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Old 02-27-2011, 01:40 AM   #1
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Is there anyone on this forum who has access to a TECH II scanner? Even better if they are within a few hours of New York .
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Doesn't BillBoost have one??
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Bill does not have a tech2, he has HPT.
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I'm asking because I have a Service Vehicle Soon light, and I want to figure out what it is.
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Any code reader will tell you that. Just stop at autozone or advance auto and have it read for free.
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Well I know you can have the CEL light (the little engine light) checked at the stores (I have a simple obd II scanner for that) but I also have a big glaring Service Vehicle Soon light. I was under the impression that only tech II scanners could tell you what those problems were.
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it all depends if it is a chassis code, body code, ABS code that'* tripping it. normal scanners will not read C, B, ABS codes
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HPT will read those codes.
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Sometimes the code readers that they use @ AutoZone do not tell you ALL the info and can be very misleading.

I hooked a vehicle up to a code reader and it said that there were no codes. When I hooked my Solus up, it had 5 codes, so be careful!
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"Check engine" and "service engine soon" are the same thing. The technical term is Malfunction Indicator Lamp, but the vehicle manufacturer can call it almost whatever they want.

If it'* a powertrain code, any OBD-II reader will read it. As mentioned, you'll need something more powerful to read some transmission codes; and all ABS, body/chassis, and other codes.

If you really need the official GM Tech II, best bet is to find a dealership. Those (and the yearly updates) can cost several thousand dollars and are out of the reach of most people and repair shops.
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