is a review of a great product by Linear-Logic. This is the second
ScanGauge product I've had the pleasure of owning. The first ScanGauge
was a bit bigger, a bit clunkier, but it had all the great features
With the introduction of OBD-II back in 1996 car's computer systems
became alot more complex. The great thing about that is that you
can use simple tools that plug into your car's diagnostic port and
get a wealth of information not previously available.
I've owned my ScanGauge II now since August 2006.
This is a great tool and in my opinion every shadetree mechanic
should have one of these. Actually, I think every vehicle owner
should have one. What makes this tool so great? It does three things:
1) Reads & clears trouble codes; 2) It has a multifunction trip
computer; and 3) It has up to 37 different digital gauges (readouts).
Yes. And one of the best gauges to use is the real-time MPG reading.
That's definitely my favorite feature. The ScanGauge II lets you
see immediately what your current mileage is. One of the ways I've
used that is I've been driving down the highway at 60mph. I then
reset the trip computer function to show me the current mpg reading
for that speed at 60 mph. I drive that way for a few miles. I take
note of the reading, then go up to 65 mph and reset the trip reading
again. I do it again for 70 mph. So what I've accomplished here
is I've seen what a small difference in speed can have on MPG ratings.
With the price of gas these days this is a very handy tool to have.
You will know what is the optimal speed you can drive on the highway
to get the best mileage.
I've also used the ScanGauge to read trouble codes. A friend of
mine had the Check Engine
Light on his Subaru. I read the code which was a P0325. A shop
would have charged him up to $70 for that, I did it for free. I
also used it on my Ford pickup
when it's check engine light came on. I can't remember the code
but I do remember the truck needed a new transmission. This tool
supports most (if not all) vehicles that are OBD-II compliant (1996-newer).
It plugs into the diagnostic port and can be used temporarily or
Anyway, as you can see I think the ScanGauge II is an incredible
product and well worth the money. It does more than I've mentioned
here, I'm just telling you what I've used it for and how it can
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