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post #1 of 14 Old 08-07-2017, 06:21 PM Thread Starter
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I really appreciate the help with steering and flush procedure. Thanks guys...
Next up is the check engine light. I've never owned anything this new, so am not equipped with monitoring or scanning tools. I need to get there. When I bought this truck, the PO told me the check engine light was on because 1 glow plug was bad. After I bought it, I took it to a local mechanic for a quick look mainly for a list of repairs so I wouldn't have to pay so much sales tax. He said the check engine light wasn't due to glow plugs, but turbo underboost, exhaust back pressure caused by turbo and sensor related issues.
It starts quickly when hot, and ok when cold if I cycle the glow plugs several times. Without cycling glow plugs, on cold start, it cranks a few times and emits a small amount of white smoke.
As for the turbo, after reading some posts here, I gave it a few hard, max throttle accelerations. On the 1st one, the boost needle went to the red line. After that, it went to about 20. On a flat highway, with no load, not towing, not accelerating, at 60 mph, it runs about 7 #.
I'm not sure how to proceed with trouble shooting this. Are there any tests I can run without a scanner.
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I would get a monitor it will be helpfully for your future...
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Ok, so I see some are using an adaptor and Torque Pro. One recommendation by Torque Pro is the Scantool.net adaptor. Scantool seem to have scanning software as well. I'm uninformed and pretty confused over all this.
Torque Pro is cheap, Scantool is a lot more. Is the extra cost really worth it for a hobbyist. Can Torque Pro and Scantool also monitor, or do I need something different to monitor? For monitoring, I'd like something with alarms.
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The Scantool.net adapters (MX and LX)do come with some basic software, but it's not really as functional as Torque Pro.
Assuming you use Android devices, Torque Pro with an OBDlink MX will work quite well. The OBDlink adapters are more expensive than most, but they are high quality, high speed devices. There are a lot of cheap options out there, but I don't think any of them really stack up the the MX or even the LX. The MX adapter also reads the CAN protocols that you would need for the higher end diagnostics softwares available. It's not needed for general monitoring, but I have used mine on many vehicles for other diagnostics.

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^^^ Agree. I use the LX. Always works just fine. The MX and the LX have the same rated speed but the LX does not have CAN. There used to be a big price difference between the MX and LX. Now, not so much.


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I must be the only one that doesn't like the OBDlink. I got the LX and it's seems flaky compared with the BAFX that was half the price. It doesn't reconnect easily, and I end up farting around with bluetooth on/off and plug/unplug the adapter. It also sometimes causes the dash on my truck to freeze for a few seconds when torque connects to it. After that I see codes set for "network error". I'm trying to like it cause it's more $ which must mean it's better, but having a hard time.

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Ok, thanks. Sounds like this might be a good starting point for a dumb newbie old fart like me?
I think you also answered a future question. The MX is compatible with other software such as AE if I want to upgrade later.
I'm also having trouble keeping up with all the acronyms...what is CAN?
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I must be the only one that doesn't like the OBDlink. ...
One thing that I do - and it is simply habit - is shut down Torque when I shut down the truck. I never touch the adapter. It stays plugged in all of the time. For that matter, the tablet stays on and powered most all of the time. Torque just didn't like the truck to be shut down and restarted while it remained running.

I never sorted out whether it was Torque's issue or the adapter. I assumed Torque. But tapping the screen to shut it off never bothered me. That may help you.


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...what is CAN?
CAN = "Controller Area Network" It is a communication protocol for devices to communicate to each other. If you were designing an audio amplifier that changed its equalization based on RPM, you could connect it to the CAN-bus and request the RPM from the transmission, let's say.

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I just ordered the ScanTool MX.
What are you guys running your Torque Pro software on? Will my Android with 6" screen work, or should I be thinking about a small laptop?
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Torque only runs on Android. I use a 10" Samsung tablet, but pretty much any android device will do.

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