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Vectra B And Obd2

Discussion in 'Vectra B Chat' started by Vectra-Arctic, May 24, 2018.

  1. Vectra-Arctic

    Vectra-Arctic Well-Known Member
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    Hi Guys.

    Need some advice from someone who can help me out on this.

    I need to have a portable OBD - OBD2 diagnostic scanner that is easy to keep in the car rather than lugging one of my laptops + OPCOM module everywhere.

    I have just bought an Android phone (nokia) for this task and bought 2 Bluetooth dongles (one of the cheapo Blue coloured ELM327 OBD2 ones on ebay) and one that is supposed to be OBD compliant. Downloaded 2 Apps (Scanmaster and Torque Lite) freebies. Had no problem syncing the Nokia 2 Android phone to both ELM327 adaptors.

    Now this is where the problems start. Both apps fail to get data from the ECU on the car.

    Tried it on

    1998 Vectra B 1.8 16v (both of my cars, One manual and One Auto) R reg.
    1999 Astra G 1.6 8v Auto V reg.
    1997 Astra F 1.6 8v Auto P reg.

    Unable to read the ECU whereas OPCOM is fine on the above cars.

    But the apps worked fine and read the ECU on my 2002 Vectra B 1.8 16v manual 02 reg. So now I'm confused.

    So back to ebay and bought a handheld standalone scanner (circa £20) which is supposed to work with a range of different car manufacturer's.

    That device arrived this morning, so eagerly set about trying it out. Vauxhall and Opel wasn't listed as a Manufacturer but GM & SAAB was along with a Generic Other cars setting.

    Tried the GM. SAAB and Generic options on my '98 Vectra's. Astra F & Astra G and exactly the same, unable to read the ECU's. But it worked on my 02 plate Vectra B.


    Now I thought Vauxhall's from 1996 were OBD compliant and OBD2 came along later. I thought OPCOM (which works on all my cars) was OBD compliant software.

    Anybody out there really clued up on this GM/Vauxhall/Opel OBD compliant business who can offer me some advice before I go completely grey and hairless.:(
     
  2. stewartjay

    stewartjay Well-Known Member

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    Hi mate unfortunately the blue obd devices only work on perhaps w reg and above. I had the same issue with my t reg facelift but no issues in the y reg. Could be the type of software they used at the time.
     
  3. NeilGo

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    Have you been able to make any more progress with this? You could always try giving Jon Shield the boss at Courtenay Sport a call. He is a hard man to track down on the phone and you might have to keep trying but I have found him a wealth of information on the Vectra B and the history of the software.

    The other place you might want to try is CC Tuning https://cctuning.co.uk/ who I've heard are very good and have specialist knowledge for the the Vectra B.
     
  4. Vectra-Arctic

    Vectra-Arctic Well-Known Member
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    No, haven't been able to get it to work on any of my pre 2002 cars, all two bluetooth dongles and the standalone wired scanner work on my 02 Vectra B.

    Fortunately OPCOM works on all my cars so I do have the diagnostics capability for my Fleet, just wanted to not have to take a laptop with me in the cars all the time.

    Thanks guys for your help.

    The search for information continues... :)