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Old 11-12-2001, 04:51 PM
MIKE FREEMAN
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Self Made Blink Code Tool

Hi all;
Last week I offered info regarding how to make your own blink code tool,instead of sending out sixty e-mails I'm going to post it here.
visit your local Radio Shack store and pick up these two parts
#276-270A (12v red L.E.D.) and 274-271c (solderless banna plug set),the only other thing you'll need is a short piece of insulated wire.
attach the black connector to the black wire and the red connector to the red wire along with one end of insulated wire(strip it back about 13mm)
The other end of your wire should also be stripped back 2mm.
The example I will use is an 88 560sel a/c system as that is what started this whole thing.
locate x11/4 connector(on the firewall near mono valve)
Plug the black connector in #1 and the red into#7,with the key "on" touch the exposed end of the wire to ground for three seconds and release.the led will blink any where from 1 to 57 times.
One blink means no fault,if it blinks more than once write it down
check for the next code,keep doing this until the first code is repeated.
Touch and hold the wire to ground for seven seconds to erase codes.
Instead of listing all the different codes on this forum I recommend that anyone intrested in using this tool order the DIAGNOSTIC TROUBLE CODE REFERENCE GUIDE through M.B. publishing.
MF
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Old 11-12-2001, 05:58 PM
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Good one , Mike
I can add a little to that, if you don't mind.
The addition of another part, RS 275-1547, will aid in ease of use.
This is a momentary switch . [ miniture.]
Here is a wire diagram and also a pictoral .
Feel free to use this as a plan for your own and modify it to suit .

In the pic, you will notice I use a clear plastic test tube w/removeable lid. [ drug store].I mount the sw in the lid and exit the banana plug leads out
a hole in the bottom. I button it up with a right angle spark-plug boot for lead grommet. [ best to melt exit hole w/hot wire to prevent plastic cracking]
The unit can be assembled/soldered as a unit and then slid into the tube and pop on the lid.
The hand /thumb for switching is natural and makes for one handed operation.
This is second generation, so it has been tested out by some of the members and they have sent back favorable results. The first used a clear film can, but was cumbersum.
Have fun....

http://members.aol.com/ajdalton7/ctool.jpg

http://members.aol.com/ajdalton7/led.jpg
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Old 11-12-2001, 09:30 PM
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Cool

Thanks Mike

Brian..(the 560SEL that started the whole thing.
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Old 11-13-2001, 03:34 PM
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Hello Mike,

Does this blink code system tool also applies for my 1980 model 450 SL ?

Thanks for your reply

Gunter
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Old 11-13-2001, 04:28 PM
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blink code tool

Sorry guys; this tool applies to 88 year model and later
MF
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Old 11-13-2001, 05:26 PM
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The circuit which Mike explains is between pin 1 and 7. Also where is the LED and its polarity in this circuit. Arthurs circuit is different and uses pins 3 and 1. Can someone clarify the correct one.

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Old 11-13-2001, 06:14 PM
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BLINK CODE TOOL

In my original post I was responding to an a/c problem,pins 1 and 7 are correct only for testing a/c diagnostics.
It would take a week and probably violate copywrite laws to list every application and pin location,That is why I suggested that you contact M.B. publishing to buy trouble code guide.
MF
PS. Maybe Partshop sells this book?
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Old 11-13-2001, 06:19 PM
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They are both correct.
The pin sockets that are used in diagnoses depend on the vehicle.
My diagram just happened to mention #3 cuz it was for a 190E.
#1 is usually ground, but the other depends on which code system the car uses.

So the tool can be used not only on all pulse code cars, but also the different systems of each car .
[ in other words, the different pins - i.e.- emmisions pin, ABS pin, A/C pin, etc.
The other advantage to having this tool is it is also used to erase a codes.......
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Old 11-13-2001, 08:35 PM
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Hmmm,
Can I use this for my C280? I have the round plug connection (for ABS, SRS, Climate Control, etc) under the hood too.

!? THANKS!
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Old 11-13-2001, 09:23 PM
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Blink code tool

David;
I have not researched this enough to answer honestly,But I believe ypur C280 uses a different input to initiate diagnostics.
I will post info as soon as am certain.
MF
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Old 11-14-2001, 12:31 PM
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. . . give it a try. . .

David,

make one up per Art D's instructions except that you need to have the 'small' pins that mate with your X11/4 connector. After doing that the power and ground pins are:

Pin 1 = ground
Pin 3 = +12V
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Pin 19 = Diagnostic Module
Pin 6 = ABS Module
Pin 7 = EA Module

Go to my page, menu #2, scroll down until you see the X11/4 'schematic' and pin definition that's just below it. All of the different ECU pin connections are listed there.

Got enough data to buiid it? Let us know.
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Old 11-15-2001, 07:10 PM
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Thanks, Mike, for all the help.

Mike
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Old 11-15-2001, 08:26 PM
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Hey Jim F,
Maybe you and Art D can market this
item W/Full instruction for various models.
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Old 11-15-2001, 08:36 PM
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Manny,
Had thought about it after making a few for some local techs
and a couple of members/friends, but the hassle marketing them would be , as Mike Freeman said, the code chart numbers
would stagger your mind.
Too many models to make it worth while.
But a nice little tool for the DIYer guy. That is why I listed it along with the schematic. Easy enough to make your own and all parts are RS - off the shelf.
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Old 11-15-2001, 08:40 PM
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Manny, good suggestion. . .

and Art has also made it. But there's a number of different configurations that would have to be included to make it 'universal'.

Some MBs have the small square version diag connector with compatible bananna plugs but some have the "round" version that require a small pin, etc.. Some have battery voltage available at the connector, some require a jumper to the battery to get power, etc..

Anyway, I'm thinking about it.
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