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Old 10-23-2012, 06:21 PM
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OBD II Scanner

I've searched the forums and did some basic google searching without any luck. If this does exist somewhere in this forum, please let me know and I'll accept being a douche and go read it. Anyway, onward I guess.

My stupid knock sensor needed to be replaced, it broke doing other repairs. I'm tired of busting my hands up and I've finally found an honest mechanic. He'll do oil changes and most repairs basically free if I bring him parts. (I can do most of this stuff, it saves me time and hassle) He also does big repairs at literally 1/3 the cost of anywhere else. Anyway, he put the knock sensor in, I guess a vacuum hose from the egr got knocked loose and threw a code the next day driving to work (I live 1 mile away so not enough time to make it throw a code).

I figure I'll stop by autozone and have them clear it and go on my merry way. Clearly that was wrong, they won't clear codes, give me some huge BS that it's illegal and I'm trying to cheat on my emissions. They refused to understand clearing the code doesn't fudge emissions, it still stores the info and has to go through so many cycles to keep the light off. I left mad, barely made it to my mechanic before he closed. He obviously cleared the code, laughed at me, and I was on my way.

So this brings me to my question. I've for a long time thought about buying my own OBDII scanner but the few times I've used one dropping the 75-100 didn't seem worth it given autozone used to read AND clear codes. So I searched the great internet and found the Autel Maxiscan MS300 for less than $20 shipped to my door. It seems to get positive reviews but does have a few negatives. I wasn't able to read the 800+ reviews on amazon, but it seemed many unhappy owners who said it wouldn't work had Civics and a few Accords. So I was wondering if any of you have this or used it or know about it and if so, does it work with our Preludes? I'm aware it's a cheapy scanner, but that's all I'll ever need and if I can use it to help a friend with their car occassional, all the better. Thanks!
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Old 10-23-2012, 08:21 PM
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Re: OBD II Scanner

Get the cheapest scanner possible and get a packet of the codes or a manual......not rocket science...if it don't clear codes then just pull the clock fuse for like 10 sec
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Get the cheapest scanner possible and get a packet of the codes or a manual......not rocket science...if it don't clear codes then just pull the clock fuse for like 10 sec
That was my thinking and I'm sure I'll pull the trigger and go for it. Just curious if I should go for the option I mentioned above or find the next cheapest. I was only worried about that one since I saw a lot of the negative reviews and complaints about it not connecting up came from Civic and Accord owners. It apparently doesn't like Honda overall but I know our Preludes are always the exception and maybe that'll be good for once!
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I work at Autozone part time and it is just against our policy to clear the codes. But I usually say that I cant stop them from doing it themselves and give me the scanner while I happen to look away.
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This obd2 scanner is $10.50 on ebay. my dad has this same one and uses it all the time. just plugs into your laptop and reads codes and will also give a full "virtual dash board."

edit: we actually took it with us when we went to get my prelude and it doesn't just give codes, it also tells what the code means (you can get lots of different software for it)

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I work at Autozone part time and it is just against our policy to clear the codes. But I usually say that I cant stop them from doing it themselves and give me the scanner while I happen to look away.
This autozone was being special I guess. That's how it's usually happened, but I recently took a new job so the autozone's near me I don't know very well. I guess I was just doubly mad this guy thought I was trying to cheat emissions and that I somehow could actually cheat emissions by doing this.

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This obd2 scanner is $10.50 on ebay. my dad has this same one and uses it all the time. just plugs into your laptop and reads codes and will also give a full "virtual dash board."

edit: we actually took it with us when we went to get my prelude and it doesn't just give codes, it also tells what the code means (you can get lots of different software for it)
Awesome find, I'll take that one into consideration when making my purchases.
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Re: OBD II Scanner

can you clear codes with that one though?
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can you clear codes with that one though?
Yes you can.

I purchased it and while I don't have any codes anymore, it hooked up fine and told me what was ready or n/a.

It works well, very easy to use. It has the booklet with a quick list of the codes and a CD to install the spreadsheet on the computer.

I'm pretty happy - it'll turn off codes and give me the info I need if/when my light comes back.

Also the the person who suggested that unit you plug into your computer. I realized my only surviving laptop was a macbook and those hardly place nice with many things. I know the computer ones are great and such, but had to go with a standalone unit.
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Re: OBD II Scanner

I'd suggest a stand alone unit that doesn't need to be connected the laptop
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I'd suggest a stand alone unit that doesn't need to be connected the laptop
+1! It is much easier than hooking up the obd2 to the computer, waiting for it to load, find the code online or cd, then go back and delete it.
I got a scanner on ebay for 68.00 a few years back, just obd2. It's been great, it reads real time data (temp, coolant temp, rpm, mph, O2 sensor, and all that stuff). Controlled by a 9v battery, that seems to last forever.
I see the OBD2 and Canbus compliant ones for around the same price as I got my first one.
This is the one I got about 2 years ago for 68.00
OBD II Scanner Code Reader Scan Tool OBDII OBD2 2 Live Erase Check Engine Light | eBay
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Re: OBD II Scanner

OMG! has anyone ever done this BEFORE!!!
Have you just tried removing you positive cable from your battery. It doesn't always work but it works for many people.
As far as autozone i wish you lived near my store (I work their full time) i would have helped you out. I don't erase codes but i set it up for people who ask. I just tell them i can do it my self and explain why and they understand. Its not that we don't want to its a liability thing since you can turn around and sue us. So i never do but i do set it up for people then they push the ok button. But then again i live in KS so we have no emissions of any kind.(at least that i know of)
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OMG! has anyone ever done this BEFORE!!!
Have you just tried removing you positive cable from your battery. It doesn't always work but it works for many people.
As far as autozone i wish you lived near my store (I work their full time) i would have helped you out. I don't erase codes but i set it up for people who ask. I just tell them i can do it my self and explain why and they understand. Its not that we don't want to its a liability thing since you can turn around and sue us. So i never do but i do set it up for people then they push the ok button. But then again i live in KS so we have no emissions of any kind.(at least that i know of)
I'm aware I can unhook the battery... but then I have to reset my clock, radio, go get a flippin non-metric wrench (someone replaced the battery cables at some point and used standard crap). Plus, it's also nice to know what code the car is actually throwing. Like this time the scanner told me the EGR, so I go look and find the tube was loose and coming off. I'm sure I'd eventually have found it, but unhooking the battery wouldn't have helped me much.

Also, about the computer scanner. I completely agree. That's why I decided against them. I know you can see all the cool stuff right there and blah blah - it just isn't useful like a stand alone tool is. I can take this to a friend's house easily and help them troubleshoot a car problem vs. having to rely on their computer or haul mine over and risk it. I've done many car repairs... I don't want my computer sitting around when I'm doing them, haha.
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This autozone was being special I guess. That's how it's usually happened, but I recently took a new job so the autozone's near me I don't know very well. I guess I was just doubly mad this guy thought I was trying to cheat emissions and that I somehow could actually cheat emissions by doing this.
This guy clearly has no idea how emissions work. When you clear the codes, you clear the monitors too, and you have to drive long enough for the monitors to come back on, which your engine light would come back on as well.
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to the people knocking on my suggestion for the one that plugs into your computer, it shows full real time data, and what the code means just like the one that my local oreillys has.

just as easy to use as any $300 scanner. we have now used it on my prelude, dads 2006 grand prix, old POS malibu, my old Dodge dakota, and moms 2005 honda odyssey van. has worked great for all and was only $11. well worth it when all you need is a laptop, which most people have.

edit: it also shows a virtual dash board with speed, rpm, temps, etc.

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^^^gonna get me one those one of these days^^^

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But then again i live in KS so we have no emissions of any kind.(at least that i know of)
all those tornado's keep the air pretty clean there? ie no emmisions requirements?

i keep the applicable sized open/box end wrench with handle portion wrapped in electrical tape and a battery post cleaner in the glove compartment of each vehicle in my fleet. comes in handy from time to time and no guessing metric or standard..
costs about $10 per vehicle.
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