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Old 12-02-2014, 10:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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new scangauge 2 came in the mail

Hey, so I bit the bullet and cut my grocery bill to afford a scangauge (college will do that).

Got to look over the manual real quick the other night, look forward to setting some of the stuff up. Biggest question I have is-do I have to run it low before I fill up for the first calibration or does it matter? I know the second calibration is done at 1/4 tank but it doesn't say when the first is.

Any tips or tricks on getting started are appreciated, this thing is what more capable than I thought it'd be.


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Old 12-03-2014, 01:18 AM   #2 (permalink)
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well today i plugged it in just to try it out, set the gauges to mpg, average mpg, rpms and mph. I definitely know it isn't reading the mpg right, said i averaged 22.5 on a 30 minute highway drive tonight (i drive a 2004 civic lx 5 speed and generally average 38-42 a tank based on my fill up/miles driven calculation). Hoping to read up on it and get it calibrated and such tomorrow.
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The calibration of the tank will take several fillups of the tank, anyway. It is also important to set the Cutoff at ~4 above the zero throttle position - look at the TPS when the engine is idling and warmed up, and then set the Cutoff to about 4 higher.
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1) About those low MPG numbers, did you enter your engine size?

2) Set your "Fuel Type" to "Hybrid" if you ever stop the engine to save fuel (either simply turning off at long lights, or if you ever kill the engine when coasting to a stop.

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The calibration of the tank will take several fillups of the tank, anyway. It is also important to set the Cutoff at ~4 above the zero throttle position - look at the TPS when the engine is idling and warmed up, and then set the Cutoff to about 4 higher.
Good info for the cutoff setting. Pretty sure my tps reads like 10 at warm idle though. Going to double check it tomorrow and really figure this out. Is this how it reads "9999" when in DFCO?? Because mine never reads that and, in fact, reads lower than when I coast in neutral.

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2) Set your "Fuel Type" to "Hybrid" if you ever stop the engine to save fuel (either simply turning off at long lights, or if you ever kill the engine when coasting to a stop.
I switched mine and it works great! Keeps much better track of mileage because it can factor in EOC miles, great tip!!
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ok well i set the engine size and the other setting 4 above the idle reading (which was 9-so i set it to 13). Now it seems like i'm getting much more realistic readings. I'll have to turn it to hybrid mode as i did coast with it off a few times/turned it off at lights and noticed my mileage average dropped slightly. Mounting it is the next challenge along with proper fuel tank calibration, i kind of just held it in my steering hand hah, i didn't want to take my eyes off it. Thanks for the advice!
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The Speed setting also affects the MPG; which is actually the odometer. There are three ways to calibrate this: measure a route in Google Maps and drive it with Trip B in your car set to measure the distance, and adjust the distance accordingly. You can use a GPS unit, if you have one, or you can drive on a highway that has measured miles (and 1/10ths) and reset the Trip B just as you pass a mile marker, and then drive far enough to get an accurate estimate of the odometer accuracy.
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The Speed setting also affects the MPG; which is actually the odometer. There are three ways to calibrate this: measure a route in Google Maps and drive it with Trip B in your car set to measure the distance, and adjust the distance accordingly. You can use a GPS unit, if you have one, or you can drive on a highway that has measured miles (and 1/10ths) and reset the Trip B just as you pass a mile marker, and then drive far enough to get an accurate estimate of the odometer accuracy.
I'm having a hard time finding how to adjust the distance, would it be in trips somewhere?
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More > Setup > Speed

Then use the upper left or right button (I think) to change the % correction value.

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