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Old 01-19-2007, 11:22 PM
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Scan tool...???

I am looking for a scan tool. I guess what I'm asking for is the basics. All I know is what OBD/OBD II is. What is protocol?

I want to be able to do the basic diagnostic. This is for entry level/home shop.

Is there such a scan tool that handles both OBD I and II?

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Old 02-01-2007, 12:11 AM
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Thumbs up Here is a very low cost OBD II scanner

Item Number: OBD2QS
Main Category: TOOL
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Description: OBDII Reader
Manufacturer: BAUM

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Old 02-01-2007, 07:01 AM
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There are any number of products on the market at all levels. If you want a handheld unit, the Baum might be one of the few choices that will do both. Companies like EASE diagnostics sell cables and software to be used with a handheld or laptop computer that can do both.

To me, on OBDI cars a scanner is almost always unnecessary. Depending on the vehicle, you can draw a code with something as simple as a paperclip to short a few pins on the connector under the dash, turn on the key and observe the flashing codes of the Check Engine light. Most any OBDI car has a simple way to draw the code if you will do just a little research.

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