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Live data diagnosing- basic questions
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Hey. I haven't been here for about 16 years. I'm wondering if this website is still relatively active, and if I can get some help. I remember that people used to talk about hooking laptops to their cars. I've got a 1999 4Runner that's giving me problems and I could use some help figuring out how to diagnose it using live data.

1. Approximately what does it cost to get a shop to run live data?

2. Can live data be saved and stored on a thumb drive or computer (I'm thinking as comma-separated values (CSV) spreadsheet files, that could then be charted)?

3. Can you get an OBDII-to-USB cable and download data to a desktop or laptop computer?

4. What are the basics of using an inexpensive live data "dongle"?
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Virtually any 96 or newer vehicle that I'm aware of can be scanned with an OBD2 scanner. They range in price from $30-ish to the "moon" (Snap-on, etc.) and most - except possibly the cheapest "code readers" - will display live data. Whether or not that data can be saved &/or imported onto a laptop probably depends on the scanner.

BTW ~ As you're probably well aware...... this site is dedicated primarily to the discussion of cars powered by turbocharged Ford "Lima" engines. For discussion &/or help with a 4-Runner, I suggest becoming a member of the many various Toyota forums and inquiring of their members.  <shrug>
Placerville, California
(former)  '78 2.3T Courier w/blow-thru Autolite 2bbl carb ~ (current)  '87 2.3T Ranger w/PiMP’d EFI
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(03-28-2024, 04:55 PM)TurboRay Wrote:  .BTW ~ As you're probably well aware...... this site is dedicated primarily to the discussion of cars powered by turbocharged Ford "Lima" engines. For discussion &/or help with a 4-Runner, I suggest becoming a member of the many various Toyota forums and inquiring of their members.  <shrug>

Hey Ray. I haven't had much luck with 4Runner and Tacoma forums lately. That's why I asked here, and in the off-topic forum.
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