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Old 07-26-2016, 10:33 AM   #1
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scan tool recommendations?

I am interested in buying a scan tool to carry with me in my interstate. I mostly want to be able to read codes if the check engine light pops on but would also be interested in monitoring things while driving. Not sure what data is available (trans temp would be good one, or engine oil temp ... even coolant temp in actual degrees instead of a vague needle reading that I suspect is just an idiot gauge not one that actually sweeps to indicate a true reading). I somewhat understand the concept of "load" and I am one who would do manual downshifts to make it easier on the driveline if I could monitor "load" while climbing hills or pulling a trailer. Anyhow, does anyone have a recommendation for a scan tool that is particularly compatible with the Sprinter (as I understand it lots of the generic stuff does not interface well with the MB) or a link to a thread where this is discussed? I did a search and did not come up with anything. Perhaps I should be looking on a Sprinter forum instead of here. BTW, I don't have smart phone so none of the new bluetooth stuff will work for me ... and I really want to stick the display to the dash as a permanent gauge.

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Old 07-26-2016, 10:51 AM   #2
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Check out www.Autoenginuity.com I have been using their scan tool for years on various cars including Mercedes. I do not know about compatibility with smartphones as I have been using mine on my laptop.
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Old 07-26-2016, 11:26 AM   #4
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Old 07-26-2016, 11:39 AM   #5
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Call Banks power they make a gauge called the Idash that works great. It should work for you since the info is open on the obd port but they could confirm that.
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It plugs into the OBD II port and can display four different functions (you can choose from all that are available) at once on the display. It's relatively small (~1" X ~4") and comes w/ a long cable so it can be mounted just about anywhere. I mounted mine (Velcro) under the overhang for the instruments and that didn't obstruct any of the displays.

While it can scan for codes, I was advised by my MB service advisor not to clear any codes because the scanner gets more info than just the code.

You can check it out here.
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Old 07-26-2016, 03:12 PM   #7
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Check out www.Autoenginuity.com I have been using their scan tool for years on various cars including Mercedes. I do not know about compatibility with smartphones as I have been using mine on my laptop.
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As best I could tell from their website, you actually have to connect to a Windows laptop or PC which kind of precludes the driver from using it as a display while driving.
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Old 07-26-2016, 03:23 PM   #8
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My husband literally bought this gizmo just a few days ago, and he'd be able to speak more intelligently about it. We had been using one of the older clunky code readers that must have weighed five pounds, the ones you plug in only when needed. Now we have this little thing that looks like a chunk of white chocolate fudge or something, and it stays in place permanently.

The catch is that we have a T1N Sprinter which is ten years beyond last production, and as I understand it, we still have to resort to the internet to look up the codes. They can't be downloaded into the app. I don't know if this is also true of the NCV3. Husband will likely chime in after he gets off work.
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Where can you mount an iPad so the driver can easily see w/o taking eyes off road very long?
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I have an adjustable arm thingy for my IPad, that my son got for me last year, that mounts to the windshield with a clamp type suction cup.

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In our case, what I envision is me driving and my husband poring intently over the iPad.

But if one WERE going to mount an iPad, at least in a T1N I think yes, it would have to be windshield.

I bought a super duper heavy duty adjustable iPhone jaws-like grasper with a giant spring clip on the other end, so that I could have my music within reach when I'm in the driver's seat (I use a UE Boom bluetooth speaker). I don't need to take eyes off the road to read anything - I just need to reach out and tap "skip" now and again. But there's nowhere in the T1N's cab to attach the clip. Absolutely nowhere. I should have gone with a windshield suction device.
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scan tool recommendations?

There are a few states that don't allow attaching stuff to the windshield to mount them.

California is one for sure...might want to check before you go someplace that will be grumpy about this.

I use sticky pads on the dash that can hold a suction cup instead.

(Yeah, it's a silly law, until you have seen the amazing amounts of crap some people have put on their windscreen and dash around here. Too much blocking the view. )


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But if one WERE going to mount an iPad, at least in a T1N I think yes, it would have to be windshield.
Just thinking outside the box, but what about a mount on one of the seat armrests? Right at the end of the armrest is a very ergonomic place to mount anything that you'll manipulate with your fingers, and if you have to get up and move around, just swing it up out of the way.

Kind of like a pilot's kneeboard, but on the armrest instead so you don't have to look down so far to see it.

Speaking of which, they do make kneeboards for tablet computers (with a Velcro strap to attach it to your thigh) if you want to try one before modifying your van to mount a tablet.
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It plugs into the OBD II port and can display four different functions (you can choose from all that are available) at once on the display. It's relatively small (~1" X ~4") and comes w/ a long cable so it can be mounted just about anywhere. I mounted mine (Velcro) under the overhang for the instruments and that didn't obstruct any of the displays.

While it can scan for codes, I was advised by my MB service advisor not to clear any codes because the scanner gets more info than just the code.

You can check it out here.
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Easy install, more monitoring functions than you'll ever use and it's small. You get you pick what you want to see. Got one on my VW 1.9L TDI.
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