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Old 01-10-2007, 05:46 PM
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Code reader???

Has anyone bought one of the code readers that Sears sells? If yes, what do you think of it?
They're on sale for $100.00 and I'm thinking of buying one.
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Old 01-10-2007, 06:29 PM
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I dont have one but if it is a crapsman I would stay away from it. They make great affordable hand tools but there power tools are junk. I just ordered a scanner from JC Whitney on sale for $100. It is the same brand and model they sell at the local parts stores for $150.
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That reminds me of a "diagnostic meter" I bought from Sears back around 1980, I think for $79.95. It would diagnose all sorts of charging system problems, wiring problems and even ignition functions such as point dwell- points were still common then. All this and more according to Sears The darn thing craped out the first day but Sears replaced it with another one which lasted about a year only because I did'nt use it and when I did get it out to use it too would not work but it was too late to return it. This thing had a carrying handle and was about 14"x8"x8" in size with a huge meter on the face but it hardly weighed anything and when I attempted to repair it(make it work the first time ) I found that it was just a huge case filled with nothing! Inside was a simple, tiny and primitive multimeter attached to that big empty case and hooked to that huge meter on the outside. They had all the connecting points spread out to make it look as complicated as possible but the fact is the whole mess could have easily been packaged in a case the size of a common handheld volt/ohm meter, which in reality is all it was. I have been highly skeptical of Sears "meters" ever since and, in all honesty, I fail to see why Craftsman tools in general are as popular as they are. In over thirty years in mine maintenance I have seen just about everything used from the pro stuff to "bargain" tools and honestly the Craftsman faired little better than the bargain stuff with the electrical tools mostly being junk.

Sorry for the rant but even after all these years I still get mad at being ripped off like that from an outfit as big as Sears and from what I have seen since they still do it on some items so be careful.
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Which one is it?
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Thanks for the input guys!
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Vettedreams2001, there are 2 at 100 bucks each. An Actron OBDII #47059 and the Equus Innova #20895.
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The Actron obd-ll is what I ordered. Actron seems to be a reputable brand. We will see. I also have a Innova multi meter I really like. Oh yeah If you order the Actron scanner from JC Whitney they give you a free $40 infrared thermometer just so you know.
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If you have a laptop or can put your computer near(6 feet) the vehicle, Harrison R&D sells software for any vehicle 96 and newer for $140 with cable.
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My daughter has a laptop.
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