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Old 02-24-2008, 11:03 AM   #1
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I have the Harbor Freight CEN-TECH OBDII/CAN code scanner with text display, and has been working great on my impreza. I have tried to use it on our Toyota Van, and it want communicate with it, and then I tried it with a 2004 Saturn Vue Red line, and the same thing it would not communicate, yet it is communicating fine with the impreza. This unit suppose to work on many cars and not only on one. Any ideas about these readers?
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Old 02-24-2008, 12:16 PM   #2
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Stuff from Harbor Freight works 40% of the time, 60% of the time.....

You probably only paid 2.99 for it so just go buy 10 more. Thats my Harbor Freight policy.

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Old 02-24-2008, 01:49 PM   #3
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I buy a lot a cheap cr@p from Harbor Freight, but I would never buy an OBDII scanner, much less plug it into my beloved STI. Stay away from Autotap, check out Autoenginuity. They make an enhanced parameter package for the Subaru.
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Old 02-24-2008, 08:06 PM   #4
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The only tools I spend top dollar on are electronics. I paid 300 bucks for my Mac scanner that did a lot more than pull codes. You go cheap on them, you run the risk of buying junk.
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Old 02-24-2008, 11:09 PM   #5
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For the Red Line Vue problem your having you need a GM Tech 2 And the Candi Box to pull DTC's it's like that on all 03 and older Saturn's so I don't know if you can really pull codes with that one ever though it has the 3.5 Honda engine. I use to work for Saturn twice st the Cerritos and Temecula store/ Shop as a tech a few years ago. So all I can say is try to find a GM Module reader if they have one to clarifier that code. On the Toyota I think they also have a specialty module for the newer models. I know a common problem we would have about 75% code is gas cap leak fro, either air in the system from not clicking it at least 5 times when tighting the cap or the filler neck leaks. So check those.
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Old 02-25-2008, 12:14 PM   #6
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For the Red Line Vue problem your having you need a GM Tech 2 And the Candi Box to pull DTC's it's like that on all 03 and older Saturn's so I don't know if you can really pull codes with that one ever though it has the 3.5 Honda engine. I use to work for Saturn twice st the Cerritos and Temecula store/ Shop as a tech a few years ago. So all I can say is try to find a GM Module reader if they have one to clarifier that code. On the Toyota I think they also have a specialty module for the newer models. I know a common problem we would have about 75% code is gas cap leak fro, either air in the system from not clicking it at least 5 times when tighting the cap or the filler neck leaks. So check those.
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