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PostSubject: OBD engine management monitor   OBD engine management monitor Empty14th August 2014, 22:15

I'm sure you're all up to speed but in case not, I fitted this simple widget to my car today - a few quid off fleabay and a simple app for my phone and hey presto - a whole bunch of info you never knew you needed, bag loads of customisation and looks great too Smile

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PostSubject: Re: OBD engine management monitor   OBD engine management monitor Empty14th August 2014, 22:47

Looks impressive Lee Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: OBD engine management monitor   OBD engine management monitor Empty15th August 2014, 15:06

Was the dongle one like this one here?

Curious to know what information you would get from a 2007 Mk1 MCS, if it's any different?
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PostSubject: Re: OBD engine management monitor   OBD engine management monitor Empty15th August 2014, 15:08

yep - very similar to that one Smile

You may want to check it's compatible with your phone, some of them don't support iOS
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PostSubject: Re: OBD engine management monitor   OBD engine management monitor Empty16th August 2014, 10:10

That's a very good point, weirdly you seem to have to need a wifi one for iOS
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PostSubject: Re: OBD engine management monitor   OBD engine management monitor Empty28th August 2014, 09:14

I've been using 'Torque' (an android phone app) with an ebay bluetooth ELM327 clone OBDII adapter to monitor coolant temps, input temps and boost in my R56 MCS. (Apparently it can read and clear codes, too.)

IMO definitely useful given that coolant temp info is available from the ecu but certainly not shown on the dashboard; apart from a CEL when it might be too late. I think that alone needs monitoring given the 'demanding and complex' nature of MINI cooling systems...

One downside tho'; oil pressure isn't a feature of the MINI ecu so this info's not available but I think oil temp is.

Costs? I paid ~£12 for the adapter + ~£2 for the Torque download about 2 years ago. I have no worries about leaving the adapter connected. Some adapter makes can run the battery down, I hear but mine seems to behave ok.

ps a friend bought a wi-fi ELM327 OBDII adapter at first then decided to go with the bluetooth version instead and gave me his surplus wi-fi adapter to 'play' with. Wi-fi seemed a little more complex (tho' 'do-able') for both android and ios but the only way for an ios phone, I think. I wonder if anyone can confirm?
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PostSubject: Re: OBD engine management monitor   OBD engine management monitor Empty28th August 2014, 13:40

what do i need to run this on my Iphone then
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PostSubject: Re: OBD engine management monitor   OBD engine management monitor Empty28th August 2014, 13:43

^ I forgot to show you this in the metal on the weekend didn't I?

there are apps on the iTunes store...

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/obd-car-doctor/id652142348?mt=8

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/WIFI-iCar-ELM327-OBDII-OBD2-Diagnostic-Scanner-apple-iOS-Android-iPad-AIR-/121418512717?pt=UK_Diagnostic_Tools_Equipment&hash=item1c451b794d

a little research and I'm sure you can get the right widget for your motor Very Happy


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PostSubject: Re: OBD engine management monitor   OBD engine management monitor Empty28th August 2014, 17:34

I assume if I go down the Bluetooth option, it means I can't have my phone paired to the car simultaneously?
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PostSubject: Re: OBD engine management monitor   OBD engine management monitor Empty28th August 2014, 18:00

Um, dunno if this helps but bluetooth works only with android and it pairs to the car OBDII gadget via a code usually 1234 or 5678 that the phone asks for, I think from memory.

Are you asking if you can have something else paired to the phone at the same time? 'Cos if so I don't see why not...probably can't be on the screen at the same time tho'.

Those links above are brilliant. It seems the wi-wi adapter is a 'fix all'  for android and ios that would have made it less of a brain ache 2 years ago.
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PostSubject: Re: OBD engine management monitor   OBD engine management monitor Empty28th August 2014, 18:55

Yes Chris,

My phone is permanently bluetoothed to the car to provide handsfree calls, visual text messaging & music streaming. I'm pretty certain the phone can only connect to one bluetooth device at a time.
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PostSubject: Re: OBD engine management monitor   OBD engine management monitor Empty28th August 2014, 19:02

Hmm gottit...I wonder if you can flick between the screens, then, with both pairings working simultaneously.

I seem to remember I got a text when I was using Torque + it worked ok. Someone MUST have addressed this?
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PostSubject: Re: OBD engine management monitor   OBD engine management monitor Empty28th August 2014, 20:07

1234 was the code I entered - worked first time and has automatically paired without incident ever since - I've noticed no drop in battery performance whatsoever and haven't removed the OBD device (though I will for the MOT next week!) don't want the stealers thinking I'm hacking the main frame Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: OBD engine management monitor   OBD engine management monitor Empty29th August 2014, 20:56

Thanks for the links lee it's not like I'll be needing them soon haha

And yeah show me next time Wink
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PostSubject: Re: OBD engine management monitor   OBD engine management monitor Empty30th December 2014, 12:29

I bought one Smile

Can I leave it in all the time???
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PostSubject: Re: OBD engine management monitor   OBD engine management monitor Empty30th December 2014, 14:15

I often leave it connected for weeks at a time + haven't had any problems with flat battery.
I think it depends on your particular make/model.


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PostSubject: Re: OBD engine management monitor   OBD engine management monitor Empty30th December 2014, 23:09

I've had mine in since I bought (apart from when it went to the dealers I removed it) and *touch wood* there's been no issue whatsoever Smile
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PostSubject: Re: OBD engine management monitor   OBD engine management monitor Empty2nd January 2015, 10:52

A friend of mine did for a week and result was a flat battery! The Wifi ones I think are less power efficient, perhaps the bluetooth ones are better?
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PostSubject: Re: OBD engine management monitor   OBD engine management monitor Empty2nd January 2015, 11:31

oh no ill take mine out haha
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PostSubject: Re: OBD engine management monitor   OBD engine management monitor Empty5th January 2015, 09:41

Erm, mine's Bluetooth (+ Android Torque) so that resonates with me...
Interesting to hear that wi-fi might be 'less power efficient'; I don't understand the process and would be curious to find out why, if anyone can supply the info...
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