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How To: Super Duty Diagnosis on the Cheap!

This will be a multi-part write-up, covering how to diagnose, monitor, and run tests on Ford Super Duty Trucks, focusing on the Ford 7.3L Super Duty as that is the truck that I own, but these tools work for all Super Duty Trucks.

Warning: Some technology experience may be required

The write-up will go as follows:
PC Based Diagnosis Testing and monitoring with Forscan
Android Based Diagnosis with Forscan Lite
Android based Monitoring with Torque Pro
Android based Self Tests with CarGauge Pro

I will be posting these over the next few days. Starting with PC based Diagnosis.

Disclamer: I have no affiliation with any of the programs or devices mentioned in this article, I am simply a power user.


Edit: Since I am hosting some of these images on my server(forum wont let me post more than 5 images per post). I have created a PDF of my walkthrough in case my server is offline or the images become inaccessible.

Edit 2: V2.0 of the PDF uploaded, includes Android Forscan tutorial

Edit 3: v3.0 of the PDF uploaded, includes Android Torque Pro tutorial

Edit 4: v4.0 of the PDF uploaded, includes Android CarGauge Pro tutorial
 

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Part 1: PC Based Diagnosis with Forscan

Everyone on this site has heard of AutoEnginuity, It really is an awesome tool, but when I first heard about it I thought it was crazy, I am a big proponent of Open Source Software and decided to see if there was something cheap or free that would work.

Forscan is a piece of free software that I found, it is not open source, but it works really well.

Now on to the how to!
Required Items:
Important Note: This tutorial is written on a PC running windows 8.1 but has been tested on Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and 10.


Step 1: Download and Install Forscan for Windows from their website: http://forscan.org/download.html

Step 2: Connect your USB ELM327 Adapter to your laptop and to your truck.



Step 3: Open Forscan on your laptop
You should be greeted with a screen like this:



Step 4: Connect to your truck for the first time:


Note: If you are not using a usb adapter, make sure your bluetooth adapter is paired with your laptop, forscan SHOULD auto-find and connect to it when you follow these steps.


Click on the connect button circled in red


You will get a popup telling you what is required for it to connect, TURN THE KEY ON, then click OK on that popup.


Step 5: Answer Questions

You will get this popup


Unless your adapter has a physical switch on it click NO

Then you will get this

Click Yes. This creates a profile for your truck. From that point forward anytime you connect the Forscan app will remember your dashboard PID’s, which we will get to in a bit.

Now that we are connected, let’s get to the useful part of this.

DTC checking
Step 1: click on the DTC tab


That will take you to a screen showing you all of your DTC’s, including Ford Specific, and a brief explanation.

You can click on any of these DTC’s to see more details.


Run Self Tests

Click on the self tests button.


Then you will see a list of available self tests.


Pick whichever one you want to run and then click the red circled play button, the interface will walk you through them. These self-tests are explained in many places on the forums, I will not be re-explaining them here.

Monitoring with Forscan

One of the most common things to do with your OBD interface is to monitor parameters in the truck to test for things like a Failing ICP/IPR.

To monitor your truck you will connect as described above.

After that, click on the dashboard icon.



You will see the following screen


But that doesn’t really help, there is no info there!
Double click on any of the white boxes and you will get a popup


Scroll around and find whatever you would like to monitor. There is more here than the 7.3 supports, so some may not work. When you find one you want to monitor, simply double click on it. When you are done, click the checkmark at the bottom of the popup.
That will take you back to the datalog screen. To start actually viewing data click the play button I have circled below.



This is how the data will look.

This concludes the PC Forscan part of this Tutorial. Next up, android!
 

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Part 2: Android based Diagnosis with Forscan Lite

Disclaimer: This tutorial is written with screen shots from a Samsung Galaxy Note 4, but has been tested on half a dozen different phones.


Required items:
Bluetooth OBD Reader(I use this one: http://goo.gl/aVPJLa )
Android Phone or Tablet
Super Duty truck!

Now, to start we need to buy the Forscan Lite app. There is a free app that you can use for testing, this tutorial does not cover that.

Step 1: Open the google play store, search for Forscan Lite, purchase and install it.




Step 2: Connect your Bluetooth obd reader to your truck and turn the key on.



Step 3: Pair your OBD reader to your phone



Your phone will ask you for a Bluetooth pin, usually this is 0000 or 1234

Step 4: Open the Forscan app



Step 5: Configure the app, scroll down to settings, click settings



Step 6: In the settings menu make sure Demo mode is not selected and your OBD reader is selected.



Step 7: Connect to the truck.



Wait for the light to turn green



Step 8: Select Errors



Step 9: See what DTC’s your truck has.



The Red Circle clears ALL DTC’s, the Green Circle re-scans for any DTC’s.

Step 10: Disconnect
Click the button in the green circle to disconnect when done.

 

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Part 3: Monitoring with Torque Pro

Disclaimer: This tutorial is written with screen shots from a Samsung Galaxy Note 4, but has been tested on half a dozen different phones.


Required items:
Bluetooth OBD Reader(I use this one: http://goo.gl/aVPJLa )
Android Phone or Tablet
Super Duty truck!

Now, to start we need to buy the Torque Pro app. There is a free app that you can use for testing, this tutorial does not cover that.

Step 1: Open the google play store, search for Torque Pro, purchase and install it.



Step 2: Connect your Bluetooth obd reader to your truck and turn the key on.




Step 3: Pair your OBD reader to your phone




Your phone will ask you for a Bluetooth pin, usually this is 0000 or 1234

Step 4: Open the Torque Pro app



Step 5: Open torque settings to configure the app.



Step 6: Click on Settings



Step 7: scroll down on the screen until you find and click on “Manage Extra PIDs/Sensors”



Step 8: click on the menu button in the top right



Step 9: Click on “Add Predefined Set”



Step 10: click on “Ford (Incl. Powerstroke)”



Step 11: Verify you see a large # of new PID’s on the screen



Step 12: Press the back button to get back to the settings screen, then click on “OBD2 Adapter Settings”



Step 13: Verify connection type, choose Bluetooth device if you wish, Torque will auto find OBD readers if you do not pick.



Step 14: Back all the way out to the home screen of the torque app.
Verify that Torque connects to your reader.

The Red Circle is your GPS Lock, does not matter for monitoring
The Green Circle is your device indicator, it should always be lit
The Blue Circle is connection to OBD reader
The Orange Circle is the OBD reader’s connection to the PCM



Step 15: Click on realtime information



Step 16: Note that you can swipe left and right to get to an empty screen of gauges



Step 17: press and hold on the screen until you see a popup, then click add display



Step 18: Select the type of display you want, I like Dial (needle)



Step 19: Pick the PID you want, for Example ICP



Step 20: Pick a size



Step 21: tap the location you want the gauge, you can also drag it to the grid lines



Step 22: When you tap or release your finger the gauge will lock there.



Repeat steps 17-22 for each gauge you want to add.
 

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Part 4: Testing with CarGauge Pro

Disclaimer: This tutorial is written with screen shots from a Samsung Galaxy Note 4, but has been tested on half a dozen different phones.


Required items:
Bluetooth OBD Reader(I use this one: http://goo.gl/aVPJLa )
Android Phone or Tablet
Super Duty truck!

Now, to start we need to buy the CarGauge Pro app. There is a free app that you can use for testing, this tutorial does not cover that.

Step 1: Open the google play store, search for Car Gauge Pro, purchase and install it.



Step 2: Connect your Bluetooth obd reader to your truck and turn the key on.



Step 3: Pair your OBD reader to your phone



Your phone will ask you for a Bluetooth pin, usually this is 0000 or 1234

Step 4: Open the CarGauge Pro app



Step 5: Click on connect.



Step 6: Select your OBD reader from the popup



Step 7: Select your vehicle manufacturer (FORD!! :icon_ford: )



Step 8: Select the Ford Powertrain Module



Step 9: Select the ECU



Step 10: Select Auto-Scan for PID’s



Step 11: click cancel when asked to save the PID list



Step 12: Click Diagnostics



Step 13: Select Self Test



Step 14: Select the test you want to run, for example a Buzz Test



Step 15: let the test run until the red goes away



Step 16: Observe any leftover P codes, deal with accordingly



Step 17: Press back button back to the home screen, then press exit when done.

 

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What about my iPhone?
I do not own any fruit company products(Apple OR Blackberry). If someone wants to work with me I am sure we can develop similar procedures for Fruit Devices.


More FAQ's to come as people post.
 

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So these all basically give you the same information? Any advantages of one method over another? Thanks.
 

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So these all basically give you the same information? Any advantages of one method over another? Thanks.
The PC version of Forscan gives you the same information as the 3 apps combined.

Each android app is best suited to a specific function. Forscan Lite works awesome as a code puller, Torque Pro is the best dashboard app/monitoring app around, and CarGauge Pro is the only app I know of that allows you to run the self tests, but it is terrible at code pulling and monitoring.
 

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Very good info! Certainly subscribing for the updates!
 

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Coming soon(will get pics this weekend, probably post Tuesday): How to do Data Logging so you can monitor while riding solo! Torque Pro is awesome for seeing your gauges at a glance, it is what I use, but Forscan Lite has a datalog feature that allows you to go back in time and review, which is useful!
 

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Only issue I see is in post 5 it starts saying torque pro and then it says car gauge for the rest of the post.
 
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I have a tip for those when hooking up too your OBDII port, I took out the 2 mounting screws, and moved mine around so the adapter is not sticking down, it's parallel too the bottom of the dash, and not sticking down.
 

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Bumping thus up. Should be a sticky
 

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Since I have received some feedback that some people don't like the Torque Pro app I will be writing up how to use ForScan Lite on Android to monitor(and datalog, allowing you to review your data). It works very well, but does not have the selection of skins and gauge types that Torque Pro has.
 

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Hey guys, sorry its taking so long to get the next guide posted, my day to finish it up(today) was spent taking the truck to my mechanic to get my leaky injector cup fixed :(

I get the truck back Friday, so hopefully I can get the guide written up and posted by Sunday.


In the meantime I am happy to answer any questions anyone might have on this...
 

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Just a quick question: is the injector electrical test on the ForScan the same as the buzz test on the car guage pro? If not, does the ForScan offer a buzz test, or only what is shown in your screenshot?
 

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Just a quick question: is the injector electrical test on the ForScan the same as the buzz test on the car guage pro? If not, does the ForScan offer a buzz test, or only what is shown in your screenshot?
Injector Electrical Test is a Buzz Test, I dont know why they dont use the same term...
 
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