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Old 08-21-2014, 03:59 PM   #1
TheRealLonestar
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Hi guys

I'm a bit freaked out - I just plugged for the first time my brand spanking new obdII wifi device into my STi MY'08, to connect it to my trusty iphone and start playing with gauges and stuff.

Problem - my dashboard now looks like a christmas tree! all lights turned on and blinking, including CEL, traction control, the works... and not coming back to normal after I unplug the interface and restart the engine.

Er... what did I do wrong? Help welcome

Thanks!
Paul
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Old 08-21-2014, 04:33 PM   #2
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I can't say for sure what happened, but sounds like the OBDII device is faulty. I wouldn't plug it back in, you should return it if you can.

Now for getting your car back to normal, you should start with the good ol trusty unplug your battery for 30 seconds and then see if it comes back to normal.
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Old 08-21-2014, 05:07 PM   #3
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Thanks for your answer - that's what I was suspecting indeed, but then I thought "ha, I plugged the obd device in before I switched on the ignition, this might be it". Battery will remain unplugged for the whole night I guess as it's 11pm here now. Time for the ECU to learn new parameters...

Will report about "progress" tomorrow... off to the internet now to (1) open paypal claim and (2) order a proper kiwi...

Thanks!
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Old 08-22-2014, 03:50 AM   #4
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Update after a night of battery unplugged... no change. The engine starts (it did yesterday evening too) but the dash is still xmas tree-like. Lights blinking and pushing on the drive mode light / cruise control interface (which have their LED's blinking) doesn't change anything...

urgent suggestions more than welcome at this stage please, as I'm beginning to REALLY freak out.

thanks in advance,
Paul
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Old 08-22-2014, 05:37 AM   #5
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ok - interestingly the christmas tree disappeared by itself after a couple of engine starts... (wtf?). Still went to the shop to connect an official OBDII diagnostic tool, which said that it showed the system had gone through a full system scan, possibly due to a communication error. Anyways. Off to the bin goes the Kiwi clone, and back to the market to figure out what good solutions are out-there for a non-jailbreak iPhone

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Old 08-23-2014, 12:07 AM   #6
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Have you tried using a standard bluetooth one with using this Jailbroken bluetooth hack

http://iph-apps.blogspot.com/2012/08...ar-obd-ii.html
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Old 08-25-2014, 04:43 AM   #7
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Hi there

thanks for the advice. I'm smartphone-challenged (otherwise I'd have sthing different than an iphone I guess )... but given the availability of bluetooth-based apps and hardware, well I might look into it.


Thanks!
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