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Old 11-04-2019, 11:06 AM   #1
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Diesel code reader

I currently tow with a 2011 Tundra. I am considering buying a 2018 or newer Ram Diesel 3/4 or 1 ton Pickup. I would like to buy a code reader for the Ram diesel, and it would be nice if it would also read the Tundra codes, but that is not really necessary. It would be nice it it would calculate mileage, transmission and engine temps and voltage. I would like it to save any identified issues.

I prefer a hand held as opposed to a wifi, that is, using my phone as the viewing screen.

I change my oil filter sometimes and replace tir filters and light bulbs, but that is the extent of my capabilities. I want the unit to tell me why the idiot lights are on and maybe turn off said lights. I do not expect to reprogram any preset items.

I do want to be able to update the unit's software, as needed.
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The new Rams have a readout for trans, oil, oil PSI, water and volts right on the dash. Only thing is EGT. Not an issue if your not towing heavy like a maniac.
Mileage is also there if you want.
Not sure why you need a constant code reader.
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Thank you. I would like to know why idiot lights light up on the dash. For instance on my 2005 Jeep Liberty diesel the engine light is on but that does not tell me much, although in this instance it is probably needing an oil change. The last time I had the oil changed I asked that a 5k mile interval be inputted, but I am fairly certain they inputted 3k. I use mobil 1 full syn.
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I would go 8,000 miles if running a full synthetic oil. 5,000 miles on conventional oil.
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I would go 8,000 miles if running a full synthetic oil. 5,000 miles on conventional oil.

Yes, I basically agree. The owners manual in my Tundra says 12,300 miles when driven a lot, 11K miles if it sits. I am thinking of using 10K intervals for the 2011 Tundra (which has about 90K on the odometer), but I will stick to 5K for the diesel 2005 Jeep (210K on the odometer).

Based on a recommendation from another forum, I just bought an Autel MaxiLink ML629 OBD2 Scanner.
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Look up the specs on the Torque Pro app. It allows you to set it up for multiple vehicles, and the displays can be arranged in just about anyway you want.


It can log parameters of anything you've selected to monitor



On my Ford Diesel I monitor oil and coolant temp, transmission temp, voltage (both battery and fuel injection module) and boost on the first screen, then on other screens I've got a ton of displays set up.


It will not display EGT or fuel pressure



The Pro version also has a download that will install vehicle specific PIDs by manufacturer.



$5.99 for the app, a $20 bluetooth OBDII adapter and an Android phone or tablet is all you need.
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Look up the specs on the Torque Pro app. It allows you to set it up for multiple vehicles, and the displays can be arranged in just about anyway you want.


It can log parameters of anything you've selected to monitor



On my Ford Diesel I monitor oil and coolant temp, transmission temp, voltage (both battery and fuel injection module) and boost on the first screen, then on other screens I've got a ton of displays set up.


It will not display EGT or fuel pressure



The Pro version also has a download that will install vehicle specific PIDs by manufacturer.



$5.99 for the app, a $20 bluetooth OBDII adapter and an Android phone or tablet is all you need.
Thanks kgburns1, but I understand the Torque app does not work with my iPhone. Also I would rather have a handheld because I use my phone for many other things while driving.
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You want a separate hand held device because you're already doing too many things with your phone while driving? Uh oh. Maybe you need to rethink this.
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Thanks kgburns1, but I understand the Torque app does not work with my iPhone. Also I would rather have a handheld because I use my phone for many other things while driving.

I use an older Android phone that my wife used to use.
If you don't have one laying around that's not in service, I'd bet that someone you know does. Some people I've met just use an older tablet because of the larger screen.


You don't need cell phone service on it, just a phone that powers up.
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Thanks, good suggestions all. I just bought an Autel handheld that should do what I want.
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I recommend you use Autel Scanner MD802 Maxidiag, I've been using it with my 2012 Toyota Tundra and it does the job for me. And it is easy to use too.
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