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Old 02-22-2007, 07:24 AM   #1
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Default Does anyone do their own OBD scans in their scoobs?

Has anyone ever used one of these to read the fault codes in their scoobs?

GS400 Scanner OBD 2 Can-Bus Code Reader canbus OBD2 ^

or what do you use?

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Old 02-22-2007, 07:26 AM   #2
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Old 02-22-2007, 08:46 AM   #3
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AccessPort
AP is NOT an OBDII scan tool and may yeild poor results...it has in the past

http://www.actron.com/product_detail.php?pid=16151

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Old 02-22-2007, 09:17 AM   #4
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Old 02-22-2007, 09:23 AM   #5
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my AP has correctly read every code my ecu has put out so far. Its only been a handful but yea.
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Old 02-22-2007, 09:58 AM   #6
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The AP will read some codes but not all. The AP, like the Delta Dash, is not an OBDII device and instead communicates with the ECU using the Subaru Monitor protocol. So, it cannot access data which is OBDII-specific.
For the most accurate code reading a true OBDII scanner should be used. Also an OBDII unit will be able to display other useful information such as freeze-frame, pending codes, and readiness monitor status.
My scanner of choice is AutoXray, I've been using them for years. www.autoxray.com
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Old 02-22-2007, 10:06 AM   #7
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my AP has correctly read every code my ecu has put out so far. Its only been a handful but yea.
and you are sure of that how? not every code lights up the CEL.
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Old 02-22-2007, 08:21 PM   #8
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what about ecu explorer? I know that it probably works like the AP or Delta Dash, but it seems to have a large range of obd II codes.
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Old 02-22-2007, 10:29 PM   #9
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actron is very reliable and useful - many models - all pretty cheap
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Old 02-23-2007, 12:15 AM   #10
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yea i have actron. its reliable but i also bought the launch scan tool which you probably wont get since it cost me about 4gs and im still slowly paying for it. got it for my dads shop. has almost every connector you can think of. but for everyday tuners and people the actron will work
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Old 02-23-2007, 12:22 AM   #11
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The above leads me to believe that the Actron scanners will perform the necessary task without any issue.
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Old 02-23-2007, 06:44 PM   #12
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Actron is a division of SPX which also supplies scan tools to dealers of various makes, through Miller Special Tools.
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Old 02-23-2007, 09:57 PM   #13
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I just use the tactrix cable. Very useable with free software.
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Old 02-25-2007, 04:31 AM   #14
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Harbor Freight also sells cheap code readers. Some manufacturer specific codes aren't listed in the included booklet, though, so you'd have to google around for their meaning.
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Old 02-25-2007, 04:39 AM   #15
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Old 02-25-2007, 10:23 AM   #16
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...all that for a shade tree guy tryin to read a code....


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ya gotta be kidding
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Old 02-25-2007, 04:12 PM   #17
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...all that for a shade tree guy tryin to read a code....


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ya gotta be kidding

actually, i employ 3 full time mechanics.
i rarely use it personally, but it still belongs to me
i also have 3 lifts
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Old 02-25-2007, 04:48 PM   #18
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Rick: do you know which cartridges are needed for MT2500 to communicate on Chrysler CCD bus, and are there separate ones for the transmission, ABS, airbags, etc? MT2500s turn up on eBay but it's hard to know what is needed to make it work.
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Old 02-25-2007, 08:34 PM   #19
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I have my codes read at Autozone. They do it for free. I suppose it's not very convenient if you need to diagnose often, but for the occasional light, it's not bad, and free.
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Old 02-25-2007, 08:36 PM   #20
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^^^
I used to do that too, but my one complaint about it was that (at least at the one near me) they refused to clear the code for me once I knew what it was. So I bought my own scanner. And the scanner they used didn't have freeze frame data.
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Old 02-25-2007, 08:36 PM   #21
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Rick: do you know which cartridges are needed for MT2500 to communicate on Chrysler CCD bus, and are there separate ones for the transmission, ABS, airbags, etc? MT2500s turn up on eBay but it's hard to know what is needed to make it work.

i'm sorry but i dont know personally
but i'll ask my mechanic in the morning, he's sure to know
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Old 02-26-2007, 09:01 AM   #22
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Old 02-27-2007, 06:04 PM   #23
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i use my laptop and the scanner program and cable from AutoEnginuity.com
works well but i can only get generic stuff, no cool non-generic stuff
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Old 02-27-2007, 06:19 PM   #24
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I use my ScanGuage, also works as a 4 in 1 gauge pod...
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