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Anybody using an OBD I tool for data logging?

Discussion in '2nd Gen 1991-1996 1.9L SOHC' started by Marvin, Aug 5, 2019.

  1. Marvin

    Marvin FEOA Member

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    Just wondering if anybody knows of or uses a scan tool capable of performing data logging for the old OBD I standard. I know the NGS tester can do it but they are still like $400 on eBay. Looking at the listings it's also questionable if the testers come with the correct card for the older stuff. Any recommendations?
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    focus2000 FEOA Member

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    I know the snap-on MT2500 shows a data stream of the various sensors on the EEC-IV escorts but they are still fairly expensive at 100-250
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    zzyzzx FEOA Member

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    Not me. Are you trying to solve any specific problem?
    Reason why I am asking is because last time I was having as issue where I wish I could read live data and record it and play back later on my Escort, I simply used the process of elimination to determine what was wrong and replaced that particular item and it solved my issue.
  4. Marvin

    Marvin FEOA Member

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    I was an advanced drivabilty tech for Ford years ago. I am just spoiled, lazy and used to diagnosing and knowing how to look at all the numbers to find a problem even when codes are not set. For instance lack of power and seeing the wrong baro reading instantly knowing it's a MAF problem. Being able to clean the MAF and verifying a correct reading afterwards. Seeing instant fuel trim and O2 reading changes when spraying carb cleaner to find vacuum leaks. Would have came in handy to test my cooling fan issue to know the PCM is currently trying to run the fan and what temperatures the car is seeing. Sure you can run jumpers to force the fan to run but it's just easier to know the PCM has everything commanded on and check the voltages with a test light to see the point of failure. Finding misfires with a power balance test is so dang easy.

    I have a collection of Ford older stuff, not just the Escort. ABS light on in my Mustang. What I am certain is a torque converter shutter in both my Town Car and Explorer. But I would like to see the slippage by reading the RPMs inside the trans before pulling it out and replacing the converter. Especially since I have 2 of them to do. Lucky me lol.

    In the past I had access to all the Ford equipment. But it's gotten to the point that even my friends are no longer in the business so I no longer get get my hands on stuff. Just getting hit with lots of annoying things at the time with my cars and figured it will be worthwhile to buy something. Especially since my 16 year old kid is buying project cars and is going to a tech school starting this year.
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  5. JamesGarfield

    JamesGarfield FEOA Donator

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    Hi Marvin,

    Sounds like you've been a professional Ford tech for a long time.

    Bet you've got some great stories you could tell.

    Would love to hear 'em if you'd wanna post them up here sometime.
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  6. Marvin

    Marvin FEOA Member

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    JamesGarfield, what kind of stories are you looking for? I worked with some raunchy people and seen things you should not see in the workplace. Or are you looking for the hard to fix basket cases?

    One time we got a used car in from the auto auction. A tech was doing the inspection on it for used car certification when he found some odd foil on the exhaust manifold. He removed it and found that it had a t-bone steak in it and at an unknown date somebody must have used the cars exhaust to cook it. He thought it was funny so he was just walking showing everybody what he found. He got to one of the service advisers and before the tech had the chance to explain anything the service adviser said "yum steak" and quickly grabbed it and shoved a large chunk of it in his mouth. After that we simply called that service adviser by the nickname "Tbone".
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    JamesGarfield FEOA Donator

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    Yeeaahh, that's the kind of stories, thanks.

    Basket case stories are good too. My own Escort was inherited in such condition.

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