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KingKrab65
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OBDII scanner

Post by KingKrab65 » Tue Aug 22, 2017 6:21 am

I am looking to purchase an OBDII scanner. I need a hand held version as I do not have a laptop or phone that I could hook it up to. I recently got a CenTech one but that didn't read the code. It only canceled the MIL, so I returned it.

Has anyone in this group had any luck with a particular model of OBDII scanners?

Thanks for the input!
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Re: OBDII scanner

Post by jayoldschool » Tue Aug 22, 2017 7:37 am

Just get a used Android phone, or a cheap Android tablet at WalMart, and run Torque. Combined with a $15 Bluetooth adapter, you'll do more than a cheap scanner.

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Re: OBDII scanner

Post by petervivian » Tue Aug 22, 2017 9:36 am

jayoldschool wrote:Just get a used Android phone, or a cheap Android tablet at WalMart, and run Torque. Combined with a $15 Bluetooth adapter, you'll do more than a cheap scanner.
I paired my $5 ebay scanner with a $10 Bestbuy locked Android phone. This solution works great.
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Re: OBDII scanner

Post by Vulcan05 » Tue Aug 22, 2017 12:15 pm

Check out a ScanGuage. I have one that is now in the third car since I bought it. Works great and gives 4 readouts at a time as well scans for problems. No phone needed.
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Re: OBDII scanner

Post by JetBlack » Tue Aug 22, 2017 1:58 pm

Check out SlickDeals or KinjaDeals was able to find some very inexpensive OBD2 scanner there. Peronally since I use iPhone I've gone with WiFi scanner and OBDcardoctor app. The Scanner ran me $8 and the app is free you should be able to view live data and Error codes.
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Re: OBDII scanner

Post by MacGyver » Tue Aug 22, 2017 3:25 pm

I have this one, except in Canada they are sold under the Autel brand.

https://www.harborfreight.com/automotiv ... 62142.html
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KingKrab65
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Re: OBDII scanner

Post by KingKrab65 » Wed Aug 23, 2017 4:29 am

Thanks to everyone for all the great suggestions. There are some good choices here that I will check out.

Thanks again for everyone's help!
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Re: OBDII scanner

Post by vibenvy » Thu Aug 31, 2017 6:02 pm

I have been meaning to look into getting an OBDII scanner for a while now, so this post was just the boost I needed! I just bought the Cen-Tech one that MacGyver mentioned, for $22.99 shipped from eBay.
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KingKrab65
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Re: OBDII scanner

Post by KingKrab65 » Tue Sep 12, 2017 4:34 am

MacGyver wrote:I have this one, except in Canada they are sold under the Autel brand.

https://www.harborfreight.com/automotiv ... 62142.html
I ended up getting the Autel version of this from Amazon. It is a pretty basic reader and it actually gives me code info. It does not do the ABS reading but that's OK for now.

Thanks again for everyone's suggestions!
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Re: OBDII scanner

Post by zbyers » Mon Jan 27, 2020 4:39 am

Ultra cheap code reader that works fine.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/254320957576?ul_noapp=true
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