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Old 07-06-2007, 09:46 AM   #1
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Code readers

Just curious... Do you carry an OBD-2 code reader in your TV? I found that having one handy paid for itself the first time I used it. Just knowing what the issue is tends to lower the blood pressure as well...
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Old 07-06-2007, 10:11 AM   #2
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Check out this recent thread which deals with different brands of readers....
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f463...ons-26743.html
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Old 07-06-2007, 10:14 AM   #3
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I have an OBD1 reader for my Blazer; it runs on my laptop. I found a problem with it that the Chevy dealer mis-diagnosed! Priceless!...
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Old 07-06-2007, 10:23 AM   #4
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I have carried one for some time. It's worth its weight in gold. I paid about $70 for it at Wal-Mart a couple of years ago after the dealer wanted $80 to turn off the "check engine" light because I forgot to put my gas cap back on. I have used it several more times for myself and friends. It has paid for itself many times over.
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Old 07-09-2007, 02:31 AM   #5
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My experience is.....

That if you take your vehicle to Autozone - they will plug it in and give you a readout of the computer stufff that it spits out. They will also clear codes. If it is an interemitenet problem then that might help....

Try the free route before investing in something that can be taken care of the by the 'Free Route' - my though.

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Old 07-09-2007, 10:02 AM   #6
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Had to get one

I had to get one after borrowing a friends to find out what was wrong with my parents Ford Taurus. Saved them over $200 in a service call and parts after the Ford Dealer wanted to charge them $300 for a EGR sensor. The part was $89 and the sensor identified the issue in 30 seconds. Replaced part - cleared codes - on the road.

The guy at Ford said "Hey, we charge $125 just to tell you what's wrong!!!!" - Not anymore........
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That if you take your vehicle to Autozone - they will plug it in and give you a readout of the computer stufff that it spits out. They will also clear codes. If it is an interemitenet problem then that might help....

Try the free route before investing in something that can be taken care of the by the 'Free Route' - my though.

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My local autozone frowns upon clearing the code. The last time I went there for a code read out, they told me they weren't allowed to clear the codes.
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My local autozone frowns upon clearing the code. The last time I went there for a code read out, they told me they weren't allowed to clear the codes.
Usually the computer will reset itself and turn the idiot light off once the engine has gone through several (3?) warm up cycles assuming that you have fixed the problem.

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You can also clear the codes by pulling the ECM fuse(s) for 10 seconds, then re-installing them. Do this with the ignition off.
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