Known problems with china clones of ELM327

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welbo
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Re: Known problems with china clones of ELM327

Post by welbo » Sun Dec 11, 2016 1:54 pm

My clone of the ELM 327 worked initially. Before I modified it, it reported information off of the HS CAN bus and OBD data. After my initial modification, it reported MS CAN information as well. However the switch I used was too big so I changed it to a smaller switch and now Forscan reports it is a "Bad clone" and it does not work at all. The 'AT' commands listed in this post all return non-error results. The pins and wires have proper continuity from the connector to the PIC chip controller when tested with a meter, in both switch positions.

I think my modification must be the first change to look at. Is there a specific 'AT' command or test I can do to confirm communication with the MSCAN or HSCAN bus? Is there a way to bypass Forscan's proclamation that it is a bad clone so I can continue to test it?

welbo
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Re: Known problems with china clones of ELM327

Post by welbo » Wed Dec 14, 2016 2:08 pm

I rewired my ELM327 clone modification and the unit works properly now. Forscan only returns one unknown command in the log. Is there any way to tell which command is unknown?

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Re: Known problems with china clones of ELM327

Post by Pendaws » Mon Feb 13, 2017 11:06 am

Hi there, I am a new member of this forum and would like to ask a question regarding these cheap units.
I got one and it was a WiFi one but, when I linked to it from my laptop, it found the unit okay but won't function
with Forscan, I tried 2.36beta, 2.25beta and 2.28beta but each time ended up with the same response from FORscan.

I am going to return this unit and am looking at getting another unit through Ebay that is said to be for Aussie cars.
I have a 2003 BA Falcon and just want to programme my keys for it and this cheapie one isn't going to do it so,
will this USB one from Ebay be a better buy? it says it has been modified and is for Ford/Mazda.

Any help would be much appreciated.
Problem with cheapie
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Aussie one, worth buying?
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Re: Known problems with china clones of ELM327

Post by duytshz » Sun Feb 19, 2017 6:29 pm

Pendaws wrote:Hi there, I am a new member of this forum and would like to ask a question regarding these cheap units.
I got one and it was a WiFi one but, when I linked to it from my laptop, it found the unit okay but won't function
with Forscan, I tried 2.36beta, 2.25beta and 2.28beta but each time ended up with the same response from FORscan.

I am going to return this unit and am looking at getting another unit through Ebay that is said to be for Aussie cars.
I have a 2003 BA Falcon and just want to programme my keys for it and this cheapie one isn't going to do it so,
will this USB one from Ebay be a better buy? it says it has been modified and is for Ford/Mazda.

Any help would be much appreciated.
Problem with cheapie
forscan.jpg
Aussie one, worth buying?
s-l1600.jpg
I buy in the store, the quality is very good https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm=a2 ... t=1#detail

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Re: Known problems with china clones of ELM327

Post by sbisson_117 » Wed Feb 22, 2017 4:39 am

Pendaws wrote:Hi there, I am a new member of this forum and would like to ask a question regarding these cheap units.
I got one and it was a WiFi one but, when I linked to it from my laptop, it found the unit okay but won't function
with Forscan, I tried 2.36beta, 2.25beta and 2.28beta but each time ended up with the same response from FORscan.

I am going to return this unit and am looking at getting another unit through Ebay that is said to be for Aussie cars.
I have a 2003 BA Falcon and just want to programme my keys for it and this cheapie one isn't going to do it so,
will this USB one from Ebay be a better buy? it says it has been modified and is for Ford/Mazda.

Any help would be much appreciated.
Problem with cheapie
forscan.jpg
Aussie one, worth buying?
s-l1600.jpg
I just got this one, will let you know how it goes.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/272026924589

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Re: Known problems with china clones of ELM327

Post by SoNic67 » Sun Feb 26, 2017 4:24 pm

I agree with the first post. I have bought two adapters some years ago and they work great still.
Starting with last year I keep trying to buy another adapter, tried 4 different types, and none of them cannot read Ford protocols anymore. Some might work in a Hyundai Sonata (ISO protocol), but with issues (not reading all the sensors correctly, like the MAF).

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Re: Known problems with china clones of ELM327

Post by 1995E » Tue Mar 14, 2017 3:29 am

I have an ELM327 I just bought that uses bluetooth only and it keeps stopping when FORscan tries to read the ACM module. It read it successfully once. I was able to change a few parameters but now it keeps crashing when trying to read the ACM and will not initiate module programming anymore. :( I only had this thing for 2 hours. Is there a link to reliable ECM327 sellers? Or should I just buy an OBDLink MX? Thanks!

Nevermind, solved my own issue by buying an OBDLink MX bluetooth. I should have looked at this post before buying a bluetooth ELM327.

A note here: Don't buy the OBDLink MX wi-fi as some buddies of mine said it's barely working with FORscan for them. I highly recommend the OBDLink MX bluetooth and directly from the manufacturer.

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Re: Known problems with china clones of ELM327

Post by Maca » Sun Apr 30, 2017 5:08 am

I wrote a ELM327 tester that cycles through most of the commands to see what works.
There are some commands that are not tested but should give a good indication on what commands are available.
Although it might be fine (perhaps someone with more experience than I can answer), please do not run while attached to a car. This means that only certain USB connected devices should be tested for now.

Youtube Video of the software working -> https://youtu.be/ADl7YvnIY-I
ELM327 Tester download link -> https://www.dropbox.com/sh/t6jdm6b27yrz ... LGb4a?dl=0

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Re: Known problems with china clones of ELM327

Post by Patata » Tue May 09, 2017 8:42 am

Hi. What Elm327 will be better the PIC18f2480 or 18f25k80? I want to use this with Focus mk1 tdci. Regards

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Re: Known problems with china clones of ELM327

Post by Chasen » Mon Jul 17, 2017 6:42 am

China ELM327 Vgate Scan Advanced OBD2 Bluetooth Scan Tool(Support Android And Symbian) Software V2.1
http://www.uobdii.com/wholesale/elm327- ... -tool.html

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