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Kowalski2019

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Well my wife traded her Nissan Rogue for a 2019 Ranger FX4. OK I thought. I'm a DIY maintenance type and just completed the first oil change - no you don't have to remove the front wheel by the way. Any recommendations as to which OBDII scanner is best? Moderately priced so under $200.

I'll be searching forums today as well, lot's of great information as I learn about the 2.3 EB.
 


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Welcome to TRS!

I got a thing called "fixd" that is basically a little thing about the size of a dental floss container that plugs into your port then sends info back to your phone. You can even see what things are doing in real-time. I got it for free but i think they go for about 75 bucks
 

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Thx, looked it up on amazon. 59 bucks.
 

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Any recommendations as to which OBDII scanner is best? Moderately priced so under $200.
Welcome!

IMHO, you definitely want a scantool setup that gives you control of the software and the hardware. Assuming you agree with that premise, the most-capable software for Ford vehicles is FORScan.

That page is a good introduction but also has a subsection titled "Supported adapters". On a modern Ford, where the (Medium Speed) MS-CAN protocol is used (i.e. in addition to the [High Speed] HS-CAN protocol used on older Fords like my 2004 Ranger), you'll certainly want hardware that supports the MS-CAN protocol, preferably automatically (i.e. not by using an external toggle switch to manually switch between HS and MS).

There's also this FORScan forum thread with more details, but it seems rather cluttered to me:

ELM327-compatible adapters - how to choose

If you follow the FORScan site's recommendations, you should probably get the OBDLink EX (wired, USB) scantool if you want to run FORScan under Windows. Similarly, you should probably get the OBDLink MX+ (wireless, Bluetooth) scantool if you want to run FORScan under Android or iOS, i.e. using a smartphone or a tablet. I only run it under Windows, on a laptop, because the Windows version has considerably more power and features than the smartphone/tablet "FORScan Lite" versions.

Torque Pro is also useful software (for Android and iOS devices) and can be used with lots of OBD2 hardware, but it doesn't inherently "know" any Ford-specific PIDs like FORScan does. And Torque Pro takes an extra step or 2 to use a rather limited list of manufacturer-specific PIDs whereas FORScan has tons of them built right in with no user intervention required.

I have very limited exposure to Torque Pro, but from what I've seen of it versus FORScan, FORScan is just more capable overall. For example, you want to be able to query non-emission-related DTCs (Diagnostic Trouble Codes) for things like the transmission, the ABS, the airbags, and various other vehicle modules. FORScan knows how to do all that (it's all in the software, as long as your hardware supports the appropriate protocols). Torque Pro does not, from what I've seen.

On the other hand, if you want a stand-alone, all-in-one (hardware + software together, inseparable) OBD2 scantool, I never went down that path, so I have no useful recommendation, other than "Don't do it!". :)

Sorry for the verbosity, but I hope that's somewhat useful. Feel free to ask more if you're interested. I bought my 1st scantool hardware over a decade ago (a wired USB version that's no longer sold but I still use it frequently). I own 4 scantools now, including the OBDLink MX (not the newer 'MX+' version). And I've been happily using FORScan for over 6 years now (and various other pieces of software for even longer). FORScan is simply the best overall combination of "capability" and "low-cost", IMHO. That's why I think your choice of hardware should be centered around first choosing the right software.

Whatever way you go, I wish you good luck with future diagnosis and your wife's new vehicle!
 

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i have a few hand held readers i got after googling and reading forums but generally, i use a 15 dollar obd bluetooth dongle and torque lite. if i can't get it with torque lite, i dig out the hand held readers.

i had to get stuff that was usable on multiple vehicles because the wife was driving a sc mini cooper, i had a 98 sonoma, and the kids had jeeps.
 

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Welcome and congrats on the trade! Enjoy
 

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