarts itself if it get hot on the dash which is a pain.

I did see that at the last dealer service a service note was made on the invoice about a non genuine whatsit being plugged into the OBD port. If there is any warranty left on the vehicle, I would unplug it for service just in case they want an excuse to get out of warranty claims.

Apart from that, in my opinion, these sorts of devices are a must have item for electronic stuff that cars now have which just might save the day when you need to use it. Check internet sites for vehicle specific information. Just search Scangauge II or Ultragauge.
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Reply By: Member - iijmartin - Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014 at 21:25

Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014 at 21:25
Gday Dodger,
Don't know anything about yr BT 50 but have a Scangauge II permanently attached (between Mazda service) to my 2012 BT 50 3.2 L. I bought it specifically to monitor auto trans temps. Great gadget and made me add an aftermarket bigger trans cooler to look after my tow vehicle. Now my ATT are cooler and as a result the engine runs cooler.
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Reply By: Member - Boobook - Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014 at 11:35

Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014 at 11:35
If you have an android phone take a look at "torque" it is about $3.00, and you need to buy a bluetooth ODB2 dongle on ebay for $20.

It leaves Scanguage for dead. You connect it wirelessly.

Graphs, digital readouts, dials, meters, etc etc all logged and georeferenced against your position for downloading to a PC. 0- 100km times, torque, RPM etc etc. Hundreds of parameters.

You can make up to about 8 screens each with your own design and layout. I have a temp page ( ATF, air intake, and coolant), an economy page ( average, instantaneous, since last fill) etc. As well as a few others.

There is a free version to look at too.
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Reply By: Member -Dodger - Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014 at 13:37

Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014 at 13:37
Thanks all.
I have purchased this one....Scan Guage and it is on the way.
I contacted the seller to make sure it would work in my 3ltr BT50 and was assurede it would.
I used to have a handle on life, but it broke.

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Reply By: Tony H15 - Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014 at 20:31

Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014 at 20:31
Hmmmm, these sound very, very interesting, not to mention useful. I notice a few advertisers on ebay say it turns off check engine light, clears trouble codes, etc. Surely this would void the cars warranty? If not, I want one.
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