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Old 10-02-2014, 08:21 AM
Alex1118 Alex1118 is offline
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JBD Diesel Tuner / CAN Tool Questions

Hey guys!!

I am looking at buying a JBD Tuner. Had a few questions about the aforementioned "CAN Tool" I hear about when reading about the tuner.

I remember a few months ago when I went to add a JBD tuner to a cart that I was prompted to buy the CAN Tool. Can't remember the website. Well, I've been unable to locate this.

What exactly is the Can Tool? Is it like VCADS for VW/Audi? Just a dongle to hook up OBD ---> Computer?

Is it a necessity to have in conjunction w/ JBD Tuner?

My 335d has about 82-83k on it. I would assume I'm on the higher mileage end of the spectrum? Off hand, does anyone know the highest mileage on this board? I am a sales rep and put around 30k on my car a year. This thing is a DREAM to drive on the highway. I want to keep this car as long as possible!

Thanks so much.

Alex


PS, if it does in fact hookup to a computer, is the software Mac/Apple compatible?
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Old 10-02-2014, 06:19 PM
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It is a rudimentary code reader intended primarily for near realtime nuisance code resetting potentially caused by the JBD. I use it with the JBD at full boogie and have never seen a code, at least one that actually generated an instrument cluster or Nav display warning.


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Old 10-04-2014, 08:18 AM
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What exactly is the Can Tool?
Plugs into the JBD port. Has a single button. Uses the turn signal lights and the speedo as the display. Button allows you to
(1) initially setup the device (NOTE: have not done);
(2) read codes (NOTE: shows how many codes exist and then displays them one at a time, one digit at a time. You need to mentally convert the 10-12 to HEX A-C. It does not display the 5 digit codes typically preceded by a P. I know little about this latter format)
(3) delete all codes (NOTE: it seems to delete all codes readable by the CAN tool; don't know about ALL codes);
(4) can be set to auto-delete certain codes (NOTE: I don't use this so can't comment on what it does or does not do)
(5) apparently can give you an upshift light for RPMs greater than 6k-7.2k, configurable. Not terribly useful for 335d.
(6) apparently can hijack some gauges (NOTE: have not tried this)

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Is it a necessity to have in conjunction w/ JBD Tuner?
Not mandatory but for me quite useful to quickly reset codes to escape limp mode without shutting down and to read codes. I have had about 4-5 limp modes in 30k miles. I run JBD at 100%.

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My 335d has about 82-83k on it. I would assume I'm on the higher mileage end of the spectrum? Off hand, does anyone know the highest mileage on this board? I am a sales rep and put around 30k on my car a year. This thing is a DREAM to drive on the highway. I want to keep this car as long as possible!
Ditto.


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PS, if it does in fact hookup to a computer, is the software Mac/Apple compatible?
Looks to me like an enterprising programmer could possibly do something with the physical interface; don't know.
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