Being able to see what the problem with a car or truck is can be a huge money saver. Even if you have to take it to a mechanic to get it fixed you can look up what it cost to fix the problem before you go.
After looking for a OBD2 scan tool I seen they now have Bluetooth OBD2 adapters that can pair with a smartphone or laptop and display the error codes.
This was interesting since not only is it cool to use a smartphone to troubleshoot a car problem but they are cheap.
They cost between $10-$30 dollars.
After reading the reviews on Amazon trying to see which one to get I decided on two different ones. The ELM 327 and the Vgate Scan.
The Vgate Scan tool comes with the OBD2 Bluetooth device and a CD containing the Apps for a smartphone (android and iPhone). It also has programs for a computer which I haven’t tried yet.
I used a Galaxy S4 android phone to test it with so I copied the android app to the phone with a micro USB cable and installed it.
The App is called Torque which can also be downloaded from the Play Store.
After plugging the adapter in a LED power light came on.
The phone used first needs to be paired to the Bluetooth adapter in settings, the password is “1234”. After it is paired the Torque program can be started.
Updated Version of the Vgate OBD2 scan Tool on Amazon
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The Vgate scan tool did what it was supposed to which was scan a cars computer for error codes.
It did disconnect a few times from the Bluetooth and than reconnect which I didn’t have happen with the ELM 327.
I still need to do more testing but for the price I am more than happy since it gave me the error codes for all the vehicles I tested.