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Scan Tool for the Elise?

Iíve googled around and searched on the forum and donít see a direct hit Ö where can I find / purchase the official scan tool / code reader for our car, hopefully at a decent price. Related to this, can a generic code reader do a decent job for the non proprietary engine related OBD2ish engine error codes?

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I have a Mongoose, it reads codes / resets / data logs, it's a great tool.

Re: the proprietary Lotus tool, I can't help you there.

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I have a Mongoose, it reads codes / resets / data logs, it's a great tool.

Re: the proprietary Lotus tool, I can't help you there.
Hmm, thanks ... mind providing a link to that or model number? Just to clarify this will allow you to clear out error codes, correct?
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i've been looking for a good scan tool as well. there seem to be a lot of options and not a lot of info. Laptop based software packages are fine by me. I found autotap and a few others, but its hard to know what to pick!
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Iíve googled around and searched on the forum and donít see a direct hit Ö where can I find / purchase the official scan tool / code reader for our car, hopefully at a decent price. Related to this, can a generic code reader do a decent job for the non proprietary engine related OBD2ish engine error codes?

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The proprietary scan tool kit is really expensive and as far as I could tell only has the added options of flushing/bleeding the ABS system, reprogramming ECU and doing ECU dumps. None of these I really need.

I got an Actron OBD II AutoScanner Plus, Model CP9180 at Sears on sale for $120. It reads all the codes and clears them, has an O2 sensor test capability and other nice features such as internet updates.

It works great for my needs and I can use it on my other vehicles.

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Definitely not the proprietary tool you're talking about, but still interesting

RLS & Innovate OT-2 OBDII...
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Thanks Wayne ... sounds like that'll do the job for routine stuff. Hey, do I understand correctly that to bleed / flush our brakes fully we need to trigger the abs actuator??
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Hey, do I understand correctly that to bleed / flush our brakes fully we need to trigger the abs actuator??
That's correct.

The Lotus Scan Tool has a routine that opens and closes the various ports/solenoids in the ABS unit to allow brake fluid to be bled and flushed.

If you don't have the Scan Tool, you can achieve the same thing by bleeding the brakes, taking the car out on the road and braking hard enough to engage the ABS. Do that several times, then come back and rebleed the brakes.

PITA, but cheaper than a Scan Tool.

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I have an INNOVA Model 3100 OBD2 CAN Diagnostic tool. It is great for the Do it yourselfer like me. I have used it on the Elise and it links up to the ECU fast and easy and can show you codes for the MIL. It does not have the ABS capability. But there are various other models like Model 3160 etc. Here is a link that shows you some ideas for the various models and features.


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I have the PLX Kiwi ODBII wifi with my Ipod Touch running 3 different apps: Dash Command, FuzzyLuke and Rev.

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PITA, but cheaper than a Scan Tool.

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Yeah, that's the same drill with newer BMWs too. Good idea on a work around but not too practical. How's this ... I can't imagine that gizmo holds that much fluid. I'd say just flush the fluid we can and then flush again maybe a month later?

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But there are various other models like Model 3160 etc. Here is a link that shows you some ideas for the various models and features.
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Thanks, I'll check it out to see if they have one that cycles the ABS.

I need to find some sorta solution or reasonable compromise given the number of track events I do per year.
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Does anyone have access to a tool that *will* cycle the ABS and/or perform an ECU dump? (I bet the Lotus scan tool is the only thing that fits the bill.)

If so, send me a PM--we can eavesdrop on what it's doing and build something cheap/simple that replicates the functionality.

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i bought my INNOVA at wallyworld a few years ago.
i think i saw them, there, again recently.
mine works well.
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I use it with PCMSCAN software: http://www.palmerperformance.com/pro...scan/index.php

Yes, reads and clears codes too.

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If you want to get out cheap and don't mind a very basic and crummy-looking unit, the cheapest Harbor Freight one works on our cars. Reads and erases codes, and reads monitor status. Regular price is sixty bucks; sometimes on sale for thirty.

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The scan-tool interface is under the middle of the dash, correct?

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Yep. The code reader port is Black and under the center of the dash ... right under the Heater / air con switches.

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I have this too. Just used the Kiwi/ITouch to read and reset my P0351 code. Pretty neat and easy to use. I have Palmer Performance Dash Command from Intunes. Have not tried Rev or FuzzyLuke.

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The scan-tool interface is under the middle of the dash, correct?
FYI, by federal regulation, the OBD-II port has to be easily reachable while sitting in the driver seat on all cars.




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Factory Scanner

Can someone please tell me what scanner lotus uses.

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