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post #1 of 43 Old 10-11-2012, 08:40 AM Thread Starter
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Best OBD II scanner?

My LJ just had the CEL come on...It still seems to run fine, so whatever caused the code must be a minor issue.

So I guess it's time to finally break down and get an OBD II scanner, but which one?
I am willing to spend up to $400 or so...

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post #2 of 43 Old 10-11-2012, 08:41 AM
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Why not take the ole girl to Autozone, have it them read it for free, and spend $400 on beer or the CEL Light fix?

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post #3 of 43 Old 10-11-2012, 08:48 AM
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The key trick doesn't work on your 05' ?

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It should work for 05. Key trick is easy to do and no need to waste gas going to the parts store.
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post #6 of 43 Old 10-11-2012, 08:52 AM
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Anyone use one of these or similar:
http://www.dinodirect.com/elm327-wif...FROnPAodfWgAOw

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post #7 of 43 Old 10-11-2012, 09:12 AM
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As others have noted, the one you can borrow for free at auto store is the best.
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I have both Actron and ScanGauge scanners. They are handy to have, but I work on a lot of different vehicles. Actron (depending on the model) will tell you a short code description, so instead of just P0300, it will also say "multiple cyl misfire." It also shows the freeze data at the time of the code (again, I think this depends on model). Scangauge is good because it can display data in real-time, as well as scan codes. I have one mounted semi-permanently in my truck to monitor boost, oil and water temp, MPGs, etc., but still scan codes quickly if necessary (such as when the SES light came on unexpectedly last month). ScanGauge is $160. Actron scanners can be had for $100 or so.

If you only need to read your LJ, do the key thing, or rent/borrow a scanner. If you work on other OBDII vehicles, go ahead and pony up for a decent scanner, as they are helpful to own. If you like electronic toys, get a ScanGauge or similar.
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A $20 Bluetooth adapter and the free Torque App for your Android phone. Does everything Scangauge does plus a lot more and looks a lot better doing it. And look mom, no cord.

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I use an Ultraguage to keep track of various stats on my 05 LJ. They go for around $60. It will read and reset error and warning codes.

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A $20 Bluetooth adapter and the free Torque App for your Android phone. Does everything Scangauge does plus a lot more and looks a lot better doing it. And look mom, no cord.

Exactly. Got the Torque pro for like $7, and works great.

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My LJ just had the CEL come on...It still seems to run fine, so whatever caused the code must be a minor issue.

So I guess it's time to finally break down and get an OBD II scanner, but which one?
I am willing to spend up to $400 or so...

Recommendations?
You don't need a scanner to read your '05 LJ's codes, it can read its own and display them on the odometer display. Turn your igntion switch on-off-on three times within five seconds and then leave the key in the On position so the diagnostic routine can run. Within a few seconds any DTC (diagostic trouble code) codes found will begin to display on the odometer. Give it a few seconds, they don't display immediately.

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post #13 of 43 Old 10-11-2012, 12:25 PM Thread Starter
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Wow, sure enough, the key thing works, P2098, whatever that is...
Still do want a scanner, auto parts stores are not always open when I can work on a vehicle, and this LJ is not the only vehicle...I sometimes buy and sell insurance wrecks.

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post #14 of 43 Old 10-11-2012, 12:31 PM
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Google your code once you get it?

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post #15 of 43 Old 10-11-2012, 12:33 PM
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You can google the code to see what it is.
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