If you want a more thorough and accurate way of keeping tabs on your vehicle's performance in real time, then a performance monitor is a good investment. This nifty gadget is basically a stand-alone monitor that you can directly plug into your vehicle's OBD-II port. Once this device is plugged, you'll be able to easily access a mountain of information regarding your vehicle's performance. Whether you want to know your car's acceleration curves or simply monitor torque levels, this gadget is an ingenious addition to your vehicle's dashboard. But before you grab the first monitor you see, check first the list below on what features to look for when shopping for a performance monitor:
Compatibility with your vehicle
Most monitor types today are designed to fit a variety of makes and models. But keep in mind that some monitors only work on diesel vehicles. Of course, this gadget won't work without an OBD-II port. You also have to consider that the parameters some monitors can display will depend on your vehicle make and model. Before you purchase a monitor, check first if it's designed to work with your vehicle. It'll be a huge waste of time and money if you find out that the gadget you just bought isn't compatible with your ride.
If you want to check your vehicle engine's performance while on the road, you need a performance monitor that's very easy to read and understand. You'll want a monitor that features an easy-to-control menu so you can easily look at the displayed data without getting distracted. After all, yours and your passengers' safety will be at risk if you get distracted while driving. Another driver-friendly feature worth a second look is an audible and user-defined visual alert system. This way, you won't have to look or stare at the screen for a long time while driving whenever an alert pops up.
To clearly see the data being displayed, you'll want a high-resolution, full-color monitor. With a high-quality screen, reading data from a very small screen won't give you a headache.
Another factor you have to consider is the available parameters given your vehicle make and model. Remember, it's possible to not be able to view certain parameters because of your vehicle type. Depending on your ride, the monitor can display information on a variety of performance parameters such as torque levels, horsepower, RPM values, peak speed, diagnostic trouble codes, and roll gauges.
Compatibility with other monitoring devices
If you wish to use additional gadgets to monitor overall vehicle performance, choose a performance monitor that can be plugged to other gadgets. Some monitors can actually be linked to a backup camera, providing a quick and easy means to view the videos in real time.
Some monitors are equipped with software programs that allow you to tune your engine performance with just a push of a button. So if you want a digital mechanic at your side while driving, get a performance monitor that allows you to adjust acceleration and cooling fan temp by simply pressing a button or the touch screen.