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#16 Marty'70 ONLINE  

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Posted August 28, 2013 - 06:56 AM

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

as well as Advance Auto Parts will scan for free as well


Edited by Marv, August 28, 2013 - 06:56 AM.


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Posted August 28, 2013 - 07:49 AM

I really appreciate the fact that most, if not all, of the auto parts places will scan for free. The last straw for me was when my van wouldn't run good enough to GET to the parts store! Finally bought a scan tool.


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Posted August 28, 2013 - 08:17 AM

I've read something about the parts stores getting in trouble in some states for resetting codes. I believe they're only allowed to read them now, and in some places, aren't even allowed to do that.
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Posted August 28, 2013 - 08:49 AM

I have owned this one for five years and it is worth the money.  I also would like to explore the BT/Smartphone option.

 

http://www.actron.co...l.php?pid=16336


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Posted August 28, 2013 - 10:00 AM

I appreciate all the info on the Code scanners.  This gives me a better perspective of what is out there.  I didn't realize you could get one for your smart phone.  I have an Android tablet I could use (I think) although I'm thinking that I would like one that I could just keep in the shop and just pull if off the shelf when I need it.  

 

Alan, you were right the software requires windows and although the granddaughters laptop has windows on it (dual boot) I think I would prefer to stay away from windows.  Thanks for all the input.

 

Has anyone used any of the HF scanners?



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Posted August 28, 2013 - 11:30 AM

Yes, and they have saved me a bunch. But they aren't any more than a code retriever. Great if that's all you want, or if you just want to delete the codes there.
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Posted August 28, 2013 - 03:16 PM

I just pony'ed up $250 for an Innovo es500 which will reset codes and give diagnostic information..  It also does ABS brakes and live data streaming..  I got spoiled borrowing a dealer buddy's $3000 scanner..  So far I'm not sorry I bought it but it just don't work on my 1970 Ford Torino!   :wallbanging:


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Posted August 28, 2013 - 03:33 PM

.... but it just don't work on my 1970 Ford Torino! :wallbanging:


Sure it will. Just add a fuel injection setup and a late model computer controlled transmission to your Torino.

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Posted August 28, 2013 - 03:34 PM

Kinda sounds like a throttle position sensor, but then who knows!


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Posted August 28, 2013 - 06:41 PM

My reader is a NAPA  #77-3871 "Code Hammer CanOBD2 Tool". The manual for it is at www.CanOBD2.com. After coming back from Marthas' morning at the VA and my dentist appointment, I took the van for emmisions testing and passed. Now back to fixing the 4500. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted August 28, 2013 - 06:59 PM

In todays mail the monthly Advance circular, the have the Actron cp9550 on sale.  We had to go to Advance anyway so I decided to check it out.  Seems to have what I need, we'll see.  

 

Daniel you are probably right, I'll find out tomorrow.


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Posted August 29, 2013 - 01:12 PM

Well no joy!  No codes so I guess the problem is mechnical.  I was hoping it was just a sensor and I could Id which one fix it and be done with it.  :(  :wallbanging:  :wallbanging:  :wallbanging:


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Posted August 29, 2013 - 02:11 PM

What kind of vehicle are you working on?



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Posted August 29, 2013 - 02:41 PM

When the computors fail, its back to what can be even more powerfull and reliable, our brains. Even with a computor it never hurts to go back to basics. That and at our age we need to exercise our brains as much as possible. Good Luck, Rick
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Posted August 29, 2013 - 04:16 PM

Well no joy!  No codes so I guess the problem is mechnical.  I was hoping it was just a sensor and I could Id which one fix it and be done with it.  :(  :wallbanging:  :wallbanging:  :wallbanging:

So it's a bent valve then!

 

LOL

 

What is the thing doing wrong?






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