When your check engine light comes on, it could be indicating some severe damage to your engine, say a misfire, or it could mean that you didn’t tighten the gas cap until you heard the “click.” The check engine light is frustrating, confusing, and worrisome for many car owners.
The Fixd OBD2 sensor provides valuable knowledge that can take away some of that all-too-familiar anxiety. We’ve taken a closer look at the FIXD OBD2, what it does, and how it can help you diagnose your engine light quickly and accurately.
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What is FIXD?
FIXD is an OBD2 scanning device that fits in the OBD (On-Board Diagnostics) port of your vehicle (more on that later). When your check engine light comes on, it troubleshoots and identifies any issues with your engine. Then, it communicates the diagnosis directly to your phone via the downloadable FIXD app.
Some of the features and specs of this scanner are:
- Unlimited access to over 10,000 manufacturer-specific and enhanced trouble codes
- Continuous monitoring
- Multi-Vehicle control
- Freeze frame data
- Live diagnostic data
- Vehicle maintenance reminders.
- Bluetooth capabilities
- Compatible with iPhones and Androids.
- Measures 1.5 by 0.5 by 1.8 inches.
- 96 ounces
- Read advanced codes (ABS, Airbag, Transmission)
How Does FIXD Work?
One of the best things about FIXD is that it allows the average car owner (so, anyone who isn’t a mechanic) to understand what’s going on under the hood, without having to exert the time and energy it takes to get an estimate from a professional. Not to mention the money some garages charge to simply run the diagnostics that the FIXD scanner can run.
Have you ever seen your mechanic staring at a handheld device while your engine was running? That’s essentially a fancier version of a FIXD scanner. FIXD empowers you as the car owner, cuts out the unnecessary middleman, and puts you back in the driver’s seat, literally.
You can choose to tend to any repairs yourself, or you’ll feel more confident in holding your own when you walk into the mechanic.
A Closer Look at Using FIXD
The first thing you have to do is make sure your FIXD sensor is plugged into the OBD port of your vehicle. All cars manufactured after the year 1996 were fitted with an OBD port to allow mechanics to troubleshoot the issues with the increasingly electronic engines and communicate trouble codes with OBD scanners. So, unfortunately, that does mean if your car was built before 1996, the FIXD scanner would not work for you.
Make sure you’ve downloaded the FIXD app to your iPhone or Android smartphone because the next step is to pair your device. Essentially, you’re syncing your phone up with your car so that the two can communicate. The engine sends the trouble codes to the FIXD scanner, which in turn delivers those codes to your device and translates them to layman’s English.
It’s a game-changer for many car owners to be able to assess what’s wrong with their vehicle confidently. Often, car issues can be resolved with one or two minor adjustments, but most people consider the inner-workings of their car as out of their depth of understanding. With FIXD, you might be amazed to see just how car-savvy you can become.
The FIXD scanner isn’t just useful when something goes wrong; you can see what’s going on in your car in real-time by using the app. With some set up, you can set reminders for yourself when your car is scheduled for maintenance. However, if the check engine light does come on, FIXD will diagnose the problem in real-time, and you’ll receive a notification straight to your phone.
Not only will the FIXD system notify you when there’s a problem and tell you what the problem is, but it will also advise you whether it’s safe to continue driving. This takes a huge amount of anxiety away from the driver. You’ll know right away the right course of action to take.
Design of FIXD & the FIXD App
FIXD is relatively small (specs can be found above) and was designed to fit snugly into your vehicle’s OBD port. It’s intentionally “out of sight, out of mind,” – think, the opposite of your check engine light. FIXD only wants you to know it’s there when you really want to know. It gets its charge from the car itself, so you literally never have to worry about it once its plugged in unless you choose to remove it.
The small but mighty FIXD sensor is capable of detecting up to 6,800 possible causes for a check engine light. Once detected, it will alert you by sending a notification to your FIXD app. You’ll need to be connected to wifi or cellular data for FIXD to function. You can connect your app to multiple cars, but each car needs to have its own FIXD sensor installed.
When you open the app, it will come to a screen that reads “Condition,” with a “Tap to Scan” button in the middle and an icon shaped like an engine above that. Your other options along with the bottom buttons that read “Timeline,” “Wear Items,” and “Logbook.”
Tap the “Tap to Scan” button to start scanning. A green FIXD icon indicates no problems, yellow for moderate issues, and if there is anything seriously wrong with your engine the icon will turn red. In addition to the colored icon, you’ll get a description of the problem, a course of action, and potential consequences if you do not address the issue.
FIXD won’t scan for issues related to any of the other items on your dash, but it does provide users with information on each dash light (such as Tire Pressure, Oil Pressure, or Brake Pads.)
The “Timeline” screen keeps track of your maintenance history and offers reminders based on the activity you input as well as data it’s stored from the manufacturer. In “Wear Items”, you can keep track of the last time you replaced items on your car that need periodic replacing, such as your battery or windshield wipers. Your “Logbook” keeps track of everything – all your scans and the results.
Frequently Asked Questions about FIXD
Here are a few commonly asked questions to consider before using FIXD.
What does FIXD detect?
Every car is different and as we said earlier, an engine light can go off for a number of reasons. FIXD reads the active check engine light. Other lights like ABS and Stability Control are not detected by FIXD. If one of these lights goes on, it’s best to contact your manufacturer for more information.
Where is the OBD port in my car?
The OBD port can differ depending on the manufacturer of your vehicle, but for most cars, you can find it under the driver’s side dashboard, directly over the pedal.
Is it safe to leave FIXD in my car all the time and will it drain the battery?
Yes, it is fine to leave FIXD plugged in because it doesn’t use very much power when it’s not communicating with the app. FIXD recommends unplugging if you don’t use your car for over three weeks.
Do I need to be near my car for FIXD to work?
As long as there is someone with the car running the app, you can use Multi-Vehicle Control to see the status of your car.
Does FIXD work with Windows?
FIXD is not currently compatible with Windows. FIXD requests that if you have Windows, reach out to them directly. Perhaps they’ll design something if there’s enough demand!
Is the FIXD app free?
The app is a useful aspect of FIXD and you can try a free trial. Current prices for the app is around $7 a month or $70 a year. Keep in mind that the app receives upgrades and costs may change without notice.
Overall, the FIXD OBD2 Scanner is a money-saving, time-saving device for the attentive car owner. Our test results left us feeling more than satisfied with the device and its corresponding app’s usability, with our only complaint being the occasional connection issues.
Useful tracking features like the “Timeline” and “Wear Items” make being a responsible car owner more accessible than ever before. And if the inevitable happens, and your car needs some attention, FIXD makes it simple to find the problem and then a solution fast.
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