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    Arduino powered MFD- Battery and temp display

    I was looking at dual battery monitors and after not finding much looked further. Also finding out my Patrol hasn’t got real OBDII so are unable to use the cheap link programs went looking at building my own MFD (Multi-function display). I wanted to see some temps, dual battery volts and maybe the MAF output. I came across these Arduino Microprocessor’s and with some searching found other people had done something similar. Idea #1.....
    So after a spending about $20 on eBay got a board and some temp sensors and LCD and started to write the code to run it. It’s not that hard it’s all open source and lots of info out there. Here is a basic start to single temp only.
    Here are some pics of the installed unit. The controller sits in a small box 2” square x4’ long under the glove box area and has a 5v power supply in it and some relays to dim the screen LCD at night. It runs the screen on the steering wheel and is connected to the sensors. These figures are not accurate as still adjusting code to get the calibration right. Was correct for my computer 5volt output but in car is different.
    The startup says ‘NISSAN’ for 5 sec then rolls thru each page ‘Batt volts’, ‘inside and intake temps’ ‘Tranny and engine temps’ then back to batt volts again with a 4 sec delay between screens.
    I’ve already started on m second one as this board has limited inputs (6 analogue). I’ve got a new one coming with 16 as I want to display a bar graph type display or MAF output, Altitude and a DTE (distance to empty)setup using both fuel tank capacities. Will keep you updated with the setup when the new one goes in.
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    Clever!

    Saw stuff promoting arduino and a couple of books about it, and some bits and pieces at Jaycar. Looked too hard for me, and I didn't see the applications you have, so I left it all in the shop :-)
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    Looks great! Have had a little bit to do with the arduino myself. Made a steering wheel control system for iPod in my old commodore. Was contemplating doing something similar to what you've got there.

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    Yes Jaycar have started selling freetronics brand stuff. Bit pricey like everything they sell, but if you cant wait for eBay, I guess its Ok.
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    Wow. I'd love to do this, but I'm not sure if I'm up to it.

    What's the display screen that you used?

    Is a Raspberry Pi similar, better, worse, or totally different?

    Can an average dummy (I've learnt a little html) learn how to code this?
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    The Pi is similar just not that common. Arduino stuff is everywhere and all open source code so easy to mod. I used the 16x2 (16 caracters with 2 lines) Ebay or Jaycar for all parts. Still under construction version 2 with Altitude more temps and fuel distance to empty. Just got to finish all my other projects first.
    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Mega-1280...#ht_979wt_1397
    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/New-5v-16...ht_1973wt_1163
    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/5-pcs-LM3...#ht_956wt_1163
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    Awesome. Thanks heaps for that.
    Can you please share pics and details of your new set up when it's done?
    I want to start with a temp gauge for our auto trans, plus a low coolant alarm, and a engine temp alarm.
    For the low coolant alarm I think I need to use an AC circuit rather than a DC one, to avoid the risk of electrolysis. Hopefully an Arduino can do that for me.
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    This would be easy to do. I wouldnt bother with the AC. The input to the Arduino to trigger the alarm will be a 1-5v dv signal. Either converted from the engine coolant temp sensor or a LM35 type sensor. Code will be ..when 100deg reached sensor puts out say 5v and triggers a piezo buzzer. thought about this myself for the 550 deg EGT point.
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    This is the sensor I had in mind for the low coolant level (blown hose, punctured radiator, etc), www.ebay.com.au Coolant Level Sensor.
    I don't see how a LM35, or the factory temp sensor can do the same job as this can?

    Opinions seem a bit mixed on weather there's an electrolysis risk. Some say a really low current eliminates the danger, others say you shouldn't use DC at all.
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    Hey bud once you have this sorted with all the extras your talking about you really should consider putting a few together and sell them as i reckon if you can make them a relatively simple plug and play job your on a winner for sure and a few hunderd bux each you would fetch easy. No idea what it has cost you but you'd make it back i reckon and then some. Nissan sold a heap of that engine.

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