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This is a pretty good deal if you just need a basic OBD II reader to give you codes and RESET the Check Engine Light.

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I purchased one of these about six months ago for my 97 olds.

having them is simply priceless. I simply don't trust a repair shop to give me the full truth about problems.

besides, nothing better then walking in and requesting service. When they claim the light means expensive repairs, you already knew differently!

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Why do I not see a price anywhere on the item page? What is the normal price?

Exactly! I keep an OBDII reader in my car because a lot of people at work want me to check out and reset their SES light. Besides, it saves me $45 for a mechanic to take a look at my cars each time.

Go to the coupon page and scroll down about halfway. The Original Price, Sale Price, and After Coupon price are located there.

$49.99, $39.99, and $34.99 respectively.

Oh man, we asked my husbands parents for an OBD for either our anniversary or the holidays. I can't buy it.

Any Autozone store will read the codes for free.

FYI, if you have an Autozone store nearby they'll scan your codes for free.

Does anyone know if these are decent quality? In the picture, they seem rather cheapish

Looks like I'm a minute late. LOL

ynguldyn said: [Q]Any Autozone store will read the codes for free.

While this is true, it is a pain to have to continue to go to the store. Once you read a code light, you break even cost wise.

I thought it looked cheap too. You can get a nicer one for $40-$50 on eBay.

bbug said: [Q]Exactly! I keep an ODBII reader in my car because a lot of people at work want me to check out and reset their SES light. Besides, it saves me $45 for a mechanic to take a look at my cars each time.

I was OUTRAGED when a mechanic charged me $80 just to READ THE CODE (not to do anything else!). You could buy two code readers yourself for less than that. What a jerk. Anyway, I agree that everyone needs to have one of these. You can look up the code on the internet to see what it means for your particular car and hopefully also find a forum where solutions are discussed.

I used this to fix a honda civic last year - the error code was for catalytic converter performance but it was passing the emissions test. Simply using the code reader to reset the CEL (check engine light) would have been adaquate for me to pass inspection (in my state they can't pass you with CEL on even if you pass the emissions test). But I took it to the next level, with some internet searching I found out that Civics often develop hairline cracks in the exhaust manifold which leads to extra air getting into the exhaust which generates bogus cat error codes and kicks on the CEL - this was easy to check out, so I did. Sure enough, the hairline cracks were there, so I welded them shut and the problem was solved.

ynguldyn said: [Q]Any Autozone store will read the codes for free.

Do they reset the light for free too? I doubt it, but thxs for the info. Another thing ... I own a 98 s70 volvo, I will research about it but if someone can tell me if it works for it will be great.

Up . . . it says check engine light, what about the service light?

Thanks op, green for you!

What is a better one to get off eBay?

kangoo said: [Q]ynguldyn said: [Q]Any Autozone store will read the codes for free.

Do they reset the light for free too? I doubt it, but thxs for the info. Another thing ... I own a 98 s70 volvo, I will research about it but if someone can tell me if it works for it will be great.

Up . . . it says check engine light, what about the service light?

Thanks op, green for you!

From what I understand ODB II readers work on all 1996 and newer cars, light trucks, SUVs and minivans - Domestic and Import. Don't know of any exceptions (?)

I think that "service light" you are talking about is just for things like "hey, you're due for an oil change". Its not really an error light, and you can reset it yourself - see your owners manual or search the internet for specifics for your car.

kangoo said: [Q]ynguldyn said: [Q]Any Autozone store will read the codes for free.

Do they reset the light for free too? I doubt it, but thxs for the info. Another thing ... I own a 98 s70 volvo, I will research about it but if someone can tell me if it works for it will be great.

Up . . . it says check engine light, what about the service light?

Thanks op, green for you!

They read and reset mine for free, they even printed out the error code. Didn't even take five minutes.
Check engine light, service light, one in the same I believe.

MarketVViz said: [Q]kangoo said: [Q]ynguldyn said: [Q]Any Autozone store will read the codes for free.

Do they reset the light for free too? I doubt it, but thxs for the info. Another thing ... I own a 98 s70 volvo, I will research about it but if someone can tell me if it works for it will be great.

Up . . . it says check engine light, what about the service light?

Thanks op, green for you!

From what I understand ODB II readers work on all 1996 and newer cars, light trucks, SUVs and minivans - Domestic and Import. Don't know of any exceptions (?)

I think that "service light" you are talking about is just for things like "hey, you're due for an oil change". Its not really an error light, and you can reset it yourself - see your owners manual or search the internet for specifics for your car.

thxs

MarketVViz said: [Q]kangoo said: [Q]ynguldyn said: [Q]Any Autozone store will read the codes for free.

Do they reset the light for free too? I doubt it, but thxs for the info. Another thing ... I own a 98 s70 volvo, I will research about it but if someone can tell me if it works for it will be great.

Up . . . it says check engine light, what about the service light?

Thanks op, green for you!

From what I understand ODB II readers work on all 1996 and newer cars, light trucks, SUVs and minivans - Domestic and Import. Don't know of any exceptions (?)

I think that "service light" you are talking about is just for things like "hey, you're due for an oil change". Its not really an error light, and you can reset it yourself - see your owners manual or search the internet for specifics for your car.

They couldn't read the code on my 98 Maxima.

It OBD II not ODB II

What sites is everyone using to look up the error codes once you run the reader?

SafetyDance said: [Q]MarketVViz said: [Q]kangoo said: [Q]ynguldyn said: [Q]Any Autozone store will read the codes for free.

Do they reset the light for free too? I doubt it, but thxs for the info. Another thing ... I own a 98 s70 volvo, I will research about it but if someone can tell me if it works for it will be great.

Up . . . it says check engine light, what about the service light?

Thanks op, green for you!

From what I understand ODB II readers work on all 1996 and newer cars, light trucks, SUVs and minivans - Domestic and Import. Don't know of any exceptions (?)

I think that "service light" you are talking about is just for things like "hey, you're due for an oil change". Its not really an error light, and you can reset it yourself - see your owners manual or search the internet for specifics for your car.

They couldn't read the code on my 98 Maxima.

That has to be a mistake, OBD2 is supposed to be required on all 96+ cars.
Also, sometimes the "check engine" could also be the SES (service engine soon) light.

there's also a new protocol called "CAN". same plug and everything, but my actron scanner couldnt read it off a newer (05, 06?) mazda6. the better ones probably work though.

xomp said: [Q]SafetyDance said: [Q]MarketVViz said: [Q]kangoo said: [Q]ynguldyn said: [Q]Any Autozone store will read the codes for free.

Do they reset the light for free too? I doubt it, but thxs for the info. Another thing ... I own a 98 s70 volvo, I will research about it but if someone can tell me if it works for it will be great.

Up . . . it says check engine light, what about the service light?

Thanks op, green for you!

From what I understand ODB II readers work on all 1996 and newer cars, light trucks, SUVs and minivans - Domestic and Import. Don't know of any exceptions (?)

I think that "service light" you are talking about is just for things like "hey, you're due for an oil change". Its not really an error light, and you can reset it yourself - see your owners manual or search the internet for specifics for your car.

They couldn't read the code on my 98 Maxima.

That has to be a mistake, OBD2 is supposed to be required on all 96+ cars.
Also, sometimes the "check engine" could also be the SES (service engine soon) light.

there's also a new protocol called "CAN". same plug and everything, but my actron scanner couldnt read it off a newer (05, 06?) mazda6. the better ones probably work though.

I've only seen expensive (several hundred dollar) readers that are capable of reading the CAN codes (probably could've been called OBD III). I'd love to find an inexpensive reader that handles CAN codes too.

MarketVViz said: [Q]From what I understand ODB II readers work on all 1996 and newer cars, light trucks, SUVs and minivans - Domestic and Import. Don't know of any exceptions (?) [Q]

you are partially right ... OBDII is on all cars .. but it only gives minimal info ... but many imports also have a seperate proprietary port and codes to give detailed fault reporting ... for BMWs ... use peake tool ... Peake ..hth!</blockquote></blockquote>

SafetyDance said: [Q]They couldn't read the code on my 98 Maxima.

Don't need the scanner for a 4th Gen maxima : Click me

what about ABS light i have ABS light on and SRS aribag light on my Nissam Maxima 02 can this OBDII erase the light


Thanks

saj07 said: [Q]what about ABS light i have ABS light on and SRS aribag light on my Nissam Maxima 02 can this OBDII erase the light


Thanks

If the light is on, your airbag will not deploy in an accident. Get it fixed.

breaux124 said: [Q]SafetyDance said: [Q]They couldn't read the code on my 98 Maxima.

Don't need the scanner for a 4th Gen maxima : Click me

You learn something new everyday. Thanks!

saj07 said: [Q]what about ABS light i have ABS light on and SRS aribag light on my Nissam Maxima 02 can this OBDII erase the light


Thanks

Hmm...maybe you should fix the problems. Unless you don't like the ABS and/or airbags to function properly.

this is the third time my ABS light came on out of warranty and the dam sensor is the problem i have to pay $289 to have it fix i am tired of this crappy faulty defected sensor in Nissan.

So i was think if there was any other way tjust to switch them off i dont care about braking it works great without ABS trust me i drive 90 miles everyday.

no obd-2 reader will clear an SRS code.

That usually needs to be done at dealer..

I have to agree the Harbor Freight one looks kind of cheap but the worst one I've seen is the Cobra one. I myself bought one of those orange Actron readers from Autozone. Kept going there to reset a light on an older vehicle and decided what the heck.

The only time I've had a problem was with a friend's Honda. It would read the code but wouldn't reset it, but still it provided information on what the problem was so he could get it fixed.

I have I believe the Actron 9125. $55 on Amazon.

And thanks RavinLunatic for the spelling correction.

saj07 said: [Q]this is the third time my ABS light came on out of warranty and the dam sensor is the problem i have to pay $289 to have it fix i am tired of this crappy faulty defected sensor in Nissan.

So i was think if there was any other way tjust to switch them off i dont care about braking it works great without ABS trust me i drive 90 miles everyday.

I understand your issue. BUT there are many people that try to erase and turn off these lights, then trade in the car or sell them and then the new owners are stuck with the bill or worse yet get into an accident and the air bags don't deploy, etc. I know of at least one person that this happen to with the airbags...

edit: spelling

There is an additional 15% off any single item coupon on their current ad (1181). It said it cannot be combined with other coupon, but you may use that to get $6 off instead of the coupon posted here for $5 off.

xomp said: [Q]That has to be a mistake, OBD2 is supposed to be required on all 96+ cars.
not necessarily. I think all US cars had to have OBDII after 96. but various european and japanese cars gradually transitioned over. I have a 2000 BMW that isn't OBDII compatible while our 2000 subaru is.

There's no mention of what protocols it speaks though. Anyone know?

/syf3r

Found one interesting thing. Look at the coupon next to it. After $3 coupon you pay $15 more. LOL.

boulos said: [Q]saj07 said: [Q]this is the third time my ABS light came on out of warranty and the dam sensor is the problem i have to pay $289 to have it fix i am tired of this crappy faulty defected sensor in Nissan.

So i was think if there was any other way tjust to switch them off i dont care about braking it works great without ABS trust me i drive 90 miles everyday.

I understand your issue. BUT there are many people that try to erase and turn off these lights, then trade in the car or sell them and then the new owners are stuck with the bill or worse yet get into an accident and the air bags don't deploy, etc. I know of at least one person that this happen to with the airbags...

edit: spelling Once the OBDII is reset and hooked up to a scan tool, the system will read not ready. Once in ready state that light will come on again. Disconnectng the battery for a few minutes will reset most CEL's, but once they wake up and sense the fault it'll come on again. In NYS vehicles from 1996-2001 are allowed 2 not ready sensors for puposes of inspection. Hope that helps.

It's a bit more money, but it's also infinately more useful: Scanguage

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I just happened to run into this thread while browsing for harbor freight, so here goes..

I recently ordered a OBD II scanner off of ObdPros for $ 84.99, the cool part is this one does all the protocols so it works with all cars after 1996 but beyond that it also comes with software that let's you view things like your speed and rpm on a laptop. So if you have a laptop this tool offers a lot more functionality plus it gives you a description of what the car code actually means.

Sure you could look it up online with the harborfright tool but I like being able to see the description of the error code directly on the laptop.




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