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Old 07-19-2012, 11:31 AM   #1
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ScanGaugeII

I installed a ScanGaugeII in my georgetown this week. It's an engine monitor that plugs into the OBDII port and tells you all kinds of great information. Install time was only about 10 minutes. It just plugs into the port and then you double-sided-sticky-tape it to the dash and you're done. About $160 at amazon. I've taken one drive with it and I love it.

You can also program it for a lot of ford specific data. I've tried a few of those and so far all the ford specific items I've tried have worked.

It has a trip computer so it'll tell you things like; Distance left on current tank of gas, time to empty. And for the current trip, or the current day, or the previous days it'll tell you things like; average MPG, maximum water temp, fuel used, maximum speed, etc etc. You reset the trip info in it at each fuel fill-up and tell it how many gallons you put in, so it adjusts itself and gets more accurate over time.

While you're driving you can also monitor all kinds of stuff, a short list of things it will display just from my memory;
Fuel remaining (in percentage of tank)
voltage
Outside air temp
intake air temp
manifold pressure
total engine hours
instant MPG
average MPG
throttle position (in percentage)
current load on engine (in percentage)
current horse power being made (just a guess on it's part)
coolant temp
transmission temp
speed
and lots more that I don't remember

It'll also read error codes stored in the engine computer (service engine soon light codes) and it will clear those codes and turn the light off for you.

Also, Also it's possible to do some horse power tuning with it, but I haven't tried that. And it'll record 0-60 times and other performance data, but I haven't tried that yet either.

Amazon site:
Amazon.com: ScanGauge II Ultra Compact 3-in-1 Automotive Computer with Customizable Real-Time Fuel Economy Digital Gauges: Automotive

Manufacturer site:
ScanGaugeII : Linear Logic - Home of the ScanGauge
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Old 07-19-2012, 11:48 AM   #2
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That is nice. Simple installation. I have the Garmin Nuvi 2460LMT with the EcoRoute which has the same engine monitor. Nice part of the Garmin is it eliminates adding another device to attach to the dash or windshield. The Garmin and the TST TMS are the only two I have, which is plenty for me to watch and drive at the same time. The TST TMS has an alarm, so I don't have to watch it, just listen for the alarm which I hope never sounds.
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Old 07-19-2012, 11:55 AM   #3
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I would like to have one on my Solera. It has no gauges. Really want it to see engine temp.
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I would like to have one on my Solera. It has no gauges. Really want it to see engine temp.
If you have a Garmin Nuvi GPS, check, it may be able to support the EcoRoute attachment. It will give you more engine checks than you will ever need.
Real time fuel sweet spot monitoring
Overall score
Speed score
Braking score
Acceleration score
Graphical chart showing drive history
Real-time MPG reading
Total fuel used
Average fuel economy
Cost of fuel used
Carbon footprint value
Graphical view of your trip
Monitors 4300 ODBII fault codes
Press fault code to get more data
Reset and re-scan ability
RPM meter
Choice of gauges:
Fuel Flow, Intake Air Temperature, etc. Coolant/Temperature-Oil/Pressure
Throttle position, Combustion mixture,
Engine component operation and status,
Battery and charging system information,
Climate control information – Heat and A/C etc.
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I have a garmin nuvi 2595LM. I guess you have to order the attachment from garmin
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I have a garmin nuvi 2595LM. I guess you have to order the attachment from garmin

It is compatible I think, but you can check here:
https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?pID=38354
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Oh man my Garmin 1490LMT supports it. Where were you a week ago with this information dunnc?!

That's so cool!
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Oh man my Garmin 1490LMT supports it. Where were you a week ago with this information dunnc?!

That's so cool!
Bought my 2460 and EcoRoute over a year ago. Nobody ask.

Are you going to buy one?
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There is an App available for Android users called Torque that is only $4.95. The only additional purchase you need is an OBD2 adapter, either USB or Bluetooth. I found mine on Amazon.com for $38 (Link provided is $45 but the vendors vary on price) Bluetooth ELM 327 OBD2 Adapter. I recommend spending a little more for the OBD2 adapter to avoid the Chinese counterfeits that will fail and then you have to re-buy.

You can customize the displays to show the data you want and even add additional sensors. I used these items to save myself over $800 on the EGR system on my 96 Tracker and also helped chase a fuel consumption problem on my 99 Blazer.
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I guess it will work on diesel engine?
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