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Here are some links to reference material, and products that you may find useful. We've split them into four sections:

Standards Organizations and Documents

Scan Tools and other Hardware

ELM Compatible Software

Other Helpful Links



Standards Organizations and Documents



A serious hobbyist will want to obtain the relevant standards for reference. Many are available for sale through the following sites, but be warned - somes are fairly expensive:
ANSI - American National Standards Institute
   http://www.ansi.org/

CARB - California Air Resources Board
   http://www.arb.ca.gov/

ISO - International Organization for Standardization
   http://www.iso.org/

SAE - Society of Automotive Engineers
   http://www.sae.org/



Scan Tools and other Hardware



A quick search with Google will provide many links, but to get you going, here are a few handy ones:
http://www.actron.com/
   Actron Automotive Test Equipment has a ready-built code reader, and also offers a trouble code lookup that's handy.

http://www.aeswave.com/
   Automotive Electronics Services Inc - Lots of good looking tools including several for PDAs.

http://www.auterraweb.com
   Palm interfaces and software.

http://www.auto-consulting.it/
   Auto Consulting of Italy offers both local training, and software. Information on their Powerscan software can be found at the Powerscan site (http://www.powerscan.it/). Connect directly to the english version at http://www.powerscan.it/eng/prodotto.html.

http://www.autodiagnostic.net
   Bohemia House in the Czech Republic have a good selection of diagnostic tools.

http://autorepair.about.com/library/ts/bl-obd-main.htm
   A good place to look up some OBDII diagnostic trouble codes.

http://www.autotap.com/
   AutoTap needs little introduction. An excellent tool brought to you by B&B Electronics.

http://www.autoxray.com/
   Autoxray is a maker of several automotive scan tools.

http://www.batauto.com/
   Bat Auto has a lot of information that is worth going through. In particular, you should visit their TroubleCodes.net site.

http://www.bowserelectronics.com/
   Bowser Electronics sell software for ELM-based scan tools, as well as hardware interfaces.

http://www.bsecorp.com/
   Blue Streak Electronics have a 3 in 1 BDM Pro kit for serious troubleshooting.

http://www.carplugs.com/
   We are often asked where the OBDII (J1962) connectors are sold. Here's one source worth a try - CarPlugs.com

http://www.digimoto.com/
   Digimoto have some well respected vehicle diagnostics software, as well as interfaces. Be sure to check out their new software for Pocket PCs.

http://www.dynahud.com/
   Into pro driving and wish you could show engine parameters on your videos? DynaHUD may be just what you're looking for.

http://www.ferretinstruments.com/
   Ferret Instruments offer several automotive analyzers.

http://www.funddealernet.com/wgiobdii
   Winstead Group offers several Elm IC based units, and software to use with them.

http://www.gendan.co.uk/
   Gendan sells ELM-based OBD interfaces (others too), and offers a free (for casual users) online Fault Code Library.

http://www.ghg.net/dharrison/obdscan.html
   Several interfaces as well as software for Windows and Palm users.

http://www.hickok-inc.com/
   Hickok makes the New Generation STAR factory scan tool.

http://www.interro.com/
   Omitec Interro - makers of handheld automotive diagnostic systems.

http://LapLogger.com/
   LapLogger offer software and interface packages for Windows laptops, Palm OS PDAs, and Pocket PCs.

http://www.mediakit2010.com
   Mediakit2010 offer a very wide range products, including several that use our ICs (USB and BlueTooth versions, too). Be sure to have a look at their site. They're based in Spain, which may be of advantage if you are in Europe.

http://www.millisi.net/
   Millisi Corp. offer several interfaces, both for VAG and for OBDII.

http://www.nexiq.com/
   Nexiq makes several interfaces, including ones for big rigs.

http://www.obd-2.com/
   Alex Peper's site - ICs, interfaces, and software for the experimenter.

http://www.obd-2.de/
   Gerhard Mueller's extensive OBD site. Primarily in German, but there are links that provide translations to several other languages as well.

http://www.obd2allinone.com/
   OBD2AllInOne.Com offers a low cost ELM327 based tester, if you would prefer to buy rather than build. For those that are looking for OBD1 devices, this same group operates the ALDLCable.com, and OBD1.com sites too.

http://www.obd2cables.com/
   Looking for a reasonably priced OBD cable for your project? Have a look at OBD2Cables.com

http://www.obd2crazy.com/
   Lots of good bits of OBD info.

http://www.obd-codes.com
   Looks like an interesting site for learning more about the OBD codes. In addition to the basic descriptions, they promise to also offer troubleshooting tips, symptoms, and possible solutions.

http://www.obdii.com/
   AutoTap/B&B Electronics OBD info pages. Well worth a browse.

http://www.OnBoardDiagnostics.co.uk/
   Offers quite a bit of info on European OBD systems.

http://www.palmerperformance.com
   ... offers software that works with several OBD interfaces, and has a few different features (recording & playback, etc.). They are looking for beta testers if you're interested.

http://www.rq-elektronik.de/
   RQ-Elektronik is a German distributor that carries several OBD interfaces, many of which are based on our ICs.

http://www.seanster.com/scantool/
   Some assorted bits of OBD info, and a link to a freeware PC scan tool.

http://www.skpang.co.uk/index.htm
   UK-based SK Pang Electronics offer ELM323 and ELM327 based OBD interfaces and parts for the experimenter. They also carry VAG-COM interfaces (which ELM chips do not support).

http://www.snapondiag.com/
   Snap-on Inc offers many diagnostics tools for the industry. They're a little expensive for the average experimenter, though.

http://www.TekMateTools.com/
   Offer ELM-based 'cables' as well as their own CAN solution.

http://www.teradyne-ds.com/
   Teradyne have some gateway systems for serious communications with vehicles.

http://www.tuning.it/
   Servitel srl is based in Italy, and offers ELM based products as well as some Opel and VAG specific ones. Click here for the english language version of their site.

http://www.vetronix.com/main.html
   Vetronix Corp offers several serious devices.


ELM Compatible Software



Many organizations have created software for the ELM OBD ICs. Some provide it at no cost, while others charge only a moderate fee. These links list only a few of the software developer's sites:
EasyOBD II
   http://www.easyobdii.com/


EngineCheck
   http://www.enginecheck.co.uk/


Nova Scan (for the iPad)
   http://www.ubiqcom.net/

This software needs a wifi connected Elm compatible device. It's available through the iTunes store (click here).

OBD 2007
   http://www.glmsoftware.com/


OBD Gauge
   http://www.qcontinuum.org/obdgauge


OBD Mileage
   https://market.android.com/details?id=jp.tabinomado.nenpi

Is an Android app that's available through the Android Market. The developers web site is ISHIDA Research and Development Inc.

OBDAutoDoctor
   http://www.obdautodoctor.com/


OBD2Spy
   http://www.obd2spy.com/


OBD-II Logger
   http://pages.infinit.net/jsenk/obd.htm


PCMSCAN
   http://www.palmerperformance.com/


ProScan
   http://www.myscantool.com/


ScanMaster
   http://www.wgsoft.de/

ScanMaster has been the standard to measure to for years. They offer great support, and a very reasonable price, considering the features. See the ScanMaster-ELM web page for more info.

ScanMyOPEL
   Looking for an Android app that you can use with an Opel? This one is available in either a Lite (free) version, or the full (paid) version.

ScanTool.net software
   http://www.scantool.net/


ScanTool.net software (earlier versions)
   http://sourceforge.net/projects/scantool/


SynchroScan
   http://www.eurOBDiag.fr


Torque
   Is an Android app. Available in either a Lite version or a full 'Pro' version.

wOBD
   http://www.obd2crazy.com/


Here's a link to the iMechatronics site, where they keep a summary list of some of the Elm compatible software (and the prices):

http://scantool.imechatronics.com/downloads.htm


Other Helpful Links



From time to time we come across useful resources that we think should be shared. Here are a few of the latest ones:
Auto Repair - Answers.com
   http://autorepair.answers.com

This site is a resource for individuals that want to learn more about car care and maintenance.

International Automotive Technicians Network
   http://www.iatn.net

Is a resource for automotive professionals.

Rick's Free Auto Repair Advice
   http://ricksfreeautorepairadvice.com

This site may not cover every vehicle, but there is a lot of advice for those that it does cover.






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