OBD Code Reader

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  1. Blasbo

    Blasbo New Member

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    I recently had a new clutch, A/C compressor. axles and oil pan installed on my 2005 JCW R53, approx 171k miles. It had been sitting several years prior. It is now showing a red brake light and yellow DSC light. Braking seems unaffected but DSC is not working. Flipping the DSC switch has no effect.

    I'm thinking a sensor may have gotten knocked loose or damage in all the work, I have been reading as much as I can about various OBD 2 devices for the past couple of days and I feel like I am more confused than when I started. I want to be able to read and clear error codes. I would probably prefer an OBD dongle (Bluetooth or WiFi) or a USB cable to an all in one device. I have an Apple phone, Android tablet and a Windows laptop. It would be nice if I could read codes from my Ford, Toyota and Nissan. I've also seen reference to "Mini/BMW" specific codes but I haven't seen how to tell if a device can read them or what they are.

    Right now I am looking at a Vgate BLE 4.0 or Kitbest KBOBD01 for a Bluetooth and DashCommand or Torque OBD for software. I also looked at a BMW INPA K+CAN cable from ecutools.com and a Foseal WiFi dongle. I've seen some good things said about Carly and BMWhat but they don't appear to be compatible with a '05 R53.

    Any recommendations or advice would be appreciated.
     
  2. Crashton

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    Welcome to M/A.

    I don't know what code reader you need, but someone will be here shortly to tell you which one does the MINI/BMW secret handshake.

    My guess is that a wheel speed sensor is unplugged damaged or FUBAR in some other way.

    Tell us where you are & maybe someone is close who can help.
     
  3. Dave.0

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    The Bav Tech does everything when connected to a Windows laptop for $179.00 .

    After you get the cable you download the software for free with free lifetime updates.

    You can sell it on here or NAM or Facebook when you don’t want it anymore.

    http://www.bavariantechnic.com/buy.aspx
     
  4. MCS02

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    I have Schwaben by foxwell. It reads all the BWM/MINI codes. I am happy with it but the Bav Tech is probably best.

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    Any links to where you got yours.
     
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    Yes I got it from ECS before I found out the truth about ECS. It was on sale. I think I made around 150. It reads all the codes, will activate systems to run checks, and you can do real time data logging.

    I am sure you can get it from some one els other than ECS. None of our friendly vendors carry it.
     
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    Watch out next thing you know she will have the M5 back together and driving it. You will become obsolete.:D
     
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    No kidding.. she does enjoy driving.. and she is pretty good at it. :)
     
  11. Blasbo

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    Thanks for the feedback. What will the Bav Tech do that the Schwaben won't?
     
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    @Dave.0 would know better than me. But I think it will do everything, even allowing you to code the ECU. It is a a very extensive tool.
     
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    It all depends on what you want a hand held to do versus a Windows based Latop with the ODB cable to do. The hand holds have gotten better over the years. Bav Tech was one of the first to the market back in the first gen years.

    Word of advice, do not buy from ECS they charge crazy shipping and have No support. Buy the FOXWELL NT520 -PRO hand held from Amazon as it will do everything you need on one unit. You can also get support from FOXWELL.


    https://www.amazon.com/FOXWELL-NT520-PRO-Diagnostic-Scanner/dp/B07CB26727/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1550411862&sr=8-10&keywords=schwaben
     
  14. Blasbo

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    Thanks for all the feedback. I ended up getting a Foxwell NT520. So far I'm happy with it. I'll probably like it better once I figure out all the functions. I'm still trying to figure out how to save data and review it. I didn't realize until after I bought it that I could add another make of vehicle for $60.

    It told me both my left and right ABS sensors are bad, so I need to get get the wheels off and see what's going on.
     
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    likely related to the new axles, not the sensors. Those sensors were there before, but you swapped out the axles the sensors read off. Maybe unplugged, but if the wires look good and the sensors are clean (removed with one bolt) I would bet your axles send a signal the computer doesn't like. Did you compare the axles directly side by side after OEM removal to make sure they matched at that end where the markings for the sensor are?
     
  16. Blasbo

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    I didn't do the work myself so I wasn't able to compare. The person doing the work is the one that purchased them. What you are saying makes sense. It seems unlikely that two sensors would both go out at the same time.
     
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    I looked at the receipt and it turns out only the left axle was replaced. I took the wheels off and it turns out I actually do have two broken sensors. The passenger side has cut wires. The end of the driver side sensor was broken off.

    I twisted the wires together and I was able to clear the code on the right side. I took that sensor and put it on the left and cleared that code. I really like knowing for sure what the problem is instead of ordering parts and hoping that will fix it.
     

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