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LETSROLL
06-23-2011, 05:04 PM
Hi All,

I'm interested in acquiring a scan tool for use with my 1996 LC 80 series. I'm looking at the Actron CP9550 $69 online. Here's the product description: http://www.actron.com/product_detail.php?pid=16361

Basically, I want the ability to read the error code in plain english and then reset the Check Engine light. I am not a mechanic and don't really intend to use this beyond the code diagnosis and turning off the light.

I don't need/want a monitor for continuous information while driving, so low end is preferred.

So, anyone familiar with this tool? Does it do what I'm looking for? Have a better suggestion?

Thanks, John

satchel
06-23-2011, 05:14 PM
If you just want to see the codes and clear them, pretty much any $20 one will work from Napa or wherever.

I have found that when I'm working on cars and get a code, a lot of times a book will tell you to check certain sensor voltages and such to find out which sensor is actually malfunctioning, or if it is even malfunctioning at all or just barely outside of parameters because of some other issue. For that reason, I need to find one that gives a readout of the sensors, and not just a code.

Also, you can go here https://elibrary.mel.org/validate?url=http://0-infotrac.galegroup.com.elibrary.mel.org:80/itweb/lom_accessmich%3Fdb%3DCHLL and pretty much get any Chilton's book to help you troubleshoot the codes with full troubleshooting trees. Obviously, the FSM is best for this kind of stuff, but if you're like me you have somebody else's vehicle in your garage at any given time trying to figure out what a certain code means.

The password is any letter followed by any 12 single digit numbers, such as this: a123456789012

RicardoJM
06-23-2011, 05:56 PM
I got an UltraGauge (http://risingsun4x4club.org/forum2/showthread.php?t=13825&highlight=obd); less expensive than the ScanGuage and it has worked out just fine for me. I did have some issues when I first got it and had to send it back for an update but the vendor was great in the service they provided. It does not do any translation of the codes, but that is ok as the codes it does display are the search terms I use to find information about the code on the web and in the FSM.

satchel
06-23-2011, 06:10 PM
I like that, Ricardo. I could use one of those.

L43dean
06-23-2011, 11:13 PM
Make sure you get one that checks for flairs.

Corbet
06-23-2011, 11:57 PM
I have a higher end Actron scanner. I like it. I have not used the basic code reader thought. If I were to do it again I'd probably get the scanguage.

SteveH
06-24-2011, 09:44 AM
Innova 3130 or 3140 (see chart of features on Amazon - scroll down). I have the 3130 with live data, and it shows my oxygen sensor voltages, RPM, engine temp, etc. Not pro-grade, but $130. I can watch my oxygen sensor voltages, and it warns of pending codes, as well as actual codes.

Some of the el-cheapo scanners sold on eBay may not do the CAN bus, and won't work in '07 and later vehicles, so be sure that whatever you get supports the CAN bus. It seems like all the $25 ones are gone on eBay and now are closer to 70, which is starting to be 'real money' - hence my suggestion you go a bit higher and learn more with the tool.

Jacket
06-24-2011, 09:50 AM
I got an UltraGauge (http://risingsun4x4club.org/forum2/showthread.php?t=13825&highlight=obd); less expensive than the ScanGuage and it has worked out just fine for me. I did have some issues when I first got it and had to send it back for an update but the vendor was great in the service they provided. It does not do any translation of the codes, but that is ok as the codes it does display are the search terms I use to find information about the code on the web and in the FSM.

Where does that unit plug in on the 40? ;)

RicardoJM
06-24-2011, 11:05 AM
Where does that unit plug in on the 40? ;)

It doesn't yet:D.