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    OBDII Code readers

    Don't know if these have been brought up before but those looking for code readers can find a good deal on ELM 327 Bluetooth reader on Ebay. I bought a few at $5.65 and they seem to work well especially with Android phones. Anyone else using these
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    I use something similar (not Ebay) and it works great, I also Have a Blue driver one just for my iPhone...
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    Read some forum reviews, that will educate you on the risk you are taking by not using a real Elm chip.these Chinese knockoffs have been known to destroy your electrical system just by plugging it in, mainly the 2.1 version. You may be better with the 1.4 or 1.5 versions.
    Elm Electronics is not made in China so anything on ebay is a knockoff product.
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    Quote Originally Posted by southpw View Post
    Read some forum reviews, that will educate you on the risk you are taking by not using a real Elm chip.these Chinese knockoffs have been known to destroy your electrical system just by plugging it in, mainly the 2.1 version. You may be better with the 1.4 or 1.5 versions.
    Elm Electronics is not made in China so anything on ebay is a knockoff product.
    I got one from Ebay. Doesn't look like the blue one.
    It's been on my Jeep 24/7 since I got it back in 2011. The only time I've removed it is when I used it on other vehicles of friends and family to check their check engine light and get the code.

    If you could maybe post a link to where you learned about these problems, that would be great.

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    Here is a link with pics of many of the different varieties of imitations.
    http://www.iobd2.org/elm327-iphone/

    here are a few forum discussions. Hard to find due to the number of links for selling these things

    http://www.incardoc.com/forum/default.aspx?g=posts&t=84

    https://www.scantool.net/forum/index.php?topic=2379.0

    http://www.fadvisor.net/blog/2015/02...-fake-elm-327/

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    I got one of the blue ebay ones. I painted it black so when I have my doors off no one will see it.
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    These ones came from Malaysia and there are 5 being used by myself and 4 friends- all using Torque Android and no problems with any of these so I guess we got lucky

    "painted black" lol

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    what program does everyone use? mostly i need mine for reading clearing codes. and id love to be able to do abs and air bag codes
    If its a mechanical device i can fix it

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    Quote Originally Posted by markr1001 View Post
    what program does everyone use? mostly i need mine for reading clearing codes. and id love to be able to do abs and air bag codes
    I'm using Torque Pro. Haven't seen any android apps for ABS yet.

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    Torque Pro is apparently the best one out there. But no ABS. To get ABS, you need to buy an expensive reader like the garages use I think

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    ok good to know. ive been using dash command but recently it started messing up and not conecting right. and just so everyone knows u can get abs codes with dash command, but its 10 bucks for every vehicle...

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    Torque Pro here and love it. The readers came with scan master V2.1 and Torque

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    PAN LONG WiFi ODBII READER with iPhone App EODB Facile - Paid $16.99 for full app.
    I use this on my jeep, wifes cobalt, and father inlaws F350. Seems to do ok. Helped us fix the fuel system in the F350 a few months ago. Didnt help fix the clockspring issue and abs issue on the jeep though. Gotta pony up for the snap on reader for those. lol
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    Hey GlennH
    i have a code reader that does ABS if you want to see what the code is.
    I work at Pearson Airport. If you are in that area between 6am and 5:30 pm i can bring it and you can check the code on the jeep

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    Quote Originally Posted by nmj48 View Post
    Hey GlennH
    i have a code reader that does ABS if you want to see what the code is.
    I work at Pearson Airport. If you are in that area between 6am and 5:30 pm i can bring it and you can check the code on the jeep
    I appreciate the offer.... and one day I may need your help with such scanner as I work out torbram n derry.

    Long story short, my reader didnt read the code but we found the broken abs cable when doing the brake install a few months back. So no worries bud.

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