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Old 03-28-2008, 01:04 AM   #1
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Default Link Error when trying to pull codes

I bought this Actron CP9135 scanner to try and pull codes associated with CEL in my 2000 Subaru Impreza.

Boots up fine upon connection, then trying to read the codes, nothing but Linking Error. Tried the Mil function and still Link Error.
Key crank to On...Link Error
No Key in Ignition... Link Error

I used the Scanner on my 95 Ford Windstar and pulled the codes no problem.

So something is up with my Impreza.

Car is regularly maintain, with recent changes to timing belt, brakes, oil, differentials, stocks and struts. Still running strong at 230,000 KM. But the CEL is annoying and worries me. Earlier in the Year, No CEL, then few weeks after, constant CEL turning on and off whenever it feels moody. Now CEL is always on.

Can't pull codes with only link error.. Can anyone help me out??

Anyone know what the problem is and can assist me to a solution??

Much Appreciated,

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Old 03-28-2008, 01:44 PM   #2
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not sure why it wont communicate, but you could always go to autozone and they pull the codes for free, or so i hear. another thing is call actron or go to their website (www.actron.com)

i went to the website and the 9145 has an optional kit so you can read OBD I, with you being able to scan your 95 (OBD I) it might be setup for that system instead of OBD II
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Old 03-28-2008, 11:21 PM   #3
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Check and make sure all the pins in the plug are making good contact. Have the same prob with my cousins 01 Rs. All i did was give the plug a good wiggle till it linked. Also make sure you dont have any corrision build up in the obd2 port. Yes AutoZone pulls codes i should know i work there. It will work Dont give up!!!!
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Old 03-29-2008, 12:24 AM   #4
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I have checked all the fuses, all are still good! both inside the car and in the engine bay.

I also tried to read my brother 2003 Neon, of course it didn't have the CEL, but it read and pass all test.

I'm starting to have the feeling I have to replace the computer inside the car??

I will try the wiggle technique.

As for corrision build-up, you mean for the scanner or the car port??
And if there is corrision...how am i'm susposed to clean it if its a female plug??


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Old 03-29-2008, 12:38 AM   #5
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So I tried the CP9135 actron scanner again on my cousins 02 WRX with no CEL. Still reads up link error. Starting to believe the scanner isn't compatiable with J1942 protocal?? or Just subaru's in general.

The Wiggle technique does not work either..

I think its time for me to start shopping again.
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Old 03-29-2008, 12:44 AM   #6
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i have had that same actron cp9135 scanner for years

it has read every car i have ever plugged it into---and that is literally hundreds of cars including all manner if obdII subarus including both my 02 and 06 wrx

you have a bad unit or bad plugs or some other issue
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Old 03-29-2008, 01:14 AM   #7
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So what are my options then??

Bad unit? if it works with domestic cars I doubt it could be faulty..

Bad plugs?? possibly in my impreza 2000 with CEL, but my cousins 02 WRX with no CEL I don't know..

Some other issues?? Maybe is faulty unit?? Autozone, theres only 1 location in Calgary AB where i reside.

I'm definitely jealous that your unit works at full capacity.
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