Anyone use the ATS Escan on a Diesel?

Cliff Diagnostician Santa Maria, California Posted   Latest   Edited  

Just was wondering if anyone has tried to use the Escan on a diesel? I have asked all the owners of Escan that I personally know and we all have said that we never thought about it. I'm particularly interested in the VE function.

I do realize that the tool is overall a generic scanner and has some extremely useful calculators built into the software. Since I have come up with this " Hair Brained" idea I haven't had a diesel in the shop to play with. Thanks for those that will answer in advance.

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Albin Diagnostician
Leavenworth, Washington
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On the late model diesel vehicles, you might find some generic data that would help, but, it would be sketchy to say the least. I find on diesels, most times, the OE tool is what is needed to do the job the right way.

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Marlin Technician
Estacada, Oregon
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Great question! I hope that one of the ATS men chimes in.

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Daniel Diagnostician
San Diego, California
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I have used it on a Diesel truck because I was curious myself. Escan will not give you a Volumetric test or Cat test, etc. It will also not give you a VE test on any car that only has a MAP sensor.

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Cliff Diagnostician
Santa Maria, California
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Thanks for the information! Kind of a bummer it won't give any info on a VE test.

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Bernie Diagnostician
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Cliff Volumetric Efficiency (VE) can be calculated on any internal combustion engine. Therefore in the case of diesel truck engines the VE can be calculated as well. In order to not only calculate VE but verify the VE calculation, a Mass Air Flow (MAF) sensor will be needed. If the diesel engine is equipped with a MAF sensor then an engine model can be made of the VE curve. The Escan can make…

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Daniel Diagnostician
San Diego, California
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That sounds like a great idea Bernie, how about the vehicles with a MAP sensor? Can I do a VE test on the many vehicles that have this system with the new update?

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Bernie Diagnostician
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Daniel We have been collecting data on gasoline based vehicle for several years now. We are working on different ways to use this data for MAP (Speed Density) systems. Some of this will be in an upcoming update, Thanks

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Daniel Diagnostician
San Diego, California
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If you need any vehicles to test on come to California :) there are so so many MAP sensor vehicles down here. Thank You

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Billy Mechanic
Deming, New Mexico
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Just a note I do agree with Albin that OEM is best but a (I am finding) a little known resource of "Diesel Laptops" a company specializing in diesel has become a power house in diesel diagnostics. Not to try and advertise for them but some guys I know in the real northern California (behind the redwood curtain) found it to be a very good real world resource

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Cliff Diagnostician
Santa Maria, California
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I do agree with Albin as well regarding the use of a factory tool. I have an IDS and a Tech2 and can use GDS as well. I don't see many Dodge Diesels in my area. I like the Escan for its ability of taking some of the thinking out of the diagnosis regarding it's built in calculators and no longer have to manually do a VE test,I use it quite a bit now that I have acquired one. I look forward to…

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