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Unread 07-20-2011, 08:39 AM   #1
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Scan Tools and Code Readers

Well I used the write-up on howtoECUcodes and when the sequence was complete only thing showing was the mileage. I'm assuming I had no codes. I about choked when I went searching for a DRB III. I see code readers for $49 and up on the web. What do I need more than the built-in diagnostic reader? My 2000 XJ is new to me and I'd like to verify no issues while all is well so when something happens I know what the baseline was. Thanks all.

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Unread 07-20-2011, 08:57 AM   #2
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I dont believe that key on key off thing works on post 96 vehicles. We use an OBDII reader to read the codes on our Jeep (97-01)
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Unread 07-20-2011, 10:22 AM   #3
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Thanks AmbuGrl. Would you remember what you paid/where you got it? BTW we are neighbors up here on the Eastern Shore.
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Unread 07-20-2011, 10:28 AM   #4
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ScanGauge is the common one ....

Theres others available ... and you even get i-phone blue pod thingymajigs programmes that display the OBDII info on the stereo system screen
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Unread 07-20-2011, 10:44 AM   #5
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Thanks Carves, I'll check it out.
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Unread 07-20-2011, 10:48 AM   #6
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Just Google ODB-II Code Reader, go on Amazon.com, eBay.com, or stop by your local auto parts store. I got an inexpensive code reader from HarborFreight.com on sale for $39.
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Unread 07-20-2011, 02:02 PM   #7
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Thanks Tim. I've been looking at ODB II readers since AmbuGrl's post. Lots of choices.
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Unread 07-21-2011, 09:45 PM   #8
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I just picked up an Actron (recommended by a JF user) for less than $60 on Amazon.
Let me know when you find the connector.
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Unread 07-22-2011, 06:37 AM   #9
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Actron, Innova, Equus are excellent choices.

Solid reputable manufacturer, great prices.

amazon.com is the place to shop for them

Be SURE to get one that allows you to clear (erase) the codes. That is a very important function. Most of them I believe have this function except for the el-cheapos, which I'd stay away from. For a few bucks more, you can get one of the above brands.
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Unread 07-22-2011, 07:54 AM   #10
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Thanks TJ and all, I will get one of those you mentioned that can clear codes.
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Unread 07-22-2011, 07:59 AM   #11
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I got an actron from sears, I got the cheapest one that could still read pids, its pretty helpfull if your trying to diag somthing.
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Unread 07-10-2013, 02:02 PM   #12
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I just wonder if we really need the DRBIII scan tool for our Cherokees DTC !!!!, will the OBDII code readers be enough to retrieve all codes?.
What can the DRBIII do that all other scan tool brands cannot do.

DRBIII scanner cannot be found for less than 2000 bucks.
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OBD-II trouble code scanners will read the Check Engine Light trouble codes and enable you to erase the codes. Some trouble code readers will also read ABS brakes and some will also display live data from your engine sensors.

DRB-III diagnostic scan tools can reprogram your engine computer, as well as read codes and display live data.
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Unread 07-10-2013, 10:50 PM   #14
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I bought this code reader and it works pretty well. It's bare bones in what it can do, but it gets the job done. At under $20 you can't complain.
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Unread 07-11-2013, 07:20 PM   #15
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This is the one I have - http://www.amazon.com/3130-Diagnosti.../dp/B000KID31K

It can read and erase codes and show live data

I recommend this one as well - http://www.amazon.com/Actron-CP9185-...Actron+scanner
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