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    Best code reader / programmer

    Anyone ever use Auto Engineuity as a scan tool/programmer? I currently use the software on my diesel trucks but wanted to check before I activate the Kia software.
    Would like to check and read codes, reset tpms, program keys, reprogram radio's etc.

    Thanks in advance
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    Is that kind of programming even possible on the Gen-1 Souls?
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    If you're working with a fleet, then I'd say get the China knock off of the OEM scan tool on eBay. I have one and it seems to do everything that the OEM Service Manual says it can do.

    At <$200 it's almost a must have for any DIY Hyundai/Kia mechanic. Needs a laptop though.

    Of course, I don't know what the software you have will *actually* do for Souls or how much it costs, so I can't say which would be a better option. I'm not aware of any way to change the performance parameters in Soul ECU's so if your software allows this please let us know!
    Last edited by Drunken.Swagger; 02-16-2017 at 04:16 AM.
    Well, why not?

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    From a bit of personal experience, I can tell you that building an ECC that will work in any given vehicle can be done in a few days, but it takes a bevy of Engineers months to program it, then tweak and tune it so that the vehicle will perform at its optimum (maximum) performance level.

    So my question is: "What would you change in the Kia Soul ECC?" Just curious.
    Are you an automobile Engineer?

    I heard somewhere that the ECC in the Kia is programmed in Korean. Do you speak Korean?

    There is NO WAY in heck that I would ever futz around with the program in my own ECC. It's doing just what I want it to do.
    It gives me GREAT performance, on cheap fuel, and great MPG, if I just keep my foot off of the GO Pedal.

    Happy Trails!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drunken.Swagger View Post
    If you're working with a fleet, then I'd say get the China knock off of the OEM scan tool on eBay. I have one and it seems to do everything that the OEM Service Manual says it can do.

    At <$200 it's almost a must have for any DIY Hyundai/Kia mechanic. Needs a laptop though.

    Of course, I don't know what the software you have will *actually* do for Souls or how much it costs, so I can't say which would be a better option. I'm not aware of any way to change the performance parameters in Soul ECU's so if your software allows this please let us know!
    so this is a software based scan tool ? is it Hyundai/Kia specific or does it work on other cars also? I'm looking for a software based system that would work for Kia as well as Toyota (as I own both) not looking to change any parameters, just read/clear codes (including manufacturer specific codes), and would like something that can access ABS, transmission, and body modules for code reading/clearing as well....would also like the ability to read data blocks for diagnostic purposes if possible.

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    It was maybe 8 years ago, and I was driving a new Suzuki SX4, and I was reading on the SX4 Forum about guys putting readout gizmo's on their car to monitor engine parameters and also be able to read and reset CEL codes.

    It was on the "MPG Forum" where I found many of the guys had bought and installed the "Scan Gauge II" on their cars and they loved it. It was $159, so I waited for a while and read other testimonials on it. Finally I got up off my wallet and bought one.

    It can display four engine parameters at a time, out of a possible dozen or more. It can also be re-programmed for use in different cars with different engines. It shows me my speed, and I easily calibrated that readout with a GPS unit.
    I like to monitor my speed, MPG, coolant temperature and alternator output.

    Here's the Scan Gauge II in action.



    I just plugged it into the ODB2 socket under the dash, and stuck it in the cubby hole above the radio on my dashboard, where I can easily see it. In the above pic, I folded up a wash cloth and use that to hold the Scan Gauge II in place.
    Watching my MPG in real time (second by second) has helped me become a more efficient driver.

    I've never had a CEL on this car, but if I ever do, I can display it and even reset it with the Scan Gauge II.

    Cheers Mate!
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    Ya know, that's why I go to a Restaurant instead of a Hot Dog stand.
    I read the menu and decide what would be best for me. That's what I did, basically, when I bought my Scan Gauge II, almost eight years ago now. Yeah, there were other gizmo's out there, but I liked the features of the Scan Gauge II, and I could call and talk to the manufacturer.
    I did have to reprogram it, when I went from a 2L engine in the SX4 to a 1.6L engine in the Soul. No biggie!

    Then when I changed the size of the tires on my Soul, I re-calibrated the MPH reading, off of a GPS. Again, no biggie.

    Works for me! And, there's at least one other Soul brother on this forum that has one.

    Happy Trails!

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