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Old 06-06-2007, 10:05 AM   #61
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Old 06-06-2007, 10:17 AM   #62
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Better yet, Father's Day is upon us!

I can always use another diagnostic toy tool...
Nords,

Just in case you have the urge to spend money. I would not reccomend the CarMD toy. It does not allow you to reset the computer (clear the error codes). There are many alternatives out there.

And as long as we're talking about toy tools, you might as well consider something more fun sophisticated, like this one:

ScanGaugeII - Scan Tool + Digital Gauges + Trip Computers

It will do everything a OBD-II does and more. Have fund fun.

Similarly, there are alternatives to ScanGaugeII too. I don't remember the names, but they are just interfaces that you can hook up to your laptop and do all kind of graphings and analysis.
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Similarly, there are alternatives to ScanGaugeII too. I don't remember the names, but they are just interfaces that you can hook up to your laptop and do all kind of graphings and analysis.
Thanks, Sam, these suggestions are all going in my bookmarks. We'll probably be buying next summer.

I realize that a "Check Engine" light is a prerequisite to finding any codes on a scan, but again I can't help but be impressed by a scanner's negotiating power. I think I'll be playing around with the various diagnostic tools. Between them & CarFax I think we'll be shaking a lot of monkeys out of the trees.

I'm beginning to understand why our local mechanic enjoys the troubleshooting far more than the repairs. He doesn't do maintenance any more and I think he's even pulling back from the strictly mechanical jobs.
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I'm beginning to understand why our local mechanic enjoys the troubleshooting far more than the repairs. He doesn't do maintenance any more and I think he's even pulling back from the strictly mechanical jobs.
Oh yeah. Getting down to the root cause of a car problem is very satisfying. The side benefit is the money saved from paying someone else to find/fix the problem and the mistake he might make along the way. Of course, no self-respecting mechanic would tell you his diagnosis was wrong and you had to pay for both fixes
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