A car is one of the possessions that requires more attention due to the wear and the deterioration of the different components that are part of its structure, which over time can cause the appearance of failures in the systems linked to the electronics and the engine if they are not treated properly.
One of the most likely failures to occur is that related to the engine control units (ECU), which is notified through the engine light on the dashboard. This represents a mechanism in the ECU to indicate that there is a fault in the system.
If this happens, you should not take it as a sign that your vehicle has irreversible damage. You should act quickly on the problem and be able to crack the cause of the fault code so you can solve it and prevent further damage to the engine.
In this respect, smartphones and tablets can help you determine the source and meaning of the diagnostic trouble code (DTC)
How? Through an adapter compatible with OBD2 Bluetooth and Torque Pro, an application that you can have the opportunity to download for free.
Learn more about this engine diagnostic application and how you can take advantage of its features from your Android or iOS device to get a complete report of all the failures that may be affecting the system that runs the engine.
What do you learn here?
Torque Pro is the name used to designate an application designed to run on Android OS devices for the purpose of testing the performance of a car.
In this sense, Torque Pro has features that allow its users to access the information generated by the many sensors connected to the Engine Management System. In addition, Torque Pro gives you the opportunity to monitor the engine control units (ECU) present in the car, as well as eliminate diagnostic trouble codes.
At the time of commissioning the Torque Pro application it will require a Bluetooth OBD 2 adapter, which must be connected to one or more OBD 2 engines or the ECU. To track the logs Torque Pro uses the GPS.
There is a wide range of OBD adapter devices that you may have the ability to use with the Torque Pro application: from top of the line adapters like the OBD link 426101 to low cost OBD scanning tools like the FOSEAL ELM327
It should be noted that OBD adapter devices are a key element in the vehicle diagnostic process, since when used in conjunction with Android devices they facilitate communication with the vehicle’s engine control units.
In the case of the Bluetooth OBD2 adapters, Torque Pro makes use of them to establish communication with the different sensors involved in the engine management system, as well as other elements related to the vehicle’s electronics, including ABS and sensors in the airbag and wheels.
Using the functions in Torque Pro you can obtain data from the sensors, the On-Board Diagnostic (OBD) fault codes, which is simply a report of the vehicle’s self-diagnosis.
The first thing you’ll need to do is locate the OBD2 port on your vehicle and connect an OBD2 scan tool such as the BAFX or Foseal. Usually, the OBD2 port is built into the driver’s side, specifically into a panel under the steering wheel.
Then, insert the key and turn it to Ignition or Accessory, making sure not to start the engine.
Then pair your Android or iOS device with the Torque Pro app via Bluetooth. Click on the Bluetooth icon on your Android or iOS device to activate it, and then click on the Search for devices where the OBD2 adapter should appear to select it.
If a password is required, insert 0000 or 1234. This should allow you to access the adapter.
Then click on the Torque Pro application icon to start its interface. You are done.
Torque Pro is an application that has a lot of features that will work in your favor to allow you to know in depth the state of the vehicle, such as:
It should be noted that Torque Pro has been developed to work on vehicles using the standard OBD2 protocol. This takes into account vehicles manufactured after 2000 and a wide range of vehicles manufactured after 1996.
In case you are not sure if your vehicle is OBD2 compliant you can check it by observing the engine compartment in which you should find a label with the OBD2 designation.
Android device users who wish to have the opportunity to download Torque Pro 2020 can do so through the official Google Play store. It should be noted that you must purchase the application as a requirement to access the download.
In case you don’t want to get the Torque Pro application by paying through the Play Store you can get Torque Lite, a free version of it by downloading the APK file outside the official Android store.
Please note that this version may contain small bugs that can prevent the application from working when accessing the engine control units (ECU) in some Nissan, Chrysler and Subaru vehicle models.
To do this, first go to your Android device settings and enable the Install from unknown sources option to allow the download and installation of Torque Lite on your device.
Once you’ve done that, the next step is to download the APK file for Torque Lite version 1.2.22.
Once the APK download is complete, go to the folder where it is stored and click on it to start the Torque Lite installation process.
When the installation is complete you should see if the Torque Lite icon appears on the main screen of your Android device. If it does then that means that the Torque Lite installation has been successful and you will now have the opportunity to open it and take advantage of its features.