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Old 08-09-2018, 06:11 AM   #1
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OBD2 Scanner/App & more

Hello Yaris community!

I am an Ex-pat living in the Netherlands originally from New York/Florida.

I am very new here (my first post). My wife and I just bought a used 2015 Yaris Hybrid last month from the Toyota Dealership here and love it.

European laws and rules make it very hard to research the history of my car, but I was able to find out that it was in some sort of accident in the past (no other details than that). The car was build in France, traveled to Germany and then bought by the Toyota Dealer here in my town in Holland.

Anyway, we had a few orange lights turn on last week while on our way home from the Amsterdam. They flicked on after driving over a bridge threshold. I guess the slight bump made them light up (they were ABS related). So after getting the EU version of AAA out to look at the car, he could not reset the codes, but at the end we managed to drive home ourselves (turning the car off and back on reset the warning lights). The next day, the mechanic at the dealership said it was probably something to do with a miscommunication between the ABS sensor and the car computer and turning the car off reset the signal error.

So all this sums up to the question: I am interested in getting a OBD2 Scanner & app for my iPhone/iPad so i can take a look at my cars computer messages and the battery performance. I did a lot of online searching and found these two websites that gave some reviews on some items, but I do not know if they display the Hybrid battery performance as well as the standard messages for the car. I an fine with either Wifi or bluetooth also (iPad/Phone not Android).

The ones I thought were interesting were the following:

OBD Car Doctor @
https://scanneranswers.com/best-obd2...phone-windows/

Foseal scanner @
https://scanneranswers.com/obd2-ipho...-code-readers/

I really just would like some help choosing out the "right tool for the right job". I am not mechanically inclined and its more of having an understanding of what my car is doing and its health internally.
I didn't want to spend hundreds of Euros if possible too. Which is why I looked at the above selected options.

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Also, not related to the above question, our car came with a French manual. The car was assembled in France and Toyota doesn't really include a manual of the country it is sold in, only built. Would anyone know where I could get a "Hard Copy" of the manual (Dutch or English)? I have the PDF already, but having the actual owners manual in my hand just makes searching for things better. My wife found this website and we are thinking of getting it from here, but I wanted to ask, just in case someone here had a better source for one.
https://autoboekjes.nl/docs/e2e33a/t...-2014-t-m-2017

Thanks for reading and I hope to be an active member here!

Steve
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Old 08-09-2018, 11:56 PM   #2
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Hi there. I use a wifi enabled ELM327 OBD2 dongle (bought from ebay for about $10) in my yaris and I bought the pro version of OBD Car Doctor for iPhone. They have both been great for the last 6 months of use in all 4 of our family cars. Good read outs with a fast refresh rate, clear code reading, easy logging and resetting.
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Old 08-10-2018, 03:32 AM   #3
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Ok thanks for the info. So it shows the hybrid battery status and all the cells to the battery? I didn't see any description on the app that is does that.
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Old 08-10-2018, 06:22 AM   #4
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Are you sure that the OBD2 will show this? I do not think so. AFAIK it is only about engine - if you need to read all other details about AC, battery etc then you need Toyota TechStream software (and hardware).

The original is quite expensive, however I bought some Chinese clone from e-bay for 40 USD and it really does what is needed. Just make sure it supports your vehicle because the cheap eBay deals are usually not working with the latest car models.
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Old 08-10-2018, 06:35 AM   #5
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Ahh ok. I'm not sure then if I will be able to get one here in the Netherlands. I can use .UK or .DE sites, but there is none for NL thats worth looking.
And getting something shipped from the states would be an issue if I need to return it ever.
I may just have to settle for the standard statistics for the car and not the battery maybe....
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Old 08-13-2018, 04:08 AM   #6
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Ok thanks for the info. So it shows the hybrid battery status and all the cells to the battery? I didn't see any description on the app that is does that.
I'm not too sure. Mine isn't hybrid. It may find the module as when it boots up it lets me scroll through and see available computers in the car but your best bet would be to download the free/lite version of the app and buy a $5 ELM dongle from ebay to test.
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Old 08-13-2018, 10:10 AM   #7
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...and buy a $5 ELM dongle from ebay to test.
Are you talking about the one I spoke about in the original post I made? Does it have to be Foseal or can it be a different name? From what I gather, they all look identical on the outside. Not sure about performance.
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Old 08-13-2018, 11:48 PM   #8
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Are you talking about the one I spoke about in the original post I made? Does it have to be Foseal or can it be a different name? From what I gather, they all look identical on the outside. Not sure about performance.
ELM327 is the chip/connector/firmware assembly that a huge amount of OBD readers use to communicate with your car. Search ELM327 wifi on ebay, pick a cheap one with decent seller feedback and go from there.
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Old 08-14-2018, 03:49 AM   #9
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Ok yeah, that was the link I provided in the original post.
https://scanneranswers.com/obd2-ipho...e-ndash-foseal

I will just fine tune my search and look. It's a little harder to look since I am in the Netherlands, but I should be able to find one via UK or DE sites.
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