I want to use a PC computer as a ODB scan tool for my 2001 Accent
because I am a computer technician, but not a auto mechanic. From what
I gather, there are kits which include a 16-pin ODB connector, a
interface board, a serial cable and some software. Any insight to my
project will be appreciated.
BTW. Where is the ODB connector on a 2001 Accent?
I may be wrong or I my be correct. Check the small button on the
shifter. Unless Im thinking of something else. Bob
I've had an OBDScanUSB-Universal from
http://www.obdscan.net/ for a couple of years. Not as handy
as a small code reader but it provides a lot more data.
I've used it with my Sony Vaio and IBM T-23 laptops. In
additon to reading and resetting fault codes it can record
sensor data while you drive. I've been happy with the unit
and they update the software reglularly.
This is not the only source for computer interfaced scan
tools so do a Google search and compare.
On my 2000 Elantra the connector is under the dash just to
the left of the steering column.
ISO-9141 sounds right. (Is '91 too early for CAN-bus? and
what does Hyundai use for 2006? I don't know!). When I
bought mine I think they had a pretty complete list of
interface vs. car model, but at the time you could buy a
single interface unit. I bought the universal and it looks
like they only sell the universal type now; and, I can't
find an application list since they re-did the web page.
It's possible that the box and software were the same for
all interfaces but the supplied cable was wired for the one
you wanted. The connector is the same but the data pin
varies with the interface.
But if you have any questions, just drop them an email.
When I've done that I've received fast and friendly replies.
I bought an Equus/Innova code reader to use with my 2000 Sonata. I also
tried one by AutoXray. I found that there are differences in fit between
the cable plug and the socket on the car. The plug with the Innova
reader could barely be attached with a lot of difficulty, removed with
almost gorilla force; I was worried that I'd destroy the socket on the
car if this continued. A phonecall to Innova produced a modified cable
that fits better -- still a little hard to remove. The AutoXray cable
attached very smoothly, but the device's menus seemed so user-hostile
that I returned it for a refund.
In other words, I think that with these products -- hardware and
software alike, the human engineering and the fit with the car's socket
matter more than the bells and whistles on the devices.
I've noticed that the software for use with laptops and palmtop PCs are
quite expensive. I'd like to know how you make out.
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