My dad used to work on his cars. I like to think I helped, but I just held the light where he was working.As cars get more and more complex, doing your own work is getting harder.We are all familiar with the dreaded “check engine” light. Most people take their cars to their dealers or a local mechanic to get them to read the engine codes and tell them what has gone wrong.Almost every car made after 1996 has a port under the dashboard to connect diagnostic systems. This port is called the OBD-II port (on-board diagnostics).It used to be that only dealers and mechanics had access to the computers and cables that could connect to the port, but technology advances have brought products that let people read their own engine codes.I’ve been testing the ODBLink MX+ ($99.99) from Scantool.net, which uses a wireless dongle to connect your car to your smartphone, tablet or Windows PC via Bluetooth.Wealth of informationYour car can yield a wealth of information if you know how to get to it.Actually, if your car is like mine, it has a small display on the dash that shows things like miles per gallon in real time, your… Read full this story
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