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Old 08-09-2017, 04:21 PM
Birchhatchery Birchhatchery is offline
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so I am wondering from yall personal experience what is the best ob2 code reader I would like one that can also read transmission codes I have a 1997 ford ranger 3.0 and a 2010 ford ranger 2.3 and a 2004 chevy 3500 dually would ike this reader to work on all 3 of these thanks I'm not looking to break the bank but would like a decent reader for the money
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Old 08-09-2017, 04:27 PM
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If you have an Android phone buy an Elm obd- 2 adaptor for $10 and download Torque for free. Torque pro is $5

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Old 08-09-2017, 04:28 PM
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I don't have a smart phone don't want one either thanks tho
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Old 08-10-2017, 04:16 AM
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I don't have a smart phone don't want one either thanks tho
I've bought a lot of the Autels on amazon for less than $20. I give them to people as gifts.
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2004 Ranger, Ext Cab, 2WD, 3.0, 5 speed , 4WABS, crank windows, no cruise, Edge 116k.(6/5,2014) (SOLD).
1999 Ford Ranger, Reg Cab, 2.5, 5 speed, 2WD, no AC, 150k (SOLD).
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Old 08-11-2017, 10:34 AM
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The Autels OBD readers from Amazon are super and dirt cheap. I've owned one for years and even bought one for my son. Their far faster then the one we use at work that cost $250.
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Old 08-11-2017, 11:06 AM
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do autels do tranny codes too?
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Old 08-11-2017, 01:37 PM
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Old 08-11-2017, 05:43 PM
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I've had this one for a couple years now.

https://www.amazon.com/Autel-MD802-M...keywords=autel

If I were to do it again I'd get their version that is the tablet/touchscreen.
https://www.amazon.com/Autel-DS808-A...ds=autel&psc=1

Both are cheap compared to the system I have for our Mercedes but that's a whole other animal...lol

The Autel gets updates and reads everything on the ranger no problem.

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Old 08-12-2017, 04:23 AM
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Hey cool they do abs codes too!

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Old 08-12-2017, 04:49 AM
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so in order to read tranny codes I need that expensive of a code reader?
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Old 08-12-2017, 04:56 AM
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I've found in the past that is true, but that one is cheaper than the ones I researched years ago!

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That 200 dollar one I'm talking about, not that 800 dollar one Lol!
Still, 200 bucks is 10 times the cost of those elm adapters
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Old 08-12-2017, 11:42 AM
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Here's a perspective to consider.

When or if you consider the "opportunities" to make money off having such a tool.. $200-800 is nothing. Why do you think most dealerships charge over a $100 for electrical and troubleshooting? got to pay for those tools some how to earn a living, and when they go down, or break, outdated software/firmware.., replace them..

Time is the only commodity we can never gain back.. Unless you know something about microsoft points I dont know.. Same thing I tell any woman. If I am giving you my time, I am literally giving you my life, dont waste it.

Whats your time worth? Still $10 hr? $35hr? $24,000 a year? $100k a year?
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Old 08-31-2017, 06:09 AM
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Yep so true. On our Mercedes I paid $1200 for code reading software so that I am able to read the proprietary software/systems in the car and can also code different things. IE: Change halogen headlights to bi-xenon gotta code the car. Want the passenger mirrors to fold in after you replace the motors from non folding. Code the car. Want to unlock certain things like flashing brake lights/or emergency lights during emergency braking...code the car.

That $1200 I spent for a clone, has saved and made that much back to me from going to a dealer that would charge me at a minimum $100 to plug in and change setting each time.

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Old 09-05-2017, 04:17 PM
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ok I ended up ordering from amazon the Autel MD802 Maxidiag Elite Full System Automotive OBD2 Code Scanner with Full OBD2 Diagnostics and EPB OIL Reset Service
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