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  • Our Offices Will Be Closed in Observance of Labor Day

    In observance of Labor Day, our offices will be closed on Saturday, September 3rd - Monday, September 5th, 2016. We will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, September 6th.

    Please note: Shipment cutoff times on September 2nd will be at 2pm MST. Regular shipment schedules will continue on Tuesday, September 6th. Some shipments may be delayed until Wednesday, September 7th.
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  • OBDLink for Android Update: Version 3.6.0

    An update for OBDLink for Android app has just been released on Google Play and the Amazon Appstore.

    OBDLink v3.6.0 Release Notes

    • Added additional device sensor PIDs including roll, pitch, acceleration w/ gravity, magnetometer, and rotation rate
    • Added support for logging device sensors to CSV file
    • Added an option to the Dashboard menu to calibrate roll and pitch based on the current orientation of your device
    • GPS PIDs can now be displayed on the dashboards, graphs, and PID values page
    • Minor bug fixes and improvements

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  • OBDLink iOS Update: Version 3.2.0

    An OBDLink iOS update just released on the iTunes App Store.

    OBDLink v3.2.0 Release Notes

    • Added calculated PIDs for commanded and actual Air-to-fuel ratio
    • Added calculated PIDs for Engine Horsepower and Engine Torque
    • Added force touch quick actions for connecting and disconnecting. Use force touch on the OBDLink icon to access quick actions
    • Added support for more than 50 new SAE PIDs
    • Expanded the range of start and end angles of radial gauges
    • Improved Dropbox syncing of CSV files when an internet connection is not available
    • Improved fuel calculations for some vehicles
    • Improved support for some vehicles that don't fully conform to the OBD2 specification
    • Dashboard gauges can now be moved farther to the top and left of the dashboard
    • Added back support for connecting to the ELM user CAN protocols
    • Minor bug fixes and improvements

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  • ECUsim Commander - Development Software Release

    ECUsim Commander is a software tool created exclusively for developers using the ECUsim product line. It provides a smart terminal environment to work with ECUsim.

    ECUsim Commander v1.0.16 Release Notes

    • Dedicated tool exclusively for ECUsim
    • Built-in script editor
    • Easily control bus monitoring
    • Syntax highlighting
    • Auto-completion of ECUsim commands
    • Includes example scripts
    • Doesn't require Virtual COM ports
    • Automatically detects ECUsim
    • Compatible with Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10
    • Small installer and footprint

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  • Our Offices Will Be Closed in Observance of Independence Day

    In observance of Independence Day, our offices will be closed on Saturday, July 2nd - Monday, July 4th, 2016. We will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, July 5th.

    Please note: Shipment cutoff times on July 1st will be at 2pm MST. Regular shipment schedules will continue on Tuesday, July 5th. Some shipments may be delayed until Wednesday, July 6th.
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  • Celebrate Dad This Father's Day

    This Sunday, June 19th is Father's Day. And we've got just the right gifts to complete his garage! Through June 19, midnight MST, you'll save 15% on orders over $75, including our most popular SCAN TOOLS & OBD SOFTWARE. Continue reading

  • Our Offices Will Be Closed in Observance of Memorial Day

    In observance of Memorial Day, our offices will be closed on Saturday, May 28 - Monday, May 30th, 2016. We will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, May 31st.

    Please note: Shipment cutoff times on May 27th will be at 2pm MST. Regular shipment schedules will continue on Tuesday, May 31st. Some shipments may be delayed until Wednesday, June 1st.

    We look forward to assisting you with all your scan tool needs after the holiday! Happy Memorial Day!

  • Logging Oxygen Sensors Using OBDLink

    Oxygen sensors play a key role in engine performance and keeping emissions under control. Their purpose is to measure the amount of oxygen in the exhaust, providing your vehicle's computer with information whether the air/fuel mixture is burning rich (less oxygen) or lean (more oxygen). If an oxygen sensor goes bad, it can damage the catalytic converter (a very expensive fix!), reduce fuel efficiency, and substantially increase the amount of harmful pollutants in the exhaust.

    Using OBDLink's logging feature, you can graph the transitions of each oxygen sensors’ voltage (usually there are 2 sensors but some vehicles have up to 4), and know when one becomes faulty. Continue reading

  • Why Engine Coolant Temperature is Important

    There are 3 main jobs that the antifreeze in coolant performs to keep the engine coolant temperature normal:

    1. It prevents the coolant from freezing during cold weather
    2. It raises the boiling temperature of the coolant to prevent overheating during hot weather
    3. It fights corrosion

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  • How to Pass Your Emissions Test

    Does your state require an emissions check before renewing your registration? These checks verify that your vehicle is not putting harmful vapors into the air. Most states now use an OBD-II test to confirm your vehicle is not violating standards required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    To pass an OBD-II emissions test, a vehicle must:

    • Have a functional 'Check Engine' light and OBD port
    • The 'Check Engine' light must be off
    • Successfully complete the OBD-II system monitors that are built-in to the vehicle

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