|Have you ever had a "check engine" or a "service engine soon" light pop-up on your vehicle?? Often, people dismiss the severity of this warning signal and choose not to do anything about it. How does your car know if there is a problem, anyway? You've probably heard about cars having on-board computers. Almost all cars built in the 90's and up have them. These computers control a lot of the cars functions. They also are connected to sensors, located through then engine, which relay vital information and stats about your car to a special "On board Diagnostic Port" (OBD) located underneath the dashboard. There are sensors for engine RPM, oxygen sensors, catylitic converters, and even air intake temperature. If any one of these sensors detect a faulty reading or a reading above or below its normal range the "check engine light" will appear. Not knowing which sensor is detecting the problem, the average person is forced to go through extensive troubleshooting or to take the vehicle to an authorized technician. A mechanic, using a special device can read from the OBD-II port and tell you the meaning of the problem light. Sounds simple enough doesn't? The only problem is you will probably get charged anywhere from $50-$100 per problem.|
has two ports ( one on each end ). The one on the left side of the
picture connects to the car and the other side connects to a
computer or laptop. Both cables are DB-9 (*serial cables NOT
NULL MODEM cables) and
because of gender differences, cannot be plugged in wrong!
The device does not require it's own power supply! It uses the vehicle's power system and converts the 12VDC to 5VDC by means of an internal voltage regulator. This is all done through the OBD-II cable and does not require any set-up work. Just plug in and connect, its that easy. The green light shows the user that power is present. The red light flashes when communication is present between the car and the computer.
male end of a standard (NON-NULL MODEM) DB-9 cable (included with
package) is plugged into the
female serial port on a standard computer or laptop. The cable's other
end connects to the female side of SensorSweep.
As you can see, differences in gender ( male/female ) prevent the user from making mistakes which could potentially cause major damage to your computer or car.
cable connects with the female OBD-II port located under your