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Offline ron g

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obd2 diagnostic tool to borrow in centurion area
« on: March 20, 2017, 12:56:30 PM »

is there any chance that anyone in the centurion area may have an obd2 diagnostic tool which i could borrow for an hour or so, just to read errors & do a re-set on a citroen c4 which is giving false errors?
it gives an overheating error even when the car is fully cold, & won't let the engine start.
the car did overheat a while back, and a replacement thermostat sorted it, but now the obd is giving issues. i suspect that the temperature sensor has gone faulty - seems to be a common issue on the c4 forums.

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Re: obd2 diagnostic tool to borrow in centurion area
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2017, 01:01:06 PM »
Hi Ron, i have a bluetooth one that you can borrow. Just need to borrow it back from a friend.

How urgent do you need it?


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Re: obd2 diagnostic tool to borrow in centurion area
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2017, 01:05:58 PM »


thanks adrian.
i would like to try & get the car going by wednesday - so fairly urgent.
the car owner had a auto electrician lined up to take a look at it today, but they never pitched up.
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Re: obd2 diagnostic tool to borrow in centurion area
« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2017, 01:07:05 PM »
Have one in Pretoria east if you want To take a drive

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Re: obd2 diagnostic tool to borrow in centurion area
« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2017, 01:36:25 PM »
Have one in Pretoria east if you want To take a drive


thanks - that would be great. pm sent.
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Re: obd2 diagnostic tool to borrow in centurion area
« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2017, 02:20:40 PM »
App that I found works nice on the OBD2 unit with your phone is Torque Lite (obd2 & Car) and OBD car doctor. There is DTC Fault  Mermory erase that can give you more info on the error codes.

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Re: obd2 diagnostic tool to borrow in centurion area
« Reply #6 on: March 20, 2017, 03:13:07 PM »
If I may ask some questions on these units

1. Can they erase all fault codes?
2. Does all blue tooth units work with all OBD2 software apps or do you purchase aeach unit with it's software?
3. Where can I buy one (that can erase fault codes)?
4. How expensive are they?

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Re: obd2 diagnostic tool to borrow in centurion area
« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2017, 10:58:39 PM »
If I may ask some questions on these units
1. Can they erase all fault codes?
2. Does all blue tooth units work with all OBD2 software apps or do you purchase aeach unit with it's software?
3. Where can I buy one (that can erase fault codes)?
4. How expensive are they?
Thanks

there are an astonishing array of these tools, which can do all sorts of things.
the cheaper ones, like the bluetooth ones, can read and erase most codes.
bluetooth apps are available for free, or for a charge. presumably the free versions have less functionality.
they are available on takealot, as well as some other specialist online suppliers. prices can range from +r20,000 for pro versions, to around r500 for the bluetooth ones.
i plugged in the unit i borrowed from ivman, paired it with my phone and ran obd doctor free version.
came up with a faulty temperature sensor reading (as i expected from reading citroen forums).
i cleared the error, and the car started & ran straight away. however the fan came on immediately, indicating that the sensor is giving a false reading. i will check the leads to the sensor tomorrow after i read up a bit more on where to find it, and if that doesn't sort the issue the owner will have to have the sensor replaced.
now that i have seen how it works, i will definitely buy one for myself.





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