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OBD II CODE READER - 94168 view this item at harborfreight.com »

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Review by JonBoy470 on October 20th, 2009
As a corollary to my previous review:
If you just want basic features but need CAN BUS capability, buy item 98568.
Item 98614 is a more feature-rich scanner with data graphing and PC connection.
Review by JonBoy470 on October 20th, 2009
The scanner displays all stored codes sequentially, indicates the total number of codes, and can erase the codes. This reader requires use of the included reference book (or the Internet) to translate codes to English. Also, it does not retain codes after it is disconnected, as it is powered by the car. Also no data logging or PC connectivity. Finally, this model does not support the CAN protocol that many new (2008+) cars use.

All the above shortcomings are addressed by more elaborate (and expensive) scanners from HF or others. This is a basic code reader that works well, within its (limited) feature-set. If you just need to find out why your car's MIL is lit, and turn the light off after you've fixed the problem, this tool is the ticket. At $40 it was a good buy that paid for itself the first time I used it. That said, were I buying today I'd buy the CAN version of the scanner, which is slightly more expensive but more future-proof.

In all, this reader has earned a spot in my tool box and was very reasonably priced, at only $40.

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