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This is a discussion on code readers within the Tools forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; autotap here too...it's been helpfull on multiple cars...all GM of course...

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    autotap here too...it's been helpfull on multiple cars...all GM of course

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    I've just realized I should already own one of these, so since there's a thread going already I'll ask you guys. I want one that I don't need a laptop for and is able to read individual sensor data in real time. It doesn't need to be super fancy just as low priced as possible while meeting those parameters. What would you gentleman recommend?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RollingD View Post
    I've just realized I should already own one of these, so since there's a thread going already I'll ask you guys. I want one that I don't need a laptop for and is able to read individual sensor data in real time. It doesn't need to be super fancy just as low priced as possible while meeting those parameters. What would you gentleman recommend?
    The innova 3160 i have reads ABS, live data, etc. I like it
    You can find it for around 200 shipped

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    That one says it refreshes every 30 seconds. Did I read it wrong or is it really that slow? I want something I that works in real time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RollingD View Post
    That one says it refreshes every 30 seconds. Did I read it wrong or is it really that slow? I want something I that works in real time.
    Think you read it wrong, mine refreshes every second or so

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    Quote Originally Posted by tatertot91 View Post
    Think you read it wrong, mine refreshes every second or so
    which is painfully slow when you're used to a Tech 2 or HPTuners like me None the less I have a simularly slowish scantool like that one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cutlass View Post
    which is painfully slow when you're used to a Tech 2 or HPTuners like me None the less I have a simularly slowish scantool like that one.
    True, i would love to have that.

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    I would really like a Tech 2, but the price is outrageous on those things. I goofed when I bought my scantool. Should have went up one level to read live sensor data.

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    I was playing on my iphone today and I found an app called REV made to work with obdII. Apparently you get a wifi obd connector and just connect via your iphone and bam, there you go. The app was only like 40 bucks but all the wifi connectors are like 200-300 so...meh, but just for the cool factor I want it. Anybody ever tried something similar?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pajeff02 View Post
    I goofed when I bought my scantool. Should have went up one level to read live sensor data.
    yep thats happened to me twice now. after I buy one and start using it, I think to myself I should have went up one more level

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    ok............so what is the best bang for the buck here.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjsingle1 View Post
    ok............so what is the best bang for the buck here.....
    Depends how many bucks you have lol...

    If you're only going to be doing your F-body, I would think HP Tuners would be the best investment. It does everything you could possibly want on your GM PCM for $500.

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    if anyone is interested im selling a snap-on solus scanner completely updated to 2006, domestic, foreign and ABS.

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    Forgive my ignorance,but when you say individual sensor data, your watching a particular sensor,i.e. oil pressure or water temp? I'm looking for something like this that reads codes and also displays info like water temp,oil press.,rpms. Do any of these units do this? Thanks fellas.

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    Exactly. The higher end scanner also allows you to see the data stream emitted by certain engine sensors. The real high enders can trigger things and turn them off to perform diagnostic work. In contrast, a simple code reader will display the fault code that triggered the SES light, and any pending codes that have not yet set. Some codes have to occur a certain number of times before the light will be set. It will then allow you to clear the codes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pajeff02 View Post
    Exactly. The higher end scanner also allows you to see the data stream emitted by certain engine sensors. The real high enders can trigger things and turn them off to perform diagnostic work. In contrast, a simple code reader will display the fault code that triggered the SES light, and any pending codes that have not yet set. Some codes have to occur a certain number of times before the light will be set. It will then allow you to clear the codes.
    OK cool, can you or anyone recommend one that can see the engine fuctions and is realatively inexpesive? Thanks,Mark

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    Actron has several models to choose from. They even stock them at our local Autozone. Not sure which model you need though -- I think mine is a 9372 (or something like that). It does not read individual sensor data.


    Wow... let's try a CP9175.
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    I was browsing ebay and there are a bunch of different makes on there, just don't want to buy complete crap! But I also don't have $300-$500 to spend either,I may be able to swing $150(being unemployed sucks!).

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    Advance auto parts is having a sale on actron. Go to the website and check them out.

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    Innova 3140 here, it reads/erases codes and live data depending on what the car you are reading supports. I believe it was in the $150 range on amazon.

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