iPad and the garage. EPIC WIN

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Kibbe17, Jun 1, 2010.

  1. Kibbe17 macrumors member

    Apr 12, 2010
    So here's a quick post just ranting more love of this "magical" device:D..

    No but really. Heheh.

    This thing is the ULTIMATE tech garage/ working on car, companion. The internet holds an infinite amount of info and being able to access this QUICKLY AND EASILY is just great. You might think the iPad would never fit in in a garage with all of the dirt and oils kicked around.. but this thing will hold it's own. And I'm using it 100% naked. I was just super pumped while using it to answer my many questions as I worked along. And thought Id share with you all one more way this device completes me.:D

    Not to mention this will most likely take place of my Haines repair manual.. They should have an app for that;)

    Anyone else use their iPad as an auto repair companion?
  2. Anticlockwork macrumors newbie

    Feb 16, 2010
    Personaly I don't think anything can replace a hanes repair manual but for part look ups or color pictures I can see it as semi worthwhile to have in the gerage. You must have a super clean car though. I own a wrangler and can tell you that I would never touch my ipad after working on it or during working on it.
  3. Kibbe17 thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 12, 2010
    Well, you mayyy be right about the Haynes manual, but what's not to say that there's an ebook version of it out there somewhere.. (one could dream:D). but no I do not have a "clean" car. 91 Toyota corolla wagon to be exact and I was painting today so I was anything but clean but a good wipe if the hands with a shop rag and the ipad was ready for action. I just found that it came in handy moooore than once. And it was just one of those really nice "try to do that with your iPhone or mpb" kind of moments.. U know?

    Oh BTW I keep my iPad in the zippered, neoprene, gel, "incase" case when not in use. It wasn't like I was going to splatter paint on it, but still very easily accesible and readily availible.:cool:
  4. MikhailT macrumors 601

    Nov 12, 2007
    Why would it replace the Haynes manual when Haynes can produce it for the iPad and actually charge annual subscription to it? There are body protectors for a reason, hell even waterproof one. Haynes could hook up with some kind of autocode scanner for the car to read off the codes from the car's computer.

    Imagine the ability to search for specific cars and its parts, get latest information, color pictures or even videos along with a large howto communities around the world sharing their tips and tricks.
  5. Kibbe17 thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 12, 2010
    YESS!! now were thinkin! This is what I was slightly getting in to.. I see absolutely no reason for there to not be a 30pin iPad dock cable to OBDII port connector (under the dash) this could be a lifesaver when it comes to Check engine lights.. Among other things. Cannot wait to see what the future holds.
  6. marksman macrumors 603


    Jun 4, 2007
    Is it dangerous to work on your car naked?

    What if you get caught in the fan belt or something?
  7. Kibbe17 thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 12, 2010
    Hahahahaha this leterally made me LOL, especially when I re-read how I accidentaly worded that statement:D good one:cool:
  8. 1rottenapple macrumors 68000

    Apr 21, 2004
    I agree. But when I work on the car with the iPad i cover it sarran wrap :apple:
  9. Jkazmeyer macrumors regular

    May 2, 2010
    Madison TN
    There is an app for your iPhone called rev that can communicate with your vehicle if you buy an obd2 to wifi dongle.... I'm sure it will work on iPad... Depending on your car it can provide you with all kinds of metrics for tweaking your engine... I believe it will even reset a check engine light... Just another amazing thing your iPad can do for you in the garage....
  10. 8CoreWhore macrumors 68020


    Jan 17, 2008
    Big D
    You're gonna need a 1 fingered Mechanix glove. :p
  11. Mshilling macrumors regular

    Apr 30, 2010
    Ive had an old HP laptop in my garage for years and it has been the best "tool" I have added out there. I always get a copy of the factory repair manual for the vehicles I have at the time (haynes manuals have their place I suppose...not in my garage). The iPad would also be nice out there I guess but my old laptop looks like its been through the fire and I dont know if I want to subject my ipad to those conditions. Great idea though!!
  12. MattZani macrumors 68030


    Apr 20, 2008
    Im currently rebuilding a 98' Hornet in my dads garage, and took my iMac G3 out there to give me music and an easy way to surf the web and get info, sadly he made me take it out :( haha
  13. MikhailT macrumors 601

    Nov 12, 2007
    or a stylus?
  14. Kibbe17 thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 12, 2010
    AHHHAAAA, bringing back this thread.. This is EXACTLY what I was talking about. http://www.ot-2.com/overview.html right now it's only for iPhone and iPod touch. But at least someone has the idea! I just strolled accross this in an ad while surfing window tinting.
  15. HXGuy macrumors 68000

    Mar 25, 2010
    I love the iPad and all but why wouldn't a laptop work just as well or better? You don't have to hold it up and you could type with mechanic gloves on.
  16. Kibbe17 thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 12, 2010
    Well with the iPad its just so simple. To look things up, it's fast, easy, and super portable. You don't have to open it up, and wait for it to boot up, or wake up from a screen saver. It's just there, at your service, ready to use. Now on the subject of typing you kinda got me, but i was working without mechanix gloves and had no problems. It fit my needs and like I said, it was just.. There. Simple as that. I couldn't really imagine lugging out the lappy and booting up and waiting for IE to load in order to just look up a part number or something. Or how much a certain part will cost. I guess this post is just showing that there's an ass for every seat and my seat happens to be my ipad:D
  17. XciteMe macrumors 6502

    May 21, 2009
    Santa Monica, CA
    I LOL'd
  18. danpass macrumors 68020


    Jun 27, 2009
    Miami, FL
    I understand how you were able to keep your ipad clean.

    Toyotas don't require maintenance therefore you weren't actually working on it.

    You're just here to brag that your 91 has 4,675,392 miles on it and all you've ever done is shake out the driver side floormat ......... once.

    <--- former Corolla owner


  19. Kibbe17 thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 12, 2010
    +1 :D
  20. Wheaty macrumors regular


    Mar 6, 2009
    Cheshire, UK
    I Love the Idea.

    I had thought of this sort of thing and Dreamed of it in the past.

    My Ipod Mini ventures into the garage but then its small enough to keep out of harms way, however its not a particularly big garage so I wouldnt risk a laptop /iPad.. And anyway, It would take up too much shelf space for me! Oh, and the though of all the bits of rust and oil that a 40yr old Landy can produce...that cant be good to any screen! :eek:

    Maybe in another 10years I might have a garage with a little more room and I'll snap this idea right up. :)


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