Dealing with the frozen windshield washer fluids

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Windshield washer fluid is blue colored. It contains an anti-freeze to prevent it from freezing in cold weather. According to some professional car mechanics, the blue colored windshield washer fluid sitting in the bottle could have a fair amount of water mixed in.
First of all many windshield washer fluids only protect to a few degrees below freezing. Often this is the $.99 cheap stuff that you might find at your local big-box retailer. Heavy duty fluids can cost a few dollars more but if you live in a cold environment this could be money well spent. When you take your vehicle in for an oil change and the shop is responsible for topping off the fluids all too often they stretch the cheap and weak windshield washer anti freeze by adding water to it. It still looks blue but doesn’t have the protection from freezing like when it was full strength.

We all want washer fluid too squirt out when we hit the Obd2 scan tool. Sometimes this is really important so that we can see out. Another bad side effect from the fluid freezing up is damage to the windshield washer system. When water freezes it expands a lot. Most of the system that distributes the water across a windshield is made of plastic and rubber. These items can be damaged when the water freezes and expands.

Fixing frozen windshield washers
The first thing we do is to get rid of the old fluid and install fresh stuff at full strength. There are several ways of accomplishing this. You can even go nuts and install a fluid heater (available below) a must for Alaska residents. Here’s how I do it. I have a hot air blower that I can plug-in and focus on the windshield washer bottle and hoses. The hot air circulates around the frozen fluid and eventually it will be defrosted.

There are other ways to thaw out this fluid such as using a heating pad that you stuff in and around the reservoir bottle. Heat rises so the lower you can get the warmth the better you are because it will radiate upwards. Once the fluid is completely defrosted you should be able to operate the washers and get the warmer fluid up into the lines eventually this will clear the ice. You want to operate the washers for only a few seconds or a minute. Running the pump against the frozen ice for several minutes could actually damage the pump itself. Give it a few seconds to rest in between activating the system.

An even better way to handle this situation is to remove the reservoir bottle from the vehicle and take it inside the house and put it near a heater vent. You can place it in a bucket or pan so you don’t get water all over the house. The problem with this is some vehicles make it really hard to remove the reservoir.

Some cars and trucks it’s a simple matter of removing a couple of 10 mm bolts and it comes right out, so this will depend on your make and model. If you’re able to remove the bottle you can also flush it in hot water and this will only take a few minutes to completely melt all the ice.

If the bottle is easy to install and remove you can fill the bottle with piping hot water and use this to flush the ice out of the lines and nozzles. You can then remove the bottle again completely drain it and fill it with full strength windshield washer anti freeze. In the end the trick is to first melt the frozen fluid and then get rid of all of it to be replaced with the real stuff at full strength.
Testing the washer or system

Many windshield washer problems were caused by restrictions in the fluid lines or nozzles. This can be caused by ice that we have been discussing throughout this article but it can also be caused by debris and dirt that finds its way into the washer bottle. To check for restrictions you can remove the hoses from the pump and operate the system. If the pump ejects a stream of washer fluid than the fault is further forward in the delivery system.

You can reconnect the lines to the pump and disconnect the rubber hoses at the next juncture. When you get to a location where the fluid does not come out the problem is before where the hose was disconnected. I have seen mechanics use compressed air to diagnose the system and it really doesn’t work well because shop air can be at 90 PSI whereas the wash system is designed to run on low pressures such as 3 to 10 PSI. Not only can you damage the hoses with compressed air but they will usually blow off at the plastic connections and this won’t help find the clog.

The only thing we haven’t covered yet is the windshield washer pump itself. If you disconnect the rubber lines from the pump and you operate the switch and you hear it run yet not fluid comes out the pump could be bad. It might also be clogged. You can remove the pump from the fluid reservoir or wherever it’s located to perform a closer inspection. If you hear it run and no fluid comes out at least you know that the electrical part of the system is functioning properly as in you have a good power and ground. The Car ECU Programmer pumps themselves are not expensive and you may elect to replace it and retest.
I hope you found this article helpful and that you take a minute to share it with your friends or family that might also have a problem with frozen windshield washers. There is nothing worse than driving down the highway after a snowstorm and having that gray mixture of muddy water, snow, salt, and whatever else your County throws on the roadways kicked up onto your windshield and not being able to wash it clean so you can see. I’m working on another article about other problems in this system. You can head back to the Auto ECU Programmer homepage to see if it’s up yet.

How does an OBD 2 connector work

The introduction of the use of the on board diagnostic scans OBD II Scanner had only one primary purpose of regulating the amount of emissions coming into the atmosphere. The problem was so serious because of the prevalence of some fault ridden cars on the road
How does an OBD 2 connector work

the OBD 2 scan tool provision of possible vehicle fault solutions

However, with time, the purpose of the on board diagnostics has drastically changed and the second generation scan tools known as the OBD 2 has been a classic case. The OBD 2 is not so much different from its counterpart which preceded it as the OBD 1.

Like in most cases of the on board diagnostics, the tools are made into two categories which are the scan tools and the readers. The OBD 2 scanner and reader are no different as they serve the primary purpose of getting to the root cause of the vehicle fault.

What has come out in the recent past with the universal application rule on the diagnostic tool manufacture, which made the OBD connector tools to be universal in nature, is the increase of coverage in terms of areas it reads

The scope of work of the Professional Diagnostic Tool has also increased. In fact, the tools are now enabled to work in areas including the provision of possible vehicle fault solutions.
Where is the connector found?

The OBD connector is an area within your car engine system which allows for the connection and reading of the eventual data by the OBD scan tool user. In the old car versions, it was placed somewhere on the car dashboard. However, in the modern car, the OBD 2 connector is found below the drivers’ seat.
the OBD 2 connector

the OBD 2 connector is found below the drivers’ seat

Of note is that the OBD connector of modern times is not the removable type and may be made to be part and parcel of the car operation system some are made into small computer chips with large capacities and installed on the car engine computer motherboard.

These installed devices may be called data logging devices and are important in keeping the air safe as well as keeping the user safe from the law and harm. The technological advancement in itself has made the development of OBD 2 connectors the in-thing which requires very little space and is quite convenient to the user.

This is in itself making the OBD 2 connector of the modern time hands free device with no need for the user to connect to the engine at all the times. It is additionally worth noting that this is the brain behind the majority of Bluetooth and wireless OBD 2 devices which are gracing the market today.
The fault code system

The on board diagnostics is a complex phenomena which is shrouded in the use of codes. These codes are divided as the manufacturer specific and the generic codes. The manufacturer specific codes as you will notice are found in specific car brands which would call for use of diverse OBD 2 device if you happen to have many cars.

This problem was what the new generation scan tool regulation came to solve in one single swoop with the introduction f the Auto code reader. In this respect, the ability of the scan tool to display the codes is one step aimed at getting to the problem. Depending on the fault, the codes run into millions.
Importance of the OBD 2 connectors

The legal provision and the overall use of the onboard diagnostics (OBD 2) in itself have shown how the devices are important. Some of the areas which have been seen to matter in its working are;

The measurements, regulation and protection of fuel misuse through the fuel economy interface.
The connectors are an important aspect in car safety and use
It is an environmental protection tool as can be seen with the environmental protection agency (EPA) regulations.
Its use enables the car users to be legally abiding citizens as it is regulated and a must have on cars made from 1996 onwards in the United States.

How the connector works

When the OBD 2 tool is connected to the car data connection port, which is the point of connecting it below the seat, it may be powered directly from the engine or be switched on from its own source.

The connection is usually established by dialing the dialing pads and the user either downloads the tool software if it had not been used with the car engine computer. However, the Bluetooth connectors would work by establishing this connection remotely
How the connector works

the OBD 2 connector is simply the tool itself including its accessories

Apart from the other areas, the connector has 16 pin USB connections with each meant to have a connection t different car engine areas. The power connection is one of these. The uniqueness of the pins is that they are color coded for differentiation purposes

The connector with its diverse features is enabled with a system of establishing the car engine trouble codes. The presence of the trouble codes alone initiate the switch on of what we call the car engine illumination light (MIL) or just the check engine light.

These are the codes which we had looked at. The trouble codes are diverse in number and the user may be required to interpret the meaning of each of the codes. Some of the connectors like the wireless Bluetooth ones have the capacity of giving the interpretation of each code making their use quite interesting.

The operation of the OBD 2 connector is a complex affair in itself. It is in some cases enabled to provide the solutions and then give the car user the desired feedback whether the car is now in good condition with the switching off of the check engine light.

In a nutshell, the OBD 2 connector is simply the tool itself including its accessories. In most instances, the presence of the car computer, a USB cable for ease of connection and a power source are some of the primary requirements in any OBD 2 connector use.

Some of the OBD 2 connectors are found to have the convenience of using the batteries while others rely on the car power system. It is against that backdrop that you will encounter as a user the diverse areas where some devices are called standalone devices.
Conclusion

The areas in which the OBD 2 connector covers are wide and may not be covered at once. It is an integral part of the car engine with most of the tools bought over the counter depending on the taste of whoever is going to use it.

What remains clear is that the operations of the Launch X431 is a unique one which is bound to change as the innovations continue to role. Newer connectors are likely to be enabled to get more readings from the car system and enable the car use have more enjoyable safe rides. Have yours to see how it works!

Knowing the OBD faults

The use of cars is a continuous process and the OBD fault codes are scattered across all the faculties of the car. These car fault codes are usually programmed systems within the car engine to aid with the car identity. When these codes show up, an area of the car is not in order.

Knowing the OBD faults

The car OBD system comprises the manufacturer specific code system which is pegged on the information gotten from the manufacturer and are usually specific to the given car brand. This was the biggest dilemma faced by the old generation scans.

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The generic codes are usually standard codes and spread across the car brands these codes are helpful in determining certain car faults which may run across almost all the car brands. Most of these codes are fed into the OBD computer memory as the data trouble codes (DTCs)

With the standardization and the subsequent use of the OBD2 Scanner, the process of knowing the fault codes has been rather uniform. The codes are made to display on the OBD screen with the turning on of the malfunction illuminating light/ or the malfunction indicator light (MIL) acting as the primary basis for action.

For its standard nature, the second generation diagnostic devices are enabled to work across several car brands. It then makes them to be able to give just uniform results in all the car brands. That was the primary aim of the society of automotive engineers (SAE).

The DTC codes

The OBD fault code system or the DTC is quite diverse and may not be exhausted in one given text. Each of the manufacturer specific and generic codes which are fed into the OBD 2 system has got its own specific meaning.
The manufacturer DTCs

Some of the manufacturer specific codes usually seen on the car OBD screen display include;

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The DTC p0176-p0199 -sensors which are dealing mainly with issues to do with the car circuit performances and the temperature within the car engine.
The manufacturer DTCsThe DTC p0 100–p0199– dealing with areas to do with the car airflow, the pressure functions, the temperature functions and the circuits.
The DTC p0200- p0299 -which concern themselves with areas to do with the car fuel consumption, regulation and the area of speed these are important in helping regulate the fuel economy of your car
The DTC p0300-p0399- concerned with all the areas of the ignition switch, the misfiring functions and the possible solutions
The DTC p0400-p0499- which is mainly concerned with the car emission controls. It is a major area of the car OBD 2 system where the emission control plays the major role. This fault code checks on the exhaust gas circulation, flow and anything in short or excess.
The DTC p0 500-p0 599– is usually concerned with the speed controls and is easily seen on the display when the speed goes above the expected. This fault comes in the form of air control, idling checks, starters and the immobilization keys. it also regulates how the car picks speed
The DTC p0700-p0899 -which is usually faulting codes concerned with the vehicle transmission system. Most of the areas covered dwell on the vehicle range sensors and the electrical relay systems within the car engine.
The DTC p0600-p0699 -which are concerned with checking whether the car engine computer system is in its correct state. When the memory or just the data saving module is not functioning, you are bound to notice this with the code appearing.

The generic fault codes

However, of note is the fact that the appearance of the diverse generic diagnostic codes has aided the process of car diagnostic scan use in a great deal. For instance, among the several millions of the generic codes some of them which we can lay our hands on include the following;

The P2000 Series– which are concerned with the car power train areas. These are usually advanced codes and they have diverse manifold readings. In particular, the control of the fuel use can be seen with specific diesel filter efficiency codes.
The P3000 series– are in particular concerned with the diagnosis of the power train malfunctions within the car and helps with the control of the areas of intake with the control valves of the exhaust being within its radar.

The diversification of the obd2 code reader is in itself a significant show of how wide the OBD fault codes are.  Without just a proper model of the OBD tool, which may in some cases be the Bluetooth ones, scanning may still go to naught.

With these codes, the correction process of the car system becomes quite easy. However, it may not be easy to the mechanic when the OBD language is also not set to be within the universal language of the area of repair.

The on board diagnostics is an installed system which works on its XTOOL when connected. But in all, having the data displayed on the screen is worth the effort, if you have to apply any.

The 5 Top Reasons You Need an OBD Scanner On Board

Many things that can go wrong with your car, even if it’s brand new. Sometimes an engine component will malfunction, and you’ll need to understand what’s happened to get it fixed. That’s where an OBD scan tool comes in.

The Best obd2 scanner is a tool that mechanics, auto parts stores, and vehicle manufacturers use to test the mechanics and computer functions in a vehicle. The tool is plugged into your car or truck, then it scans the system for errors.

After that, the scanner provides detailed information so you know how to repair the problem. Sometimes, it’s as simple as ignoring the error message because it was triggered by mistake; other times, it indicates a serious issue with your engine.

Whatever the result of the scan, your OBD tool will give you valuable peace of mind as you drive. With winter in full swing and uncertain road conditions, the last thing you want is to be stranded in the cold.

In many situations, you’ll be very happy you invested in a handy scanner. Here are five of the biggest.

1. Check Engine Light Turns On

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If you paid attention during driver’s education, you’ll recall there’s a variety of lights and indicators on the dashboard, but the scariest is the check engine light. When that indicator blinks on, you were told to pull over as soon as possible and get the problem diagnosed.

Typically, you need to head to the nearest mechanic shop or auto parts store to check the error code and plan for repair. There are a couple of problems with this approach, however.

The first is that you may be in a remote location without a store nearby. It could also be a weekend or the middle of the night, when none of these facilities are open.
You run a risk of damaging your vehicle if you continue to drive it with the check engine light on. In some cases, it could be a non-immediate problem such as a loose gas cap, but in others, it could be your spark plugs, which can lead to more serious damage the longer you drive.

When you have an OBD scanner, you can diagnose the problem wherever you are, whether a freeway shoulder in the middle of nowhere or your driveway. You can read the error code and learn whether it’s safe to drive the car to a mechanic, or you should call a tow to prevent further damage.

The check engine light is not something to trifle with, and your OBD scanner will give you quick and accurate answers.

2. Cold Weather Concerns

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When the temperatures drop below freezing, several things can happen to your vehicle. The battery can die, gas caps can loosen, and your tire pressure can go haywire.

These conditions can cause all sorts of warning indicators to light up your dashboard, including the check engine light. Obviously, that’s cause for concern.

You can make sure your vehicle is in tip-top condition for driving with an OBD scan tool. Any time a warning light flickers on, you’ll have the tool stored in your glove compartment for easy diagnostics.

It will check for key indicators like warning lights, fuel system pressure, engine temperature, exhaust emission levels, throttle response, idle speed, and other key metrics that can show problems in colder temperatures.

Then you’ll know what to have repaired and whether the vehicle’s safe to drive.

3. Your Car or Truck Dies in the Middle of Nowhere

Usually, if your vehicle dies during a long drive, you won’t know the exact reason. By popping the hood, you’ll only see problems that are on the surface. Usually, you need diagnostics to see something deeper.

An automotive diagnostic equipment can help. Although it might not render specifics about the cause of a malfunction, it can clue you into such things as fuel system pressure and battery levels. It will give you information that can be useful for determining your next step … and in some cases, you may be able to fix it on the spot.

4. You’re Strapped for Cash

The average American spends around 1.5 percent of annual income on auto repairs. That averages to about $600 per car in the U.S., but the number is just an average.

Many people end up spending thousands for vehicle repairs in a year because their vehicle is older and needs more care. The sad thing? Many of the most expensive vehicle repairs can be fixed at home if the owner has the right tools and a decent YouTube tutorial.

mercedes benz star diagnostic tool is one of those essential tools, and you can get a decent one for as little as $20. If owning such a tool saves you $600 on car repairs because you were able to diagnose the problem and fix it yourself, you’ll be more than grateful you made the initial investment for a scanner.
5. Manufacturer Recalls

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It’s always a little unnerving when you receive a letter or phone call from your vehicle manufacturer that reports a mass recall of your vehicle’s make and model. Usually, the recalls involve a small and harmless malfunction, but occasional outliers could inflict serious harm on you and the car’s occupants.

Your OBD scanner test for the problem. You can determine whether you should be concerned about your vehicle right away or it can wait a while for the repair. Some factory recalls can take months to address, and you don’t want to drive a car or truck that could “blow up” at any moment.

An OBD scan tool is not only a practical investment, but it buys you peace of mind. For less than $100, you’ll have a car repair tool in your arsenal that will save you money and clue you in on potentially serious issues.
Contact the Scan Tool Center for More Information Today!

At the Scan Tool Center, we’re big supporters of purchasing a scan tool to keep in your vehicle. We recognize some of the problems that may occur if you don’t have the proper diagnostic and repair tools.

That’s why we’ve created a collection of reviews and quality information on scan tools and what they offer. For more background on the top BMW ICOM, contact us today!

Autel MS908P Authorization Check Failed Error Code 3 (Solved)

This is the solution of “Authorization Check Failed” with error code 3 on Autel Maxisys Pro Diagnostic system.
error message:
Authorization Check Failed!
Error Code 3 as below

Causes:

If you changed language, you can get this error

How to solve MS908P Authorization problem:

connect to the internet

log in PC Suit upgrade tool on networked computers

Obtain authorization automatically

If this serial number to determine the corresponding Autel ID, you can contact technical support queries.

Any further question,please kindly contact our customer service

Email: sales@obd2tool.com
website: www.obd2tool.com

What do you know about Launch X431 Pro

Having a Bluetooth Obd2 scan tool is one of the most exciting things that could have ever happened in anyone’s life. That is especially when you have been struggling with most of the plug- in devices which in most cases leave you your clothes with a good serving of grease. However, depending on the quality of the Bluetooth device in question, you may be at a loss whether you are in the right place.

The Launch X431 Pro from Launch, a direct and improved replacement for the popular X431 Diagun III & the X431 IV, This tablet-style car malfunction diagnostics device has been based on and specifically designed for Android operating systems, allowing users to download any Android software and work with a familiar user interface.

Incorporating the best in already existing Launch diagnostic tools, the Pro can read and clear DTCs, read a car’s data stream, perform actuation tests and much more, at lightening fast speeds. Moreover, the X431 Pro can be perform diagnostics effectively on cars manufactured in Europe, America and Asia, and is completely compatible with all of their individual software.

The Launch X431 Pro has been designed to connect vehicles and workshops, with wireless and bluetooth connectivity. A built-in social network service enables users to connect to a community for help with diagnosis, while remote diagnosis is possible with golo option. Users also have access to a car database and repair tips, allowing for faster and more efficient performance.

Choosing the Right OBD-II Scanner

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If you own a car that was built after 1996 and you do any kind of work on it, either to save money or just because you enjoy getting your hands dirty, then an Obd ii scanner can be a valuable addition to your toolbox.

However, that doesn’t mean that every backyard mechanic should head out and drop $20,000 on a high end scan tool from Snap-on or Mac.

Do-it-yourself mechanics have a lot of less expensive options to explore, so you’ll want to check them out before you make a purchase. For instance, a lot of parts stores will actually check your codes for free, and you can find a lot of diagnostic information for free on the Internet. In a lot of cases, that might be all you need Car Diagnostic Tools.

If you want a little more flexibility, there are a number of cheap scan tool options you can check out. Dedicated code readers that also provide access to PIDs are one option to look at, and you can often find a decent one for under $100. Another option, particularly if you have a decent Android smartphone, is an ELM 327 Bluetooth scanner, which is a cheaper path to essentially the same functionality.