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Obd2 Or Other Engine Diagnostics, Anyone Have An Idea?

Discussion in 'Elio Drivetrain' started by MW, May 21, 2014.

  1. MW

    MW Elio Fan

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    Hi all,

    One question I have had for a while is wondering what sort of electronic engine control/diagnostic access is going to be provided on the Elio. I had emailed a question to Elio a year or so ago and received a "has not been determined yet" type of answer. An OBD terminal would be convenient, however since this is a totally new system I would think that a simple USB port would probably also be adequate and then not restrict anyone who did not have an OBD scanner/reader handy. However, an OBD would enable people to use the "Scanguage" type of engine monitors in a plug and play type of environment.

    Does anyone have any info on this?

    Thanks!

    Mark
     
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  2. Joshua Caldwell

    Joshua Caldwell Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    Yes, it will definitely have ODBII, however there is uncertainty about whether it will be fully implemented and offer all of the standard information or just most of it.
     
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    Elio said that the car would support at least minimal OBDII standards. I take that to mean there will be a port within 2 feet of the steering column. Amazon.com sells the ELM327 for just under $12 (free shipping) and it is bluetooth. The "Torque" app by Ian Hawkin is a great Android based app that lets you use your cell phone to monitor all kinds of crap about the car.
     
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    Hopefully the iPhone 6 supports the necessary bluetooth profile, having to connect devices via wifi is a pain when you have multiple devices.
     
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  5. Ty

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    True. I had a friend who had an iPhone who ended up spending over $100 to get the same capability I had for $12. (Torque is free)
     
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    2 feet. Any more and your outside.:)
     
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  7. Ty

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    LOL. Quite possibly! They started off putting that OBD anywhere it would fit but they standardized it's placement. The Elio won't have a problem... everything is within 2 feet!
     
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    Tools like scanguage read code that is required by law to be available at the port. A vehicle manufacturer can have other data that is proprietary in the ECU/DTCU.
     
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    Wouldn't it have to have the standard OBDII in order to comply with vehicle inspection standards?
     
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    It would but they aren't required to until the Federal Government classifies it as a car. But, Elio has stated that the car will have some OBDII support.
     
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