OBD 2 scanner recommendations needed - GM Forum - Buick, Cadillac, Chev, Olds, GMC & Pontiac chat


1992-1999 Series I L27 (1992-1994 SE,SLE, SSE) & Series II L36 (1995-1999 SE, SSE, SLE) and common problems for the Series I and II L67 (all supercharged models 92-99) Including Olds 88's, Olds LSS's and Buick Lesabres Please use General Chat for non-mechanical issues, and Performance and Brainstorming for improvements.

Reply
 
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 10-22-2009, 04:30 PM   #1
Member
Posts like a V-Tak
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Chicago IL area
Posts: 42
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
sandman900ss is on a distinguished road
Default OBD 2 scanner recommendations needed

First off, as a noob here, I'd like to commend the mods for the great job they do. This is clearly a tight, well run and very informative forum, and has already helped me quite a bit by just reading relevant threads.

That said, my 117K mile 1996 SE has reached the point where codes are popping up here and there, and I need a dtc scanner for sure. Don't want to run to an Autozone or similar just to have them read before I commence my parts changing! In this board'* experience, is there any brand I should go with or stay away from? Are the enhanced readers that give a text display and other info worth it? I have read and used the code list here, but maybe the upgraded scanner is worth it. Lots of Actrons on eBay, looks like $45 American will do it...thanks for your comments.

CAN Bus Universal OBD II OBD 2 Code Scanner /Reader NEW:eBay Motors (item 190342732239 end time Oct-22-09 17:15:00 PDT)
sandman900ss is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-2009, 04:53 PM   #2
Senior Member

True Car Nut
 
2kg4u's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Windsor, Ontario / Detroit, Michigan
Posts: 4,804
Thanked 220 Times in 181 Posts
2kg4u has much to be proud of2kg4u has much to be proud of2kg4u has much to be proud of2kg4u has much to be proud of2kg4u has much to be proud of2kg4u has much to be proud of2kg4u has much to be proud of2kg4u has much to be proud of2kg4u has much to be proud of
Default

If you are going to be modifying your engine you need to scan for things like knock retard, which the inexpensive scanners won't do. If you simply want to read and clear diagnostic trouble codes (DTC'*) I use one of these and it works fine for $36 including shipping:

OBD II SCANNER OBD2 2 SCAN TOOL CODE READER OBDII ENHAN:eBay Motors (item 200394603427 end time Oct-24-09 17:05:45 PDT)

I also have an LS1M scanner which is basically a Palm PDA with a custom program and a cable to connect to the OBD port. It is capable of reading numerous engine parameters such as knock retard. Do a google on LS1M scanner and you will see it.

Beyond that, you get into tuners, which not only read codes and operating conditions, but also let you adjust settings. Those are fairly pricey.

So the bottom line is, what are you going to use the scanner for?
2kg4u is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-2009, 04:54 PM   #3
Senior Member

True Car Nut
 
2kg4u's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Windsor, Ontario / Detroit, Michigan
Posts: 4,804
Thanked 220 Times in 181 Posts
2kg4u has much to be proud of2kg4u has much to be proud of2kg4u has much to be proud of2kg4u has much to be proud of2kg4u has much to be proud of2kg4u has much to be proud of2kg4u has much to be proud of2kg4u has much to be proud of2kg4u has much to be proud of
Default

Please add your year and trim of your vehicle to your signature line. That way when you start asking questions in other areas of the forum, we all have a better idea on how to assist you. Click on "Quick Links" above, go down to "User Control Panel" and then click on "Edit your Signature" It'* pretty straight forward from there.
2kg4u is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-2009, 08:25 PM   #4
Retired Senior Admin

Expert Gearhead
 
Danthurs's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Sheboygan Wisconsin
Posts: 29,661
Thanks: 0
Thanked 16 Times in 13 Posts
Danthurs is a name known to allDanthurs is a name known to allDanthurs is a name known to allDanthurs is a name known to allDanthurs is a name known to allDanthurs is a name known to all
Default

Your going to need to ask yourself a few questions first. Not planning to do much performance wise, a standard scanner will work. This will give you the DTC code and you just look up the description.

Planning to do some miner performance mods, look at a aeroforce scan gauge or something like that. This will give you enhanced codes, something a basic scanner wont do. Will still need to look up the codes.

Laptop software, autoenginuity is nice, but cost extra for enhanced. For the price, get the HPtuner scanner, you can then upgrade to the tuning package if you wish. The price is high, $500, but is simply the best money you can spend if your going for performance. Keep in mind though, this software is for 97+
Danthurs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2009, 03:50 PM   #5
Member
Posts like a V-Tak
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Chicago IL area
Posts: 42
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
sandman900ss is on a distinguished road
Default

No performance mods planned, I'm just looking for a reliable tool for diagnosing trouble codes as they inevitably pop up in the future- something that'll point me in the right direction. Therefore, I don't need a sophistcated reader intended for professional use.
sandman900ss is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2009, 04:54 PM   #6
Senior Member

True Car Nut
 
2kg4u's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Windsor, Ontario / Detroit, Michigan
Posts: 4,804
Thanked 220 Times in 181 Posts
2kg4u has much to be proud of2kg4u has much to be proud of2kg4u has much to be proud of2kg4u has much to be proud of2kg4u has much to be proud of2kg4u has much to be proud of2kg4u has much to be proud of2kg4u has much to be proud of2kg4u has much to be proud of
Default

Then the Ebay one for $36 should work for you.
2kg4u is offline   Reply With Quote
 
 
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
94 SE OBD Scanner kparrent 1992-1999 5 08-10-2009 09:12 AM
what code scanner works on a 95 caprice with obd 1 88bonnsse Lounge 0 02-08-2008 07:32 PM
Consensus of Best GM OBD-2 Scanner to Date Luke1027 General GM Chat 8 03-21-2006 10:44 AM
PC based OBD-II scanner zuluhead Performance, Brainstorming & Tuning 7 09-12-2005 01:39 PM
Best OBD II Scanner for money travisd 2000-2005 7 01-20-2005 06:30 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:36 AM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.