Most OBD-II sockets are somewhere near the dashboard. The OBD-II socket on the Porsche Boxster is located on the lower-left on the driver side, right above the fuse panel. Plugging the CarChip into the socket was easy. Just a slight push and it was firmly seated.
We plugged it in and drove the car to get a cup of coffee. The cafe was a little less than a mile away so we were back in no time. Removing the CarChip off was just as simple...a gentle pull on the loop was all it took. We can't wait to check out the data.
The software installation was very straightforward. We followed the directions on the Install Wizard and had everything up and running in less than 10 minutes.
We used the supplied USB cable to transfer the data to the laptop. Once the data has been downloaded, the software automatically made it available in the application.
There were several options for looking at the data (numerically, visually, in summary form). Since we had used the default parameters, only the speed, RPM, and a few other basic vehicle data were recorded.
It was pretty amazing how easy it was to get all of this information. The DriveRight folks really did a super job making this tool easy to use.
In the next few weeks, we'll track a different set of four parameters each week and take a more comprehensive look at what all the information tells us about our car!
Also, we will be giving this CarChip to some of our equally intelligent, but less automotively inclined colleagues at RainyDayMagazine to use with their cars. We want to see if this sophisticated tool is really simple enough for everybody.