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Old 08-21-2006, 08:05 PM   #1
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I have had a flurry of bells and signals go off on my car in the last 6 weeks - Service stability system soon, seat belt light, abs brake light, etc. So I took it to AutoZone to have the codes read - they said no codes returned...

What kind of code reader do they have? I guess I have to go to a dealer to have it done properly, right? Or will a regular car repair shop have a better code reader than Auto Zone... ??
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autozone should be 100% compatible with your car...

were all the lights on when you had it tested? did they accidently clear them before they saw them and made up some BS to feed ya
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They had a little hand-held orange box, about the size of two cigarette packs, which looked pretty cheesy. I was surprised about the "no codes" reading, but he said the engine checked out fine - no codes, and I'd have to go to a dealer for the stability system code check. So I don't know wtf, maybe I should go to another AutoZone..
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The Autozones around here use the Actron code reader, which is orange. It'* a good code reader, but can only do so much. Your stability system code is likely a problem with the steering position sensor. The column has to be removed to replace it, and there are something like 3 different options as to which sensor you have. You find out when it'* removed. Not an easy job.

Are you having traction control issues, also? ABS codes can only be read at the dealer, or with a very expensive scanner. Could very well be a wheel speed sensor on one of the hubs that is causing the problem. It could range from a bad connection, to a bad sensor which requires that the hub be replaced.

The seatbelt warning could be just a loose connection in the seat.
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I'll try a dealer for a good reading because I definitely have traction control issues. That light goes on constantly in bumper to bumper traffic.

Thanks Archon!
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the dealer will charge you @ 70-90 bucks
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that'* steep!! I regular car repair shop should be ok, yes?
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Only if the regular repair shop has a Tech II scanner. If they do, chances are they'll charge in the neighborhood of $50 - $60 to scan your car. Sometimes, if you're lucky, you can find a shop who can read the ABS/TC codes and will do it for minimal or no cost. You can try it. You'll be out nothing but your time.
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Saying that a tech2 is required is not true. I currently have an AutoEnginuity scanner and can read all of the sub-systems in most all OBD2 GM vehicles. I had an autotap before this and was pissed to find that the $350 AutoTap couldn't read the Airbag sub-system. I paid $75 to have the dealership tell me that the front impact sensor was bad. So I sold my Autotap for my AutoEnginuity scanner. I wish I was able to keep both because the Autotap was much easier to use and much more configurable, but the AutoEginuity shows you everything.
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fyi... my dealer charges 30 for a tech2 scan
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