Why The 'Check Engine' Light Must Be Banned

It's pretty easy to dismiss the "check engine" light as just stupid, because, well, it is. I suppose if you thought that the cause of smoke coming from under your hood had something to do with the floor mats, then, sure, the "check engine" light is handy, but beyond that, it's useless. But that's not the real problem.… » 1/17/12 12:30pm 1/17/12 12:30pm

Jalopnik Holiday Gift Guide: Actron Pocketscan Code Reader

If you drive older cars you're going to find yourself in a situation where you are nowhere near home and a check engine light suddenly appears. What does it mean? Is it just a bad spark plug? Is your engine going to explode? That's where the Pocketscan OBD II Pocket Scan Code Reader comes in handy. For around $90.00,… » 12/03/07 12:30pm 12/03/07 12:30pm

When Big Brother Is in the Mirror: Car Chip E/X

On his Cool Tools blog, Kevin Kelly profiles the Car Chip E/X, a nifty device that allows drivers to download precious info from a car's electronic pancreas brain. The chip plugs into a car's interior OBDII interface and can record up to 300 hours of driving data, making it a kind of e-spy you can use to rat on… » 10/17/05 6:23pm 10/17/05 6:23pm