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A new way to monitor transmission temperature - 07 or newer

Hey, Ive been a forum member for a couple of years now (though I had to change my user name) and I was looking for a way to monitor my transmission temp on my 2007 Commander without drilling, wires etc.... If you have an Android smartphone (or not..see the end), you can get an OBD II bluetooth Elm327 adapter cheap (yea, it's chinese but it works...) on ebay or other sites and use a program called DRIVE from the Android marketplace (search "Transmission Gauge").

One thing though...your jeep (or other Chrysler/Dodge) has to be 2007 or newer (it uses the CAN protocol). For more info, see www.drive02.com

If you don't have an android phone: This is what I did for my neighbor.. search ebay for android phone "bad esn" 2.1 ,where you can't use the phone service but you can use the wifi to download the app from the android marketplace and use it on the phone (no monthly fee). Try to avoid AT&T bad esn because some block the marketplace for some reason.

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Good post. Thanks for sharing the info. The AT&T market view does not have the program. If you can find the apk file then you can manually load it.

Looks like there are several other ODB2 programs available that have more features.

I think I'm going to pick up the Elm327 bluetooth adapter to play around with.
 

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Good post. Thanks for sharing the info. The AT&T market view does not have the program. If you can find the apk file then you can manually load it.

Looks like there are several other ODB2 programs available that have more features.

I think I'm going to pick up the Elm327 bluetooth adapter to play around with.
Somebody finally responded to the spammer.
 

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I assure you I'm very much real (not Spam). I do own a 2007 Commander that was the inspiration to write the software .... I didn't want to drill into the NAG1 nor pay $ 250 for a dedicated obdii gauge. For $4 for the software and $22 for the adapter you have a real-time wireless transmission gauge for your jeep.

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I assure you I'm very much real (not Spam). I do own a 2007 Commander that was the inspiration to write the software .... I didn't want to drill into the NAG1 nor pay $ 250 for a dedicated obdii gauge. For $4 for the software and $22 for the adapter you have a real-time wireless transmission gauge for your jeep.

Richard Strickland
I apologize if you are not a spammer but your first post was a little strange for a first post and was promoting a product which makes it seem like spam. Why did you have to change your user name ? What was your old user name ? Post some pics of your Commander with your gadget in it for us.
 

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I assure you I'm very much real (not Spam). I do own a 2007 Commander that was the inspiration to write the software .... I didn't want to drill into the NAG1 nor pay $ 250 for a dedicated obdii gauge. For $4 for the software and $22 for the adapter you have a real-time wireless transmission gauge for your jeep.

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You realize the NAG1 has a mild steel pan that is removable with 6 bolts? Took me a whole 20 seconds to drill hole in the pan, and whole 5 minutes to put it all together with the sensor and re-install the pan.

Yes, you will need a special tool to set the proper oil level in the NAG1. It will cost a little more, in money and time, to install an actual gauge, but I think its worth it, to monitor the temp on a real dedicated gauge and NOT your smart phone.

And a note, my NAG1 hasn't gone over 180°F yet, even in 104°F ambient temps. Although I have NOT done any towing or extended off roading. I don't think a temp gauge is really all that necessary, its NOT a hot running transmission. But if you are towing and doing real off-roading, a gauge would be worth it, those are activities that can drive up the trans temp massive amounts.
 

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Well..... here is where I'm coming from... I believe all cell phones are going to be either Android or iPhone (or at least a huge majority) in the future so they will have some "smartness" built in. They have colored displays that are real sharp, so it's ideal as a gauge. If you already have a cell phone that you are paying monthly, why not use it to do other things. The cost was a major consideration and you can move it from vehicle to vehicle not only Jeep, also Ford & GM.

And if you would like another type of gauge to display, let me know and I'll look into it.

Here is a screen shot:

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and my Commander:

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Somebody finally responded to the spammer.
You've added no value to yet another thread.

I found the info useful. I was not aware of the ELM327 adapter, and there are several ODB2 products on the android market to hook up to it.
 

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You've added no value to yet another thread.

I found the info useful. I was not aware of the ELM327 adapter, and there are several ODB2 products on the android market to hook up to it.
I admit what he is selling is a cool gadget, but the only reason he joined the forum is to sell it , and that is against the rules unless he pays to be a Supporting Vendor. Notice that he didn't answer about what his previous user name was or why he had to change it.
 

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I admit what he is selling is a cool gadget, but the only reason he joined the forum is to sell it , and that is against the rules unless he pays to be a Supporting Vendor. Notice that he didn't answer about what his previous user name was or why he had to change it.
I don't think he is selling the adapter. There are many different vendors on ebay selling these things. He might have some software that interacts with it, but there are several others available that do a lot more. And really the transmission temp on the Commander really isn't a big issue. But on my JK, it is a huge problem. I'd much prefer to have a dedicated gauge, but this sure is easy.

My point was I learned something new that I could use on both of my Jeeps, regardless if he was trying push some product.
 

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Yes, it is useful info. No, he is not selling the adapter but he IS selling the phone app that he wrote the software for.
 

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Useful info regardless .. I have the bultooth elm327 and I managed to use it with some software in my Windows based pocket PC and Laptop.
 
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