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Old 02-09-2019, 04:08 PM
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Is there an OBD scanner you can get for an Android tablet, and then get some kind of USB connector that has a the right connector for diagnostics on the other end?

My buddy had his OBD scanner stolen, he said it was about 800 dollars to replace, but we have a language barrier, (English - Spanish) so I may not have understood correctly.

Would any of these scanners be as good as a tool designed specifically for doing diagnostic work? Would it be as good as a real scanner, I guess is what I am saying.

I would hate to see him waste money on this only to find out it is not very good.
Then he would have had his scanner stolen > spent money on something that won't work > and still have to buy another scanner + all the lost time.

(my problem is that I can't differentiate between internet marketers and people who have a good product. I can't tell if Product A is the best scanner because it pays the website owner the highest commission or if it is the best because it is just really good) I don't know enough about cars.

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Old 02-10-2019, 12:17 AM
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If you want something simple OBD Fusion app is goo and it connects to a Bluetooth OBD device that cost around $15. It will not compare to the $800 device but it's great for diagnosis and resetting engine codes
Old 02-10-2019, 02:15 PM
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Hey, thanks for repying. I appreciate it.

He is working on my brakes today, so I will ask him about it and see if he wants to try it.

I would imagine the software will have some return policy, so if it does not work we can the way he wants it to we may be able to return it. A 15 dollar connection is pretty cheap to see if this will satisfy him.


He is a native Spanish speaker so maybe I should have him look up the app itself on a Spanish site and see if ti is what he wants. Anyway, it looks like it will be fairly inexpensive to find out.
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