Saturday, July 28, 2012

ScanGauge II

The ScanGauge II is an automotive computer designed to read and display information about your vehicle in real time.

All that's needed to do is plug the ScanGauge II into your car's OBDII port using the included cable, turn the ignition key and wait for the ScanGauge to automatically connect to your cars internal computer.

The ScanGauge II allows you to troubleshoot your own car, read error codes, and the conditions present when the error occurred. You can also turn off the CEL and avoid those costly trips to the mechanic.

Display 4 gauges at a time from the 12 built-in digital gauges, this information is presented in Real-time!

Tracks four sets of trip data - Each with 11 individually stored parameters.

Other Features:

Easy Installation
Easy to Operate
Automatic Power Control
Settable Backlight Display Color
Saves Settings

For a more comprehensive list of features, check out the official ScanGauge II website:
ScanGauge II

Thursday, July 12, 2012

ATX Transmission Fluid!

When refilling the power steering fluid in your Mazda 6, it is important that you use ATX transmission fluid as stated in the manual, and NOT power steering fluid. It should also be noted that for Mazda 6's with an auto tranny, there is an "MV" on the trans dipstick, that DOES NOT indicate that those cars take Mercon V. That symbol indicates that your car takes Mazda 5 (AKA M5) transmission fluid. M5 is a specific mazda grade fluid that can only be purchased from a dealer or company that has the ability to order Mazda genuine parts.

Don't be afraid to mod your car!

According to the Magnuson-Moss Act of 1975, the dealership must prove the modification to your car caused the failure in order to void the warranty. For example, they can't deny coverage of a failed clutch by saying your aftermarket HID kit caused your clutch to fail, but they could claim your 8lb aftermarket flywheel contributed to it's early failure and rightfully void the warranty on your clutch. Also note that some dealership service departments will refuse to do warranty work on a car that's modded, but aren't actually voiding the warranty, they're just refusing to work on it. In cases such as that, it's best to just find another dealership that will agree to work on your car.