FIXD OBD2 Sensor Hands-on Review
FIXD reviews are all over the web. Unfortunately, many FIXD reviews seem to be advertisements and some of them are even misleading. To help you better understand FIXD sensor, we did a hands-on review of FIXD sensor. We not only review FIXD sensor pros and cons but also compare it to other OBD2 scanners. Note that Fixd sensor is also known as Fixd OBD2 Sensor or Fixd Active Car Health Monitor.
FIXD sensor allows you to read and clear engine codes. If offers the same functionality as many less expensive OBD2 scanners. We found that a $10 ELM327 Bluetooth adapter and a free OBD2 app provides the same functionality as the FIXD sensor.
- FIXD will read engine fault codes.
- Clear engine fault codes.
- FIXD is called a monitoring device, but it can not monitor mechanical wear and tear.
A common misconception is that FIXD will monitor your vehicle wear and tear. FIXD is not able to tell your struts are worn, your control arm bushing are bad, your engine has a mechanical problem. You will still need to rely on your mechanic for these problems.
FIXD Sensor Pros & Cons
- Read/Clear Check Engine Light
- Provides repair suggestions
- Check Recall Info on NHTSA website
- Can only diagnose Engine Control Unit ECU or Check Engine Light
- Can not rear or clear Airbag / SRS, ABS, transmission or traction control codes.
Overpriced ELM327 Bluetooth Adapter
No phone support
The maintenance schedule is generic, not specific to make and model.
Can't check emission readiness status.
No support for ABS, Airbag, and Transmission
At the moment, don't expect FIXD to be able to troubleshoot (read/clear codes) from ABS, Airbag and Transmission systems. We contacted FIXD and this was their response.
"FIXD has successfully started working to read TPMS, Airbag, Traction Control, Transmission, and more lights on few vehicles. But we are still in the process to update all the vehicles and we are in touch with vehicle manufacturers to obtain data for this feature. Our development team is already working on this feature and hopes to have this feature available for all vehicles very soon." -Brad @FIXD
FIXD Reviews on Youtube
By now we all have seen one or more Fixd Reviews on Youtube where "mechanics" are able to save money by using the FIXD sensor. In the example below, the "expert" even goes on to say that FIXD is way better than what he uses at the shop. This video is missleading, lacking information and some of the claims are not accurate.
- Based on our experience FIXD is not better than a professional diagnostic scanner. FIXD is a basic Level 1 code reader for the check engine light and does not offer the same functionality as a professional diagnostic scanner.
- Does NOT diagnose or monitor all systems. FIXD can read and clears codes from Engine Control Unit (ECU). It does NOT diagnose or monitor all systems on your car such as (airbag, traction, transmission etc).
- FIXD is NOT able to perform tests on a vehicle or carry out bi-directional testing that you can perform with a professional scanner can. Learn more about Professional Scan Tools here.
Based on our experience with many OBD2 scanners, FIXD is an overpriced ELM327 chip. For example, a $10 ELM327 Bluetooth adapter and a free OBD2 app are a much cheaper alternative. If you are looking to invest in a good scanner, there are many OBD2 scanners that allow you to diagnose various systems that you are not able to with FIXD sensor. Let's take a look at FIXD competitors.
BlueDriver Bluetooth Scan Tool
If you own a GM, Ford, Chrysler, Toyota, Nissan, BMW, VW, Honda vehicle 2003 and newer BlueDriver Bluetooth Scan Tool is a much better choice.
On those models, Bluedriver is able to diagnose not only the engine but unlike FIXD it can also diagnose ABS, Airbag, Transmission systems.
What if your car is not one of the above?
If your car is not one of the above models, the BlueDriver can only diagnose the engine. Even though it will be able to read and clear check engine codes it won't be able to diagnose ABS, Airbag or Transmission.
If any check engine codes are present, you can click on it to get more detailed information. Severity level will help you understand how critical the code is.
FIXD Maintenance Club
When you sign up for Fixd Maintenance Club, you can have FIXD ship you the parts you need for the maintenance. No, you don't get the parts for free, you have to pay for them. We can not comment on the quality of auto parts that FIXD sends.
Not sure why you won't want to buy car parts from FIXD when you can go to sites like Amazon and buy any part you want for your car and get it shipped to your door for free.
Based on its diagnostic capabilities, FIXD sensor is a basic code reader that can only access the engine module. Many basic code readers such as ELM327 Bluetooth Adapter offer the same functionality and cost much less than FIXD sensor. BlueDriver Adapter while slightly more expensive is a much better choice and can diagnose more systems than FIXD sensor.
If you are looking for a cheaper version of FIXD take a look at Spiffy Blue OBD2 Scanner. Spiffy Blue comes with its own app as well and functions almost the same as FIXD OBD2 sensor.
Where to buy FIXD Sensor?
You can buy Fixd Sensor on Amazon or retail stores such as Walmart and Bestbuy.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can FIXD help me pass state emission test?
- NO. Fixd sensor will only allow you to clear the check engine light. Once you clear the light, all emission systems are reset. When you take your car for emission testing, the inspector will be able to see that the check engine light was cleared recently. They will ask you to drive the car for a few days then return for testing. Driving the car for a few days will reset the emission systems. If the problem was not fixed, you just cleared the check engine light, the CEL will come back on.
Can I keep FIXD plugged in while driving?
Fixd sensor not found or not connecting
- Ensure Bluetooth setting on your phone is turned on.
- Turn on your vehicle ignition system.
- If none of these work, the Fixd sensor may be bad or the OBD-II port on your vehicle is not getting power. On the back of the sensor, there is a small LED light that should flash when you plug it in. If the light does not flash it means that your OBD-II port does not have power. Make sure to turn on the ignition.
- If the sensor does not power up when you turn on the ignition check for a blown fuse.
Where do I connect Fixd Sensor
- OBD-II port located under the dashboard. Typically on driver's side.
Can fixd be used on multiple vehicles?
- Yes. An OBD2 scanner typically can be used on multiple vehicles.
Will this diagnose problems even if the check engine light is not on?
- Only if there is a pending fault code. Once you scan the car, if there is pending code it will show up.
Does FIXD work on older vehicles?
- Starting 1996 and after all, vehicles sold in the United States have what is called an On-Board Diagnostic or what is known as OBD-II. You can use the FIXD sensor or even a cheap OBD-II scanner costing as little as $15 to read codes and clear the check engine light.
Will FIXD sensor fix my car problems?
- No. Clearing the Check Engine Light (CEL) and codes, does not fix the problem. FIXD does not fix your vehicle problems. It simply monitors and clear codes from the Engine Control Unit (ECU). Clearing codes will turn off the check engine light, but that does not mean that you fixed the problem. After you restart the car, the ECU will start the monitoring of various sensors again. Once it detects the problem is still present, it will turn on the check engine light.
Should I replace a car part because FIXED sensor suggested it?
- Replacing car parts based on the code alone is not enough. Sure some codes are very simple and straightforward, but others such as a P0300 multiple cylinder misfire can be tricky to diagnose.
Do I need FIXD sensor to reset check engine light?
- Another point to keep in mind is that you do not need Fixd to clear your check engine light. If the underlying problem has been resolved your Check Engine Light will turn off on its own after two to three days of normal driving. For example, you forgot to tighten the gas cap or didn't insert it at all now your check engine light is on. Simply install the gas cap and within two to three days of normal vehicle operation (driving to work for example) your codes will reset and the check engine light will turn off on its own.