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RAC OBD II Fault Code Reader £46.95 @ Argos

£46.95 @ Argos
Find out what is really wrong with your car before taking it to the garage. Check for faults on second hand cars before buying. Modern cars have a built-in diagnostic system called OBDII or EOBD whi… Read More
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Find out what is really wrong with your car before taking it to the garage.

Check for faults on second hand cars before buying.

Modern cars have a built-in diagnostic system called OBDII or EOBD which your garage will plug into to help determine any faults. You can now plug into this system yourself.

Compatible with all petrol engine cars manufactured since 2001 and all diesel engine cars manufactured since 2004.

Read/reset fault codes.

Reset 'check engine' light.

Backlit display.

Compatible with the latest CAN protocol.

Includes CAN OBDII code reader, CD with code definitions and carry case.

Size (H)11, (W)7.5, (D)2.2cm.
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#1
I was going to pay £60 to my local Subaru dealer to plug their machine in and tell me why I have the engine check light on my car, then I discovered this, haven't got one yet (I have one reserved for picking up today) so I can't vouch for it, but there are some good reviews on the Argos site. Plus I wouldn't expect RAC to put their name to rubbish. Hopefully this should more than pay for itself on the first use.

http://www.argos.co.uk/wcsstore/argos/images/101-7402742A70UC496433X.jpg
#2
Use a search engine to find obdII readers, this isn't a wonderful price to be honest, most readers of this basic spec are about £40. Depending on your car you might find it more worthwhile to spend a bit more (£80 quid or so) and get one that will do airbag/srs lights, older abs systems and lets you work on those new fangled electronic parking brake cars or reset service lights etc.
#3
I did do some searching, I found some cheaper ones on egay but they're non branded, plus with Argos at least I can take it straight back if it doesn't work on my car, or even if it does ;-)
#5
Absolute rip off same ones on Ebay way cheaper, mine cost me £20 delivered does exactly the same but just slightly larger.

Look at item 270328306981
#6
Rich_UK
I was going to pay £60 to my local Subaru dealer to plug their machine in and tell me why I have the engine check light on my car, then I discovered this, haven't got one yet (I have one reserved for picking up today) so I can't vouch for it, but there are some good reviews on the Argos site. Plus I wouldn't expect RAC to put their name to rubbish. Hopefully this should more than pay for itself on the first use.

http://www.argos.co.uk/wcsstore/argos/images/101-7402742A70UC496433X.jpg


Yep it does

Costs me £20 everytime the monkey (sorry mechanic) puts it on and says , wait for it!!!!!
" WE WILL TRY THIS 1ST AS IT IS CHEAPEST" FFS
After several attempts finally fixed but such hassle.
Great deal HOT
Pete
#7
I was looking at some of these for the girlfriends dad. He's a pretty competent DIY mechanic so would want one that will diagnose more than just engine codes like I think this one is limited to. Ideally it would need to cover a variety of cars too from v and w reg fiesta zetec and zetec-s, current model Mondeo TDCI and Alfa 147 JTDm.

I was looking at the ones on here and probably the one that does ODBII EODBII and CAN at £60ish
#8
Most cars have a limited on-board diagnostic tool built in these days, do they not? My father's 1999 Focus does, as have all cars I've driven since. They don't pick up absolutely everything, so I suppose something like this could be useful if you have used your yearly callouts from the RAC/AA!
#9
The ones on DX are just readers and are still limited and do just the same as the cheaper ones apart from showing live data like RPM and you dont need to look up the code in the book as it shows it to you on screen , if you want to play around with things like turning stuff on off then you are best connecting to a laptop and using software but then if you make a mistake you can knacker up your car !
#10
thesilverfox
Most cars have a limited on-board diagnostic tool built in these days, do they not? My father's 1999 Focus does, as have all cars I've driven since. They don't pick up absolutely everything, so I suppose something like this could be useful if you have used your yearly callouts from the RAC/AA!


Nope the dont tell you codes, a light may come up on the dash saying fault but wont tell you what it is.

My engine light comes on my Vectra every now and then saying a fault has registered and it wont go out until you take it to a dealer, but with this gadget i can now turn off the light saving a £60 charge everytime
#11
Well the Focus has a diagnostic routine (hold the button for x time, turn ignition, release button, tunr etc) and it gives you a code that you can look up. This is how I identified that my O2 sensor downwind of the CAT had failed last year.
1 Like #12
These gadgets are of limited use. For a similar cost you can get software plus a devise that links the car to a laptop. Try searching for ELM327 and make sure that it comes with the leads and the software disc. This set up will give you more information, has more functionality and the software can be updated.
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thesilverfox
Well the Focus has a diagnostic routine (hold the button for x time, turn ignition, release button, tunr etc) and it gives you a code that you can look up. This is how I identified that my O2 sensor downwind of the CAT had failed last year.



Ah right thats cool :thumbsup:
banned#14
thesilverfox
Well the Focus has a diagnostic routine (hold the button for x time, turn ignition, release button, tunr etc) and it gives you a code that you can look up. This is how I identified that my O2 sensor downwind of the CAT had failed last year.


used to use a paperclip on my old omega and vectra. push it into 2 of the pins and hey presto-free diagnostic
#15
xigent
Try searching for ELM327 and make sure that it comes with the leads and the software disc.


A quick google shows £100 for a complete package (software and leads) from Gendan. Do you know of anywhere cheaper or is this about the going rate? :)
#16
Cuddy
A quick google shows £100 for a complete package (software and leads) from Gendan. Do you know of anywhere cheaper or is this about the going rate? :)


About £45 from companies on ebay
#17
Cuddy
iedingto has answered your question, I would add that the price has been dropping and you may do better than £45.
Two other points
Make sure that it has a wired USB connection as opposed to a wireless transmitter.
Make sure that your car has a 16 pin OBD connector under the dash.
#18
Is this the same software?

260423612487


D
#19
If it's a classic impreza you can read the codes by joining some wires under the steering coloumn

http://www.scoobypedia.co.uk/index.php/Knowledge/ReadingECUCodes
banned#20
jtx
If it's a classic impreza you can read the codes by joining some wires under the steering coloumn

http://www.scoobypedia.co.uk/index.php/Knowledge/ReadingECUCodes


Its so gay the way people call subaru's 'scooby'
#21
deanos
The ones on DX are just readers and are still limited and do just the same as the cheaper ones apart from showing live data like RPM and you dont need to look up the code in the book as it shows it to you on screen , if you want to play around with things like turning stuff on off then you are best connecting to a laptop and using software but then if you make a mistake you can knacker up your car !



Thanks I'll have a look for one of the USB cables.
#22
zafonic
Is this the same software?

260423612487
[COLOR="Navy"]What use is the software unless you have the right cable to connect your laptop to the OBD socket on the car?[/COLOR]
#23
jtx
If it's a classic impreza you can read the codes by joining some wires under the steering coloumn

http://www.scoobypedia.co.uk/index.php/Knowledge/ReadingECUCodes


Mines a blob eye. I went and got the one from Argos as I didn't want to wait for one through the post, plus I wanted the piece of mind, for returns etc. I hooked it up and it did exactly what it said it would, the fault turned out to be the cat not doing what it's supposed to do, which I suspected it would be as it's got a straight through exhaust fitted (no cat), cleared the fault and the light is now out.
#24
Mascherano
Its so gay the way people call subaru's 'scooby'


Why do you find that gay?
Its rhyming slang ie. Su ba ru = scoo by doo
Do you find all rhyming slang gay?
Or are you just a pre pubescent teenager who finds everything gay!
banned#25
i think ELM327 is the best choice.

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