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Old 03-28-2011, 10:08 PM   #21
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Goomph, I also purchased my ScanGauge II mainly to monitor my transmission temperature, and even called beforehand to make sure it would work on my truck for that.

But on the open road, I seem to monitor my gas stats more than the engine stats, to try to maximize my fuel mileage. I will mess with my "current mileage" and the reset button to see what I can get on the next section of road. Speed, and stop and go traffic are the big killers.
Yes, I try not to stop and to coast up to red lights; try to time them so I don't have to completely stop. With these heavy vehicles, momentum is everything.

I try to monitor LOD when towing to keep from "crowding" the engine. I like to keep my LOD below 90.
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Old 03-29-2011, 08:14 AM   #22
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OK, got curious, went out and found the documentation in the truck. Discovered that the code had not been entered. Probably 1 of 3 different reasons; 1) I missed it 2) I thought it was uninteresting at the time 3) I didn't understand what it was so skipped it

ANYWAY . . . it's in there now and it works. I got readings ABOVE 1.0 when backed off the the throttle and coasting toward a red light . . . well, another fun thing to look at. These things can be worse than texting on your cell phone if you aren't careful !!!
Bob, glad you got it figured out !! Neat, ain't it ??
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I was a mechanic back in the 80s and 90s and a scan tool then was $4000 or more. I've seen code readers get cheaper and cheaper but most don't allow you to see all the details live as you drive - scangauge does which is nice of course.

There are other bluetooth tools like the one I linked to - the first I heard about was for the iphone (or ipod touch or ipad) and ran about $50 plus the $10 app. Included all the diagnostic info on the codes too, plus could record over time for comparison. And I believe it can change the programming in the car's computer but I've not seen that in writing as of yet to verify it.

It's on my list of things to get next time I need to diagnose a car, especially if I can find the $50ish version for iphone. This year my money's all being spent on the trailer, tv, hitch and more.

I got a smart phone last year and am just blown away by all the apps for it- one I use a lot is a level.
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HA! I have an iPhone too! Been looking at the same "level" app.
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I too purchased the SCII for the ability to monitor the transmission temperature, due to having been able to monitor such, I upgraded the stock transmission cooler on my Suburban because the transmission temperature was too hot, the temperature outside was in the 40's when I made that decision. Later, last summer when towing my trailer with the larger transmission cooler and driving in hot summer temps I had to reduce my speed when climbing again because of the transmission temps, the truck had plenty of power and never got hot even with the airconditioner running.

This is when I realized that the weak link in my tow vehicle (1/2 ton pulling a 23' trailer) was indeed my transmission. Without using the SCII I would have easily pushed the Suburban transmission into dangerous temperatures.

My longterm solution: traded the Suburban for a Dodge Ram 2500 Cummins and the 6 speed manual transmission, Acadianbob and Mtnguy, I too missed having the manual transmission, and I am truely loving it now
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Flyrotor, Did you move the SGII to the Dodge?

If so, how does it work?
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Bob, glad you got it figured out !! Neat, ain't it ??
Yes, very neat Chap! But I don't like what it is telling me! When accelerating in lower gears, I see readings of 50 to 70%. Yikes. This is why our car is a manual 6 speed! Love that direct hookup and control. I hope the new automatics are more direct and more efficient . . .
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This is when I realized that the weak link in my tow vehicle (1/2 ton pulling a 23' trailer) was indeed my transmission. Without using the SCII I would have easily pushed the Suburban transmission into dangerous temperatures.

My longterm solution: traded the Suburban for a Dodge Ram 2500 Cummins and the 6 speed manual transmission, Acadianbob and Mtnguy, I too missed having the manual transmission, and I am truely loving it now
Yep, gotta agree with that. The auto is the weak link.

The nice thing about your Dodge is the torque shouldn't require you to downshift much; especially with the smaller trailer.
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Yes, very neat Chap! But I don't like what it is telling me! When accelerating in lower gears, I see readings of 50 to 70%. Yikes. This is why our car is a manual 6 speed! Love that direct hookup and control. I hope the new automatics are more direct and more efficient . . .
If you accelerate hard in 1st, that SLP drops down to the 20% area. That is also why I like a manual transmission....what goes into the clutch when it is engaged is what comes out.

I could bring up the LOD function, but couldn't find the CTQ on my ScanGauge, and finally realized that was an X Gauge function. I am going to program that puppy in shortly.
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If you accelerate hard in 1st, that SLP drops down to the 20% area. That is also why I like a manual transmission....what goes into the clutch when it is engaged is what comes out.

I could bring up the LOD function, but couldn't find the CTQ on my ScanGauge, and finally realized that was an X Gauge function. I am going to program that puppy in shortly.
Yep it is X Gauge; this is what happened to me with SLP. It is really useful for towing; especially in OD. If I see LOD climing to the point of a downshift; I back off a little until the load event has passed. (like small rolling hills on a 2 lane highway). On 2 laners with 55 limit, I often range between 50 mph and 60 mph in rolling hills. Let the momentum build on the downhil and bleed it off on the uphill. That way it is easier to maintain an OD tow without excessive shifting.
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