Check Engine Reader

ggalvOctober 3, 2009

Do you guys have any recommendations on a Good Check Engine Light Reader. I have limited mechanic knowledge but think that a reader would be handy when one of my cars at home gets the check engine light. Not looking for a professional but not a cheap one neither.


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I've been using one made by Acton and it has worked for me. I realize that it is a simple minded affair and does not match a more sophisticated unit found in professional garages and dealerships. My model does not have provision for updating and that is a feature you may want.

    Bookmark   October 4, 2009 at 4:43AM
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Go to I purchased their unit a while back (it's since gone down in price!) and am thrilled with it. Works great and astounds even professional mechanics when they see it in action. Does everything they claim.

    Bookmark   October 12, 2009 at 5:09AM
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There's really no need for you to buy a code scanner. Most auto parts stores keep several on hand that they will either A. loan out to you for a deposit (you get it all back) or B. will pull the codes for you in the parking lot along with a complete description of what they mean.

Here is a link that might be useful: lax car service

    Bookmark   November 6, 2009 at 6:14AM
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