Stay in the car when the vehicle is more secure than the thunder?

One summer, always inevitable thunderstorm weather, driving in such weather really worth a good note, especially the lack of novice driving experience. Thunder days, in fact, stay in the car is very safe, it said that some people have done experiments, and proved that car is not only afraid of lightning, as well as “electrostatic shielding” effect can protect the passengers from harm, but be careful Some dangers encountered on the road.

First, the thunderstorm is wonderful to drive less

First thunderstorm days is sure to go outside of thunderstorm days or less open point car good. Although it is proven to be safe, but not afraid of ten thousand, afraid of the event. And although cars are not afraid of lightning, but when hit to, you might be fine, but no one dared offerings to ensure your car is in good condition, was struck by lightning to the car when the electronic components may be damaged high-voltage transient.

Second, do not get off to check the car when thunder

The case if your car accidentally hit by lightning to, and then could not walk, and you should never rush off to check ah. If you want to be brave and want to show you in this moment of “heroism”, then I advise you not good. Thunder when you are sitting quietly waiting inside the car stopped like thunder, and this time the car but your best protection cover, do not fly off the handle, you can enjoy a quiet look at the whole as a person in the world not to Good thing.

Third, do not go to the shelter under a big tree

Many of my friends think thunder days in which the car is not safe, after all, the car body is iron, simply went to the roadside trees for shelter, or a billboard below. If you are to do so, simply set the expense of his own life, ah, you wait for a safe place, but had to go to dangerous places. In case a tree split by lightning or the wind blows down to, it is a rude awakening, in the trees is very unsafe practices, and do not play phone, cell phone antenna is also likely to lead to lightning.

Fourth, thunderstorm days driving the need for attention

Please turn on near light fog also open if there is fog, increasing the visible range of sight, reduce speed and keep a distance from the vehicle in front of the best in the 100 meters or more. After the rain and fog, snow or dust filled the weather, in addition to turn on the fog and reduce the speed, some drivers will get used to open the double flash, actually did not need to, first of fog penetration is much greater than the hazard warning lights, turn on the hazard warning lights followed, the vehicle lost steering prompt, the user turns or if they are too much trouble, and the line to overtake, hastily turning or overtaking very content and traffic accidents after being ignored by car. So non-emergency situation, do not open the double flash.

Automobile Fault Diagnosis and troubleshooting tips

Symptoms of car trouble, also known symptoms, is a concrete manifestation of failure, its essential grouped together, can help diagnose the cause of failures and site to help the driver take corresponding measures depending on the circumstances.
  First, some faults may cause abnormal sound or abnormal sound of automobile engine chassis parts, should be taken seriously, it will easily lead to mechanical accidents. Experience has shown that: where the sound is heavy, and accompanied with the earthquake phenomenon more steep the malignant fault, should immediately stop, investigate the cause. General sound often due to different causes and with different characteristics, in judging, you should carefully check to listen properly resolved.
  Second, the smoke color is not normal for gasoline, the normal exhaust should be no smoke, when the cylinder channeling oil, gas blue; incomplete combustion, black; oil mixed with water, white . Diesel exhaust is not normal, the engine is often weak or not easily launch of epiphenomenon.
  Third, uncontrolled shaking or tremor primarily by front wheel alignment is not correct, crank or shaft imbalance caused.
  Fourth, leakage Leakage is usually even fuel, lubricating oil, cooling water, brake fluid and steering fluid, etc., which should not be underestimated, should be excluded if it is found immediately, otherwise it will cause overheating, burning and so on.
  Fifth, the fuel consumption of abnormal lip material is generally bad engine or chassis adjustment improper. Excessive oil consumption, in addition to leakage reasons, most of the engine malfunction, then add oil mouth is often accompanied by a lot of smoke or pulsating smoke, exhaust color is not normal, mainly due to mainly the piston and cylinder wall the gap is too large or heavy wear.
  Sixth, there is a special smell often dragging brake, clutch slipping when coke smell, engine overheating or oil combustion, emits a special odor; burning when grounding wire short circuit also smell. Driving Once found, you should stop pinpoint the problem.
  Seven cars look more abnormal the reasons from the chassis, suspension, tires and other abnormalities caused. Direction will cause instability, driving wandering, weight transfer, wheels eat tires and other ills. Together, these symptoms are easy to detect, can be excluded should be resolved on the spot as soon as possible, if not, they should contact the repair shop for a comprehensive Attorney.
  Eight condition called mutation mutation conditions, the work refers to the sudden appearance of a car is not a normal phenomenon, which is more common failure symptoms, usually sudden, failing should calmly handle. Common: the engine suddenly stalled after launching difficult, or even launch; reduce engine power suddenly in motion, the traveling weakness; moving suddenly Zhidongshiling or deviation, etc., although this failure symptoms, easy to detect, but it complex causes, and often by the gradual change to mutation, so the case at this time, you should be cool to pull, as no recommendation to the maintenance of the service experience.
  Nine, overheating overheating, usually manifested in the engine, transmission, drive axle and brake assembly. Normal circumstances, no matter how long the car work, which should be kept at a certain total Chengdu temperature. In addition to the engine, if hand contact, feeling hot and unbearable pain, that is an indication that overheating. Description cooling system consists of engine overheating problems, if not removed, will cause detonation, preignition, with weakness, or even cause accidents burning solution.

Volkswagen Audi Bluetooth VAS 5054A ODIS matching step

 VAS 5054A ODIS Bluetooth connection setup steps:
1, The  VAS 5054A ODIS received a car, flashes to indicate the joint has to work, this will be the computer’s Bluetooth adapter found.
 2, Put me to your Bluetooth adapter to the computer’s USB port, XP system will automatically identify and install the drivers automatically. It can be seen in the Device Manager after successful installation inside. See step is to use the mouse to point the desktop “My Computer”, attention is Right. Then Properties, point hardware, point Device Manager. If the top of the pattern can be seen below, says the successful installation of the Bluetooth driver.

How to Use an RS232 Cable to Set Up a Satellite Receiver

Firmware is the utility software that controls electronic components, like satellite receivers, MP3 players and cell phones. Firmware updates are especially important with Free-to-Air satellite receivers. And if you happen to be using an older FTA satellite receiver, you could run into some problems trying to locate satellites or while setting up channels, or you could just experience some navigational bugs. But with the help of an RS232 cable, you can load the latest firmware update for your FTA satellite receiver from your computer.
1.Connect a USB-to-RS232 serial cable between the serial port on the back of your satellite receiver and a USB port on your computer.
2.Flip on the power switch at the back of your receiver and leave the receiver in stand-by mode — only press the power button on the front if it will put your receiver in stand-by mode.
3.Download the latest version of your receiver’s firmware, along with the receiver’s serial upload software –you can find both on the satellite receiver manufacturer’s support site online.
4.Install the serial uploader. Import the firmware update into the uploader utility — click on the utility’s “Load,” “Import” or “File” option to locate the firmware update.
5.Specify which USB port your USB-to-RS232 cable is connected to on your computer — like “USB1” or “USB2,” for example.

6.Select the “Upload” or “Update” option in the uploader utility to send the update to your receiver.

How to Clear GM Codes

No matter what kind of GM vehicle you drive, odds are at some point, a trouble code will be triggered and the check engine light will go on. This is your vehicle’s way of telling you something is wrong and it needs to be taken care of to avoid further damage. While an engine code can be an indication of severe mechanical failure, it can also caused by minor issues. Once you’ve resolved the issue, the engine code will need to be cleared. The process for doing this is the same, regardless of what GM make and model you drive.
1.Open the hood and locate the battery on your GM vehicle. Placement varies depending on your specific model. Generally, the battery is located in one of the four corners of the engine compartment.
2.Use the adjustable wrench to loosen the bolt holding the negative battery clamp on the negative terminal. The negative clamp will be identified with a minus sign and will be connected to a black cable.
3.Wait at least 30 seconds with the negative battery cable disconnected.
4.Reconnect the negative battery clamp to the negative battery terminal and tighten it until it is secure and cannot be wiggled with your hand.
5.Start the vehicle and check the instrument cluster on the dashboard to confirm the check engine light is off. If the check engine light is no longer on, the engine codes have been successfully cleared.

GM Tech 2: How to Clear History

The GM Tech 2 is a scanner that is used to diagnose technical problems with certain GM vehicles ranging from 1992 to 2010. Although using the scanner itself is a complicated process that should be done only by professionals or car enthusiasts with a working knowledge of the scanner, clearing the history data values for testing is a simple procedure.
1Turn on your scanner and select the “Body” option.
2Select “Park Assist Module,” then “Special Functions.”

3Select “Clear History Data.”

Diagnostic Tools for a VW Jetta

The German carmaker Volkswagen (VW) first released the Jetta, a passenger car, in 1979 and continues to manufacture it in 2010. A diagnostic scan tool plugs into your onboard diagnostic (OBD) system and reads the diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs) associated with the vehicle problem you are experiencing. One of the two main types of OBD systems, the OBD-I system, came with vehicles made prior to 1996. This system was car manufacturer specific, meaning that each car had its own DTCs. OBD-II systems, found in vehicles made after 1996, use generic DTCs relevant to all types of vehicles.
The VAG-COM Diagnostic System — made for Audi, Volkswagen, Skoda and SEAT vehicles made from 1990 to 2010 — plugs into your OBD system and uses a universal serial bus (USB) cable to plug into your computer. On your computer, you can download and save vehicle DTCs, or view graphs and logs of vehicle data. Compatible with controller area network (CAN) vehicles, the tool logs vehicle data as your car is running. The VAG-COM Diagnostic System has a database of more than 9,200 DTCs. The kit comes with a carrying case, cables, software CD and adapter, and it is compatible with Windows 98, 2000, XP and Vista. As of 2010, the system costs $599, and the hardware comes with a one-year warranty.
The Baum European Hand Scan Tool, a handheld scan tool with a large display for viewing vehicle data, is compatible with German, European and Asian vehicles, including Volkswagen, Audi, Subaru and Toyota. It works with OBD and CAN systems. Baum offers free hardware setup, as well as technical support in different languages. Contact the company for a price quote on this tool.

The AutoHex tool is compatible with the following vehicles: Honda, Kia, Citroen, Hyundai, Mercedes Benz, Volkswagen, Audi, BMW, Nissan, Peugeot and Toyota. It allows you to run diagnostics on different systems, including your antilock brake system (ABS), engine, air bags and transmission. This tool uses a graphical user interface (GUI), which helps you run commands without having to write codes or programming. It also comes with its own Windows Embedded Compact (CE) operating systems. Its 10.4-inch LCD screen features video graphics array (VGA) color and touch-screen capability. Contact the company for a price quote.

How to Understand OBD-II Codes and Language

On Board Diagnostics (OBD) is a term that refers to the diagnostic and reporting capability of a vehicle. The first OBD protocol was largely unsuccessful, but OBD-II has much greater capability and standardization. The following steps will show how to understand OBD-II codes and languages.
1.Recognize an OBD-II Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC) as a 5-character code. The first character is a letter and the other four are numbers.
2.Interpret the first character as the control system that set the code. The following letters are assigned: B for Body, C for Chassis, P for Powertrain and U for Undefined. Undefined codes are not used.
3.Examine the second character to determine the code type. The digits 0, 1, 2 and 3 are used with 0 being a generic OBD-II code and 1 being an enhanced OBD-II code. The meaning of a 2 or 3 varies by system and is reserved for future use in powertrain codes. A 2 is reserved for Original Equipment Manufacturer use and a 3 is reserved for Society of Automotive Engineer use in body and chassis codes.
4.Use any digit from 0 to 9 for the third character of a DTC. This character indicates the system or subsystem where the fault occurred and its meaning varies according to the control system that set the code.

5.Study the fourth and fifth characters of a DTC. These indicate the operating conditions that caused the code and are specific to the control system. The lowest number are general malfunctions with higher numbers providing more specific information.

How to Read OBD2 Codes

 Since 1996, every car manufactured has been required to have an Onboard Diagnostic system by law. This system monitors a car’s performance and will alert the driver when it detects any problems. The codes can be downloaded and read with an OBD2 code reader or recorded with the help of the “Check Engine” light on the dashboard and a jumper wire.
Things You’ll Need tools:
OBD2 code reader
Jumper wire
Service manual
Use an OBD2 Code Reader
1.Purchase an OBD2 reader from a website like OBD Codes (see Resources below). OBD2 readers are available as personal handheld readers or professional readers for auto technicians. Personal readers are less complicated but will do the job of retrieving and translating the OBD2 codes.
2.Connect the OBD2 reader to your car. Locate the 16-pin female connector inside your car, which is most likely in the foot well of the driver’s side. Link the code reader to the connector with the adapter cable.
3.Wait for the reader to initialize. The code reader will check your car’s computer to find out what protocol to use and then connect. Once the reader has connected, it will read the codes given by the computer and display it.
4.Check your service manual for an interpretation of the code. Although some personal OBD2 code readers, like Innova’s Digital Canobd2 Tool and the Canscan K900 Code Reader, are equipped to display the definitions of the codes, others are not. Low-end personal code readers will only display the code generated by your car’s computer.
Read the Diagnostic Trouble Codes Without an OBD2 Code Reader
1.Locate the 16-pin data link connector. Connect the jump wire to terminals 4 and 9 of the connector. Turn the key to the “On” position without starting the engine.
2.Watch the “Check Engine” light. This light will begin to flash in specific patterns to indicate a 1- or 2-digit Diagnostic Trouble Code. The flashes will be long for the first digit, short for the second digit and blank if the digit is 0.
3.Record all the codes given. The “Check Engine” light will display the codes in sequence and then keep repeating them in order. Refer to your repair manual to check for the meaning of the codes.

The Best Car Diagnostic Tool

All cars made after 1996 are required to contain an onboard diagnostics (OBD) port. Diagnostic codes are sent through the vehicle’s computer and read by diagnostic tools plugged into the OBD port. These tools are used by automotive technicians and automotive parts stores. Parts stores will usually charge for such a service. Diagnostic tools are not cheap but they are an investment that can save hundreds of dollars in do-it-yourself vehicle repairs. They can also save money and headaches when buying a used vehicle.

Car MD
Car MD has some good features to offer in the way of auto diagnostics. Trouble codes can be uploaded to a personal computer through the Car MD website. This website reads the codes and provides recommendations, lists of parts needed, and an estimated cost of labor and repair.
Car MD could be a shady used car salesman’s worst nightmare. It can be plugged into any vehicle that was made in 1996 or later. Run a diagnostic test on a used car before buying.
Prices are always subject to change but right now the Car MD website is offering this product for around $100 (, 2009).
Reports by the nonprofit agency reveal that while this tool does work as promised and is a value at the price, consumers will get more out of similar but more expensive diagnostic tools (, 2007).

Pocket Scan
The Pocket Scan CP9125 made by Actron is at present a bit more expensive than Car MD but according to it is a better diagnostic tool. Its superiority comes from the fact that, in addition to running diagnostic tests and making the results understandable for a novice, it is also capable of resetting the “check engine” light. Car MD does not offer this feature. This tool is on the smaller side which makes it easier to fit into place on some vehicles.

Innova 3130
The Innova 3130 scan tool is at the high end of the price scale. This is a volatile and fairly new business model, so prices could change radically in the future, particularly given the current car market, but the creator of this tool is currently selling it for around $300 (, 2009). One of the features that makes this device worth the price is the all-in-one display screen. The manual is available for online viewing prior to purchase and it comes with an instructional DVD. This unit can be updated through a personal computer.