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OBD II scanners, what do you use?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by SUBFAN, Nov 28, 2005.

  1. SUBFAN

    SUBFAN 1/2 ton status

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    I might be in the market for a scanner to help with reading all the codes and fixing problems that ALWAYS occur with our Olds Bravada.

    What have you all used, and what are your likes/dislikes?

    It would be handy to have one that can also read the OBD I codes as well....

    One brand that is common around here is the Actron brand....
     
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    I'm just about to phone Summit and order an Actron reader. Just trying to pluck up the courage!! :o
     
  4. SUBFAN

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    I see the 9145 version on E Bay going for $189....This is the type that will give you the parameters while the engine is running, and allow you to look into OBD I problems too....

    What is the one Summit has going for?
     
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    so are you looking for a scanner ONLY, like just a code reader? or a obd-II diagnostic scanner (i.e. control air/fuel ratios and read off everything that's kept track of through your vehicles computer, all sensor and stuff)?? cuz the scanner is a couple hundred, and the diagnostic is a couple grand... and if i remember correctly all obd II can also do obd I.. i dont know about scanners, but Mastertech i believe is the best diagnostic tool..
     
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    Snap-On Solus
     
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    Just a generic scanner that tells just a bit more than just what the code is.

    For use on my vehicles....

    If I could afford the Snap On one, I'd of just bought another vehicle.... :haha: :haha:
     
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    I have a Auto X ray scanner. I like it It reads OBDII and also OBD 1 Ford, Chev, Dodge, It also does a 30 second snapshot of the engine operating info that i can download to my PC or laptop. it makes charts and graphs of all operatimg data taken during the scan. Also get all free updates to download online.
    http://www.autoxray.com
     
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    Hmmmm....
     
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    i dont really think there is a 'good' or 'bad' one unless you go into diagnostics. it's just whichever one has all the doo-dads you want at the price you can afford, the one mentioned by Thunder sounds kinda nifty..
     
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    Damn...nearly double that and I've ordered it yesterday! :mad:
    Oh well........ :o
     
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    I like Snap on. It seems to be the most universal. The shop I work in just picked up the Snap On Modis. It's awsome. I figure a used snap on scanner with updated up to about 99 would be pretty cheap now. A lot of guys have upgraded.
     
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    I have the Autoxray EZ-SCAN 6000 which I got off of E-bay. The company (www.autoxray.com) allows for free software upgrades which is nice for new 2005/6 vehicles.

    Dan..
     
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    I got the actron that they sell at autozone... $150....
    however I have a pda.. compaq ipaq.. and if I can find a serial cable for it... then they sell odb1 & 2 cards... i can use the ipaq to monitor and read codes :wink1:
     
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    I have an Actron and I really like it. I dont remember the model name right offhand but I got it about 3 years ago. It will scan any domestic up to 2000 and can display engine stats while its running. I think it was about $300, but it came in a little plastic case and has plugs for all makes and models.
     
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    These look like code readers, not scanners. A scanner will give you codes, a data stream or PID's so you can moniter the sensors, injectors ect and usually have some diagnostic aids. A code reader reads codes. I could be wrong but these seem too cheap and I've never heard of most of the brands. I would recomend finding a used scanner over a code reader.
     
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    well i have been playing with my ipaq alot lately... getting more software and making more of an automotive unit out of it.... yeah i think what i was refering to is a code reader.... I am most likely going to sell mine.... paid $150 for it and fairly new so should still catch a good penny... as the odbc unit for my ipaq is about $150 too... but that one will show live data, record data, etc....

    will work with palm too...
    http://www.qcontinuum.org/obdgauge/
     

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