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You can still see all customer reviews for the product. Top positive review. A must have for the weekend mechanic. Reviewed in the United States on May 19, I did a little research and this model is now discontinued, hence I think the substantial discount on the price.
Nonetheless, my vehicle is an older truck Lincoln Navigator 4x4 and I did not think it would be an issue with having a discontinued model and I was right. I received my scanner and quickly hooked it up to my truck's computer service engine soon light was on and I was able to read 4 error codes. I don't consider myself a mechanic, but rather a very occasional Saturday mechanic, but I like to some tinkering with stuff, so I was not too afraid to try and troubleshoot this one on my own I always learn something when I take this approach.
I must say that having the code and a brief description of the error was a great little feature to have built right in to the unit. Other scanners don't have the built in description of the error code, but rather a website you can reference the code.
That's is fine, but there is something to be said for instant knowledge, right there and then on the scanner's screen.
I took the codes back to my laptop and did a little more research using the forums that come up when you Google around. Two codes indicated I had two malfunctioning oxygen sensors and given that my truck as almost K miles, it seemed logical. The other two codes made reference to a "lean mixture" condition and after doing more Google searches I found that I probably had a vacuum leak or a dirty MAF.
I turned out to be a broken vacuum hose that runs from the PVC valve to the top of the engine. I replaced the hose and the car runs like new! I erase the codes again and I have not sent the service engine soon light come on yet. Keep in mind that the scanner will likely not give you the fix, but rather in most cases point you in the right direction, you will have to research a little to resolve the issue.
Nonetheless, I could not have solved the problem without it. Spend the money and get the tool, you will feel empowered and not so helpless when you see the service engine soon light. The scanner's screen display menus will help you along, they are very helpful and you will likely not need to even read the manual.
It's very intuitive and no batteries required,it will get its power from the cord once you hook it up to the car's computer. Good luck. LegFlex Seattle, WA. Top critical review. Reviewed in the United States on June 5, I purchased this as a gift two years ago for a weekend wannabe car guy in my family. Because his cars were all new, he only had a chance to use it one or twice. I ended up borrowing it a couple times, as did some others in my family.
The last time I borrowed it about 6 months ago, it didn't work. Now, granted, it probably spent a year in his garage doing nothing, but shouldn't it still work? I contacted Actron to see if they offer any sort of repair or service and I hope that they are reasonable about that. But when it did work, I really liked the item and recommended it to countless friends and family.
Now that it is not functioning, I have to go to Advance Auto or AutoZone to scan, but luckily there is no short supply of them. I'm at a loss if I should replace the gift since I was the one who discovered it broken, I guess I need to find an etiquette book. Sort by. Top rated Most recent Top rated. Filter by. All reviewers Verified purchase only All reviewers. All stars 5 star only 4 star only 3 star only 2 star only 1 star only All positive All critical All stars.
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Easy to use Also, being able to provide info to your repairshop when you bring it in, makes you an "educated" consumer to them. I've used this to diagnose friends problems, co-workers, family members I purchased this because my Ford Explorer had a slight air leak around the oil cap in the crank case.
Replacing the old cap with a new one made the leak worse. My check engine light would frequently light during winter months due to the leak. This unit identified the issue and can be used to shut the light off.
I would have given this five stars, but mine was dead on arrival DOA. Operating these devices is very simple. You just plug it into the OBDII receptacle under your dash and it should instantly display the opening menu. Mine did not, so rather than return it, I removed the four assembly screws and opened it up. I was looking for a cold solder or disconnected wire. What I found was that the processor chip was simply not seated in its socket.
I gently pressed it in and closed the case. Problem solved. This unit is a good value overall. Don't let the fact that mine was DOA deter you. These things are very simple devices, and an unseated component is one of the more common causes for this sort of out-of-the-box failure for any electronic device. I would not have made it part of this review, but for the hope that it might save someone else the hassle associated with returning items through Amazon.
Also, car dealers are not the most trustworthy so if you take your car to the dealership for repairs, you will want to have some idea of what is going on before you talk to them as 9 of 10 will lead you astray without pause or guilt. Also, the dealer will be charging you up to 2 hours labor just for hooking up a similar piece of equipment to your car to see what the computer tells them, then they stack on another price to check it out manually.
Lately, I have found that having this equipment along with my car's repair manual has saved me over 2k because I can now diagnose my own problems to a certain point of course and find my own method of repairs whether it's self-repair or other businesses outside the dealer. Purchasing this item will help you immeasurably and you wont regret it. Just keep it in the trunk and you'll be prepared for whatever diagnostic you need to do.
I bought this because my car failed Mass state inspection due to emmisions sensors being "not ready". My car was garaged for the winter and the battery drained.
Instead of just driving the car and hoping the sensors were reset by the next time I brougt it in for inspection, I decided to get this code reader to check them first. I found they weren't being set, and ended up having to take my car to the dealer for a software update first recall.
Once the recall was done, I used the code reader to check when the sensors were reset. After a few days they were all reading ready, and I brought it back for the final inspection. Since then I have used it several times to read codes for coworkers that had their check engine light on. I would highly recommend it. I do agree with another reviewer that the software that came with it to look up the diagnostic codes was not much help.
The reader itself had the same information displayed under the code. This scanner is ideal for the weekend mechanic, and works fine with my Saturn. Without a code scanner, even if you identify and fix a problem that triggers the check-engine light, the computer will remember the problem and you won't pass your state emissions inspection unless you wait a few weeks.
With this scanner, you can identify the issue, fix it, and clear the code from the computer's memory. I almost bought the cheaper CP, but found this one on Amazon for less than the local store wants for the cheaper one.
I'm glad I bought this one. The on-screen English translation of the error codes is worth the difference in price. Also, when you clear the error codes, the computer resets its "ready for inspection" status until you have driven the car for a while. This scanner will check the status and save you the trouble of going to the inspection station only to find that your car isn't ready.
The CP doesn't check that status.
Actron OBD II AutoScanner CP9135 Instructions Manual
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Actron CP9135 Manual
Although the Actron CP is no longer in production, it is still a widely available code reader in the automotive repair and parts industry. This was the second phase of automobile on-board diagnostics that standardized plug connections and tools to read trouble codes on all vehicles manufactured from and beyond. Refer to the vehicle's owner's manual for the location of the DLC, if necessary. The most common location for the DLC is under the driver's side dashboard near the steering column. Inspect the plug of the CP in order to look for a plug with the same trapezoidal shape. Some DLCs not all may feature a cover on them that requires removal of the cover in order to plug the code reader into them.
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