Code Reader Help

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  1. MikeG

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    I’m intresred in getting a Code Reader. Since this type of thing is completely foreign to me my questions are:

    #1 How do I know if my truck is OBD 1 or 2?

    #2 What the H3ll does that even mean?

    ‘96 Silverado K1500, 5.7 w/ 4L60E, as always- Thanks Guys!!
     
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    Your 96 is obd2, that stands for on board dianostics. Any thing under about 95 is obd 1.
     
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    Mike I seen some on eBay but I don’t know how good they are and if your going to buy one check there feedback
     
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    Harbor freight has them for about 100 bucks ones that read abs are a tad more, they have good reviews main thing with HF's ones they say is take it out the box and go hook it up and download updates for them they are outdated on updates when you get them. I been wanting one myself but wont one that reads abs as well.

    Automotive Diagnostic Tools and Equipment – Harbor Freight Tools
     
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    check out mac, they have one that works with a smart phone, i have a handheld from them, $200 does codes, abs, inspection readiness
     
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    I have a craftsman, actron and dash command app with Bluetooth ob2

    Dash command is simply amazing and blows the other 2 out of the water. $10 app $10 diagnostic pack for the vehicle so for example my 2001 Silverado $10 and I know have the complete GM sensor, codes diagnostic ability. It doesn’t program but I can see everything it’s doing and then some.
     
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    Thanks Guys for all the feedback. I know what I'll be asking Santa for this year! LOL!!
     
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    Mike if you need a code read before Santa comes Auto Zone and Advance auto parts will read codes for you.
     
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    @gmctrucks , thanks for that Buddy! I've used them in the past for that. After I installed the exhaust and took it for a test drive the Svc Engine light came on. Funny it ran fine for a year+ with a broke exhaust and as soon as I replaced it a light comes on. LOL! I wasn't sure if it was partially due to heating the flange, or beating on the studs with a BFH, or both (maybe O2 sensor at the Cat didn't like it)......? I disconnected the neg terminal and the light is off (for now). We are heading to Seattle on Fri for an appointment so we'll see if it comes back on. But I also figured since I plan on keeping this rig for the foreseeable future, maybe it's time I get a Reader for it.
     

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