When it comes to tools and accessories for you car, nothing is more useful than a device that will help save your car from a disaster. One of these devices is the OBD-II monitor that helps you keep track of your vehicle’s vitals when you actually want to know them: in real time.
This isn’t just your run of the mill scanning tool that pulls up codes. You’re getting an actual reading in real time coming directly from the car’s computers and sensors. It can help you figure out information like what your intake air temperatures are and how far off your speedometer is, all in live real time.
You can keep the monitor mounted in a visible spot and select which systems you want to keep track of, giving you some peace of mind when it comes to your car’s vitals. There are also system that can monitor and give input on airbag and traction control systems as well.
The UltraGuage model is an improvement on the Smart Fortwo, as the Fourtwo doesn’t give a coolant temperature gauge, which is inconvenient because that means the car’s computer doesn’t turn on the coolant temperature light until after the engine is so hot that it can get close to warping its head. You never want to have a cooling system failure, but if you do and you don’t have an immediate light to let you know, you’ll only find out there’s an issue once your car is totally dead.
That’s why a monitor like the UltraGauge is so helpful. It can also scan for the Check Engine light in a few simple steps. This is especially useful when buying a used car, as you only need to plug it in, wait, and then check out the codes that you receive from the monitor. It’s great to vet out cars you’re interested in buying and also checking your own car before heading out on a long drive.
It’s a great way to get into your car’s “mind.” What’s also great about the monitor is that it’s not bulky and won’t intrude on your driving experience. There are also bluetooth dongles available that will you feedback directly to your smartphone via an app. The Torque app is an especially useful one, but there are plenty of options so you can choose one that suits your needs.
Having any kind of monitor installed will help you keep your car and its passengers safe. If you can get a real time reading of the car’s vitals, you won’t have to worry about something going wrong and not having any idea that it’s happening at all.
The best reason to invest (and they’re not even a huge investment) in a monitor is knowing that by taking this simple step, you are huge progress in keeping everything under control. So what are you waiting for?