How To Use BlueDriver OBD2 Scanner?

BlueDriver is a leading product in the Bluetooth OBD2 scanner category. Hundreds of thousands of car owners use this scan tool to read trouble codes.

Read this guide if you’ve also ordered a BlueDriver scanner from Amazon but don’t know how to use it. Using an OBD2 scanner is very easy, and you don’t need additional skills.

How To Use BlueDriver OBD2 Scanner

You’ll learn the step-by-step process of using the BlueDriver OBD2 scanner and how to retrieve DTCs from your ECU.

How To Use BlueDriver OBD2 Scanner?

If your car’s MIL or Check Engine Light is glowing and you want to find the trouble code, follow these steps to understand how to use the BlueDriver OBD2 scanner:

Step #1: Locate Your OBD Port

OBD2 Port

Generally, the OBD port on your car is located underneath the driver’s dashboard. OBD2 port, also called DLC (Data Link Connector), is 16 pins port that connects your OBD2 scanner with the car ECU.

Step #2: Turn ON Ignition

Engine Start Button

If your car is keyless, press the START button twice without pressing the brake paddle. Do not start the car; turn ON the ignition system.

If your car ignition turns on with a key, then insert the key in the ignition switch and rotate clockwise.

Step #3: Insert BlueDriver Adapter

BlueDriver in OBD2 Port

When your car’s ignition is ON, insert the BlueDriver adapter in the OBD2 port. The blue light will glow if BlueDriver connects to ECU.

Step #4: Open BlueDriver App

If you haven’t downloaded the BlueDriver app on your smartphone or tablet, download it from Google Play Store or Apple App Store.

Google Play Button
Apple App Store Button

Open it once you download and install the BlueDriver app on your smartphone. Allow the permissions that it asks for.

Step #5: Pair with BlueDriver

OBD2 Bluetooth Pair

If you’ve allowed all the required permissions the app asks for, it’ll automatically connect with the BlueDriver adapter. Otherwise, go to your smartphone settings and turn ON the Bluetooth.

Exit from the settings menu, turn OFF your car ignition and then turn ON again. Now re-launch the BlueDriver app. It’ll establish the connection, and the Blue light will glow on the scanner.

Note: If you’re facing an issue with connecting your BlueDriver scanner with your smartphone, then follow these steps to fix it:

  1. Remove the BlueDriver scanner from the OBD2 port.
  2. Turn ON the ignition of your car but do not start the engine.
  3. Insert BlueDriver scanner to the OBD2 port.
  4. Launch BlueDriver App.
  5. Tap on the “Connect” option in the top-right corner.
  6. Choose the correct type of BlueDriver and follow on-screen instructions.
  7. If your BlueDriver serial number ends with Numbers Only, tap on the Numbers Only option on the app, and if it ends with LE, tap on the LE option.
  8. Now, tap on Ready.
  9. It’ll automatically scan all the BlueDrivers sensors nearby.
  10. Connect with your BlueDriver sensor.

Step #6: Read Codes

BlueDriver Read Codes

Inside the BlueDriver app, you’ll see the “Scan Tool” option on the bottom navigation. Now tap on the “Read Codes” option from the app dashboard.

Follow on-screen instructions and wait for two minutes until BlueDriver scans all the car sensors with the help of ECU and gives you a result.

Step #7: Read DTC Codes

BlueDriver Scan Result

BlueDriver will scan your car’s sensors and provide you with error codes. You can tap any error code to see the full details and possible repairs.

Step #8: Clear Codes

Clear Codes

BlueDriver interacts with your ECU and sends the instructions to clear the OBD2 codes that trigger Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL). Tap on the “Scan Tool” option and select Clear Codes to delete all trouble codes on your vehicle.

How To Read Live Data with BlueDriver Scanner?

Live Data

Although BlueDriver is not a bi-directional OBD scanner, it provides many features. You can read the Live Date of your car and truck with the help of the BlueDriver sensor.

Follow the above steps to connect the BlueDriver OBD2 scanner with your car ECU and smartphone. Once the scanner is connected, follow these steps to read live data:

  1. Launch BlueDriver App on your phone or tablet.
  2. Tap on the “Live” option located at the bottom navigation bar.
  3. Start your car engine and read all the live data.

How To Do Smog Check with BlueDriver Car Sensor?

Smog Check

BlueDriver is one of the best Bluetooth wireless OBD2 sensors that provide a Smog Check option. You can read data from exhaust gas sensor, PM filter, NMHC catalyst, oxygen sensor, etc., with the BlueDriver scan tool.

Before going for Smog Readiness Test, you can ensure that your car is ready for Smog Check or not.

Follow these steps to perform Smog Check with BlueDriver:

  1. Connect your BlueDriver with your Car and Phone. (Read the above steps)
  2. Launch BlueDriver App on your phone or tablet.
  3. Tap on the “Scan Tool” option and clear all OBD2 codes.
  4. Now go back and tap on the “Smog Check” option.
  5. Wait for a few minutes, and BlueDriver will tell you if your vehicle is ready for Smog Check or not.

Conclusion

BlueDriver is a great tool to scan your vehicle’s health. It offers many features like Smog Check, Live Data, Clear Codes, Freeze Frame, etc.

I’ve explained- how to use the BlueDriver OBD2 scanner to detect trouble codes, clear codes, and Smog check.

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Hi, I'm Richard, an ASE-certified mechanic in Florida, USA. I love to optimize car ECU for better fuel economy and troubleshoot engine code errors and fix them.

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