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Old 12-19-2005, 04:12   #1 (permalink)
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What Code Reader To Buy

I want to buy a code reader for AU 111 XR8. I know there are several on the market can anyone suggest a unit which does not cost thousands for 'home' use ?

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Old 12-20-2005, 02:09   #2 (permalink)
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Hey marshall,
if its like an E series....Test light :)

In Saying that, there MUST be somewhere you rent one. ( i also have uses)

Failing that, i normally rock into any shop that i know has the required unit it, get it read, and slip em a few bob for thier trouble. (guy down the road prefers payment in cans LMAO)

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Yeah Jas I can bother others to take readings for me but I want a decoder on my bench sos i can take readings anytime i feel a need.

I believe some of the aftermarket units might not be as sophisticated as the ford new star but they'll be cheaper.

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I know Snap-off sell a reader, but last time i saw one, it was in the region of 3k or so.

there are cheaper units out there, just don't know any brand names.

Motec maybe?


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Old 12-24-2005, 05:50   #5 (permalink)
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The "test light" suggestion wasn't a joke

It can be used at home to give reliable readings and costs about 300x less than the snap-off reader.

Come to think of it, for 3000$ I'm sure I could make one myself :/ Though I'm pretty sure someone's already done it ... anyone?
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Re: What Code Reader To Buy

I understand it is not so simple with AU's and BA's and the simple circuits used to test preceding models will not work. Silicon Chip, the electronics magazine, ran an article some year ago about the OBD II plug that Jaycar has available and pointed out that the Falcon's were not OBD II compliant so even though they used an OBD II plug the circuits they suggested could not be used to read their codes. Similarly even US sourced code readers (I understand US Fords comply with the OBD standard) may not work for Australian Fords. Nonetheless there may be enough info in the genuine Ford workshop manuals to design a suitable circuit to build your own. The cheapest commercial approach may be to buy a code reader that works with a laptop computer.
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Re: What Code Reader To Buy

My engine is EEC-IV and I have been using this simple US code reader for a few years (cost $35 then) and it's worth its weight in gold. Quick plug in, turn the ignition on and it does its stuff and you count the code beeps/flashes etc. Also reads engine running codes etc.

There were costlier display code models available with causes etc but I've never had any code issues in 12 years so I figured a simple quick unit would suffice.

But as far as OB11 stuff goes what Aussiblue mentions maybe so, but you could reserach the OB11 readers that display in the top right corner of this link.

http://www.tradervar.com/cgi-bin/sto...age=cp9015.htm

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