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Heads-up! Aldi have an OBD fault code scanner in their mystery middle aisle! £16.99, order online or store collection.

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I bought one works on my freelander 2 but not on my 03 diesel focus, looks like diesel only became OBD from 2004. Buts its cheap enough. 

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Saw these but I couldn't see which codes they read, a lot of the cheaper ones only do engine codes.

 

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Get a bluetooth OBD interface off the bay, and download Torque off the appstore for your smartphone (what do you mean you havent got one ?!)

Far better and cheaper than the Aldi jobby.

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On 12/10/2019 at 16:44, Gordon R said:

I already have an engine code reader. What else does the Aldi model do?

Scratches your head while you ponder what the code actually means. I have a mechanic mate who does my cars and when my cars onboard comp has thrown a fault I thought I'd check it myself. Not so easy, he plugged it in and it could be completely different to the fault code book. One fault code could have numerous causes depending on the car. On some cars they work great.

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Since 96 cars have been equipped with OBD2 diagnostics and you need an OBD 2 scannner/reader to get accurate readings - previous systems (OBD 1) used various codes depending upon manufacturer. Most OBD2 scanners actually tell you, in layman's terms, where the fault lies.I think! 

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as said they only give you a rough idea  i had a cheap one it gave the code for a faulty lambda sensor     but it was not the sensor the cat converter was goosed  

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The local garage had plugged their tester in and advised the engine light was on because the MAF was faulty. So I bought a cheap code scanner for about £12 from fleaBay, plugged it in and lo and behold it displayed a fault code. The exact code wasn't listed in the little book that came with the scanner so I Gurgled it and discovered that the code was quite specific to a dirty sensor wire. Some carb cleaner and gentle wiping restored the MAF to full working order. A new MAF would have cost between £100 - 200 depending on brand.

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scarecrow243 - sometimes a garage will detect a faulty cat code but just cancel it out as they can be over sensitive. My scanner actually states something like "MAF Sensor working outside normal parameters" no messing with codes etc. My daughter's car threw up a faulty Cat warning but a bottle of Cat cleaner through the engine and it's gone.

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Hi Bruno i know what you are saying but a lot of very cheap scanners will give a generic code and you can end up buying lots of parts not needed i have a foxwell  code reader its not too costly and it does engine codes gear box abs etc but they dont work on every motor or read all of the ecu etc

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