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Old 29 Jul 2013, 06:39 pm
Stewart
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Default OBD scanner recommendations

I'm looking for recommendations for an OBDII scanner that is known to
work for Honda and hopefully Acura, 2004 Accord and 2009 MDX (prefer
one that can read ABS codes). Not one of the "professional series"
models that costs a small fortune, as I don't intend on using it for a
living.

Any recommendations?


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Old 29 Jul 2013, 09:43 pm
Geoff Welsh
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Stewart wrote:
> I'm looking for recommendations for an OBDII scanner that is known to
> work for Honda and hopefully Acura, 2004 Accord and 2009 MDX (prefer
> one that can read ABS codes). Not one of the "professional series"
> models that costs a small fortune, as I don't intend on using it for a
> living.
>
> Any recommendations?
>


not for ABS, but the AutoLink AL319 is a newer version of what I own.
It's the size of a "code reader" but shows streaming data too. I'd say
90% of the time it's all I need to get started. (I always need GOOD
wiring diagrams and my DVOM next)

GW
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Old 29 Jul 2013, 11:32 pm
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Default Re: OBD scanner recommendations

On Mon, 29 Jul 2013 16:43:24 -1000, Geoff Welsh <GeeDubya@some.rr.com>
wrote:

>Stewart wrote:
>> I'm looking for recommendations for an OBDII scanner that is known to
>> work for Honda and hopefully Acura, 2004 Accord and 2009 MDX (prefer
>> one that can read ABS codes). Not one of the "professional series"
>> models that costs a small fortune, as I don't intend on using it for a
>> living.
>>
>> Any recommendations?
>>

>
>not for ABS, but the AutoLink AL319 is a newer version of what I own.
>It's the size of a "code reader" but shows streaming data too. I'd say
>90% of the time it's all I need to get started. (I always need GOOD
>wiring diagrams and my DVOM next)
>
>GW


Geez, I don't know nertz about these, but I just Googled it and see
prices from $38 to $90.

I can barely so much as find the hood release on new cars much less do
anything with what I find inside, but should a citizen own one of
these things just in case? How useful, or entertaining, is it?

J.


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Old 30 Jul 2013, 06:11 am
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"JRStern" <JRStern@foobar.invalid> wrote in message
news:ebgev8liaaes7917vsmn5ltv15tsu922ao@4ax.com...
> On Mon, 29 Jul 2013 16:43:24 -1000, Geoff Welsh
> <GeeDubya@some.rr.com>
> wrote:
>
>>Stewart wrote:
>>> I'm looking for recommendations for an OBDII scanner that is known
>>> to
>>> work for Honda and hopefully Acura, 2004 Accord and 2009 MDX
>>> (prefer
>>> one that can read ABS codes). Not one of the "professional
>>> series"
>>> models that costs a small fortune, as I don't intend on using it
>>> for a
>>> living.
>>>
>>> Any recommendations?
>>>

>>
>>not for ABS, but the AutoLink AL319 is a newer version of what I
>>own.
>>It's the size of a "code reader" but shows streaming data too. I'd
>>say
>>90% of the time it's all I need to get started. (I always need GOOD
>>wiring diagrams and my DVOM next)
>>
>>GW

>
> Geez, I don't know nertz about these, but I just Googled it and see
> prices from $38 to $90.
>
> I can barely so much as find the hood release on new cars much less
> do
> anything with what I find inside, but should a citizen own one of
> these things just in case? How useful, or entertaining, is it?
>
> J.
>


I have a "cheapie" model that works for American cars, but I get com
errors in the Honda with it. I've tried a lower-mid range Actron unit
and that didn't work wither. It may be that I have an issue with my
port, but one of the mechanics at work mentioned that these things are
not as "standard" as one would think, and he has experienced com
errors in the past with certain cars.

Since I have a Honda and an Acura, so I figured that I'd try to get
one that covered both.....the ABS/TCS/Brake lights are on in the Honda
now and I'm thinking it might be a speed sensor, but if I can't get a
scanner to work I'll either jump out the connector (as shown on
multiple youtube videos) or I'll just take it in to a local shop and
let them deal with it (a local trustworthy shop is available).
>



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Old 30 Jul 2013, 07:32 am
Al Moodie
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Default Re: OBD scanner recommendations

On Mon, 29 Jul 2013 19:39:11 -0400, "Stewart" <gortamus@gmail.com>
wrote:

>I'm looking for recommendations for an OBDII scanner that is known to
>work for Honda and hopefully Acura, 2004 Accord and 2009 MDX (prefer
>one that can read ABS codes). Not one of the "professional series"
>models that costs a small fortune, as I don't intend on using it for a
>living.
>
>Any recommendations?
>


I use OBDWiz software which runs on a laptop, the connector is from
Elmscan. It works just fine on an 06 Civic and an 03 Maxima. See
Amazon link below.

http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&key...l_7kdop9xvho_e

Al Moodie.
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Old 30 Jul 2013, 10:53 am
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Default Re: OBD scanner recommendations

On 07/29/2013 09:32 PM, JRStern wrote:
> On Mon, 29 Jul 2013 16:43:24 -1000, Geoff Welsh <GeeDubya@some.rr.com>
> wrote:
>
>> Stewart wrote:
>>> I'm looking for recommendations for an OBDII scanner that is known to
>>> work for Honda and hopefully Acura, 2004 Accord and 2009 MDX (prefer
>>> one that can read ABS codes). Not one of the "professional series"
>>> models that costs a small fortune, as I don't intend on using it for a
>>> living.
>>>
>>> Any recommendations?
>>>

>>
>> not for ABS, but the AutoLink AL319 is a newer version of what I own.
>> It's the size of a "code reader" but shows streaming data too. I'd say
>> 90% of the time it's all I need to get started. (I always need GOOD
>> wiring diagrams and my DVOM next)
>>
>> GW

>
> Geez, I don't know nertz about these, but I just Googled it and see
> prices from $38 to $90.
>
> I can barely so much as find the hood release on new cars much less do
> anything with what I find inside, but should a citizen own one of
> these things just in case? How useful, or entertaining, is it?
>
> J.
>
>


everybody that owns an 96 or newer vehicle should own one of these tools.


--
fact check required
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Old 30 Jul 2013, 03:43 pm
Geoff Welsh
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Stewart wrote:
> "JRStern"<JRStern@foobar.invalid> wrote in message
> news:ebgev8liaaes7917vsmn5ltv15tsu922ao@4ax.com...
>> On Mon, 29 Jul 2013 16:43:24 -1000, Geoff Welsh
>> <GeeDubya@some.rr.com>
>> wrote:
>>
>>> Stewart wrote:
>>>> I'm looking for recommendations for an OBDII scanner that is known
>>>> to
>>>> work for Honda and hopefully Acura, 2004 Accord and 2009 MDX
>>>> (prefer
>>>> one that can read ABS codes). Not one of the "professional
>>>> series"
>>>> models that costs a small fortune, as I don't intend on using it
>>>> for a
>>>> living.
>>>>
>>>> Any recommendations?
>>>>
>>>
>>> not for ABS, but the AutoLink AL319 is a newer version of what I
>>> own.
>>> It's the size of a "code reader" but shows streaming data too. I'd
>>> say
>>> 90% of the time it's all I need to get started. (I always need GOOD
>>> wiring diagrams and my DVOM next)
>>>
>>> GW

>>
>> Geez, I don't know nertz about these, but I just Googled it and see
>> prices from $38 to $90.
>>
>> I can barely so much as find the hood release on new cars much less
>> do
>> anything with what I find inside, but should a citizen own one of
>> these things just in case? How useful, or entertaining, is it?
>>
>> J.
>>

>
> I have a "cheapie" model that works for American cars, but I get com
> errors in the Honda with it. I've tried a lower-mid range Actron unit
> and that didn't work wither. It may be that I have an issue with my
> port, but one of the mechanics at work mentioned that these things are
> not as "standard" as one would think, and he has experienced com
> errors in the past with certain cars.
>
> Since I have a Honda and an Acura, so I figured that I'd try to get
> one that covered both.....the ABS/TCS/Brake lights are on in the Honda
> now and I'm thinking it might be a speed sensor, but if I can't get a
> scanner to work I'll either jump out the connector (as shown on
> multiple youtube videos) or I'll just take it in to a local shop and
> let them deal with it (a local trustworthy shop is available).
>>


IME, if your Honda/Acura models are self=diagnosing for ABS, do that
first. More times than I can count, even using a Snap-On MODIS ($8000)
after spending ten minutes to get the damn thing up and running, it
would say "retrieve codes manually" for ABS on various makes and models.

As for "no comm" issues, I have only ever seen that when the car had a
connector/ECM problem, or the cable on the scan tool was going bad.

Standard /IS/ standard.

GW
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Old 30 Jul 2013, 06:07 pm
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"Geoff Welsh" <GeeDubya@some.rr.com> wrote in message
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> Stewart wrote:
>> "JRStern"<JRStern@foobar.invalid> wrote in message
>> news:ebgev8liaaes7917vsmn5ltv15tsu922ao@4ax.com...
>>> On Mon, 29 Jul 2013 16:43:24 -1000, Geoff Welsh
>>> <GeeDubya@some.rr.com>
>>> wrote:
>>>
>>>> Stewart wrote:
>>>>> I'm looking for recommendations for an OBDII scanner that is
>>>>> known
>>>>> to
>>>>> work for Honda and hopefully Acura, 2004 Accord and 2009 MDX
>>>>> (prefer
>>>>> one that can read ABS codes). Not one of the "professional
>>>>> series"
>>>>> models that costs a small fortune, as I don't intend on using it
>>>>> for a
>>>>> living.
>>>>>
>>>>> Any recommendations?
>>>>>
>>>>
>>>> not for ABS, but the AutoLink AL319 is a newer version of what I
>>>> own.
>>>> It's the size of a "code reader" but shows streaming data too.
>>>> I'd
>>>> say
>>>> 90% of the time it's all I need to get started. (I always need
>>>> GOOD
>>>> wiring diagrams and my DVOM next)
>>>>
>>>> GW
>>>
>>> Geez, I don't know nertz about these, but I just Googled it and
>>> see
>>> prices from $38 to $90.
>>>
>>> I can barely so much as find the hood release on new cars much
>>> less
>>> do
>>> anything with what I find inside, but should a citizen own one of
>>> these things just in case? How useful, or entertaining, is it?
>>>
>>> J.
>>>

>>
>> I have a "cheapie" model that works for American cars, but I get
>> com
>> errors in the Honda with it. I've tried a lower-mid range Actron
>> unit
>> and that didn't work wither. It may be that I have an issue with
>> my
>> port, but one of the mechanics at work mentioned that these things
>> are
>> not as "standard" as one would think, and he has experienced com
>> errors in the past with certain cars.
>>
>> Since I have a Honda and an Acura, so I figured that I'd try to get
>> one that covered both.....the ABS/TCS/Brake lights are on in the
>> Honda
>> now and I'm thinking it might be a speed sensor, but if I can't get
>> a
>> scanner to work I'll either jump out the connector (as shown on
>> multiple youtube videos) or I'll just take it in to a local shop
>> and
>> let them deal with it (a local trustworthy shop is available).
>>>

>
> IME, if your Honda/Acura models are self=diagnosing for ABS, do that
> first. More times than I can count, even using a Snap-On MODIS
> ($8000) after spending ten minutes to get the damn thing up and
> running, it would say "retrieve codes manually" for ABS on various
> makes and models.
>
> As for "no comm" issues, I have only ever seen that when the car had
> a connector/ECM problem, or the cable on the scan tool was going
> bad.
>
> Standard /IS/ standard.
>
> GW


Just passing along what has been told to me in a discussion with
someone that repairs hundreds of vehicles. I've seen a lot of
supposed "standards" over the years in manufacturing, so without any
other information to the contrary I'm inclined to believe his
experiences.


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Old 30 Jul 2013, 06:09 pm
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"Al Moodie" <nospam@nospam.com> wrote in message
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> On Mon, 29 Jul 2013 19:39:11 -0400, "Stewart" <gortamus@gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
>>I'm looking for recommendations for an OBDII scanner that is known
>>to
>>work for Honda and hopefully Acura, 2004 Accord and 2009 MDX (prefer
>>one that can read ABS codes). Not one of the "professional series"
>>models that costs a small fortune, as I don't intend on using it for
>>a
>>living.
>>
>>Any recommendations?
>>

>
> I use OBDWiz software which runs on a laptop, the connector is from
> Elmscan. It works just fine on an 06 Civic and an 03 Maxima. See
> Amazon link below.
>
> http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&key...l_7kdop9xvho_e
>
> Al Moodie.


Thanks Al, I think I'll try one of these. Of course I'll have to dust
of the old windoze boot up on the laptop and bypass the ubuntu....


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Old 30 Jul 2013, 09:51 pm
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Stewart wrote:
> "Geoff Welsh"<GeeDubya@some.rr.com> wrote in message
> news:kt986i$pt3$1@dont-email.me...
>> Stewart wrote:
>>> "JRStern"<JRStern@foobar.invalid> wrote in message
>>> news:ebgev8liaaes7917vsmn5ltv15tsu922ao@4ax.com...
>>>> On Mon, 29 Jul 2013 16:43:24 -1000, Geoff Welsh
>>>> <GeeDubya@some.rr.com>
>>>> wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> Stewart wrote:
>>>>>> I'm looking for recommendations for an OBDII scanner that is
>>>>>> known
>>>>>> to
>>>>>> work for Honda and hopefully Acura, 2004 Accord and 2009 MDX
>>>>>> (prefer
>>>>>> one that can read ABS codes). Not one of the "professional
>>>>>> series"
>>>>>> models that costs a small fortune, as I don't intend on using it
>>>>>> for a
>>>>>> living.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Any recommendations?
>>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> not for ABS, but the AutoLink AL319 is a newer version of what I
>>>>> own.
>>>>> It's the size of a "code reader" but shows streaming data too.
>>>>> I'd
>>>>> say
>>>>> 90% of the time it's all I need to get started. (I always need
>>>>> GOOD
>>>>> wiring diagrams and my DVOM next)
>>>>>
>>>>> GW
>>>>
>>>> Geez, I don't know nertz about these, but I just Googled it and
>>>> see
>>>> prices from $38 to $90.
>>>>
>>>> I can barely so much as find the hood release on new cars much
>>>> less
>>>> do
>>>> anything with what I find inside, but should a citizen own one of
>>>> these things just in case? How useful, or entertaining, is it?
>>>>
>>>> J.
>>>>
>>>
>>> I have a "cheapie" model that works for American cars, but I get
>>> com
>>> errors in the Honda with it. I've tried a lower-mid range Actron
>>> unit
>>> and that didn't work wither. It may be that I have an issue with
>>> my
>>> port, but one of the mechanics at work mentioned that these things
>>> are
>>> not as "standard" as one would think, and he has experienced com
>>> errors in the past with certain cars.
>>>
>>> Since I have a Honda and an Acura, so I figured that I'd try to get
>>> one that covered both.....the ABS/TCS/Brake lights are on in the
>>> Honda
>>> now and I'm thinking it might be a speed sensor, but if I can't get
>>> a
>>> scanner to work I'll either jump out the connector (as shown on
>>> multiple youtube videos) or I'll just take it in to a local shop
>>> and
>>> let them deal with it (a local trustworthy shop is available).
>>>>

>>
>> IME, if your Honda/Acura models are self=diagnosing for ABS, do that
>> first. More times than I can count, even using a Snap-On MODIS
>> ($8000) after spending ten minutes to get the damn thing up and
>> running, it would say "retrieve codes manually" for ABS on various
>> makes and models.
>>
>> As for "no comm" issues, I have only ever seen that when the car had
>> a connector/ECM problem, or the cable on the scan tool was going
>> bad.
>>
>> Standard /IS/ standard.
>>
>> GW

>
> Just passing along what has been told to me in a discussion with
> someone that repairs hundreds of vehicles. I've seen a lot of
> supposed "standards" over the years in manufacturing, so without any
> other information to the contrary I'm inclined to believe his
> experiences.
>
>

the OBDII standard is federal law in the USA, but believe what you want
GW
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