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Old 08-30-2012, 02:48 PM
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Default How well does a car tuner perform diagnostic checks?

I have a 1999 Ford Ranger 3.0L and I will be buying an Edge Evo HT tuner to add an advertized increase in horsepower, torque, and fuel economy. However, there is an annoying electrical/mechanical problem with my windshield wipers system, and to get it professionally diagnosed [at a shop such as Goodyear] would cost over $140 -that's about half the price of the tuner.

It is rated to "read, translate, and clear fault codes", and I remember hearing that it can do a diagnositc check, so my question is [if it does do diagnostics]: how accurate, comminicable, and relevant is the information a tuner will provide? My father has seen the commercial-level diagnostic machines during his occupation, and says that they are very large, complex machines, and that a tuner would not likely perform nearly as well or as thouroughly as theirs. Does anyone have any specific knowledge about whether or not an Edge tuner should do what I need it to? I also will be posting this on YahooAnswers to see if there's any others on the web who can help me out, but any help here would be appreciated. Thanks.

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Also, since I'm asking about the tuner, can anyone tell me really how well they work or if there is a noticable effect from it?

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Old 09-01-2012, 07:10 PM
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What is the issue with the wiper system? The code that will be pulled for your wiper system will be a code from your GEM module. These codes can only be pulled from a FORD NGS scanner. I think the code scanner you are going to get will only pull ECU codes and possibly Airbags. To get codes from other modules you should use the ford proprietary scanner.
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Old 09-03-2012, 01:59 PM
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What is the issue with the wiper system? The code that will be pulled for your wiper system will be a code from your GEM module. These codes can only be pulled from a FORD NGS scanner. I think the code scanner you are going to get will only pull ECU codes and possibly Airbags. To get codes from other modules you should use the ford proprietary scanner.
The wipers act up occassionally by coming on randomly, at different speeds (usually low) and lengths of time (usually less than a couple seconds), while the switch is off and it seems to happen more frequently during hot weather. It also rarely functions in the highest speed setting, which has been hazardous during this stormy summer season. I'm guessin that it's an electrical issue, and not just the motor, but once the truck gets back from a fender repainting this week I will be taking it out somewhere for this repair.
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What is the issue with the wiper system? The code that will be pulled for your wiper system will be a code from your GEM module. These codes can only be pulled from a FORD NGS scanner. I think the code scanner you are going to get will only pull ECU codes and possibly Airbags. To get codes from other modules you should use the ford proprietary scanner.
NGS? Oh god, old school. The IDS is way better haha. But this man is right, it will pretty much only get emissions codes.
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Old 09-05-2012, 02:19 PM
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ok, thanks. guess the mechanic will figure that out then
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