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post #1 of 18 Old 01-22-2012, 06:54 PM Thread Starter
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Diagnostic Scanner; Snap On MT-2500, Question...

I'm looking at a used Snap On MT-2500 scanner for pulling codes and running diagnostics. I was hoping one of you all could specifically tell me if this scanner with the following cartridges will do the job:

1. Primary Cartridge GM-Chrysler-Ford-Jeep Domestic Combination thru 1999
2. Troubleshooter GM-Chrysler-Ford-Jeep thru 2000

I can't just plug it in and try it, my buddy that's selling it is out of state and he doesn't recall ever using it on one of our pickups.

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I'm honestly not thinking so. I've got an auto enginuity scanner coming in sometime around monday. I finally just knuckled down and shelled out the money for one with the advanced ford scanning. Once I figure out how to use it and try it on my pickup, your welcome to use it if you can kick some money my way.

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Thanks. I know the Snap On MT-2500 will pull codes on my '96 because I've seen it done, but we didn't run diagnostics and I don't know what cartridges he had.

I just noticed some of the MT-2500 troubleshooter cartridges have "Includes Diesel Insight" on them. Maybe that's the difference.

Please correct me if I'm wrong, but as I understand it a Windows based laptop in necessary to fully utilize the the Auto Ingenuity scanner? I don't have such a beast...

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I've got a burner laptop simply for this function. I can send that as well.

I read the info about your scanner and it refers to "general" obd. Perhaps it does work I don't know, I just know that these codes require a scanner that can read the enhanced obd as these heavy vehicles can't use cheapo scanners.

If anything buy it and sell it for what you paid for it....

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Thanks very much for the offer. The reason I'm looking at this scanner is it seems every time we go to Vegas to visit the kids, I get codes or some other problem crops up (I think the truck doesn't like driving through Idaho) so I'm getting it mostly for traveling.

I specifically remember a member of this forum posting that he had this scanner and it did what he needed, but I don't remember who it was that posted that, and I don't remember if he said he did diagnostics with it or not.

If I can get a fair enough deal on it, I very well may do as you suggest and just resell it if it doesn't work out.

Thanks again.

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No problem. In terms of the Idaho thing, it seems likely that a Baro sensor could be the issue there... In terms of the pressure differences.

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That's a good thought. It's certainly worth checking into, although I go from 3500' to 7500' before I ever leave Montana. Still...

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Hey bud,


I just did some searching and it appears you need "key k2" which I am not sure if it means cartridge or what. I'll keep looking...

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k2 is the key you need to insert by the plug that goes in the obd2 port. I have the mt2500 and it does the diagnosis and reads whats going on. I like it. I never paid attention to what cartridges are in it. I think mines good thru 2005 vehicles. I bet it works if you have the ford key(K2)

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Good find on the research! I mostly just ended up confused after looking...

Thanks for the info on the Key. That'll be important. If I get one, it'll have to be one other than my buddy's. There are some on ebay though. It looks like a complete MT2500 scanner goes for no less that $250-ish. Maybe I should just get the AutoEnginuity. It doesn't meet the need though unless I travel with a compatible netbook or laptop though... Hmmm...

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