dealsmaxiscan® obdii engine scanner trouble code…

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I don't even know how to compare quality on one of these. Now that I have a car that can use one, it might be nice to own it if I ever need it and don't feel like driving to Auto Zone to ask them to check it free...

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I have this one. It's decent quality and works well. It just pulls the code, not the description. I just go online and Google the code with my car to get what the issue is. Device will also let you clear the codes.

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I have a BAFX bluetooth OBDII scanner from Amazon that works exceptionally well. This one simply reads any fault codes present in the ECU. The one I have gives all kinds of sensors readings also, if you pair it via bluetooth to your phone and use an app.

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Another option is (if you have an Android phone, might be a similar iPhone app, but I have no idea) to get the $15 bluetooth OBDII adapter off of eBay, and download Torque. The free version works fine, but I bought the pro because the app is great. It can be used for way more than just scanning codes as well, so it is well worth it to spend $20 on this combo if you have a smart phone.

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@tristicus: That's exactly what I've done. Cheap bluetooth OBD2 adapter and Torque app on my Samsung GS3. You can monitor all kinds of stuff, read codes, and clear them. I even loaded it on my Asus tablet. I carry the adapter with me at work, and occasionally get requests to check codes on somebody's car before emissions testing, or clear the light right before they go to get checked.

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Another option is to just ask to barrow the one at your local autoparts store, if there is a problem you'll no doubt have to make a trip there anyway

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@cfig: that's what I do, just go to to AutoZone

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@cfig: sometimes the car can't make it there and it's nice to have one at home. From what I remember, they won't clear codes either so it's good for that as well.

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I have this device and LOVE it. It has probably saved me hundreds, if not thousands. My car is always throwing a false emissions code that would prevent me from passing my annual smog check. I reset the code about once a month and still pass with flying colors. Most shops won't reset it willy nilly like I do. Paid for itself in one single use.

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Checking comments various sites,looks like may not work with Hondas. Have 09 Accord and 08 Fit. Anyone know if it works with these?

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Since 1996, OBDII has been the standard for all cars sold in America, and most of the rest of the world. Yes, it will pull the code off Hondas and Fits. I've done both with no problems. Finding the description of the code may be a little problematic, as Honda has more code definitions than just the generic codes. For example, the variable valve timing codes Honda has do not exist on General Motors cars and are not the same as those for Toyota. This won't stop this reader, which only reads the code. Readers that can do both for almost all cars can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars.

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Someone voted down my comment? Seriously? The force is strong with the Trolls on woot today. I guess I should have bashed the product instead?

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Over a thousand reviews on Amazon (Autel MaxiScan MS300) with an average of 4.4 out of 5. The product itself is pretty good however the price is nothing special. I've seen this around the $17-19 mark everywhere.

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Hello I am an actual salesmen of professional automotive diagnostic tools. These generic OBD-II scanners are useful in clearing and reading very basic things. Fortunately as a car owner, most of the annoying things you will run into, such as the famous leaving the gas cap off mistake, these nifty little things can handle most code clears related to engine/transmission/abs AS LONG as there isn't a serious issue there.

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THANK YOU FOR THE LISTING.For the price its worth a try.Does have good reviews on different model vehicles.Will have to wait and see.

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I bought this on a previous listing. Works great on all the OBD II vehicles I ahve used it on. Comes wityh both printed and disc code lists; the ability to clear the code yourself, and save a trip to Auto Zone where they may or may not let you clear it, is definitely worth having it.

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@tristicus: Agreed! I love Torque -- it can pull codes, check for readyness (a lot of OBD2 scanners won't do this), clear codes, and get realtime data (MPG, speedo error using GPS vs what your car says, 0-60 times, etc).

If you don't wanna play ebay, I use this scanner from Meritline:
http://www.meritline.com/elm327-bluetooth-obd2-eobd-can-bus-scanner-tool---p-61686.aspx

$14.99... They also have a list of incompatible vehicles (though OBD2 has become the de-facto standard since 1996...),

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I have heard that Auto Zone etc. in California aren't allowed to loan out code resetters anymore...

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Since 2004 or so most cars use the CAN bus system which is not 100% compatible with older or the most basic OBD2 readers. Just FYI. These things read only the generic OBD2 codes as said, all vehicles have manufacturer specific codes and need much more sophisticated tools to read them. In other words, you may still have a code or a problem in the system and this generic OBD2 reader will not find a code because the code is not OBD2.
last thing - not all 1996 vehicles are OBD2. 1996 was the transition year - the last year any were allowed without OBD2 compliance. My 1996 diesel pickup truck is not OBD2 compliant tho it does have most of the OBD2 codes built in.