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#1 HDWildBill OFFLINE  

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Posted August 27, 2013 - 07:55 PM

I'm thinking about getting a Code reader to read the fault codes on our vehicles but looking at them they readers that will do something and not other then you have the deluxe model etc.  I'm hoping some of you automotive types can steer me in the right direction.  I just need a good one that doesn't cost a lot of $$$ that will tell me what is wrong.  Thanks


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Posted August 27, 2013 - 08:02 PM

Do you know that if you go to an Auto Zone, you can use one for free?


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Posted August 27, 2013 - 08:08 PM

Bill, if its a static problem. (Misfire, o2 sensor, etc) the basic HF units are what I've done.


The ones with real time recording and analyzation would be the bomb, but for the cost, I might as well take it to the shop.

LD, I didnt know that. Good to know.
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Posted August 27, 2013 - 08:23 PM

Advance Auto will also read it out.  From where we live it is a good drive to get to either auto zone or advance.  My truck has a problem with one of it's sensors I believe.  The engine RPM stays high and it doesn't want to shift correctly.  Years ago I has a similar problem with a Ford truck and it was a speed sensor.  Since I have 4 vehicles to help maintain I figured having a code reader would be a good tool to have on hand.  

 

Alan, I was just looking at HF's readers and they have one for $82 that seems to be good.  It has some good reviews.  Thanks


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Posted August 27, 2013 - 08:29 PM

I have one purchased from Amazon and it uses my laptop to display all codes and realtime info. It only cost about $25. This is the one I have.

 

 http://www.amazon.co...=obd ii scanner

 

I am very happy with it. It has worked on an 02 Pontiac and an 08 GMC. It supposedly works on all standard plug obd ii hook ups.

 

 

 

 

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Posted August 27, 2013 - 09:02 PM

I have an Actron CP9125....   http://actron.com/pr...l.php?pid=16298

 

Seems like it was $70 or so. When I had my Windstar van, I needed on fairly often, so I finally bought one. I like it a lot.


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Posted August 27, 2013 - 09:05 PM

I have the same thing as bgkid, but I have bought some upgraded software. The free software is pretty good, but I had a problem with the eclectronic 4x4 on a F150 and needed better software to monitor the GEM module.


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Posted August 27, 2013 - 09:08 PM

What software did you buy? Are you happy with the new software? An upgrade is something I have been considering.

 

 

 

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Posted August 27, 2013 - 09:14 PM

I bought the professional add on for OBDwiz, but it wasn't much better than the trial version. ScanXL from Palmer Engineering is the best one I have tried yet, but can be a pain figuring it out. If I just want to check codes and basic data I use the free Scantool.net software, it is quicker.


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Posted August 27, 2013 - 09:32 PM

The obd to USB looks cool Bill. I wonder if it cares what OS you're using tho? If it has to be win or Mac, some Linux guys may not want to do this.
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Posted August 27, 2013 - 09:41 PM

I use this with an android smart phone. and use free software for it.

 

 

www.ebay.com/itm/390619561505?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649

 

Also have one that is just a basic reader that I paid $40. for and it is really basic the android one is much better for me.



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Posted August 27, 2013 - 11:19 PM

Bill, I bought an OBDII scan tool from NAPA a couple of years ago for $50 on sale. It gives the basic codes, erases, and gives the status of the monitoring system. It has paid for itself already because in CT you have to have your car emmissions tested every two years. My cars being older keep flunking. I had to replace a cat last week.

 

Many cars have a way to read the codes by turning the ignition switch on and off several times. I'll get the brand and model of my scanner tomorrow. Good Luck, Rick 


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Posted August 28, 2013 - 01:22 AM

Wow, prices have really came down over the years.



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Posted August 28, 2013 - 02:35 AM

If you have a android phone this is a good one https://play.google....rg.prowl.torque

Buy a bluetooth obd plugin off amazon for 10 bucks and your set!
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Posted August 28, 2013 - 05:01 AM

With those scanner/code readers under. $ 100. It makes sence if you use it just a few times




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