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Old 04-20-2005, 12:10 PM   #1
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Canadian Tire has this on sale.....

http://www.canadiantire.ca/assortmen...=1114009350592

What'* the diffence between that and this....

http://www.canadiantire.ca/assortmen...=1114009390407

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The links you show take me to the main page and not the sale pages but, If you are looking at the two 0BD11 code readers they have ( which look pretty close to each other) the CAN reader is needed for the 2004 models and later. The other code reader will do the rest before the 2004 model year. I purchased the earlier version a while ago when it was on sale for 149.00. Be aware though that these are code readers only and won't give you actual data logging such as 02 sensor activity read outs etc. They only tell you what trouble code is set and not the sensor outputs.

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So even the CAN reader only gives you the code.... not the senor output?

Phew.... I just bought my code reader last year (the 3100) for the same price you did.....
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I couldn't find anyplace on the CAN reader that said it would give sensor data, only codes in the computer. If your store is easy to get along with maybe they would let you look at the instruction manual that comes with it. They call it a scanner but it would be better named as an 0BD11 Code reader only. IMHO.

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to view the links, you need to put in your zip and then click english...close the window, and then click the link again...
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Quick and easy "Check Engine" light diagnosis for all 1996 and newer cars, light trucks and SUVs - foreign and domestic

Complete C.A.N. (Controller Area Network) coverage
The only tool in its class with English & French on-screen code definitions right out of the box
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Monitor icons indicate which monitors are supported by the vehicle being tested and if the related monitor has its diagnostic tests
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I'm sorta lost.... But it seems that the CAN may possibly show the general operating perameters that the PCM is seeing as well as display codes...

I'll have to look and see what the Actron does...

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