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Old 03-29-2015, 01:25 PM   #31
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OK, I'll bite...what is an OBD II port?

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Under your dash on the left near the door usually. You know when your "check engine" light comes on and the mechanic has to read the code? He plugs his reader in there. By the way, you can get a code reader for cheap. Mine has saved me a ton of money by finding the code and fixing the issue myself.
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Old 03-29-2015, 01:35 PM   #32
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I googled OBD port 2012 Tacoma and somebody posted this - Under the dash in the area above where your left knee would be. There's a marked cover over it.

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Old 03-29-2015, 02:18 PM   #33
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I have an Actron scanner and it reads out in plain english what the problem is when the check engine light comes on. It is a little better unit and also reads the brake problems. Several years ago when the check brake light came on I plugged in and saw that it was a faulty ABS sensor down at the left front wheel. I didn't want to fix it myself but also knew that the garage wasn't going to pull a fast one on me and say it was the control box under the seat. Paid about $200 for the scanner. Loren
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Old 03-29-2015, 02:35 PM   #34
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Robert, Does your new truck give you transmission fluid temps and if so have you taken note when pulling on a grade. On my GMC I can bring the digital temps up on the screen but in researching the book there is no mention of how hot it can get. Information online indicates that fluid temperatures should not exceed 200 degrees for any length of time. I would have to assume that if you get the transmission fluid to hot, the dash will light up like a Christmas tree. Loren
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Old 03-29-2015, 02:52 PM   #35
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I don't know...I'm a bit dubious about this one. I have been warned by a couple of first-rate mechanics (friends of mine, not looking for business) to not fiddle with recently made vehicles. Unless you know exactly what you're doing, you could do more harm than good. I'm thinkin' this scan gauge could be a case of " a little knowledge may be dangerous". It would be good to keep track of mileage, fuel consumption, etc. but mechanical issues, I don't think so. Just my $0.02.

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Old 03-29-2015, 02:54 PM   #36
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Information online indicates that fluid temperatures should not exceed 200 degrees for any length of time. I would have to assume that if you get the transmission fluid to hot, the dash will light up like a Christmas tree.
A high transmission temperature light is likely displayed only if a condition is reached which requires action to protect the transmission (such as reduction of engine power). A transmission fluid temperature which is too high to be acceptable for long-term durability would not likely trigger this light.
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Old 03-29-2015, 03:10 PM   #37
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I don't know...I'm a bit dubious about this one. I have been warned by a couple of first-rate mechanics (friends of mine, not looking for business) to not fiddle with recently made vehicles. Unless you know exactly what you're doing, you could do more harm than good. I'm thinkin' this scan gauge could be a case of " a little knowledge may be dangerous". It would be good to keep track of mileage, fuel consumption, etc. but mechanical issues, I don't think so. Just my $0.02.

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I am going to agree with you there. I use this on my 2002 Chevrolet Astro van work truck and did on a 1998 Astro passenger van. As for my 2014 GMC tug, that thing is so computerized I wouldn't touch it for nothing. Plus as the scanner is several years old it would have to be upgraded to work on the new vehicle. Loren
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Old 03-29-2015, 03:14 PM   #38
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I'm always amazed at my oil temperature, my transmission fluids are all normal but my oil gets hotter than either my water or my trans fluid. Anyone have a chart for normal?
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Old 03-29-2015, 03:30 PM   #39
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You do have to find somewhere to put the gauge and come up with a way to route the cable.
This is certainly an issue with something like the ScanGauge (or my Autotel cheapo equivalent). There are also OBD readers which plug into the port and connect to a mobile device (smartphone or tablet) by Bluetooth, so there's no cable. The readers are relatively cheap and interchangeable; Torque might be the best known app to talk to them. Even with this Bluetooth approach, you still need to mount the phone or tablet.

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On board diagnostics ?? is my guess. where they do the emission testing.
Yes, and this raises a good point: the auto manufacturers are only required to provide emissions-related data to the port. They provide much more there, but since they routinely do not publish the addressing scheme for this additional data, companies such as the maker of the ScanGauge need to figure it out - the less common your vehicle, the less likely the codes will be worked out for you.
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I'm always amazed at my oil temperature, my transmission fluids are all normal but my oil gets hotter than either my water or my trans fluid. Anyone have a chart for normal?
Sorry, I don't have any kind of information about normal acceptable engine oil temperatures, but I would certainly expect to always be hotter than coolant. It is, after all, oil rather than water+glycol, operates under very different conditions, and should be hotter to do its job properly.
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