RAC Fault Code Reader reduced to £46.65 (from £69.99) at Argos
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RAC Fault Code Reader reduced to £46.65 (from £69.99) at Argos

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Found 5th Sep 2009
Argos blurb says:-
# 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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That gadget sounds amazing - I know nothing about cars other than how to drive them and something like this would be a godsend

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these products can be found for half the price elsewhere - I purchased one about 18mths ago - can't remember where from - online - i'll try find and get back to you shortly

get a usb to obd2 lead from dealextreme for £15 and scantools which is freeware. obv you will need a laptop but it will do everything the garages can do really and show you real time data from sensors etc

still can't find where I purcased mine from - it is a JEM Automotive J100 - no need for a laptop - tells you the code on screen, however it had to be purchased for the correct vehicle eg. vauxhall, audi, vw - not universal, don't think it cost me more than 20 quid though

leemole101;6213186

get a usb to obd2 lead from dealextreme for £15 and scantools which is … get a usb to obd2 lead from dealextreme for £15 and scantools which is freeware. obv you will need a laptop but it will do everything the garages can do really and show you real time data from sensors etc



The one that's $24.70 USD? (see link below)

dealextreme.com/sea…obd

leemole101;6213186

get a usb to obd2 lead from dealextreme for £15 and scantools which is … get a usb to obd2 lead from dealextreme for £15 and scantools which is freeware. obv you will need a laptop but it will do everything the garages can do really and show you real time data from sensors etc



Bluetooth dongle here (£33):

dealextreme.com/fee…921

Usb dongle here (~£19):

dealextreme.com/det…528

Scan tools download here:

scantool.net/sca…re/

All you need, plus the serial protocol is well documented and you can code some custom dashboard software up in C# in next to no time!

Cuddy;6213252

The one that's $24.70 USD? (see link … The one that's $24.70 USD? (see link below)http://www.dealextreme.com/search.dx/search.obd



The $24.70 one is limited to certain VAG (Volkwagen/Audi Group) cars. The other $29.99 one is generic.

as above lol, far better option than a limited unit like the op sorry

thekanester;6213273

The $24.70 one is limited to certain VAG (Volkwagen/Audi Group) cars. The … The $24.70 one is limited to certain VAG (Volkwagen/Audi Group) cars. The other $29.99 one is generic.



Thanks for that info, glad I didn't pull the trigger on that already.

I had a quick read through the user reviews on the BT one and some of them mention that it can't do "monitor all". I'm sure that any OBD device that I buy will probably end supplying more information than I will ever need but is worth going for one that does have that feature? The $29.99 one doesn't have any user comments on it, do you think this might have it?

dealextreme.com/det…528

that should do everything you need, oh and 99% of conectors are in the car so you wont get your lappy all grubby

im still looking for obd software for my netbook if anyone know what will run on ubuntu ???

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thekanester;6213273

The $24.70 one is limited to certain VAG (Volkwagen/Audi Group) cars. The … The $24.70 one is limited to certain VAG (Volkwagen/Audi Group) cars. The other $29.99 one is generic.




Some great advice in this thread. Glad I posted it as its turned up all this other useful info. Thanks everyone.

As regards the $24.70 VAG-TACHO USB Vehicle OBD Cable with Software CD - surely the cable is fine for all cars with the 16 pin socket and its just the peripheral software supplied with the cable thats VW/Audi specific. The cable looks pretty standard doesnt it?

gekkoa;6213407

Some great advice in this thread. Glad I posted it as its turned up all … Some great advice in this thread. Glad I posted it as its turned up all this other useful info. Thanks everyone.As regards the $24.70 VAG-TACHO USB Vehicle OBD Cable with Software CD - surely the cable is fine for all cars with the 16 pin socket and its just the peripheral software supplied with the cable thats VW/Audi specific. The cable looks pretty standard doesnt it?



Ditto, was tempted to get this as during the 4 years i've been trading in cars i've paid almost £400 for diagnostics.....cheers everyone:thumbsup:

An alternative for Vauxhalls is the Op-com units being sold on Egay for around £35. They do virtually as much as a 6 grand Tech 2 machine and are updatable. The Op-com does live sensor reading, air bag resets, resets fault codes and a hell of a lot more.

Cuddy;6213309

Thanks for that info, glad I didn't pull the trigger on that already.I … Thanks for that info, glad I didn't pull the trigger on that already.I had a quick read through the user reviews on the BT one and some of them mention that it can't do "monitor all". I'm sure that any OBD device that I buy will probably end supplying more information than I will ever need but is worth going for one that does have that feature? The $29.99 one doesn't have any user comments on it, do you think this might have it?



I really don't know for sure, but most cars have their own manufacturer-specific codes which can't easily be read by generic readers. However, this uses a pretty standard ELM327 chipset which, from the limited amount I have read, should offer a decent level of functionality for the price.

Sorry I can't be any more specific.

i wouldnt get the VAG only cable go for the $29 to be on the safe side, i dont think the software provided is the only difference between the two. The chipset on the vag might not be able to decode other standards

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I bought mine a couple of months ago from Argos, cost me £44 and wasn't on offer, worked tho, fault light comes on if problem isnt resolved after 4 starts or less. was worth it as garage wanted £25 just for fault code. :thumbsup:

bevers;6214907

I bought mine a couple of months ago from Argos, cost me £44 and wasn't … I bought mine a couple of months ago from Argos, cost me £44 and wasn't on offer, worked tho, fault light comes on if problem isnt resolved after 4 starts or less. was worth it as garage wanted £25 just for fault code. :thumbsup:



on a usb one via a laptop you could see what sensor or whatever is faulty. My mates throtle position sensor wasnt giving a reading so problem easily solved from there :thumbsup:

gekkoa;6213407

As regards the $24.70 VAG-TACHO USB Vehicle OBD Cable with Software CD - … As regards the $24.70 VAG-TACHO USB Vehicle OBD Cable with Software CD - surely the cable is fine for all cars with the 16 pin socket and its just the peripheral software supplied with the cable thats VW/Audi specific. The cable looks pretty standard doesnt it?



No most of the software doesn't support the VAG CON cable. AlfaDiag also supports it but not much else that I could find and none of the free stuff.
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