I recently got a scangauge for the Everest, and figured I’d share my experience with it and confirm whether it is something worth investing in. The model I have is the Scangauge II, which also includes an x-gauge feature that allows you to pull data on sensors specific to the make and model of your vehicle too, by custom programming codes into it.
In the box, you get the scangauge itself, which has a side mount and rear mountable ethernet style connect to the display unit, and then a cable that runs to connect to the OBD-II port on the vehicle. It also comes with some velcro patches that you can use to attach the gauge wherever you want. I found these to be very good at keeping the scangauge locked into place.
In the case of our Everest, the OBD port is hidden behind the fuse panel, so I had to gently unclip it to enable the connection with the panel closed.
Once the vehicle accessories are on, the unit powers up and starts doing its thing. You can then set parameters and customise the display and gauges very easily.
The thing that excited me about the Scangauge are as follows:
- Ability to track and measure
- Boost pressure or MAP
- Speed (including the ability to correct speed if you’ve changed wheels/tyres). I used a GPS to determine speed, and then conservatively adjusted the settings to mirror it.
- Fuel useage and mileage (and cost if you want to input the data)
- Battery voltage
- Engine load
- Coolant temperature
- Throttle Position
- Revolutions Per Minute (RPM)
- Intake Air temperature
- And many many more.
The gauge can display up to 4 different sensors at once, which I found very useful. Where it gets really exciting though is that with the x-gauge feature, you can program a range of other sensors from your make and model to get additional information.
For me, given I was towing with the Everest, I wanted to know the transmission temperatures. Easy – All I had to do was go to the scangauge website, lookup the relevant make/model and then I got a list of additional sensors I could track for my vehicle. From there, it was a matter of simply entering in the code given and naming the gauge and then I could monitor that additional sensor.
The other thing that is great about the Scangauge is the ability to clear error codes, which is great if you are stuck out bush and get an error code. With the technology that runs modern engines, I consider this very important.
The other thing I love about the Scangauge is that you can customise the screen colour to suit your preference. There are plenty of settings to adjust how often the data is updated, and even to tweak settings.
On a recent trip I did to North Western NSW, understanding the coolant and transmission temperatures was very important to me. I found that without towing, the coolant temperature on our Everest generally sat at about 89 degrees C, and the transmission temperature about 85 degrees C. When towing, the coolant temperature varied from anywhere between 89 and 99 degrees celcius, sometimes under long and sustained load it rose to 102 degrees. On the transmission side, it sat between about 95 and 99 degrees, with the highest temp I saw jump to 105 degrees.
The great thing about this data is that it showed that the transmission temps were stable and workable – the system never got too hot for comfort, although at the temperatures it maintained, I’ll want to change the transmission oil more regularly given the operating temperature with a trailer.
I was also interested to see how much boost the bi-turbo Everest was running. It turns out that it runs about 22-22.5 PSI, which was actually lower than I expected for the size of the bi-turbo engine.
Takeouts for the Scan Gauge
- Highly customisable unit that allows you to change what you are measuring and tracking real-time, and also to show up to 4 different gauges at once.
- Compact unit which has flexible mounting options
- Space saving – all gauges in one place
- Ability to clear error codes – great if you are remote and need to reset things (although we’d recommend finding and printing a list of error codes before you leave civilisation).
- Only for vehicles with an OBD-II port
RRP – $279.00
We love the Scan Gauge so much we’ve just added the it to the Safety Shop. To celebrate the addition of this product to our shop, anyone that purchases by Wed 06 August will get it for $249.99.You’ll need to login or register for the Safety Shop to get access to this pricing!