Category Archives: Car code reader

Foxwell NT4141 vs. MD802 vs. CRP129 vs. Vident iLink440

Some 4-system diagnostic scanner comparison: Vident iLink440 Pro vs. Foxwell NT414 vs. Autel MD802 4-system vs. Launch CRP129 code scanner:

Product iLink440 Pro NT414 MD802 4-system CRP129 Premium
Company Vident Foxwell Autel Launch
Scanning Features (1996 to Present)
Reads generic data and monitors (Mode 1) Yes Yes Yes
Systems Engine, ABS ,AT, SRS Engine, ABS ,AT, SRS Engine, ABS ,AT, SRS Engine, ABS ,AT, SRS
Displays freeze frame data (Mode 2) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Reads trouble codes (Mode 3) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Clears all trouble codes  (Mode 4) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Reads test results for oxygen sensors (Mode 5) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Reads test results (Mode 6) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Reads pending codes (Mode 7) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bi-directional control (actuator tests) (Mode 8) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Vehicle information -VIN (Mode 9) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Reads permanent DTCs (Mode 0A) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Other Functions
Enhance bi-directional
Reset oil lights Yes Yes Yes Yes
Inspection interval lights Yes Yes Yes Yes
Electronic brake service Yes Yes Yes
Steering angel service Yes
Battery Configuration Yes
Record and play back OBDII live data Yes Yes Yes Yes
Graph live data on screen Yes Yes Yes Yes
Graph multiple values on screen Yes Yes Yes Yes
Anti-theft/key duplication
Live Data Stream– Digital
Enhanced engine coverage (codes, data or both) Both Both Both Both
Enhanced transmission coverage (codes, data or both) Both Both Both Both
ABS coverage (codes, data or both) Both Both Both Both
SRS coverage (codes, data or both) Both Both Both Both
HVAC coverage (codes, data or both) Both Both Both Both
Graphs live data on screen Yes Yes Yes Yes
Graphs multiple values on screen simultaneously (list how many) 2 2 2 2
OBDI Adapters (Pre-1996)
Domestic Coverage
Asian Coverage
European Coverage
Vehicle Coverage
Quanty of makes 76 76 Not clear Not clear
Tool Features
Operating system
Multilingual – on screen definitions in English/Spanish/French Yes Yes Yes Yes
Includes internal battery
High resolution color screen Yes Yes Yes Yes
Touchscreen interface (size in inches) 4.3”(non-touch) 4.3”(non-touch) 2.8”(non-touch) 4.0”(non-touch)
Print vehicle diagnostic report capabilities Yes Yes Yes Yes
Requires separate laptop or PC
VGA port
HDM port
Wireless-to-car capabilities (VCI Dongle, etc.)
Built-in J2534
Wifi/ internet capable

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How to use Carista App, ELM327 Bluetooth and Android

I came across the ELM327 adapter and the Android application Carista. It was the application that really interested me. I decided to test it and finally I want to talk more about it.

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I have been using ELM327 Bluetooth OBDII scanner for no two years in the car, and Torque has been installed on the smartphone thanks to which it is possible to take readings from the sensors installed in the car (temperature, speed, engine speed, acceleration, etc.). A cool application, there are a bunch of plug-ins, but I did not really like it, I played it a couple of times and that’s it.

Installed Carista on my Android smartphone. I’m very surprised with the functionality of the application! Firstly, he can adequately read errors. Secondly, the most important thing is how to code additional functions (auto-closing doors, change the amount of flickering of comfortable turn signals, etc.)! You can absolutely encode the available additional functions without a VAG-com and a complicated ODIS-diagnostics. And so we will dwell on this in more detail.

The first thing we need is the adapter ELM327 . In China, such an adapter costs about a couple of dollars. The adapter has built-in Bluetooth. Somebody said Carista does not recognize the ELM327 version 2.1, however the ELM327 version 1.5 no issue, if you recognize them and make the diagnosis.  So better choose  ELM327 1.5 interface.

The adapter is extremely simple to use. First turn off the ignition, and then:

1). Find the diagnostic connector.

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2). Usually the connector is located under the steering column, at the very bottom of the dashboard. If you are first looking for a diagnostic connector in your car and it is not helping with your fingers, you can kneel down and look under the dashboard. The result will not take long.

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3). We stick the ELM327 BT adapter into the socket. If you can not stuck – turn it upside down and try again (like with a USB stick).

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4). After that, turn on the ignition and take your precious smartphone, which you must first download and install Carista .

Here’s a free version to try:
5). The first time you connect the adapter to the phone via Bluetooth, you need to pair them. On the smartphone, turn on Bluetooth and look for available devices for pairing.
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6). After we found the device OBDII select it. For pairing, you must enter the password 1234.

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7). Now the ELM327 scanner adapter and smartphone are interfaced and the next time you plug the adapter into the connector, it will automatically connect to the smartphone.

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8). We launch on the smartphone Carista. And we see two sections:

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CHECK FAULTS allows you to read errors from all blocks. Also a list of found errors can be forwarded to yourself by e-mail. Convenient for debriefing. This is how the error search process looks:

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I found two mistakes myself – something connected with the headlights.

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The most interesting is in CUSTOMIZE . Here you can activate hidden functions . We open:

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Available custom hidden functions are divided into four categories:
– Doors / Windows / Remote ( Doors / Windows / Remote control );
– Instruments / Display / Dings ( Tools / Display / Signals );
– Lights ( lighting );
– Other (Other );

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Going into each of the sections we see separately each function that can be activated or deactivated. Here is a list of what is available from me. The list is actually much larger, here is a list of what is activated / deactivated from me:

Doors / Windows / Remote ( Doors / Windows / Remote control ): 
– Auto-lock doors when moving;
– Auto-unlock doors when key is taken out of ignition (Auto unlocking of doors when the key is removed from the ignition lock);
– Auto-lock trunk when moving (Automatic luggage compartment lock when driving);
– Unlock trunk when the doors are unlocked (unlocking the luggage compartment when unlocking the doors);
– Blink turn signals when locking / unlocking with remote (Flashing indicators when setting / removing from the signal);
– Beep when locking with remote (Horn by a horn when signaling);
– Beep when unlocking with remote (Horn by a horn at removal from the alarm system);
– Beep when alarm is armed (Horn by a horn when an alarm is triggered);

Instruments / Display / Dings ( Tools / Display / Signals ): 
– Instrument cluster language (System language, voice control);
– Instrument cluster region;
– Time display format (Time format format 24H / 12H AM PM);
– Multi-Function Display ( Multifunction display );
– Lane-change turn signal auto-flasher (function of comfort turn signals)
– Lane-change turn signal auto-flasher count (Number of flickers of comfortable turn signals);

Lights ( Lighting ) 
– Cornering lights (Backlight turns with fog lights when the dipped beam is on);
– Turn on the interior lights when the key is taken out of ignition (Turn on the interior lighting when the key is removed from the ignition switch);

Other (Other ) 
– the Activate side by mirror heaters are the when REAR window defroster is on (mirrors heating, when the heated rear window);
– Speed-dependent windshield wiper speed (wiper speed, depending on the speed of the vehicle);
– Auto-enable rear wiper when front wipers on and reverse gear engaged (Turn on rear wiper, when reverse gear is on);
– Horn works even when ignition is off (the horn works with the ignition switched off);

This is what I got to activate / deactivate. Still available, but it did not turn out to activate the daytime running lights (those that are installed in the fog-lights, I do not have one), the Coming / leaving-home functions (but you need a light sensor) and a couple of small things.

In general, for those who want to read errors and without activate / deactivate hidden functions – ELM327 + Carista are ideal thing. I recommend!

Note: The document was translated form Russian. Credit to Mr.WanDerWin.

Torque App tested working Code Scanner Adapters List

This is a list of adapters that Torque application has been tested with which work with OBD2 compliant vehicles:

(Note: All the adapters offer the same access to all the available OBD2 sensors in the vehicle. The adapters do not determine what sensors are or are not available, they are all the same in this respect)

 

Working Bluetooth Adapters

Adapter Form factor Other features Cost(at time of writing) Comments
OBDLink MXobdlink-mx-1

Small unit Power, Host, Bluetooth and OBD status lights, High speed PID readingDevice Security $199.95 Flash upgradable firmware, Powersave/sleep function,Reports of good customer support. This is the best adapter if you want the fastest PID read speed. Read speeds can be as fast as 100PIDs/sec over Bluetooth (Tested on a Galaxy S4, CANBUS protocol) This device also offers security to prevent unauthorized use
OBDLink LX

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Small unit Power, Host, Bluetooth and OBD status lights, High speed PID readingDevice Security $69.94 (special offer), $99.95 normally Flash upgradable firmware, Powersave/sleep function,Reports of good customer support. This is the best adapter if you want the fastest PID read speed. Read speeds can be as fast as 100PIDs/sec over Bluetooth (Tested on a Galaxy S4, CANBUS protocol) This device also offers security to prevent unauthorized use
OBDLinkobdlink-code-reader

Adapter and cable (adapter can be separated from cable) Rx/Tx Host<->ECU status lights $149.90(Special offer), $179.90 Normal Flash upgradable firmware, Powersave/sleep function,Reports of good customer support. Fast PID read speeds, in excess of 160PIDs/second using a Motorola Xoom and USB
ELM327 Adapter obdscan-elm327

Moulded adapter (single unit) Power, OBD, and PC(Host) status lights $6.99 Fully checked and tested before dispatch – This is the official version of this adapter
OBDProsObdpro

Adapter and cable (adapter can be separated from cable) Rx/Tx Host<->ECU status lights $84.95 + BT option at $74.95 = $159.90 Upgradable firmware
Diamex DX70 & DXM

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Adapter in single unit RX/TX status light, Power Light 149EUR Not the fastest adapter, but good construction, reliable.
PLX Devices Kiwi Bluetoothkiwi-bluetooth

Adapter and cable (adapter cannot be separated from cable) On/off switch, link light $99.99 New versions of this adapter appear to require a manual ‘link’ button to be pressed to wake it up before Torque will be able to connect. If you use automatic logging you may wish to avoid this adapterThere have been user reports of some of these adapters being faulty like some of the clone adapters. If Torque reports there is an issue with the adapter, check with PLX devices support for more help or getting a replacement
ELM327 BluetoothAdapter

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Vgate Bluetooth

Single moulded unit (though there are several different coloured ‘stickers’ used) Rx/Tx Host<->ECU status lights $8.00 to $15.00 Some units seem to suffer poor build quality and reliability issues. Other units are perfectly fine. Make sure you purchase with a buyer who has a decent returns policy should the unit turn out to be defective. If you have connection issues, or displays randomly ‘pausing’ in the app then it is most likely an adapter issue.If you are using the USB version of this adapter then be aware that you will need to make sure the adapter uses an FTDI or Prolific usb to serial converter chip and have an android device running Android 3.1 or 4.0(or above) and supports USB host mode – you will also need the Pro version of Torque for USB support (though this will be ported to the lite app eventually)If you are using adapters with a bluetooth MAC address of 11:22:33:DD:EE:FF then be aware that these adapters will not work with other adapters nearby with the same address (and should be avoided if you plan to use multiple adapters) Some of these units also appear to have pairing issues – some of the super mini adapters have this flaw

Working WiFi Adapters (non ad-hoc mode)

Adapter Form factor Other features Cost(at time of writing) Comments
Vgate WiFi Vgate-wifi

Small moulded adapter WiFi connection using infrastructure mode, not ad-hoc About 34ukp (from ebay) Suitable for use with Blackberry Q10 & Z10 devices – adapter can get warm, but has an inbuilt powersaving mode

Working USB Adapters

Adapter Form factor Other features Cost(at time of writing) Comments
Scantool.net OBDLink

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USB Adapter Activity/status light $49.95(Special offer), $74.95 Normal User upgradeable via free downloadsReports of good customer support. Fast PID read speeds, in excess of 165 PIDs/sec with USB to a Samsung Note 3

Supported Non-OBD2 adapters

Adapter Form factor Other features Cost(at time of writing) Comments
Track Electronics ConsultBTtrack-consult-bt

Moulded plug Works with Nissan Consult systems (using special non-OBD2 socket, beta testing in Torque)
WBH-BT4

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Moulded plug Works with WV/Seat/Audi using VW’s native protocols (beta testing in Torque)

 

Adapters that are not currently supported

Adapter Form factor Other features Comments
Garmin EcoRoute Moulded plug attached to cable, not detatchable Works with EcoRoute HD navigation, “offline” data storage Non ELM327 compatible. The protocol was discovered, however the adapter proved to be too slow to be of any use.
GoPoint BT1 Moulded plug Non ELM327 compatible. Uses their own closed protocol.
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Actron U-Scan

Large moulded plug Not ELM327 compatible, uses their own closed protocol. Not interoperable with other industry standard ELM327 OBD software

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