Skip the Mechanic With iPhone Auto Diagnosis Apps

Skip the Mechanic With iPhone Auto Diagnosis Apps

Joel Pirela
Mar 24, 2011

Nothing scares us more than the flashing "check engine" light on the dashboard of our car. There's always that stressful period not knowing if the warning is an indicator of something serious or if the car simply needs a little adjustment. But now you can take the guesswork out of the equation with consumer car diagnosis devices which connect to the on-board computer in your vehicle, translating the ambiguous blinking little light into something more easy to understand.

Maybe the answer could be as simple as to install oxygen sensor, or even a small vacuum line that got loose. With knowledge you will be on your merry way in no time. No more paying the mechanic just to know what's wrong.

CarTrip
What we like about this system, is the ability to connect wirelessly to the OBD via bluetooth and transfer all the data to your phone. You can even re-set "Service Soon" messages. Griffin's CarTrip On-Board Diagnostic Computer Reader is the easy, fun tool that helps you drive more fuel efficiently, save money, and do your part to save the planet. CarTrip's wireless monitor plugs into your car's OBD-II port to record and analyze data from your car's on-board computer, then it displays it on your compatible smartphone using a friendly (and free) little app called CleanDrive.

Kiwi Wifi iPhone Car Diagnostic Kit
The Kiwi Wifi is a plug and play wireless device that connects to your car's OBDII port (right below the steering wheel). Kiwi Wifi comes attached with a 6 ft OBDII cable for easy installation. It also comes with a power switch built-in to prevent the need for having to constantly disconnect your unit from the OBDII port. You can use it in any vehicle born in 1996 or later, whether it's a sedan, truck, SUV, or even a hybrid. Once the device is connected, you can download one of two recommended car diagnostics apps from the App Store and begin to monitor all sorts of stats about your car.

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