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> ODB II Code Scanner, Recommendations Please
SMeyers
post Mar 16 2020, 07:32 AM
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Yesterday at the AMP Event my car developed a sudden severe misfire on it's third run.

A friend brought over a code scanner, and (eventually) it showed a misfire on cylinder #3. Day was done.

It was a BLUETOOTH Scanner, and it took FOREVER to transfer data to be read. I suspect that was because there was little to no internet at AMP. Also never cleared the code, took too long.

But on to the question. So, would it be wiser to buy one that fed totally off the OBD II port? Or, not really? Need advice here.

That, and what models/companies are the most reliable and easy to use. Please share any and all opinions or experiences.

TIA.


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post Mar 16 2020, 11:43 AM
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Mine (hard cable) is sitting in my box collecting dust. You are welcome to borrow it. Of course we will need to have the event next sunday...


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SMeyers
post Mar 16 2020, 11:56 AM
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Thanks, but I do have one an older one, 15+ years or so, an Actron CO9180, non-update-able. I hear cars have changed since I bought it.🙄

I want to have one for myself, that will read pretty much every car......yeah, I do change cars now and then.😉

Thinking it needs to work away from any internet source, just in case.


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Dave H
post Mar 16 2020, 03:47 PM
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I've always had good luck with my bluetooth reader.... I had a code pop up because a vacuum line came off between runs, I was able to connect and clear it between runs. It was a generic thing off of amazon, this is pretty much the one I have - https://www.amazon.com/Veepeak-Bluetooth-Di...C220&sr=8-7

The app you use may matter as well, I use the light version of Torque on Android, it lets me read and clear codes, as well as pull all sorts of fun stuff. Even worked on my motorcycle.


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edgary
post Mar 17 2020, 08:03 AM
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https://www.obdlink.com/lxbt/

This is pretty much the best you can buy without spending an exorbitant amount of money. Their app is pretty good too.

To clarify, Bluetooth does not depend on internet... it's just a connection between two devices. Your problem had more to do with the Bluetooth in one, or both, of the devices.


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post Mar 17 2020, 11:48 AM
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When I looked it up, mentioned only Windows/Android devices?


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post Mar 17 2020, 11:56 AM
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A lot of the ones that I've seen don't work on Apple devices for some reason.


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