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Old 06-12-2006, 11:13 PM   #1
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I'm thinking of purchasing a Scan tool to read codes. What would be the best one to purchase if you were going to use it for more than one vehicle and keep it for many years? I realize this is a broad question, but advice would be appreciated. Is there one for ABS codes also? I hate to borrow tools and in this case I donít know of anyone that even has one.

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For that I would get a laptop and then get AutoTap. Its the best route if you are going to be using a scan tool often and for a long time, the features that come with it are very useful:
www.autotap.com

If you just want basic codes then an Actron is the way to go, this is the more affordable route but at the cost of not getting a data stream of your sensors for lets say diagnosing a faulty sensor whose reading is off. This is best for figuring out the occasional CEL and nothing more:
Actron: http://www.autobarn.net/obdiiau.html - $140
Pocket Actron: http://www.autobarn.net/cp9125.html - $75

Edit: Wrong autobarn links, now corrected.
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For that I would get a laptop and then get AutoTap.
What the heck is AutoTap?
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Look at the link in my post.
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I didn't notice the link before, thanks. I noticed this on sale this week and was wondering if it was a good deal. http://www.canadiantire.ca/assortmen...romSearch=true

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I just got ProScan from www.myscantool.com It seems OK, but I have not had a chance to really check it out, hope to do that tomorrow. It was only about $90 and that includes cables.
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I didn't notice the link before, thanks. I noticed this on sale this week and was wondering if it was a good deal. http://www.canadiantire.ca/assortmen...romSearch=true

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Links don't work. It is important to define what you really want. Do you want a code reader? or a scantool?

A code reader can be obtained rathere inexpensively, but will only read trouble codes. A scantool will read trouble codes and also some live engine operating parameters, but will cost at least twice as much as just a code-reader. Also, since you have a '95, I don't know if you have a hybrid protocol. If so, then you need to make sure you have a reader (or scantool) cabale of reading OBD II using an OBD I connector.
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Links don't work. It is important to define what you really want. Do you want a code reader? or a scantool?

A code reader can be obtained rathere inexpensively, but will only read trouble codes. A scantool will read trouble codes and also some live engine operating parameters, but will cost at least twice as much as just a code-reader. Also, since you have a '95, I don't know if you have a hybrid protocol. If so, then you need to make sure you have a reader (or scantool) cabale of reading OBD II using an OBD I connector.
Thanks for the info, I didn't realise that, this is helpfull info since this is new to me. I'm going to have to keep looking and try to gain more info.
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Great person to purchase from but unfortunately I don't have a laptop. Thanks for the link though.
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