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8500lb+ GVWR Scan Tool/Code Reader

Hello. I am new to the forum...... I currently own a 2006 Ford Superduty F-350 4X4 Dually.

I am looking for an 8500lb+ GVWR automotive scan tool/code reader that is bi-directional and capable of reading engine codes, ABS, SRS and factory embedded information on trucks such as Ford Superduty Powerstroke F-250's, F-350's, Chevrolet 2500"s and 3500's, etc. I have used Innova scan tools on cars in the past with success, however an engineer at Innova advised me that their scanners are not designed to read any vehicle with a GVWR over 8500lbs and that they do not offer one that does. Does anyone know of, and have personal experience with a scanner/reader in existence that doesn't cost a fortune? Thanks for your help.
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Howdy and welcome from Texas!
As for the scanner info, I'm sure someone on here has the knowledge you seek. Great place, great people, and tons of knowledge/experience. Good luck!

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I'm pretty sure AutoEnginuity will read all the niche codes these trucks can throw. As for basic codes, any auto scanner will read them. I use a Bluetooth scanner and an app on my cell phone to read codes and data from my F350. Good luck
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[email protected] is a good resource and sells the AE Ford bundle on his site.

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It only reads parameters and codes, but ForScan Lite on a smartphone will read all of the modules. The download and the ELM327 adapter combined cost around $40. The full version of ForScan on a laptop will do a whole lot more.

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Forscan is Ford (and some Mazdas) specific. You can get AE for multiple brands, but I'm not sure on the pricing for each.

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For what your looking for AE maybe your best bet. With them you can get bundles for all auto manufacturers.


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I use and SXT X4 tuner to pull and delete codes but it didn't catch the Ford code for too great delta between coolant and oil temps that was causing my truck to throw a wrench engine light. Forscan is cheap and will catch these. I am not sure you will find one scanner that fits all your criteria. I have the 50hp tow tune on my truck mainly because of an EGR delete. I bought one that didn't have the latest firmware and could still turn the CEL off.

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Thank you all for the information.

I will look at the scanners and tuners mentioned. I have family that are in the automotive business and all of the scanners that they are using are $5,000 to $20,000 units with annual software updates running $1,000+ per year which both costs are obviously out of the question for me.
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