Code readers and diagnostic scanners

Jan 31, 2013
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Hi all

So having now successfully completed a full brake system re-furb and competed my own servicing on my 2004 2.7 Cdi Sprinter (1995 - 2006 chassis) and got through an MOT test, I'm wondering whether or not to invest in a Code reader and Scanner.

They seem to start fairly cheaply with a basic model on eurocarparts through to this one that I quite like the look of.

This is a new area for a mechanic like me trained in the late 60's so I'm wondering if it's a worthwhile investment and whether other use them to good effect?

Cheers Dave

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/MERCEDES-SPRINTER-OBD2-ENGINE-DPF-OIL-RESET-DIAGNOSTIC-SCANNER-ICARSOFT-MB-V2-0/123336833398?hash=item1cb772b976:g:YrAAAOSw2etbfozB
 
May 12, 2009
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Stanton Hill
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The problem I have is the connection to the obd port mine is a 2003 316 round connection some have the standard connection, I have tried lots of friends with different readers some costing 7k+ who cannot read all the information some cannot read it at all. Some say I need a Mercedes reader program I have tried Bosch specialist. I would buy one after I have seen it working. The one you have shown the connection is wrong for my van, but might be ok for yours.
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May 12, 2009
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Most I understand are the normal obd port but I have found it very difficult to find someone to read it, I have bought a lead from China for £3.50 to convert it to the normal obd connection. My mate in Boston can read it now with his latest snapon reader but it is very expensive.
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Jan 8, 2013
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Dronfield - Derbyshire
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Even my mates £4k Snap on reader has trouble sorting out my particular type of 2012 Ducato. Generic readers will be a complete waste of time and money.
 
Feb 19, 2017
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Even my mates £4k Snap on reader has trouble sorting out my particular type of 2012 Ducato. Generic readers will be a complete waste of time and money.
This person speaks the truth, we all like to save a bit of dosh particularly at a motor dealer, but the genuine manufacturers readers and experienced techs are the best way to identify a fault.
 
Jan 28, 2008
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This person speaks the truth, we all like to save a bit of dosh particularly at a motor dealer, but the genuine manufacturers readers and experienced techs are the best way to identify a fault.
thats not true for every or even most cases there plenty of info re fault codes available online and being charged 80 plus to be told whats wrong vs a £15 code reader is a no brainer .No they will not always help and yes some experience using one will be a benefit but most of the time they will identify defective sensors and then you can investigate whether its the sensor thats failed or connections
 
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