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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Where can I get my ecu fault codes read?

Auto zone doesn't do it anymore and I can't really afford buying a fault reader...anyone know who will do it for me?
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You can't afford to spend $20-30 for a basic OBD2 scanner?
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Most parts stores will still scan you car for free, unless you live in California. If you don't live in CA, just go to another parts store that will scan it, or buy a scanner online.
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Unless you have a pre 1996 car, buying a basic $20-30 scanner is cheap.

For cheaper get an OBD2 wifi scanner to connect to an iphone or android phone, $15 from eBay.

Or find a friend that has one.


If you have a OBD1 (pre 1996) car then search on how to do a stomp test.


Weird that auto zone won't do it, maybe they were just lazy.
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All the Autozone stores here will still scan your codes. By corporate directive, they won't reset them any more, but they will scan them.
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I didn't know they were only 30 bucks I'll just get one myself I must have looking at the wrong types thanks and yeah I do live in cali perks of living here lol
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I didn't know they were only 30 bucks I'll just get one myself I must have looking at the wrong types thanks and yeah I do live in cali perks of living here lol
You'll notice all the parts stores sell a basic one for about $60. Head over to a Harbor Freight and you'll find the EXACT same one on sale for $20-30.

I heard CA BAR basically told parts stores that even checking codes constituted operating as an unlicensed repair facility. I don't know if that's true or not, but no parts stores here are allowed to any more.
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You'll notice all the parts stores sell a basic one for about $60. Head over to a Harbor Freight and you'll find the EXACT same one on sale for $20-30.

I heard CA BAR basically told parts stores that even checking codes constituted operating as an unlicensed repair facility. I don't know if that's true or not, but no parts stores here are allowed to any more.
Did they ban testing batteries and alternators too?
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Where are you located ? If in jersey I can help .
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