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OBD Reader Recommendations

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by jtwg, Aug 17, 2021.

  1. Aug 17, 2021 at 7:36 PM
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    jtwg

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    Hey guys,
    I’ve borrowed OBD readers from neighbors in the past but want to pull the trigger on one of my own? Any recommendations?

    I’m not looking for super high end or especially fancy. Just one that gets the job done.
     
  2. Aug 17, 2021 at 7:43 PM
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    JJ Customs

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    The Carlyle one from Napa goes on sale for less than $50 all the time. Let’s you scroll between engine and trans. Clear codes and reset things and see live data.
     
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  3. Aug 18, 2021 at 2:12 PM
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    In general good isn’t cheap and cheap isn’t good. If you get one you should get a decent moderately priced obd reader. I don’t have any experience with cheap ones, I have doubts about their quality, accuracy and longevity. But the question is will you use it enough to make it worth buying? My 12 year old truck has yet to throw a code. If I need one there are a zillion places that will read any codes for you for free.
     
  4. Aug 18, 2021 at 2:17 PM
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    The Launch Creaders from Amazon have worked for me. I got one of the 6001s that would give a live graphing readout of sensors which has been helpful in diagnosing sensor responses. More affordable than anything locally.
     
  5. Aug 18, 2021 at 3:09 PM
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    You can get an ELM327 for around $10 online and download app for free if all you’re trying to do is read and reset a MIL
     
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  7. Aug 20, 2021 at 7:51 AM
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    What's your budget? As mentioned, if all you want is generic OBD II codes and MIL reset, than you can get that for <$25. The more capability you get, the higher the price. I have scanners ranging from $100 to $1500. If you're a more serious shade-tree mechanic, than I would suggest looking at units which can read trans, SRS and ABS, live data, and have some degree of bi-directional control.
     
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  8. Aug 24, 2021 at 9:20 PM
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    I am thinking to buy the Autel MK8o8 model. what do you think about this model?
     
  9. Aug 25, 2021 at 7:12 AM
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    Looks like a decent tool.
     
  10. Sep 22, 2021 at 6:30 PM
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  11. Sep 22, 2021 at 6:38 PM
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    Second this. I use it paired with OBD fusion that I paid for. And love it.
     
  12. Sep 23, 2021 at 3:18 AM
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    I went with this one. It is upper middle of the line for the brand. There is a more fancy one with a blue tooth plug for the ODDII port. This one is the wired version.
    It has the ability to read/clear ABS codes which was a must for me. It can also email you diagnostic reports and read live data. I have used it several times with no complaints. I have not taken a deep dive into the functions or the software, but overall supper happy with it so far.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08WWN1XSF?ie=UTF8
     
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  14. Sep 30, 2021 at 11:50 AM
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    Thirding. Super easy to get paired and seems solid.
     
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