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Old 01-03-2012, 02:40 PM

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addressing codes

probably a stupid question for most, but new to the whole diesel scene and wondering if there is a way to read codes on a 07 F350 with out a OBD 11 scan tool? check engine light came on today, and would love to know what code it threw with out paying to take it to some one to read the codes. i know on some older vehicles you could. guess i am just wishing but worth a shot. and also any advise on purchasing a basic scan tool. i love my truck, but know little about diesels, and learning. not really into doing a lot of altering things, i like it alot now. but would like to keep up with the basics. and i understand its always good to run a scan to see if there are things happening that are not setting off the check engine light. any help for an old man looking to retire with his 350?
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Old 01-03-2012, 02:48 PM
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How about a scangaugeII, this unit will allow you to read codes and to check your ECT/EOT delta which is very important for the 6.0.

You can pick up a ScangaugeII for as low as $125.
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Old 01-03-2012, 02:48 PM
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You will need something that plugs into the OBD port.
You can get electronic gauges and be able to get the codes all in the same unit (as well as watch many parameters that come in handy for troubleshooting). The cheapest way to do that is to buy the scangauge2, available at most auto parts stores for right around $165. The Edge Insight CT or CTS are very popular gauges as well.
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