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post #1 of 10 Old 07-23-2008, 02:16 PM Thread Starter
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OBDII code reader

Do I have to buy a special reader (for diesels) or can I get one anywhere? Like Sears, or AutoZone etc. (One for any OBDII vehicle).


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Personally if your going to spend the money. Spend a little extra and buy Auto Enginuity. It will allow you to do tests a code reader is not capable of doing.


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Thanks I'll keep that in mind.


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if im not mistaken I think any obdII reader is supposed to work on any obdII vehicle, I dont think it matters if its a diesel.

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if im not mistaken I think any obdII reader is supposed to work on any obdII vehicle, I dont think it matters if its a diesel.
Correct but some obdII readers are not able to read codes on diesel trucks. Even though they should be.

I have an Actron CP9145 code scanner. It will pull some codes from my truck. Then sometimes it will not.


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Comes down to features, bells & whistles and what you really need and how deep your pockets are. I'd do my homework.

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Heres some advice that doesnt help you. Get on that tells you what it means. not one that you have to look the codes up in a book. they are terrible and dont have the definition for half the codes
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good point keepinitford. most high end scanners do a code display though. it's the $40 specials that flash P1950. WTF does that mean lol. Then you're back to point A. I like scanners that have ALL features. MPG's, TPS, Intake air temp is a good one to have, boost etc. That's how I found I had a intermitent TPS problem on my Vette that nobody could fix. Saw the Voltage spike. w/out it I'd still be there now wondering, instead bam... $30 TPS problem fixed. It pays to have a good scanner with the most information.

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Thanks for all you're help!! Now just have to get the money to get a good reader. lol Have to work more OT.


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Just wait til the dems tax you more, then hold your hand out.

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