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Turning a laptop into a OBD II scan tool?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by JDNobodi, Jan 17, 2006.

  1. JDNobodi

    JDNobodi 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    Do you guy have heard or seen anything like that on-line?

    If not which scan tool do you recommend?


    I’m working on a 2001 K2500 Crew Cab with an 8.1 and Allison having transmission trouble.

     
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    plenty, but you have to buy the interface and software. I used one at school and liked the setup.

    here is one Auto-Tap

    another Scantool.net

    and the one I used at school and personally liked quite a bit Ease

    K5MonsterChev has the Ease one for his Palm Pilot for work.
     
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    ease huh... ill have to check it out... I dont have the hardware yet but i got one for my pda... compaq ipaq....
    best of all... FREE SOFTWARE!!!!:bow:
     
  4. JDNobodi

    JDNobodi 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    Thanks for the responds. Now I have to decide which one to get.
     
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    if you just need a scan tool, look at the refurbvished ones here
    http://www.autocheckup.net/

    I plan on getting the EZ-Link Pro Pack
     
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    He is going to want something that can access the TCM most likely. I never did that with the EASE system I however did access the BCM on a Chrysler with it. I would think if it can access something like the BCM the transmission will be easy for it. For really diagnosing something "code readers" are a waste to me.

    Disclaimer: I'm too tired to sift through that link you posted so I don't know what is there...
     
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    if you are planning on using it for just gm vehicles i highly rec. buying a tech 2. this is gms official scanner and is kick a$$.
     
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    Actually, I was hoping to use it for more than one brand of vehicle. But I need one now for fixing my brother's truck.
    I’ve already bought the factory service manuals for it.
     

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