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How Can Diagnostics Tools Help My Harvester?

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Apr 2, 2024 | News

A harvester combine’s computer uses an On Board Diagnostic system, also called the OBD. The OBD reviews and reports on the condition of your vehicle. The data can be accessed using diagnostic tools for farm equipment, which facilitate maintenance and repairs. Here’s more information on work performed with equipment available from David’s Heavy Duty Tool Sales:

View and Manage Error Codes

Diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs) can be viewed through harvester-compatible diagnostic tools. When your harvester malfunctions, the OBD flags the error and labels it with a DTC unique to the issue. Diesel equipment often uses J1939, J1708, J2012, and ‘P’ Code DTCs, depending on the manufacturer. These codes include additional information categories:

  • Suspect Parameter Numbers (SPN) represent individual malfunctions.
  • Occurrence Counter (OC) measurements track the number of malfunctions.
  • Failure Mode Identifiers (FMI) represent error types, like readings outside of approved ranges or sensor malfunctions.

DTCs are standardized by the Society of Automotive Engineers to help operators and repair technicians quickly understand the problem. Diagnostic equipment from David’s Heavy Duty Tool Sales reports the data using Diesel Explorer software. The display shows all DTCs, status icons labeling each as active or inactive, and the total number of DTCs on your harvester, sorted by type. Diesel Explorer also includes a description of each error, a code reference table, and a function to clear addressed DTCs.

Locate Malfunctions

The OBD receives data from modules located throughout the machine. Each sensor, called a controller, monitors a different piece of the harvester. Entire OBD systems include controllers in the body, transmission, and engine. When a malfunction occurs, the relevant controller flags it through the OBD with a unique error code that includes information about where the problem occurred. Accessing this information through diagnostic tools speeds repairs by eliminating the need to search for breakages. Our software also offers a refresh function, which allows you to see which part modules, if any, have disconnected from the link during diagnostics.

Identify Parts

Diagnostic equipment includes a function to quickly view information on your harvester’s components. Once connected to the machine, you can populate a list of parts with their associated data. This data includes the manufacturer, serial number, and part number. Gathering this information allows you to identify and replace parts and helps you find manufacturer information when dealing with warranties.

View Live Parameters

Live parameters are the elements of your machine that are always active, like coolant temperature, accelerator pedal positions, and boost pressure. Diagnostic equipment measures these functions in real-time. Our software displays parameters in American, metric, and binary units. It also assesses factors that can only be read as on/off, like the status of the brake switch.

View Readiness Data

Readiness refers to the status of your harvester’s emissions output. This is also called Readiness Monitor Status. Diagnostic tools report readiness data, which indicates whether your vehicle is performing according to emissions standards. It also keeps records of past emission tests, including tracking failures or incomplete tests.

Track Trip and Lifetime Data

Diagnostic equipment allows you to track your harvester’s efficiency and wear. It tracks how many hours the vehicle has been active and the total distance traveled. Our equipment allows you to view metrics for these values over single trips and the lifetime of your harvester. This feature allows you to calculate fuel efficiency and see the health of your vehicle over time.

Generate Reports

Software that generates reports makes reading the large amount of data captured by diagnostic equipment easier. This feature can be used for personal reference. A detailed record of errors and repairs is invaluable in long-term maintenance. Reports are also useful as informational handouts. When malfunctions happen that require outside repair, a list of DTCs and vehicle metrics can help your mechanic minimize repair time.

The reports generated by our diagnostic equipment serve multiple needs. Vehicle health reports record general data like component information, trip metrics, and vehicle life totals. Error code message reports include information specific to care and maintenance, like DTCs. All are printable and downloadable to your device for easy storage and retrieval.

Interface With Multiple Manufacturers

Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) provide components and upkeep for products that have been purchased by the consumer. Some use proprietary software and connectors to maintain their devices. High-quality diagnostic equipment can communicate with tools from multiple OEMs.

Diesel Explorer is compliant with the Technology and Maintenance Council’s RP1210 recommendations for compatibility. Using compliant and compatible software confirms that your equipment will work with materials from multiple major OEMs. Our equipment also uses wireless and USB cable connections to maintain communication access through signal interruption.

Maintain Your Harvester With Diagnostic Tools for Farm Equipment

Your harvester’s diagnostic system contains maintenance information that would be inaccessible without specialized diagnostic tools for farm equipment. Maximize your vehicle’s lifespan by accessing and addressing that information in your shop or on the go. Contact David’s Heavy Duty Tool Sales today for more information or for help finding a compatible diagnostic kit.