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Old 05-20-2004, 02:09 PM   #1
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My wife has a '99 Century and I have a 2000ssei. I want to be able to read codes and make the repairs myself on our cars.

Someone said that I may not need the readout thingy that there was a jumper I could hook up so that the codes would read out on the dash.

Is this true, and would it work for both cars? If not, and I need the code reader/scan tool, would I need two different ones or would the one reader work for both.

Any help would be great!!
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I have the OBD 2 code reader and the owners manual says "To troubleshoot 1996 and newer OBD 2 vehicles". It has codes for The Big 3 automakers and generic codes for the rest. I've had mine a year now and only had to use it twice and on both ocassions worked great.
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I have the OBD 2 code reader and the owners manual says "To troubleshoot 1996 and newer OBD 2 vehicles". It has codes for The Big 3 automakers and generic codes for the rest. I've had mine a year now and only had to use it twice and on both ocassions worked great.
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Great! Thanks for the help. How much did you pay for yours?
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Kevo I asked the same question as you di back in March of this year. Go to page 5 of this "2000 and Newer" and look at the responses I got to my post "Code Readers and resetting DIC". The info was great and I ended up ordering the Autoenginuity scan tool and it has been great. Pricey yes but it is good for almost every car and it allows you to clear codes. Check out the Autoenginuity website and see for your self. Good Luck
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I paid 230.00 canadian for my OBD 2 reader
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I only paid $99 for www.digimoto.com it reads codes, can reset the service engine soon light, dyno and quarter mile times as well log data. You do need a lap though.

There are other standalone obd2 readers and most will reset the code if needed.
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I only paid $99 for www.digimoto.com it reads codes, can reset the service engine soon light, dyno and quarter mile times as well log data. You do need a lap though.

There are other standalone obd2 readers and most will reset the code if needed.
I just bought the one on the link you provided. It was 109 USD plus 10 something for shipping. It comes with the scan reader, but I also have a laptop too, but the price was the same so I figured why not.

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I only paid $99 for www.digimoto.com it reads codes, can reset the service engine soon light, dyno and quarter mile times as well log data. You do need a lap though.

There are other standalone obd2 readers and most will reset the code if needed.
I just bought the one on the link you provided. It was 109 USD plus 10 something for shipping. It comes with the scan reader, but I also have a laptop too, but the price was the same so I figured why not.

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They were running a special a few weeks ago and you got $10 off if you signed up to their web forum.
Only problem I had getting it run was the comm port. My bad it was already in use.
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Well, I have the software installed and am ready to try out my new toy!!

Are the connectors all under the driver'* side on GM cars? I'm a noob on scan tools so please excuse my ignorance. Are the connectors uncovered and waiting to be plugged into or do I need to disconnect something and hook up to it?

My wife has her service engine soon light on and I'm going to be checking it out. If anyone has a picture of the area under the driver'e side area it wopuld be nice to see!

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On the drivers side below the steering column. I can feel it and plug in while sitting in the drivers seat. The car be running while you plug it in then load the program on the laptop.
I had a slight problem connecting to mine but figured it out to be the power supply on the lap top. I plug in to the cig lighter and problem was solved?
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