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Old 01-31-2010, 03:10 PM
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I use an ELM scanner purchased off Ebay. You need a laptop to use it, but then you have a much larger display. It comes with some freeware, but you can also purchase other software if you prefer. The freeware works fine for reading OBDII codes and clearing them. It also allows you to read live data off the sensors. They usually come with ScanTools freeware version 11.3 or instructions for where to download ScanTools 11.3 off the internet. Warning, later versions of ScanTools (11.4 anb 11.5) are not compatible with these Ebay scan tools, as they added a program to detect that they are not original ELM chips but copycats ones. These scan tools do work with PAID software, as I bought a copy of Palmer Engineering software to gain some more functionality, like freeze frame of sensor data, so I could print it out.

For $25, you cannot beat it. I have the exact one shown here, but I did not buy from this vendor, so cannot comment on him:

Works fine with any OBDII compliant vehicle from 1996 on.

If you don't want to mess with the cable, there are bluetooth versions on Ebay as well.

There are several websites that offer ScanTools 11.3 for download (the ScanTools website only offers the latest 11.5 version)....I found it here
But I have no idea if this site is safe, so be careful.
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