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Unread 06-22-2015, 06:09 PM   #1
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So I bought a U581 scan tool from amazon, Obviously made in some remote region of China for pennies by people who work for a few grains of rice. The tool is crap and so are the instructions. The tool is cumbersome and the graphics are terrible. There are no graphs and the tech is not up to date. So I am going to return it. I have been looking into bluetooth OBD2 adapters on amazon. The most expensive ones run about $100. I am stuck between two adapters. There is one called the Blue Driver produced by Lemur Monitors and the other is called Automatic Link. Both look good. I was wondering if anyone could push me in a direction because I am torn between the two. Thanks!
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I bought this one on eBay, lasted 4 years with no issues until it died. Cost me $15


Then this one, it loses its connection every few minutes and has to reconnect. Annoying.


That's all I got.
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I'm always afraid that those cheap adapters will fry my ECU. These new ones can do smog tests, give live graphs, calculate fuel economy, monitor bad driving habits and even give you a GPS location of your car
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How on earth could it fry your ECU?

I've got the first one Car Guy posted, had it for 6 years or so probably
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I'm just afraid it would short out and ruin the port. How is the interface though? Can you do smog tests and view graphs and the like?
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I'm just afraid it would short out and ruin the port. How is the interface though? Can you do smog tests and view graphs and the like?
Depends on the app you use. Android use Torque, iOS there's another one, Windows there's a couple too.

Smog tests as in sniffer tests? No...nobody does those except on cars which don't have OBD2 ports. Most modern smog tests just check for codes. If you don't have codes set, you're good. Obviously anything worth beans can read codes.

As far as graphs it would depend on what data you want on said graph...but i'm sure it would.
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