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connecting IPAD2 to OBDII

I found a couple of ipad apps that allow you to connect your ipad to OBDII and monitor performance, mpg's, clear codes...etc. The last programmer i had that did similar functions, shot my PCM.

Has anyone tried to hook up an IPAD to OBDII? If so did you have any issues? I'm just a little gun shy about hooking up an unknown device to my truck given the fact that PCM's are so expensive, not to mention the price of the IPAD.

Im running a 2000 F250 7.3L lariet.
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Have to be careful as to which functions will work on the Ford Enhanced Powertrain. I'm afraid you will find the tool offerings for our diesels inadequate. Then again, if you're looking for a cool looking toy, i say go for it! Make sure you understand what AutoEnginuity can do for you versus a traditional scanner before you commit to the purchase though.

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ipad 2 to obdII

Im not really looking for a cool looking toy. I am experimenting with cost cutting on fuel consumption and hypermileing. Eventually I am may even try running veggie or some kind of alternative fuel (still doing research on that).

The purpose for the app I was hopeing for was to give me better and more accurate numbers on what works best vs. the on board read outs, which are somewhat unreliable im finding.

This is my first diesel and I want to maximize the performance and fuel usage. This is also going to eventually go into a paper Im planning to write about the benefits of diesel over conventional engines.

Im starting small and working my way into bigger and more advanced technology as my working knowledge of diesel engines grows.

I am finding that this forum is as useful as any school class I can find. You people on here have more knowledge of these engines than any engineer. It has been a huge help reading through some of the threads and I can't thank you all enough.
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I had no clue this was possible. Please post a link to the cable that is used for this!
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obd II to ipad2

It is apparantly a wifi connection. I havn't actually tried it yet because im still researching it. I am also looking for a hard line connection as well. I don't think they make them just yet. At any rate here is a link to one of the better wifi connectors that I found.

Amazon.com: Innovate Motorsports 3831 OT-2 OBD-II Wi-Fi Interface: Automotive Amazon.com: Innovate Motorsports 3831 OT-2 OBD-II Wi-Fi Interface: Automotive

There are many other sites out there selling these things in different styles so be careful and good luck. If you wouldn't mind reposting when you try this out that would great. Im curious how well it works.
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yah i saw this at last years sema... it works pretty well...

here is a post about it i made last year
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Just understand our trucks are not OBD II compliant. That is why the FREE scans at Auto Zone don't work. For the info you are wanting I wouldn't rely on no app from the Market, better off buying a real tool from AE, leave the phone for calls and texting. YMMV

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