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SoCal-Cruisin
23rd June 2005, 00:23
Guys,
I was thinking of getting one of these for my Dad for his B-Day. Has anyone used one of them before? Does it work pretty well? My Dad lives an hour from the nearest car dealer so he does most of his own wrenching. It's also on sale at Pep Boys for $100.

Code Scanner (http://www.actron.com/product_detail.php?pid=16151)

Thanks,
W

cantolina
23rd June 2005, 02:19
Guys,
I was thinking of getting one of these for my Dad for his B-Day. Has anyone used one of them before? Does it work pretty well? My Dad lives an hour from the nearest car dealer so he does most of his own wrenching. It's also on sale at Pep Boys for $100.

Code Scanner (http://www.actron.com/product_detail.php?pid=16151)

Thanks,
W

I bought one...it works great....just make sure its designed for his car...there are a few of them.....

Nice gift!

SoCal-Cruisin
23rd June 2005, 05:22
This one is supposed to be universal. My Dad has a Chevy, Oldsmobile, Suzuki, & a Dodge! I'll have to ask the guys at the store.

Takingabreak
23rd June 2005, 07:06
Hi.

Ok, for cars and trucks made for sale in the U.S. will have a duel computer system, it call the OBD II system (On Board Diagnistics).
The code tool your looking at is call a Universal or Globe scan tool. It can get into half of the computer system, the fedral side. the other side called the Manufactor side has different propacals. and needed to have a tool that can get into that side.
Wile most cases will set on both sides, the manufactor may limit how much the two talk to each other.
One was mandated form the Goverment, the other is by the car maker. Honda's are the worst at this, you can get one in with the MIL (Malfunction Indacator light) on and you get no codes.
The Manufactor have codes that set and you can't get to them with this tool.

For Home use, I guess it would be ok, but for really working on a car, you need a really tool, not a toy.

TechRep
23rd June 2005, 21:16
I used to have a Snap-on MT2500 and sold it. I now have the Autoxray 6000 and it is great. I highly recommend it. It can do the imports and OBDI, OBDII. They have several version so you don't need to buy the 6000, but Levines Auto Parts has as good a price as anybody.
The Autoxray walked all over the Actron in testing.


xray (http://www.autoxray.com/products.aspx)