RAc Car Fault Reader £44.99 was £88.99 Argos
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RAc Car Fault Reader £44.99 was £88.99 Argos

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Found 7th Jan 2013
Handy device that will let you run diags on your car without having to take it to a garage, lets you reset service intervals, lights etc

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. Find out what is really wrong with your car before taking it to the garage. Check for faults on second hand cars before buying.

Diagnostic scanner features.
Read and reset fault codes.
Reset check engine light.
Compatible with all petrol engine cars manufactured since 2001 and all diesel engine cars manufactured since 2004.
Read and reset fault codes.
Reset check engine light.
Size H11, W7.5, D2.2cm.
Accessories included

Scan tool.
User manual.
OBDII cable.
Carry case.
Code definitions CD.
This scanner will not cure faults identified this must be done by a mechanic

23 Comments

why is this voted cold, this could help a good many people

its not worth it


bay
Edited by: "shortchanged" 7th Jan 2013

cant comment on if this is good value for this device but if you want to do this sort of thing a cheaper way to to it if you have an android phone is to buy an bluetooth obdii device for around £10-£15 and use an app like torque pro which i believe is $4.95 (i cant see the actual price as I have purchased it already) Here are some obdii devices from amazon amazon.co.uk/s/r…oth. Very useful to have, can use your phone to display additional information that your gauges dont and can read and clear fault codes.

anyone on here with an mk2-2.5 focus done the elm327 + ff2 hack/mod yet?

jwarburton

cant comment on if this is good value for this device but if you want to … cant comment on if this is good value for this device but if you want to do this sort of thing a cheaper way to to it if you have an android phone is to buy an bluetooth obdii device for around £10-£15 and use an app like torque pro which i believe is $4.95 (i cant see the actual price as I have purchased it already) Here are some obdii devices from amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=obdii+bluetooth. Very useful to have, can use your phone to display additional information that your gauges dont and can read and clear fault codes.



Or just buy a stand alone unit for less than £12 delivered. Ebay and no, it isn't my listing !!

I brought a cheap one which plugs into my laptop for around £15 off eBay and it is great.

Deltaone

why is this voted cold, this could help a good many people



numerous cheaper and better fault code readers elsewhere...just look on ebay

LOL these are £10 on eBay

yup, they start from £10 on eBay. I grabbed one a few months ago to diagnose a misfire, works perfectly at both reading and resetting codes.

has anyone ever found a real deal on Argos (I do not mean the Argos type of deal Argos price -50% = significantly more expensive than elsewhere)?
As I have not.

Does anyone know if the cheap ebay ones allow you to detect which door is open on your vehicle? I have a 2003 Fiesta which the door open light on the dash comes on from time to time. This is likely down to a faulty sensor but I'm not sure which as the dash does not show individual doors.

It's been like this for ages and I've left it but if I knew which sensor it was I'd look into it. I just couldn't bring myself to pay the diagnostic fee at the local garage for a minor issue like this.

I bought a Bluetooth one (around £10-£15) for my car and use my phone and can do more than this RAC one and a fraction of the price..

It's not really the deal for this RAC branded one that we're knocking down, it's the Its original pricing

Liam

Total rip off price. Like others have said can be picked up for 15 quid. Or if you only need to find a fault code as a one off, just buy it from Argos, find the fault and then take it back again

andymg2000

Does anyone know if the cheap ebay ones allow you to detect which door is … Does anyone know if the cheap ebay ones allow you to detect which door is open on your vehicle? I have a 2003 Fiesta which the door open light on the dash comes on from time to time. This is likely down to a faulty sensor but I'm not sure which as the dash does not show individual doors.It's been like this for ages and I've left it but if I knew which sensor it was I'd look into it. I just couldn't bring myself to pay the diagnostic fee at the local garage for a minor issue like this.



Gunmed or failed door lock module

JPS

Total rip off price. Like others have said can be picked up for 15 quid. … Total rip off price. Like others have said can be picked up for 15 quid. Or if you only need to find a fault code as a one off, just buy it from Argos, find the fault and then take it back again


How I hate 'shoppers' like you.

JPS

Total rip off price. Like others have said can be picked up for 15 quid. … Total rip off price. Like others have said can be picked up for 15 quid. Or if you only need to find a fault code as a one off, just buy it from Argos, find the fault and then take it back again



Are you really that 'Hard-up' that you can't spend a tenner

soulman123

Gunmed or failed door lock module



The problem is I don't know which door it is otherwise I'd do it myself. I believe it could be the bonnet or boot sensor too. One day I may take it to get looked at...

Most these are ENGINE related readers only, not body etc so to the guy above, no it wont tell you what door etc - you will need a proper one for that kind of job

andymg2000

Does anyone know if the cheap ebay ones allow you to detect which door is … Does anyone know if the cheap ebay ones allow you to detect which door is open on your vehicle? I have a 2003 Fiesta which the door open light on the dash comes on from time to time. This is likely down to a faulty sensor but I'm not sure which as the dash does not show individual doors


They only read engine fault codes.

Find the switch on each door and short across them one by one until the light goes out.

andymg2000

The problem is I don't know which door it is otherwise I'd do it myself. … The problem is I don't know which door it is otherwise I'd do it myself. I believe it could be the bonnet or boot sensor too. One day I may take it to get looked at...



The common one to go on the fiesta is the drivers door. But unless you test each one its guess work or get a scan which *might* show the correct one, diagnostics are not always spot on. Could simply be a lose, damaged wire, broken soldier joint in the module is common.

You could drop the drivers window down all doors closed, open each door in tern and see how the dash responds, althought its an intermittant fault could prove more tricky. Best to strip down and get the multi meter out. Maybe less than an hours work starting with drivers door.

Possibly bad advice here but I'd ignore it till it stays on permanently.

Or a auto electrician shouldn't charge and arm and a leg to do the hard work. Definitely start with a scan, some independant garages do free scans worth asking the local garage.

I think its always worth investing in a diagnostic tool even these newer bluetooth jobbies that connect the phones look good, not used one myself, but look cheap and cheerful for a home user.

Hope my waffling has been of some use
Edited by: "soulman123" 9th Jan 2013

soulman123

I think its always worth investing in a diagnostic tool even these newer … I think its always worth investing in a diagnostic tool even these newer bluetooth jobbies that connect the phones look good, not used one myself, but look cheap and cheerful for a home user.


I actually bought a cheap Bluetooth one from the link in this thread, I have a cheap eBay one but thought the Bluetooth one would be good for a play as there are a number of apps that use them on the iPhone

soulman123

The common one to go on the fiesta is the drivers door. But unless you … The common one to go on the fiesta is the drivers door. But unless you test each one its guess work or get a scan which *might* show the correct one, diagnostics are not always spot on. Could simply be a lose, damaged wire, broken soldier joint in the module is common.You could drop the drivers window down all doors closed, open each door in tern and see how the dash responds, althought its an intermittant fault could prove more tricky. Best to strip down and get the multi meter out. Maybe less than an hours work starting with drivers door.Possibly bad advice here but I'd ignore it till it stays on permanently. Or a auto electrician shouldn't charge and arm and a leg to do the hard work. Definitely start with a scan, some independant garages do free scans worth asking the local garage. I think its always worth investing in a diagnostic tool even these newer bluetooth jobbies that connect the phones look good, not used one myself, but look cheap and cheerful for a home user. Hope my waffling has been of some use



Thank you for your response. It's appreciated.

As it is now I can't book it in for a test anyway. It happens infrequently and fixes itself randomly. Until it happens more permanently there isn't much I can do. I have taken out the fuse from the central locking and alarm since the alarm has gone off in the middle of the night a few times when it decided a door had been opened. The central locking also refuses to lock all doors when its playing up as it thinks a door is open.

I've looked at the steps for removing the door panel and I could do this but I think this won't be successful. By the time I've got the panel off chances are the problem will have fixed itself and testing with a multimeter would then show all as being ok.

It's not a major issue, just an annoying one which is not easy to fix!

sounds like a loose wire then.
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