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what's a good OBDII code reader?


 
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turd
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2005 12:37 pm    Post subject: what's a good OBDII code reader? Reply with quote

Got an eye out for a good OBDII code reader.

Anybody know where to get a good one? What features should I look for? Is there a particular brand that is good? What should I expect to pay?

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2005 8:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For what application? What data do you wish to see?

If it's only to read codes, late model Dodges/Jeeps don't really need them, just cycle the key on/off and pull the codes from the odom...cross ref with the internet or FSM.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2005 9:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Problem is that the key trick does not work consistanly across all years/models.

As far as which one to get...like KF said, it depends on how much data you want to see. Do you want a full blown DRB scanner ($$$), or just better than something that "will work"?
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2005 12:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ThePhantum wrote:
Problem is that the key trick does not work consistanly across all years/models.


Quick question, which models/years doesn't it work on? Just curious...

The key cycle works/ed on my 00 Neon, 02 Jeep, 04 SRT4 and 04 Hemi-Sport, figured it was a common thing for the Dodge PCMs to retreive codes via the on/off mehtod for the late models.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2005 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mostly want to dignose my 94 and 96 xj's but also would be handy for diagnosing my dad's umpteen different models of dodge.

I have the plain old dial odometer so I dont' think that the key trick will work. Plus when I have tried it on other cars the counting the number of flashes thing was a pain in the butt.
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