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popimp 06-16-2007 04:45 PM

Scan Gauge 2 How it works
 
Can someone explain to me how the SG2 works. I'm electronically inclined so a technical explanation is ok also a watered down version wouldn't be bad either. I know the SG2 gets it's info from the OBD2 computer which get's it's info from the various sensors. But how does it calculate MPG and gallons to empty, etc... Thanks for the help

diamondlarry 06-16-2007 05:11 PM

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Originally Posted by popimp (Post 58701)
Can someone explain to me how the SG2 works. I'm electronically inclined so a technical explanation is ok also a watered down version wouldn't be bad either. I know the SG2 gets it's info from the OBD2 computer which get's it's info from the various sensors. But how does it calculate MPG and gallons to empty, etc... Thanks for the help

The SG doesn't actually measure fuel used to calculate mpg. It calculates mpg by taking engine size and an assumed 14.7:1 air-fuel ratio and measures the air used. On my SG1, I used to tweak the mpg readout by adjusting the engine size if the SG's mpg was different from the calculated. This is partly why an SG doesn't work on Honda's with lean-burn mode such as the VX or Insight or HCH I with a 5-MT.

Bill in Houston 06-16-2007 05:16 PM

I thought that EVERY car went away from a stoichiometric ratio (to a leaner ratio) at certain low load conditions. Is that not true?

diamondlarry 06-16-2007 05:27 PM

The ECU will always try for 14.7:1 even though the engine may want/need something different.

88HF 06-16-2007 05:37 PM

diesels can lean out a lot more.

JanGeo 06-16-2007 06:05 PM

I thought it read the injector pulse width from the ECU and calculated fuel usage from that.

88HF 06-16-2007 06:59 PM

maybe this will help...

http://www.scangauge.com/support/pdfs/SGIIManual.pdf

cfg83 06-17-2007 12:36 AM

Hello -

One thing I have noticed with other OBDII readers (like the CarChip) is that they also only monitor 4 values at once. This leads me to believe that the OBDII "bus" can only place 4 "instant readout" values on the bus at one time.

No proof, just observation.

CarloSW2

davidjh72 06-17-2007 04:43 AM

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Originally Posted by cfg83 (Post 58777)
Hello -

One thing I have noticed with other OBDII readers (like the CarChip) is that they also only monitor 4 values at once. This leads me to believe that the OBDII "bus" can only place 4 "instant readout" values on the bus at one time.

No proof, just observation.

CarloSW2

A cool upgrade to the SG2's firmware would be the option of it automatically cycling through user-selected gauges, just like some digital watches allow for auto-cycling between date and time. That would save FE nerds like me from constantly cycling between the gauges and trip data screens.
Shouldn't be too hard for the wizards at Linear Logic.

Ron, are you listening?

Bill in Houston 06-17-2007 04:54 AM

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Originally Posted by diamondlarry (Post 58713)
The ECU will always try for 14.7:1 even though the engine may want/need something different.

Reeealy. Wow. I was positive that all cars went a little leaner at low loads in order to bump up FE. Thanks.


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