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Well I think it's time I get an OBDII scanner. I'm learing to do more and more on my truck (with the help of everyone on this site of course). I have a local shop that will scan it for me for free, but I feel bad having them scan it and then not giving them any business.

So the question.......Is any particular brand of scanner better than another? I'm only looking for something that will scan and clear codes. I'm not looking for one that will adjust timing etc.

There are some on ebay for $40 to $50 that say they will do everything I want? Then there seems to be some in the $100 to $200 range. Are they that much better?

Lemme know...

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Autoengineuity and Kennedy Diesel have true OBD2 bi-di pcware scanners for similar price, and I think so wester's also - if you're working on your truck, it wouldn't hurt to have a professional scanner with engine and transmission control functions, for about three bills.

BTW - they're not limited to the 6.5 - they are OBD2 scanners
 

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I purchased the ALDL Cable for OBD-I and OBD-II from these guys. It turned out their office is in Redondo Beach, CA which isn't far from my southern work location.

There is a number of freeware pc s/w that will get some of the vehicles, but most of it is for gasoline powered cars.

I have a 2003 F250SD and haven't found the best pc ware program for it yet.
 

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gmctd;1531067; said:
Autoengineuity and Kennedy Diesel have true OBD2 bi-di pcware scanners for similar price, and I think so wester's also - if you're working on your truck, it wouldn't hurt to have a professional scanner with engine and transmission control functions, for about three bills.

BTW - they're not limited to the 6.5 - they are OBD2 scanners
JD,

I'd love something like that and hopefully someday I will have it. Right now it's just not in the budget.

For now I'm just looking for something simple that will read and erase codes and I'm wondering if the cheaper $40-50 readers will work just as well as the $100-$200 readers.

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i bought a obd2 code reader that will give me the codes as well as erase and clear codes, all for 89.00 + tax.
 

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I use the very fine Equus 3030 which is able to display all the common Pcodes and reset the Service Engine Soon light (even while the motor is running or vehicle in motion). It is commonly available from Pep Boys or Kragen for $60. I think all the $100-200 ones do is provide a display to decode the Pcode into easy to read text. You'll have to look them up in the included manual with the 3030.

Only problem is, it is not bi directional and will be useless to set or display your IP timing.
 
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