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OBDII Scanner from Autozone. Good value?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Mudfinger, Jan 13, 2014.

  1. Jan 13, 2014 at 1:45 PM
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    Mudfinger

    Mudfinger [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Autozone has 2 scanners, one for 60, the other for 90. Are they good units, or is there something else I should be getting?

    Money is a huge factor; I don't want to waste what little I have on something crappy. Thanks in advance for your input! :D
     
  2. Jan 13, 2014 at 1:49 PM
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  3. Jan 13, 2014 at 1:53 PM
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    I got a bluetooth OBD2 from Amazon. Free app on smartphone. Works great, I had a check engine light and I was able to clear it from my phone. Shows all temps, revs, plus any obd2 stuff.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005NLQAHS/ref=oh_details_o02_s00_i01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    $24 and it has worked well. The only problem I have found is it doesn't work when pandora is on. Why? Who knows.
     
  4. Jan 13, 2014 at 4:11 PM
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    I bought a code reader from O'Reilly's. Works good for what I wanted to do. They provided a list of error codes and access to the company website for more error codes if needed.

    Here is a link to what I bought.
    http://www.oreillyauto.com/site/c/d...ap?ck=Search_N0664_-1_2871&pt=N0664&ppt=C0103

    Here is a list of the error codes.
    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/technical-chat/68667-obdii-error-codes.html

    Good luck,
     
  5. Jan 13, 2014 at 4:19 PM
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    I'd go with scangauge or ultragauge... For the money u can do much more with the ultragauge than a simple code reader and its about 20 bucks more.
     
  6. Jan 14, 2014 at 1:32 AM
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    I'm going to give this a try. Thanks to everyone who posted, much obliged!
     
  7. Jan 29, 2014 at 11:31 AM
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    Just wanted to update all yall on what's happening with this. I got the scanner from Amazon in a couple of days, and it arrived in apparently perfect condition.

    My smartphone was a gift from a good friend, and had no SD card. I had a gift card from Best Buy, so I used that up for an SD card, but the phone won't read it. In a few days, I'll have the 27.00 to upgrade my phone, and I'll be able to report on how it all works! :D
     
  8. Jan 29, 2014 at 11:36 AM
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    You can't install the app straight to the phone?
     
  9. Jan 29, 2014 at 1:01 PM
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    $10 Bluetooth obd adapter off ebay torque for android is free.
     
  10. Jan 29, 2014 at 1:19 PM
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    Sorry I wasn't clear, I meant about the SD card. Strange that you needed one.
     
  11. Jan 30, 2014 at 8:31 AM
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    Can't download pretty much anything to my phone w/o an SD card. I can't even take a picture, or receive any pictures, except for jpegs in the body of a message (text or email)

    LG Phoenix.
     
  12. Jan 30, 2014 at 8:46 AM
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    If u install too large of a card some phones won't play nice with it...... What size card did u get?
     
  13. Feb 24, 2014 at 10:05 AM
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    I can't believe this didn't occur to me right away! D'oh!

    So, I swapped in a 2G card, and that didn't work, either. :(

    I went to my provider, and got an upgrade for 22 bucks. Got me a Samsung S3 Mini. Love it.

    I downloaded the free version of Torque right away. It works as advertised, but I will definitely get the paid version when I can figure out how to work with Google Wallet.

    Within seconds of pairing the scanner with my phone, I was able to clear the error code and kill the check engine light. Stupid easy. My EGR is acting up, which is GREAT news, as I feared the Cat was going bad, and really can't afford that repair between now and June. Whew! :D

    Can't ignore the value factor, either. Between being eligible for an upgrade, having an old Best Buy gift card just lying around, and Mr. Optimist's recommendation...I ended up with a new smartphone (40G memory now), and a very useful scan tool, all for less money than I would have spent at Autozone on a dedicated unit. Win!

    Thanks guys! :headbang:
     
  14. Feb 24, 2014 at 10:21 AM
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    HI
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    You guys got any recommendation for an iPhone compatible version.
     
  15. Feb 24, 2014 at 11:25 AM
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    I would recommend
    looking at obd car doctor. You can only look at one system at a time but it is much smoother than. Torque.




     
  16. Feb 24, 2014 at 5:11 PM
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    I meant the OBD device. The one listed is for an Android.

    Do they make one for iPhone users?
     
  17. Feb 24, 2014 at 8:05 PM
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  18. Feb 24, 2014 at 8:07 PM
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    i would get an ultra-gauge if it was me... but to each their own.
     
  19. Feb 24, 2014 at 8:30 PM
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    I got this:

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    for $85 shipped off eBay.

    Its an Actron 9575 that I bought to replace my ancient Actron that would no longer read newer OBDII systems. You cant go wrong with this at that price.
     

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