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Love the free scanner tests at Auto Parts stores #4694686
03/14/18 03:12 PM
03/14/18 03:12 PM
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Michigan
ZZman Offline OP
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Had Abs light come on. Took it to AutoZone and had it scanned. Needs a new wheel sensor. Price was actually decent and should be an easy fix.

Have you ever had anything scanned or do you have your own?


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Re: Love the free scanner tests at Auto Parts stores [Re: ZZman] #4694702
03/14/18 03:28 PM
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Lima, Ohio, USA
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Originally Posted By: ZZman
Had Abs light come on. Took it to AutoZone and had it scanned. Needs a new wheel sensor. Price was actually decent and should be an easy fix.

Have you ever had anything scanned or do you have your own?

have a couple of my own

ScanguageII perm. hooked up in the car. it does the basics.
also have an ELM327 Clone "hacked" w/an HSCAN/MSCAN switch, that I use with a few different pieces of software.


Mine:
09 Mercury Sable : 6qts AutoQuest(Meijer/Warren) 0w20, WIX 51516
Mine to Maintain:
03 Pontiac Vibe : 4.5qts VWB 5w30,WIX 51394
Re: Love the free scanner tests at Auto Parts stores [Re: ZZman] #4694703
03/14/18 03:29 PM
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Oshawa, Ontario Canada
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Up in Canada we don't have many stores that scan for free. Bought a cheap scanner for under $40 at the time. Upgraded to a better one from Harbor freight with the ABS for around $100.

Now you cann use your smart phone with the Bluetooth adapter, there's no good excuse to have your own scanner.


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Re: Love the free scanner tests at Auto Parts stores [Re: ZZman] #4694704
03/14/18 03:29 PM
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Indiana
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I had a CEL turn on with my truck while going into town to pick up an alternator for my Jeep. Had I not been already there and using the parts stores goods and services, I would have just waited until I got home.

Something about the EGR pintle valve stuck open? I reset it once I got home and it hasn't been back since. This was New Years Eve actually.

Last edited by dlundblad; 03/14/18 03:30 PM.

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Re: Love the free scanner tests at Auto Parts stores [Re: ZZman] #4694716
03/14/18 03:40 PM
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Phoenix, AZ
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I have a cheap $10 scanner that works with my iPhone.

The Camry was running bad last year and finally set a CEL for a misfire. Found a burned spark plug wire.

My Jeep was running bad too and finally set a CEL for an O2 sensor, that I recently replaced. Used an OEM one and it runs great.


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Re: Love the free scanner tests at Auto Parts stores [Re: ZZman] #4694731
03/14/18 03:48 PM
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Great Lakes
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I typically use Carista app with a cheap OBDII BT dongle. In addition to scanning for error codes, it also allows for various customizations on wife's Q5. My 530i is too old for any kind of customizations, but I can still read and clear error codes.


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'15 Q5 3.0T (Edge 5W-40)
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Re: Love the free scanner tests at Auto Parts stores [Re: ZZman] #4694733
03/14/18 03:49 PM
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NY
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I do my own scans. I will let AAP load test a battery and check the alternator.


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Re: Love the free scanner tests at Auto Parts stores [Re: ZZman] #4694747
03/14/18 04:07 PM
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New England
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I have a $15-20 OBD II dongle and use the Torque Pro app on my phone ($5?).
Started getting persistent CELs with tranny-related codes at the start of February, knew it could not be good news when they kept returning after I would clear them. Car also felt a little odd when backing up.
Ended up having a valve body in my CVT replaced under warranty, Subaru extended their CVT warranties to 100kmiles a few months before that.
Also had a weird code pop up once right after I had just filled up and added a new fuel injector cleaner with PEA, the code was something to do with a fuel level sensor. It was good to be able to clear that as the turbo was disabled in that particular limp mode and my car felt like a '70s Caddy with a lawnmower engine. Never bought that cleaner again and never saw the code again...I still keep in mind that correlation is not causality.


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Re: Love the free scanner tests at Auto Parts stores [Re: ZZman] #4694770
03/14/18 04:41 PM
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Deplorable in apple valley, ca
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Deplorable in apple valley, ca


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87 F250 traveler 15w40
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Z400 castrol T 10w40
Can am maveric edge 5w40
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Re: Love the free scanner tests at Auto Parts stores [Re: ZZman] #4694775
03/14/18 04:47 PM
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One Step Beyond
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I bought my own for the convience of using at home.
I paid around $40.00

Plus, it should detect Pending Codes that don't yet show up on CEL
So I check it in Spring / Fall while doing PM work.


2002 Ford Ranger
2 Wheel Drive
3.0 Liter Engine
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Re: Love the free scanner tests at Auto Parts stores [Re: ZZman] #4694800
03/14/18 05:19 PM
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USA
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With a 1985-up Chrysler product,you don't even need a scan tool.Key dance is all you need.

Re: Love the free scanner tests at Auto Parts stores [Re: ZZman] #4694809
03/14/18 05:32 PM
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West Michigan
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Originally Posted By: ZZman
Had Abs light come on. Took it to AutoZone and had it scanned. Needs a new wheel sensor. Price was actually decent and should be an easy fix.

Have you ever had anything scanned or do you have your own?


99% DIY (unless I'm caught on the road without my kit). I have a bloetooth OBD2 dongle and Torque for most vehicles, and a ELM327 with Forscan for my Fords.


2011 F150 4x4 5.0L
1996 Mustang GT 5spd/ragtop
Re: Love the free scanner tests at Auto Parts stores [Re: ZZman] #4694832
03/14/18 05:46 PM
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NorthEast
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which of the guys have the scanner which gives ABS and/or Airbag codes? These scanners are only now getting around $100 price point.

If you have $10 gizmo giving you ABS/SRC codes, I am all ears.

Re: Love the free scanner tests at Auto Parts stores [Re: ZZman] #4694833
03/14/18 05:47 PM
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Specific Ocean
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Specific Ocean
Watch SMA or other videos on YT to learn proper diagnosis and why you can't just go running around with a code reader. Firing parts to solve an issue can end up being very costly.


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Re: Love the free scanner tests at Auto Parts stores [Re: Kibitoshin] #4694857
03/14/18 06:12 PM
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Champlain/Hudson Valley
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Exactly.
A code which sends you in the correct hemisphere is a good start.
A code can be effected by something else.
Sometimes a particular sensor picks up on the problem and shade tree mechanics "go for" the sensor (or its closest, apparent part).
EX: An O2 sensor detects a lean out of trim condition and people replace the sensor needlessly.

My very first code was a "bulls eye" P0138 on Sis' Jeep 4.0l. A sensor just died.

I got a ScanGuage (1st gen.) and a BSR-PPC reader which is made for Volvos. The BSR reads in Volvo's language. Each module stores codes.

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