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How to read your Check Engine Light codes with an iPhone

This isn’t directly about app development, but it does involve an iPhone app, so thought I’d post it.  My check engine light came on recently in my 2001 Lexus ES300.  I wanted to try and read the codes myself, so I did some comparison shopping and settled on the following items.

ioGeek Auto Scanner – cheaper than a lot of comparable scanners out there

DashCommand iOS app –  it’s a $9.99 app out there but it does work and offers to connect over both Bluetooth and WiFi … Engine Link is another popular app that I’ve never tried.

The ioGeek Scanner comes with a “mini-CD”, but no paper instructions, so I just tried plugging it in and starting up DashCommand.  At first I couldn’t get it to work, but it turns out that the ioGeek Scanner creates its own WiFi network that you need to connect to first.  Once I did that it worked like a charm and I was able to connect wireless to it and read all the codes it was giving me.

 

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Joe • February 1, 2015


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