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General Discussion / Re: VCM & ethanol
« on: April 26, 2011, 01:34:44 PM »
, does the UG correctly show fuel usage when cylinders are shut off ?   In the case of the 2005 Odyssey VCM engine, that's 3 of the 6 get turned off.
If your vehicle has a MAF sensor, then yes UG will work fine.  If it has only a MAP sensor, then UG has no way to know when its a 6 versus a 3 cylinder, which is necessary with MAP.

General Discussion / Re: VCM & ethanol
« on: April 22, 2011, 11:37:36 AM »
Does the engine have a MAF sensor?

Ethanol has less energy density per gallon and is a poor value.   UG can be calibrated and will compensate for the Ethanol, but if you then fill up with non-ethanol, your MPG will be off.  Stick with good old Gasoline and avoid the trouble.

General Discussion / Re: 11 bit can
« on: March 29, 2011, 08:31:07 PM »
Manufacturer gauges are not standardized and they do not make accessing or decoding them public.   Over time some details do leak out.  This is the case for Ford, GM and the Toyota Prius.  To the extent that other Toyota's follow the prius, there may be some gauges available..... However, I would not count on it.  Assume that there will be no support other than what I mentioned at first release.

General Discussion / Re: 11 bit can
« on: March 29, 2011, 06:30:54 PM »
Only GM, Ford and the Toyota Prius will likely be supported at first.  We will add additional vehicles in time, but not in the short term

I would as well would like to know when the next upgrade is coming out for the UltraGauge. I know on the smart car forum, I was advised that I could send in my UltraGauge to get the UltraGauge reprogrammed so it didn't shut off randomly, but I did not get a response. If I were to send my unit in for the upgrade, I would also want that issue corrected, but if the upgrade is not going to happen for awhile, I would like to send it in to stop the UltraGauge from turning off randomly. Admin, can you please PM me with more on how to send in my UltraGauge to get it reprogrammed and how much it would cost? It would be highly appreciated.
Did not get a response?  Did you create a support ticket?   Create a support ticket and the support team will discuss your options.

Take a look at the support page topics  "Metric" and "Manufacturer specific gauges"

UPDATE:  Metric was released in 2011.   Manufacturer specific gauges has not yet been released

General Discussion / Re: My UG doesn´t start!
« on: March 23, 2011, 10:08:59 AM »
If you have a support question, please create a support ticket

General Discussion / Re: Firmware version/update list?
« on: March 23, 2011, 10:05:41 AM »
When I bought my UG last September (and I LOVE it by the way :) ) there was a page on the site listing the firmware upgrades, dates and additions/changes.  I came back to the site yesterday to see what has happened in the firmware in the intervening months, but that list is nowhere to be found.  Why was it removed and could we get it back?

I've already found that there has been (at least one) useful change in the addition of 'Power-off' setup that I could really use (my UG stays on for up to 10 mins after I turn off the car) - but I found that by mining some of the posts on the forum and then re-downloading the user manual!  That shouldn't be necessary.

Thanks, TS
Look at the revision list on page 48 of the user manual.  There was never any other list posted on the site.

General Discussion / Re: ABS indicator on UltraGauge
« on: March 21, 2011, 03:32:21 PM »
There is no ABS indicator on UG.
Are you talking about the abbreviation for "absolute"

General Discussion / Re: ABS indicator on UltraGauge
« on: March 21, 2011, 12:58:12 PM »
My 2008 Scion XB, barely out of warranty, has an issue with one of the four wheel sensors for the past month.  It's a known Scion issue.   The dashboard has the Brake, ABS, VSC, and Traction Control warning lights on.  The UltraGauge never noticed that problem until today when I had to clear it and re-select the gauges shown.  Now the UG says ABS at the top center of its' display.  I hoped it would tell me which sensor was the bad one, so I could change it myself (since the dealer is a jerk) but the UG claims there are no trouble codes.  My question is, what does the ABS refer to if not the brakes, and if it is the brakes, why does it claim there are no trouble codes?
UG Typically picks up only Engine Codes and Transmission codes.   The Manufacturers are not required to make the non emission codes available.   Also, I would recommend setting "Force Protocol", if you have not done so already.  See the manual for details.

General Discussion / Re: 2006 Ford E350 6.0L PSD
« on: March 13, 2011, 02:32:05 PM »

Does not sound like there is a fix for this either from the sounds of it. Right?
When you see the "Err".  Try turning the ignition off then back on.    Essentially you are power cycling the vehicles ECM.
Its not really much of a cure though.

General Discussion / Re: 2006 Ford E350 6.0L PSD
« on: March 12, 2011, 11:09:53 AM »
WHere did you read that is was supported?
It is on the exceptions list:
Its not the vehicle that is important but the engine.  All 6.0L and the 7.3L Diesel Ford engines seem to have this issue.

As I recall the problem with the Ford Diesel was that the ECM was unpredictable/unreliable.   It would work like a champ and then suddenly stopped responding to various gauges.  Also the Ford Diesel would report that it had a MAF sensor when in fact it had a MAP sensor.   Forcing the MPG sensor to MAP resolved the phantom MAF gauge, but the ECM would still not be reliable.  It became a constant problem so it was placed on the exceptions list.

When you see "Err" it means that either the ECM is not responding or that respone output of MAF or MAP is 0 while the engine is running.  MAF and MAP should never be zero while running.   You can pull up the MAF, MAP, coolant temp, MPH & RPM gauges,  to determine which of these have non-legitimate values.   I suspect you will find that both MAP and MAF are zero.    Note that often "Err" will be seen with the ignition on, but engine not running.   Starting the engine will typically resolve this.

General Discussion / Re: automatic calibration for mpg?
« on: March 08, 2011, 01:18:13 PM »
When you filled up the tank, and then put the ignition to on, UG recognized that the tank had been filled, hence the alert that it adjusted the fuel level to full.

Calibration is completely different and relates to either calibrating the distance/MPH or calibrating the fuel usage.

Please read the calibration sections in the manual.

General Discussion / Re: UltraGauge and SYNC Equiped Fords
« on: March 08, 2011, 10:19:50 AM »


UG remembers all settings, accumulated data, and calibration, even when unplugged.

General Discussion / Re: iMPG with MAP sensor
« on: March 04, 2011, 09:24:12 AM »
Just wanted to confirm that I can get fuel economy readings for my car that uses an MAP sensor instead of MAF sensor.  It's a 98 Corolla.  I had a software gauge that would only work with MAF.  Thanks.
THe 98 Corolla reports both MAP and MAF sensors.  This is unlikely.  One of these is likely a phantom.
Regardless, UG will produce fuel gauges with either MAP or MAF....which ever is real.

General Discussion / Re: Dead Battery Myth!
« on: February 19, 2011, 12:32:36 PM »
my unit turns off when i turn off the key but i have a question still.

i'm a little confused about the power off detect. the manual says the order of preference is 2,1,0,3
however mine is 2,6,0,3 and it turns off when i turn off my truck. the number in question is for the power on detect delay. the unit turns on as soon as i turn the key to ACC. should i leave this setting and wait til my battery dies then adjust or should i change it now?
The potential for battery drain is only associated with certain vehicles.  GM vehicles in the mid 2000's are most notable.  Most other vehicles have no problem at all and the setting is not important.   If battery drain is present, the battery will drain over night.  Note that it is not UG draining the battery, but the vehicle's own systems staying active after ignition off that drains the battery.  However, UG can be the culprit that indirectly causes the vehicle's systems to stay active.   
The default setting is best for most vehicles. 

***  UPDATE   All battery drain issues for all vehicles have been resolved

General Discussion / Re: 2003 Honda Hybrid
« on: February 06, 2011, 09:58:27 AM »
A friend would have ordered the UG but didn't find his engine listed.  Anyone know if the UG works with an 03 Honda Hybrid?

From the estimator utility page:
This utility is by no means comprehensive and is a work in progress, and your vehicle may or may not be listed.  If your vehicle is not listed, it does not mean that your vehicle is not supported.  It only means that currently this utility has no information about your specific vehicle

The other place to look is the compatibility exceptions page:

General Discussion / Re: Custom codes/commands?
« on: February 03, 2011, 10:42:49 AM »
That's pretty quick and thank you for the reply. One last question for will be be informed there is an upgrade? Will it only be on this forum or will there be am email list or a snail mail letter being sent out to all of those that ordered an UltraGauge?
Everyone on this forum will receive an email notification.
There may also be an email sent to all customers that opted in during the checkout process

General Discussion / Re: Trans temp yet?
« on: January 29, 2011, 02:53:19 PM »
Just checking to see if there is any status for the trans temp? I have a ford e350 with a torqshift. Read on the board 1st qrtr.
When released, everyone on the forum will receive an announcement...soon

General Discussion / Re: Outside Ambient Air Temperature
« on: January 29, 2011, 09:38:33 AM »
Gauges such as Ambiet Air temp are passed directly from the vehicles ECM and displayed by UltraGauge.  UG does not interpret the data, it just displays a digital value.   The reading is only as accurate and responsive as the vehicle's manufacturer has decided to make it.   Also, the granularity of ambient air temp is in increments of 1 degree Celsius or 1.8 degrees F.   For example, if you were to cool the ECM down to 0 degrees F and then watched it slow heat up the temps displayed would be  0 --> 1.8F --> 3.6 --> 5.4 --> 7.2 --> etc.

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