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post #1 of 10 Old 10-16-2020, 07:34 AM Thread Starter
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Need recommendation for a good obd code reader 2000 xj

Any advice / recommendations regarding a good obd code reader?

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post #2 of 10 Old 10-16-2020, 08:13 AM
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There's a pretty wide spectrum of readers out there. So what do you want?

Basic code reader with ability to reset?

Freeze frame along with detailed codes?

Live data, graphing?

SRS and Airbag data?

Blue tooth?

Prices can run from $10 to over $3000.

I have a slightly older version of this one (without the ABS function):

https://www.harborfreight.com/zr8-ob...ata-63809.html
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post #3 of 10 Old 10-16-2020, 08:36 AM
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I got this one recently, does live data and code read/clear.

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B06ZYTDKP3
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I got this one recently, does live data and code read/clear.

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B06ZYTDKP3
Pretty sure mine is an older verison of that.
Picked it up for $30 from Newegg.
Graphs live data.
Like I have a clue as how to interpret it. LOL.
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post #5 of 10 Old 10-16-2020, 05:57 PM Thread Starter
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There's a pretty wide spectrum of readers out there. So what do you want?

Basic code reader with ability to reset?

Freeze frame along with detailed codes?

Live data, graphing?

SRS and Airbag data?

Blue tooth?

Prices can run from $10 to over $3000.

I have a slightly older version of this one (without the ABS function):

https://www.harborfreight.com/zr8-ob...ata-63809.html
Was basically interested in pulling the code after a check engine light.... not trying to save the planet or calculate the orbit of space debris.

I figure if I can get the code then I am on the track of solving any problem myself.... and then clear the code.

I have been told that some readers only give you very basic code info.... so your comment about detailed code info might have merit if that detailed info gets me closer to a solution for any problem.
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post #6 of 10 Old 10-17-2020, 08:48 AM
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Typically, the basic (aka cheapest) readers just give you the code (e.g. P0301, P0131) and you'll need to lookup the code. Others have a database included that will report the code and explain what it is, such as P0131 - low sensor voltage for oxygen sensor bank 1 sensor 1.

IMO, freeze frame data is useful. It captures the running state when the code was triggered so you know what speed you were driving, engine temp, rpms and other datapoints to help diagnose the problem rather than firing the "parts cannon".

While I can't see spending a ton of money on a high end reader, I do have other cars I use mine on plus other family members, neighbors and friends.
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post #7 of 10 Old 10-17-2020, 09:43 AM
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I've been very satisfied with the... OBD Link MX Blue Tooth dongle paired with the Torque App on my Android phone.
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post #8 of 10 Old 10-17-2020, 11:49 PM
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Bluetooth dongle and a smartphone.
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post #9 of 10 Old 10-18-2020, 01:15 PM
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You can get a great tool for around $200 and do pretty much everything a shop can do. I have an older OTC 3111 Pro and a newer Autel Maxi-Scan which does more. FWIW the only tool that could verify if the cam sensor was in phase with the crankshaft was my old Snap-On 2500. I am glad I kept it around.

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Typically, the basic (aka cheapest) readers just give you the code (e.g. P0301, P0131) and you'll need to lookup the code. Others have a database included that will report the code and explain what it is, such as P0131 - low sensor voltage for oxygen sensor bank 1 sensor 1.

IMO, freeze frame data is useful. It captures the running state when the code was triggered so you know what speed you were driving, engine temp, rpms and other datapoints to help diagnose the problem rather than firing the "parts cannon".

While I can't see spending a ton of money on a high end reader, I do have other cars I use mine on plus other family members, neighbors and friends.
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Having that data at fingertips sounds like a good idea..... so I should be looking at readers that include some kind of data base function.

What reader(s) do you use?
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