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#1 Old 03-28-2010, 11:04 PM
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whats the difference between and OBDII Reader and a OBDII Scan Tool?? And which is better??
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As far as I know they are the same thing. If you're looking into buying one just make sure you read what it does because some will only give you the code (i.e. P0101) but won't go into any detail. There are premium models that cost a bit more ($30 or so) but give you the code [b]and what it means in plain English. So you can see that code P0101 means Mass or Volume Air Flow Circuit Range/Performance Problem.

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Yep, readers come with a 'code book' for looking up the OBDII code it displays. Or you can just Google the code. Scanners will generally give you some text along with the code and give you some live data as well. Keep in mind, most vehicles from ~2005 on will need an OBDII reader that's CAN compliant (controller area network). Here's a ~$40 reader and a ~$100 scanner (search Amazon.com)





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thanks all for your help and reply.. the one I was looking at was from my local parts store.. the brand name is Innova and its a OBDII Reader retails for $199.99 at the store(Canadian Tire) it even measure your emissions out of your exhaust. the scan tool is $299.99 also0 reads exhaust emissions.. here are the details for the one I am looking at and picture aswell.

www.CanOB2Reader.com by Innova

•Easy to use and view with no complex, multiple screens; everything is displayed on a single large screen.
•Monitor status indicates if all monitors have completed testing and if the vehicle is ready for emissions testing.
•Monitor icons indicate which monitors are supported by the vehicle being tested and if the related monitor has its diagnostic tests.
•Check engine light icon verifies which code, if any, commanded this light to go on.
•DTC (diagnostic trouble code) sequence identifies the causes of the check engine light coming on.
•Pending icon warns of potential problems; tools icon show tool's current testing state.
•Works on all 1996 and newer cars, trucks, and SUVs that are OBDII compliant.
•ERASE button clears monitors and resets "CHECK ENGINE" light.
•ASE-certified.


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The problem with a lof of these readers/scanners they are not capable of accessing all of the vehicles sensors. They only for the most part read all the systems involved with the emission control system. In order to access codes related to transmission, ABS/TCS, air bags, etc., you need to spend big bucks. If you are a pro or just a die hard hobbyist the best and most reasonable system I have seen is made by autoenginuity. The basic reader is $250 and you can purchase the enhanced interface options for an additional $150. I believe you can even bleed the ABS/TCS module with this tool.
For most people a basic reader/scanner will work but if you want to get into it big time then this is a great way to go.
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thanks again pemdas1972.. uhmm wow I didn't think they could get that pricey.. so the $199.99 one I had previously posted should be a decent one for me??
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Your $199 dollar scanner has the same features as the $100 one posted above. In regards to ABS, TCS, TPMS, airbags, etc... yes, you can go all out and spend $400+ with no guarantees it works on your vehicle. OBDII with CAN has been around for ~5yrs now (plain OBDII from 1996 - 2005). It's just a matter of time before the technology updates again. This is why for the average shade-tree DIY'er, I don't recommend more than something like a $100 scanner.

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thanks for your reply PoMansAWD and a very good point. ok so is there any difference at all bewteen the 100 dollar one and the 200 dollar one, same name from the same store? why does it cost more, all I seen was they show more on the screen and bigger screen perhaps? and will they read my 06 ok?
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The other option is going with a usb OBDII reader. You hook it up to a laptop, or if you are like me, to the CarPC installed. They come with software to analyze, detect, and reset all the codes. For $40 more, PCMScan or ScanXL from Palmer Performance Engineering are some of the better ones, I use it and their companion software DashCommand. http://www.palmerperformance.com/store/pro...;products_id=47

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The other option is going with a usb OBDII reader. You hook it up to a laptop, or if you are like me, to the CarPC installed. They come with software to analyze, detect, and reset all the codes. For $40 more, PCMScan or ScanXL from Palmer Performance Engineering are some of the better ones, I use it and their companion software DashCommand. http://www.palmerperformance.com/store/pro...;products_id=47
Looks like a good tool for a reasonable price. Too bad they don't offer enhanced diagnostics for Hyundai/Kia.
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