For this intro to app-driven code readers, I chose the BlueDriver. There are a number of options out there, but when I compared cost, ease of use, and overall quality I decided to give the BlueDriver a serious shot.
The app itself is elegant, super easy to use, and very intuitive. These qualities seem like obvious elements of a widely publicized and available application, but sadly it’s usually not the case. I’ve seen countless apps that, while they do deliver what they promise, are so complicated you need to be one of the software engineers that put it together in order to use if effectively. The BlueDriver app worked so well, you can use your curiosity about each section and function of the app to guide you and you won’t be lost, confounded or aggravated – only amazed. To be fair, there are surely other apps that work as well at reading codes and gathering data about your engine and related systems, but I’ve yet to try one that was so easy to deal with right out of the box.
Why should buy this product?
I think as a professional, you should buy this new High-Tech tool with no hesitation.
BENEFITS of BlueDriver scan tool are unmatched:
Proficiency: You have an amazing scope of data reading and control at hand, enabling you to sit back on your chair and analyze the data on your smartphone.
Budget efficiency: At first, the price tag might cause a butterfly inside you. But if you look at the features as an expert, you soon realize that it’s really a bargain. Before any other consideration just think of the saving you make, where the BlueDriver does the diagnosis for you instead of a skilled mechanic, and the bill which would follow. To be able to use, android, iPhone, iPad apps to analyze the data of an OBDII scanner is an astonishing technical achievement.
What BlueDriver Does
The BlueDriver app (a free download) is loaded with functions, and each one of these functions has the capability of providing a driver or a mechanic with gobs of data.
Unlike some applications that will only spit out complicated numbers that take an engineer to digest, BlueDriver will show you one thing at a time, viewable as a number or graphic, or you can graph a pile of data points to compare engine performance over time.
In scanning mode, the BlueDriver can read your OBD-II engine codes, clear your engine codes (which also means clearing your Check Engine Light), create Repair Reports, check to see if your engine is ready for a smog check, and more.
It even has a built-in flashlight function to help you plug the reader/transmitter into your car’s dash. The Freeze Frame function provides data that shows exactly what conditions were present when your Check Engine Light was triggered and error codes generated.
I really liked the Repair Reports function, too, which provides a lot of additional data on the codes the app collected including the code definition and possible causes.
At any point in the app, you can share the data you’re seeing via email, text, or any other method your device normally allows.
The Live data feed (information gathered in real-time while the vehicle is being run or driven) can provide info on all of these measuring points, and these are only a small sample!
Read and Clear Codes
- Confirmed CEL Codes – all makes
- Pending CEL Codes – all makes
- Permanent CEL Codes – all makes
- Enhanced Codes (e.g. ABS, Airbag, Transmission, etc) for
- GM, Ford, Chrysler, Toyota (available worldwide)
- BMW/Mini (available in North America)
Repair Reports – Vehicle-specific for each DTC:
- Code Definition
- Possible Causes
- Reported Fixes
Freeze Frame – Vehicle snapshot when a code is stored
Mode 6 – Advanced test results (like misfire counts)
Live Data – Graph multiple PIDs or export log to a file
- Works with all vehicles 1996 or newer (domestic and import)
- Supports all OBD2 protocols (including CAN)
Licensed to work with Apple iOS and Android
The BlueDriver Sensor and free BlueDriver App are designed to work exclusively as a single tool
The combination of Bluetooth technology and the comprehensive app itself makes for one of the best tool to hit car owners and DIY mechanics since the ratchet wrench.
If you want to truly understand what’s happening under the hood of a modern vehicle, this is a tool you won’t want to be without.
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