In the middle of the summer and holidays it is one of the moments when the car is used the most Whether you go two weeks or just a weekend getaway, check how the vehicle is is essential for your safety. If this is your case, or if it has happened to you that you just had a breakdown in the middle of the trip, we will bring you an application that allows you to connect your mobile phone directly to the car and make a diagnosis of all your systems. This is Torque
OBD (On Board Diagnostics) is an on-board diagnostic and monitoring system in vehicles such as cars and trucks. Nowadays cars use OBD II, the second generation of the system capable of detecting electrical, chemical and mechanical failures that can affect the level of vehicle emissions, and which has variations for the European and Japanese markets.
Usually The OBD2 connector is usually found in the driver's feet, center console or under the passenger seat, and it can be connected to the diagnostic machine in different ways, the most used being Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or USB, leaving the old rs232 connection behind. In the case of high-end mobiles, it is enough to buy the obd reader and install the application to use the phone as a powerful diagnostic machine.
This is what the Torque app does, connect directly to the car and analyze it to see where exactly the fault is, the problem or the breakdown. With Torque we can know the state of the engine, if you have problems with consumption somewhere, reading of CO2 emissions, etc. To connect it is necessary the OBD connector, which buying it through the Network will not leave us for more than 10 euros. Torque has a free version and another PRO with more features, and you can Download it from here for Android.
The app itself notes that “Some vehicle control units can support more or less functions than others”, Torque needing a Bluetooth OBD2 adapter to work and works on any vehicle that supports the OBD2 standard (most vehicles built after 2000, but can be used on some vehicles from 1996 onwards). In case of doubt, these are the brands compatible with the application:
- GM / Vauxhall / Opel