Read engine trouble codes with a GL1 and an iPhone

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Photo of the GoPoint GL1 engine diagnostic cable and software package.

The GoPoint GL1 engine diagnostic cable and software package. (Photo Credit: CC BY-ND/Brennan Hamilton/GoPoint Technology)

iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad owners should be glad know there’s an easy and inexpensive way to get your car’s computer to tell you what kind of engine problem a car is having. For about $100, the GoPoint scan tool, also known as a GL1 cable, connects your car’s engine to your Apple device. With the free accompanying software, you can view engine trouble codes, turn off your car’s Check Engine light and monitor electronic signs from your engine computer in real time, reports Popular Mechanics.

Know before you go, thanks to GoPoint’s GL1

GoPoint markets its GL1 cable as “a personal mechanic riding next to you,” and that’s no exaggeration. Many mechanics will charge an exorbitant fee for an engine scan. Now, if you have the right device and the GL1 cable, you can do it whenever you want for a one-time fee. The GL1 cable also doubles as a device charger, so it is unnecessary to carry around the extra cords. Simply plug into your car’s OBD-II data port and you can scan your engine while charging your Apple device. If you don’t know where your car’s OBD-II port is, check out your car’s owner’s manual.

What you get for your money with the GoPoint GL1:

  • GL1 cable for detecting engine trouble codes AND device charging
  • Free repair and diagnostic software that uses trouble codes that apply to most makes and models of vehicle
  • Free data logging software that enables you to track your vehicle’s performance over time and advise you as to how to change your driving style to achieve maximum engine performance. According to GoPoint, such software generally costs $50 per year, per vehicle
  • An additional “smart charger” for your Apple devices

Comes with 30-day, money-back guarantee

GoPoint is certain that once you try the GL1 in your car, you’ll be completely satisfied. That’s why the company offers a 100 percent guarantee of satisfaction. Over the first 30 days of ownership, if a customer is not satisfied with the performance of the GL1, GoPoint will completely refund the money, no questions asked.

Visit for more information on the GL1 engine diagnostic cable and software. It’s a tool every dedicated car owner should have.


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