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Inexpensive Scanner for Trans Temp?

Discussion in '5th Gen 4Runners (2010+)' started by josephp732, Jun 21, 2022.

  1. Jun 21, 2022 at 6:30 PM
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    josephp732

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    Does anybody know any inexpensive stand-alone scanners (I don't want to use my phone with a dongle) that will read real-time transmission temperature data?
     
  2. Jun 21, 2022 at 6:35 PM
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    Thatbassguy

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    I think either the "Scan Gauge" or "Ultra Gauge" can show transmission temperature. They have their own screens. I don't have either one, but they seem like nice products.
     
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    wsu_runner

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    I'm a fan of Ultragauge. The MX version in relatively inexpensive and can come pre-configured for transmission temp.
     
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    I did read a few threads about "Scan Gauge" and it does look nice, but I was wondering if any of the handheld tablet scanners in the same price range also work?
     
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  5. Jun 21, 2022 at 7:09 PM
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    Hopefully more people can chime in. I have no experience with any of them. I thought the Scan Gauge was the type of product you were looking for.
     
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    I had a scan gauge in my Subaru Outback a few years ago and I can say they are very useful. Had to put one in to monitor engine temp, as for whatever reason it didn’t have a engine temp gauge built in. Anyway, you can program them to display just about any info you could ask for. Hp, trans temp, engine temp etc all in real time (I have no idea what info is available for 4Runners). And “programming” is very simple. You just enter in different codes found on their website based on the info you want displayed. Would highly recommend looking into it. I think I got mine for around $150 2 years ago.
     
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    I have the Scangauge II and it reads trans temps with the X-gauge feature, which you program in in about 3 minutes. Great little tool for about $150 on Amazon, just have to figure out how to mount it. It allows 4 gauges at a time, but they can be changed on-the-fly.
     
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    The Foxwell scanner has been pretty intuitive to use. It's a bit slow when pulling the set-up data from the car, but once you build out the menu of items to live data monitor it works really well. I like the ability to graph data points in real-time. There are a lot of data points to choose from including some interesting things like starter cycles. My 4Runner had zero codes and really good short-term fuel trim with almost no adjustments.

    As for monitoring some of the fluid temperature's. I picked coolant, engine oil, trans temp 1 & trans temp 2 (I didn't know we have two transmission fluid temperature sensors). I did about 30 mins of local in town stop and go driving with the A/C on Max and the truck in 4WD hi, out side temp was 88 degrees -- I was trying to put a little stress on the system.

    Here are the results:

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    Do you plan to mount it somewhere, or would it only be used occasionally? The ability to store and graph data is a nice feature.
     
  13. Jun 27, 2022 at 4:47 AM
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    I am going to only use it occasionally like when towing or going off-road. The OBD2 cable connects to the top of the scanner and is pretty thick making this unit not ideal for permanent mounting. I will probably get a temporary mounting system - maybe something from RAM. The graphing and ability to save data is a nice plus. You can move and/or print the saved data from your PC/Laptop. For ~$165, it's a pretty good diagnostic scanner. Maybe some day I'll spring for a full bi-directional scanner....
     
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    Scan Gauge mounted on some angled metal fixed in the lower cubby hole.

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    I really want to like the scangauge but it looks terrible IMHO. Just not a fan of something like that where a little updating to the display could make a world of difference. Every time I revisit the idea and look at it I say NOPE!
     
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    I can't say I disagree, but the simplicity and size make it ideal (for me). It provides the info I want, and since dash space is already kind of limited, it can be put in a spot where you only need to glance every so often to get the necessary info.

    Here's mine (sorry for garage pic), but it's ideal for my purposes (center left in photo).

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  17. Jun 28, 2022 at 3:02 PM
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    They made a touch screen SG3 now.[​IMG]
     
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    I know you said you don’t want to use your phone but it’s a good looking display. I use an OBDII dongle and an iPhone app to monitor sensor temperatures. Not all the time but as needed, it runs in the background. Phone is in a holder above the radio. Just flip to that screen when you want to take a look.
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    Read about it here, start at post 66:
    https://www.4runners.com/threads/transmission-fluid-change.21290/page-3#post-330167
     
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    It goes with my pixelated display in the gauge cluster.
     
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