A new product from OTC can save valuable vehicle data even when the battery is disconnected or removed during service operations, the company has announced. The Professional Memory Saver (Part number 3177A) includes a direct-wired OBD II connector that plugs into the vehicle’s OBD II port under the dash.
Information such as drivability codes and settings are protected. Other codes and settings saved include anti-theft radios, digital clocks, keyless entry systems, alarms, and custom passenger settings such as GPS memory, cellular phone and radio presets.
“When the starter battery has to be disconnected and the power is shut down, the drivability codes and settings are lost,” said Scott Krampitz, SPX Service Solutions product manager of direct test diagnostics.
The product comes with two vehicle cables, one with two cigarette lighter plugs and a second with a cigarette lighter plug on one end and an OBD II plug on the other. Both cables supply power from the internal battery to the vehicle. A cigarette/power plug and cord are also included for 1995 and older vehicle makes without an OBD II connection, OTC said.
LED lights indicate a completed circuit and when the unit needs to be plugged in for recharging. The battery is a 12-volt sealed lead acid battery and the unit includes a 12 volt AC/DC charger and a 4-amp hour battery.