A look at the OBD alternative, The Computer

Computers are the heart of technological advancements in whichever new device that is brought to the market scene, and as a result, they are the same equipment used in problem-solving of the electronic products it helped to create. In light of this, the computer is used to produce diagnostics within the automobile field as has somewhat revolutionized the whole aspect of problem- solving in vehicles. Within a car, the focal point as it relates to data collection is essentially the computer based aspect, on which many diagnostic scans depend on.

 

Using a computer as means of scanning vehicles is solely dependent on the software utilized with the capability to obtain the required data. The use of a computer to carry out such a task is quite beneficial due to the ease of usage. Aspects, as it relates to computer use, are outlined as follows:

 

Editing – Data codes obtained by means of a computer system is easily edited thereby enabling the user to gain an extra boost in the vehicle’s performance.

 

Car engine tuning – The aim of vehicle engine diagnostics is the complete renewal of the manner in which the engine functions. A personal computer with the appropriate software can be used in this tuning process.

 

Car engine programming and reprogramming – Data codes used in this process are often times developed by the vehicle manufacturer. These data codes can, therefore, be altered by using the computer system in the process of programming. It is quite often that engine codes might require renewal and this warrants the use of the vehicle’s computer or a personal computer.

 

How is the process undertaken? 

 

Many applications have been developed with the capability of installing on a PC with its core functionality of carrying out vehicle diagnostic. Most often, many of the software are required to be downloaded freely while others may require the user to pay a stipulated cost for the software package on certain websites.

 

By obtaining and installing this application on your PC, an individual can save on unforeseen cost which can range up to thousands of dollars. Installing and making the necessary adjustments, the vehicle’s engine can now be connected to the PC via the accompanying USB cable. This cable is responsible for the complete data code transfer from the vehicle to the computer storage.

 

A menu is prompt right after the selection by the mouse as it is pointed to the different areas on the display. This menu prompt is capable of being scrolled vertically or horizontally with the aid of a keyboard. This enables the user to make a choice.

 

Prompting the scanning process will be the next step, made by the provisions of the software, where the resulting data after scanning is displayed onscreen similar to that of OBD2 scan tools. This method, however, might prove to be inadvertently slow where in many instances the scan process does not fully cover the entire car faculty as opposed to the OBD2 process which does.

 

Read the Codes 

 

In the instance when data begins to trickle in, it is recommended that the user takes a look and attempts to analyze the data in efforts to aid the car repair process. To improve further on efficiency, the software is rendered with a comprehensive directory for data fault code specific to the typed vehicle in question.

 

Why is this method not as popular? 

 

In the instance when data begins to trickle in, it is recommended that the user takes a look and attempts to analyze the data in efforts to aid the car repair process. To improve further on efficiency, the software is rendered with a comprehensive directory for data fault code specific to the typed vehicle in question.

 

Cost 

 

It is widely known that this software which is associated with this method costs an exorbitant amount. Furthermore, it has become a trend for mechanic shop owners to block individuals from the use of this software as they are willing and capable of paying the exorbitant fees.

 

They require more know-how 

 

The use of the OBD2 scan tool is less demanding as it pertains to the attention required from the user, the software method, on the other hand, requires personnel with previous computer knowledge to effectively carry out the task.

 

Availability 

 

On the market, only a few computer software is made available that is intended for sharing among numerous users. Compatibility may be a problem as many at times some vehicles cannot interact with the software or vice versa. Projections also show that the software is capable of working on 50 to 90% of data codes.