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Old 12-13-2002, 11:16 AM
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how to determine fault codes 98 C230???

I am new to Benz. I am buying a 1998 C230 w/58k miles in a few days. What is the process of determining fault codes and do i need a specific diagnostic tool. I have never used electronic diagnostic tools before but i can turn a wrench. I have a 1986 porsche 944 Turbo that I get greasy and bloody with time to time.
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Old 12-13-2002, 12:28 PM
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To read engine codes you would need an ODB2 scan tool.
For the other systems you need a scan tool designed for MB's. Like the AST Retriever OR the Baum I-scan 2000.
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Old 12-13-2002, 02:46 PM
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Is the CE light on? If so, make sure you find out what is triggering it prior to buying the car.
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Old 12-13-2002, 04:14 PM
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No lights on just wondering for when it does.
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Old 12-13-2002, 04:56 PM
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If memory serves, there was a dicussion that mentioned that MB now sells a "lite" version of their diagnostic code reading unit, under pressure to allow indie shops to read codes, and I think the price is about $10K US for the "cheap" version...

(Most dealers charge a flat rate for reading codes, something like .5 to 1.0 hrs. Seems to be much cheaper than having your own diagnostic reader...)
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