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Old 07-14-2014, 11:47 AM   #1
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Recommendations on a code reader?

I am looking to get a code reader to check the engine codes if they pop up. I am looking for a $300 unit, somewhere in the 50 to 100 range. I see they have them at Autozone and even Harbor Freight(not that brave). Just looking for something to read my Chevy's codes, clearing is fine but not needed. Thanks.
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Old 07-14-2014, 11:54 AM   #2
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All sorts of real time information.

I had the service engine light come on my truck recently. The code indicated that I had a computer power problem. I had let the battery run down to zilch when I left my GPS plugged in for about week. I reset the service engine warning, and all has been good since.....that puppy saved me about $80 in diagnostic cost at the local dealership.

I got the ScanGauge II originally to monitor my tranny temperature, but now I can monitor any number of items.
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Here's a question for you in reference to this one.. can it show oil left remaining? My truck shows it on the dash display. My wifes has it but does not display it. Thanks for the reply
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Here's a question for you in reference to this one.. can it show oil left remaining?
Not to my knowledge. It will show gas left remaining (with manual pre-programming tank size, and synchronizing the ScanGauge with actual gallons used after the 1st couple of fill-ups), but I didn't know any vehicle will show oil left remaining. I wouldn't think that would be a concern unless a vehicle really went through a lot of oil in between changes.
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Look into "Torque" app on itunes or Android store. Does everything, shows all sensors, reads codes etc..
If there is a code that is "unknown" it will automaticaly google it and give you definition. 11$ ebay code readers work with it like a charm.
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Not to my knowledge. It will show gas left remaining (with manual pre-programming tank size, and synchronizing the ScanGauge with actual gallons used after the 1st couple of fill-ups), but I didn't know any vehicle will show oil left remaining. I wouldn't think that would be a concern unless a vehicle really went through a lot of oil in between changes.
I have one of these connected full time on my H3 to read items not readable via the I/P such as trans temp, etc.
However, it will not always read the same item on all vehicles. For example, I can read the trans temp on my I5 engine; however, the same year, same vehicle but with a V8 will not display trans temp.

Best to contact the manufacture for details. But one thing is they are great to work with if there are any problems or questions.
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Old 07-14-2014, 01:39 PM   #7
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Not to my knowledge. It will show gas left remaining (with manual pre-programming tank size, and synchronizing the ScanGauge with actual gallons used after the 1st couple of fill-ups), but I didn't know any vehicle will show oil left remaining. I wouldn't think that would be a concern unless a vehicle really went through a lot of oil in between changes.

Let me re-phrase... It is an oil LIFE sensor. Tells me how long until I need to replace the oil (oil change) vs the old 3K or 5K method.
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Let me re-phrase... It is an oil LIFE sensor. Tells me how long until I need to replace the oil (oil change) vs the old 3K or 5K method.
Our new Cadillac SRX is equipped with OnStar and every month I get an Email from them stating how much oil life is left before change is due. OnStar is amazing - I got 2 Emails saying 3 tires were at 31-33 PSI (35 PSI recommended). I checked and found OnStar was correct - serviced them and no more alerts.

So the technology is there - not sure if if it could be retrofitted to your vehicle or if it would be cost effective.
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Its there because we had gotten it with onstar as well when the car was new, it just does not show on the dash like my Silverado does. So I know it is there. Just was curious if the Scan Gauge would be able to read this.
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Look into "Torque" app on itunes or Android store. Does everything, shows all sensors, reads codes etc..
If there is a code that is "unknown" it will automaticaly google it and give you definition. 11$ ebay code readers work with it like a charm.
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